Kyrgyz Ala-Too Range

The Kyrgyz Ala-Too (Kyrgyz: Кыргыз Ала-Тоосу, romanizedKyrgyz Ala-Toosu, [qɯrˈɣɯz ɑlɑˈtoːsu]; Kazakh: Қырғыз Алатауы, romanized: Qyrǵyz Alataýy; Chinese: 吉尔吉斯阿拉套) also known as Kyrgyz Alatau, Kyrgyz Range, and Alexander Range (until 1933) is a large range in the North Tien-Shan. It stretches for a total length of 454 km from the west-end of Issyk-Kul to the town Taraz in Kazakhstan. It runs in the east–west direction, separating Chüy Valley from Kochkor Valley, Suusamyr Valley, and Talas Valley. Talas Ala-Too Range adjoins the Kyrgyz Ala-Too in vicinity of Töö Ashuu Pass. The western part of Kyrgyz Ala-Too serves as a natural border between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.[1]

Kyrgyz Ala-Too
Alexander Range (until 1933)
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Highest point
PeakSemenov-Tian-Shansky Peak
Elevation4,895 m (16,060 ft)
Length454 km (282 mi) E-W
Width40 km (25 mi) N-S
Native nameКыргыз Ала-Тоосу (Kyrgyz)
Kyrgyz Ala-Too Range is located in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz Ala-Too Range
CountriesKyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan
RegionChüy Region
Range coordinates42°30′N 74°35′E / 42.500°N 74.583°E / 42.500; 74.583Coordinates: 42°30′N 74°35′E / 42.500°N 74.583°E / 42.500; 74.583
Type of rockMeganticline

Parts of the range are contained within Ala Archa National Park, a popular alpine recreation area.

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  1. ^ Чүй облусу:Энциклопедия [Encyclopedia of Chüy Oblast] (in Kyrgyz and Russian). Bishkek: Chief Editorial Board of Kyrgyz Encyclopedia. 1994. p. 718. ISBN 5-89750-083-5.