We describe changes in glaciers of the Balkhash-Alakol basin, central Asia, and analyse unified glacier inventories of the Zailiyskiy-Kungei and Jungar glacier systems and the Chinese part of the Ili river basin, as well as mass-balance monitoring data from Tsentralniy Tuyuksu glacier for the period 1957-2014. In spite of significant inter-basin differences, glaciation of the three glacial systems in the Ili river basin within Kazakhstan as well as within Chinese territory is changing simultaneously and similarly. Differences in the rates of glacier degradation are small and are affected primarily by the orientation of the flanks of the mountain ridges. Since the mid-1950s, glaciation of the region has remained degraded and, on average over the period examined, glaciers shrank at a rate of about 0.8% a-1 in area and about 1 % a-1 in ice volume. Glacial systems in large basins such as Balkhash-Alakol change simultaneously, linearly and at similar rates. The average rates of glacier reduction of the Zailiyskiy-Kungei, Jungar and upper Ili glacier systems for the period 1955/56-2008 amounted to 0.76%, 0.75% and 0.73% a-1 respectively.