There are only ten nature reserves out of all the specially protected areas in Kazakhstan. All protected areas are of scientific interest, since the ecosystem in them is not significantly changed by human activities. Brown bears roam, snow leopards and mountain goats live not far from Almaty in the Almaty Nature Reserve. The Talgar mountain knot is the highest elevation of the northernmost ridge of the Tien Shan mountains. Talgar peak rises (5017 m) in the central part of the Zailiyskiy Alatau.
The reserve stretches for more than 30 kilometers from the north to the south and from the west to the east. The rivers Talgar, Essik, Shilik originate Here. The steppe meadow zone is replaced by deciduous forests at altitudes of 1200 - 1600 meters above sea level. Schrenka spruce grows from here and up to altitude of 2800 m. There are alpine and subalpine zones higher than altitude 3200 m. There is a glacial-nival zone above this mark. The scientists of the reserve will lead you along the ecological paths.