Tashkurgán, Sinkiang, China

Taxkorgan County is located in the eastern part of the Pamir Plateau, where the Kunlun, Karakoram, Hindukush and Tian Shan mountains come together, at the borders with Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan. The county seat is Taxkorgan Town.

The territorial expansion of the county is 178 kilometres from north to south, and 140 kilometres from east to west, the total area is about 52,400 square kilometres, at an average altitude above 4,000 metres. The county includes a significant part of the Trans-Karakoram Tract, disputed by India and Pakistan in the ongoing Kashmir conflict; while Pakistan has withdrawn the claim since 1963, India continues to claim it as part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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