Talgar is a small town located in the south-east of Kazakhstan, 20 km from Almaty, is located in a picturesque place at the foot of the spurs of the Tien Shan Mountains - Zailiyskiy Alatau. Local mountains are unique both in beauty and composition of flora and fauna.
The highest peak of Talgar is 4979 m above sea level.
There are several powerful rivers - South-Eastern, Left, Middle and Right Talgary, as well as Issyk and South Issyk. Mazkol Marl Lake is located in the upper reaches of the Issyk River at an altitude of 3600 m above sea level, with an area of 46300 sq. and a depth of 25 m.
The largest Korzhenevsky glacier, about 12 km long.
The Almaty State Natural Reserve was established in 1931. The central estate is located in Talgar city 25 km from Almaty city.
The nature of the reserve amazes with its diversity: steppes, deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests, alpine meadows and glaciers. More than 30% of the Reserve's territory is occupied by glaciers, where mountain rivers Talgar, Issyk and Chilik originate, which supply drinking water to the population of the region.
The wildlife of the Reserve includes about 200 species of birds, 38 mammals, 7 species of reptiles, several thousand species of insects and invertebrates. The reserve is a common habitat for the snow leopard, as well as for various animals, including deer, eagles, wild sheep (argali), gazelle (gazelle).
There are 22 species of animals and 28 species of plants from the Red Book of Kazakhstan on the territory of the Reserve.
The Reserve has a museum, the expositions of which reflect its activities, as well as walking through the halls of the museum, you can get acquainted with representatives of flora and fauna living on its territory.
How to get there
You can get to Talgar from Almaty by train, bus or taxi. The road runs through picturesque terrain.
The trip to Talgar will take 0.5 - 1 hour.
You can plan and order a trip to Talgar through the Ecotourism Information Resource Centre in advance.
Contacts: Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Shevchenko Street, 14, sq.2, tel: +7 727 293 84 23, +7 727 2 93 83 80, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org