Maloalmatinskoe (Small Almaty) gorge is located near the Almaty city. One of the most beautiful and central streets of the city – Dostyk Avenue leads directly into a gorge and the way usually takes 20-40 minutes. It is extremely popular gorge among the locals and tourists, as it has the most developed infrastructure: hotels, camp sites, high-mountain ice skating rink “Medeo”, “Shymbulak” mountain resort, alp camps and, of course, transport communications: asphalt roads and funiculars.
The second most popular gorge after Small Almaty, located near the city of Almaty, is the Big Almaty. The infrastructure here is less developed, but this does not make it less attractive for tourists; one of its visiting cards is the Big Almaty Lake, which is surrounded by majestic peaks and glaciers, providing the residents of the city with drinking water, as well as Big Almaty Peak, which summit is visible from the city, resembles a huge pyramid in its shape and seems very massive and threatening.
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