The National Park is located on the northern macroslope of the Zailiyskiy Alatau on the territory covering 199 thousand hectares near the city of Almaty. The park continues from east to west down to 120 km, and from north to south – 30 km. The Ile-Alatau State National Nature Park has the following important tasks:

  • the preservation of the unique spruce and deciduous forests, the natural reference sites, objects of the state natural-reserved fund, natural and historical – cultural legacy;
  • ensuring the protection of the National Park and its protective zone;
  • environmental education of the local population, visitors and tourists of the park;
  • conducting research to study biodiversity and the development of scientific and practical guidelines for its preservation and reproduction;
  • environmental monitoring of nature sites under the Nature Records Program;
  • carrying out activities for restoration of nature ecosystems, objects of natural- reserved fund of natural, historical and cultural heritage;
  • anthropogenic impact management in the recreation and tourism, for limited economic and other purposes. 


The main natural heritage of the Ile-Alatau Park are coniferous forests of Schrenk spruce and hardwoods of relict Malus sieversii and wild apricot, aspen, birch, mountain ash, hawthorn, brushwood and herbaceous plants. It is important to emphasize that Malus sieversii is recognized as an ancestor of all modern apple fruit species in the world.

The National Park has unique natural sanctuaries, such as relict mossy spruce forests, waterfalls, high altitude lakes, rock glaciers and snowfields, as well as objects of cultural and historical legacy. They are - burial mounds of the early Iron Age, famous Saki burial mounds, medieval settlements. Along the offsets of the Zailiyskiy Alatau runs an ancient road that in the distant past helped tribes and ethnic groups to migrate, and later the Great Silk Way was developed.