This national park is sprawled in the heart of Central Asia in the valley of the Ili River about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty. The park was established April 10, 1996 to preserve the unique natural beauty and complexity of the region, and has provided the opportunity for the development of ecological tourism.
The park contains unique geological formations, mountains, desert landscapes, archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, and rare and endangered species of plants and animals.
The park’s flora totals about 1,800 species of plants, among them 21 are included in the Red Book of Kazakhstan; about 60 types are endemic and rare forms of the Dzhhungarian Alatau and the Ili-Balkhashsky pool. In addition, 56 animal species living in the park are also included in the Red Book.