Took Bus 12 to the last stop which is the Medeu Ice Rink. From there I walked up to the Shymbulak Ski Resort entrance which takes about an hour, and then took the cable cars up to the top of the mountain.
The views of the ice-capped mountains at the top were fantastic. I walked up the trail toward Shymbulak Peak where the views got even better.
There were wild yaks roaming around. I got too close to them to take photos and one of them charged me. He or she didn't have horns but got pretty close so I got out of there.
After spending a few hours at the top, I took the cable cards back down and then took the shuttle bus back down to Medeu and caught Bus 12 back to Almaty.