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Trans-Ili Alatau

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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 Alatawy
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

Ile Alatau (Kazakh: Ile Alatawy, Іле Алаtауы), also spelt as Trans-Ili Alatau, etc., 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.

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

Peak Robeson

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.[1]


  1. ^ "Paul Robeson: The Great Forerunner -Editors of Freedomways, Freedomways Press, page 99"

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