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 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.
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