Koktube hill, correct spelling Kok-tobe, is located just in Almaty city and very popular among tourists. You can get there by cable car road which is rather expensive, by walk or by special small buses. But taking the cable car to the top worth it.
This is great place to visit, especially in the evening to see the sunset. A few restaurants and fast food joints. It’s just a nice area to walk around and enjoy the views.
You will get the best experience visiting Koktobe in the evening time, especially in summer. In daytime the temperature is high and views of city are not as impressive as when it is dark and Almaty is all in lights.
Koktobe working hours
The cable car road works all week long from 10 in the morning till 12 at night. Only on Tuesday it starts working from 15 p.m. till 12 p.m.
Cable car road ticket is 2000 tenge per person roundtrip. You can also get to the hill by special bus, the cost is 500 tenge in both ends. The bus is also available at night time (23.00 – 9.00) for the price of 1000 tenge.
There are several restaurants in Kok Tobe hill: Grill Restaurant, Kazakh ethnic foods restaurant Abay Restaurant and burger shop. Prices in restaurants are a little high. Averave bill will be around 4000 – 7 000 tenge per person (salad, main course and drink)
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Cable car to Koktobe.
Night views from Koktobe which is the highest city point.
Almaty has a very poluted air (winter view from Koktube, you can see greay smog).
Big Almaty Lake – “Bolshoe Almatinskoe ozero” or “BAO” in Russian language. This beautiful lake is located in Ile-Alatau National Park at altitude of 2500 meters over sea level quite close to border between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
In 2016 in Almaty new public transportation payment system was introduced. Now you can not buy your bus ticket in cash directly in bus. First you need to buy special bus card called Onay in one of many newspaper kiosks and then add funds to it. It is not very convinient system for guests of Almaty but there are no other choices.
Almaty (former Alma-Ata) – Kazakhstan’s largest city, often referred to as the “southern capital”. Almaty’s population currently stands at about 2 million inhabitants. The city attracts many tourists. But main places of interest are located outside of the city – in the mountains.
Almaty climate is continental, with it is much milder than the climate in the Northern and Central Kazakhstan.
Interestingly, the weather in the southern and northern parts of the city at the same time can be very different. This is due to the fact that the northern part of Almaty is in the area of transition from the mountain slopes to the plains.