2018 Tian Shan
August-September 2018 travel to Kazakhstan reviewed in 2021
Commentary from 2021
That post was first to describe my visit in a mountain hotel at 2850 metres, about 30 kilometres south of Almaty city, in Kazakhstan. Oh I loved this place so much. I want to return there.
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Original post from 31.08.2018 is copied below.
S.N.e.G. Hotel in Chimbulak located at 2850 metres above sea level. It is located on Kombi-1 cable car station and can only be reached by cable car. It is the middle station, which is right next to the hotel’s building. Kombi-2 station is the uppermost and is on 3200 metres above sea level.
S.N.e.G. seems to be a language play, sneg (снег in Russian, śnieg in Polish) is a Slavic word for “snow”. What the abbreviation stands for, I am yet to find out.
So far, the most luxurious hotel I have ever been to – not so much because of what’s in, though that too (I am used to hostels), but because of the location and view. I noticed that in the registry almost all people bought just 1 night, while I bought 3, is this why I received a room with such great view onto Chimbulak ski resort at 2100 metres and Almaty city at 900?
Inside, I have a couple of things that I am not used to seeing on my journeys:
– TV with a private bar underneath.
– A little observatory corner: second window with clear view onto both land and the sky, where I comfortably set up my telescope and can use it to watch the resort, the city, surrounding nature or the stars.
– The shower is kinda futuristic to me, in the sense that it has a massager option and a radio. Singing shower, huh.
– There was a bumblebee in my sink? God bless the hotel that brings me pets. I caught the little fuzzy fellow into a cup and let him outside. He seemed drowsy, so didn’t cause me any trouble.
Lastly, considering the altitude, some meteorological data from my own devices is as follows:
Temperature: during the day +25°C in sunlight and +7°C in the shade. +15°C if clouds come and go. -2°C to +2°C in the night. Data for 31st of September.
Atmospheric pressure: 728.9 hectopascals. Compared to the average of 1010 hPa in my home, this is 28% less air (both Nitrogen and Oxygen) than at home. I’m curious what it will be at 3200 metres.
Wind: as I noticed, 0 to 3 force Beaufort, however, last time when I was in the cable car, it went up to 7 – 8 Beaufort force.
Snow? Yup, outside some was just melting. I wonder if I will see more.
Maybe on Kombi-2!