Trans-Ili Alatau

Ile Alatau (Kazakh: Ile Alatauy, Іле Алатауы), also spelt as Trans-Ili Alatau, is a part of the Northern Tian Shan mountain system (ancient Mount Imeon) in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. It is the northernmost mountain range of Tian Shan stretching for about 350 km (220 mi) with a maximal elevation of 4,973 m (16,316 ft) (Talgar Peak). The term "Alatau" refers to a kind of mountain. The range is bounded from the north by the Ili Depression of the Ili River, hence the name.

Ile Alatau
Ile Alatau as seen from Almaty International Airport
Highest point
PeakTalgar Peak
Elevation4,973 m (16,316 ft)
Length350 km (220 mi) E-W
Native nameIle Alatauy  (Kazakh)
CountriesKazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
Range coordinates43°03′N 77°15′E / 43.05°N 77.25°E / 43.05; 77.25Coordinates: 43°03′N 77°15′E / 43.05°N 77.25°E / 43.05; 77.25

The former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty, is located at the foot of the range.


In the nature conservation part of the Zailiyskiy Alatau, which is part of the Almaty nature reserve, there are: lynx, maral, roe deer, badger, hare and stone marten. The mountainous area is inhabited by black grouse, golden eagles, bearded vultures, mountain and bearded partridges, Himalayan snowcocks, juniper dubonos, blue birds, woodpeckers and nutcrackers.[1]

Peak RobesonEdit

A mountain summit in the western Tian Shan and Ile Ala-Tau mountains is named after the late African-American entertainer and activist, Paul Robeson who advocated the U.S.-Soviet friendship.[2]


  1. ^ "Горный хребет Заилийский Алатау (Trans-Ili Alatau).Казахстан.. Обсуждение на LiveInternet - Российский Сервис Онлайн-Дневников". (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-12-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Paul Robeson: "The Great Forerunner -Editors of Freedomways", Freedomways Press, page 99

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