Little update on the hike to Kok Zhailau- the times of the "green arrow" as mentioned in the hiking description here seem to have gone: it's perfectly signposted now.
Take bus number 12 (in the old Lonely Planet, it's still number 6) and leave at the stop with the deer monuments (if you reach the gondola, just get off and walk down a few minutes). From the bus stop, you can't miss the path, there's wooden signs in Kazach and English, and every kilometer or so, it's a information tableau with altitude and how many kilometres it's still to go. And there's information tableaus about flora and fauna in Kazach, Russian and English.
The way up was sometimes a bit slippery and wet (it rained a lot the last days), but it was absolutely rewarding up there. We didn't continue to Kumbel, as it was snowy, but continued down to the bus stop in the next valley. The way down was (in the beginning) through one of the nicest alpine valleys (I'm from Bavaria, so I can compare😉), but they are already building the first ski station in the middle of the nature reserve. Once they have finished, it might be quite different, unfortunately...
We are really glad to have the 2Gis app; as in many cities in Russia, it's also perfect for public transport in Almaty. You have to know a little how to read and write in kyrillic though.
All about Kazakhstan. Experts: Julia, walkingalmaty
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