Wakhan

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Wakhan or "the Wakhan" (also spelt Vakhan; Persian and واخان, Vâxân and Wāxān respectively; Вахон, Vaxon) is a rugged, mountainous part of the Pamir, Hindu Kush and Karakoram regions of Afghanistan.wikipedia
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Pamir Mountains

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Wakhan or "the Wakhan" (also spelt Vakhan; Persian and واخان, Vâxân and Wāxān respectively; Вахон, Vaxon) is a rugged, mountainous part of the Pamir, Hindu Kush and Karakoram regions of Afghanistan.
This type of terrain is found in the east and north of the Wakhan, and the east and south of Gorno-Badakhshan, as opposed to the valleys and gorges of the west.

Wakhan River

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Until 1883 the Wakhan included the whole valley of the Panj River and the Pamir River, as well as the upper flow of the Panj River known as the Wakhan River.
Wakhan River, Abe Vâxân Вахондарё, Vaxondaryo), also known in English as Ab-i-Wakhan, is the name of the Sarhadd branch of the Panj River along its upper length in Wakhan, Afghanistan.

Pamir River

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Until 1883 the Wakhan included the whole valley of the Panj River and the Pamir River, as well as the upper flow of the Panj River known as the Wakhan River.
It is a tributary of the Panj River, and forms the northern boundary of Wakhan.

Qal`eh-ye Panjeh

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The only road into the Wakhan is a rough track from Ishkashim past Qila-e Panja to Sarhad-e Broghil.
Qal`eh-ye Panjeh, also written Qila-e Panjeh and Kala Panja, is a village in Wakhan, Badakhshan Province in north-eastern Afghanistan.

Sarhadd

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The only road into the Wakhan is a rough track from Ishkashim past Qila-e Panja to Sarhad-e Broghil.
Sarhadd or Sarhad, also known as Sarhad-e Broghil or Sarhad-e Wakhan, is a village in the Wakhan in Badakhshan Province in north-eastern Afghanistan.

Wakhjir Pass

Wakhjir
Paths lead from the end of the road to the Wakhjir Pass, a mountain pass leading to China which is closed to travellers.
It links Wakhan in Afghanistan with the Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County in Xinjiang, China, at an altitude of 4923 m, but the pass is not an official border crossing point.

Chaqmaqtin Lake

West of the Pamir Knot is the Little Pamir, a broad U-shaped grassy valley 100 km long and 10 km wide, which contains Chaqmaqtin Lake, the headwaters of the Aksu or Murghab River.
Chaqmaqtin Lake is a lake in the Wakhan region of Afghanistan.

Bartang River

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West of the Pamir Knot is the Little Pamir, a broad U-shaped grassy valley 100 km long and 10 km wide, which contains Chaqmaqtin Lake, the headwaters of the Aksu or Murghab River.
In its upper reaches, it is known as the Murghab River and Aksu River; it flows in the Wakhan in Afghanistan, then in the Roshan District of the Gorno-Badakhshan province, Tajikistan.

Amu Darya

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It contains the headwaters of the Amu Darya (Oxus) River, and was an ancient corridor for travellers from the Tarim Basin to Badakshan.

Little Pamir

West of the Pamir Knot is the Little Pamir, a broad U-shaped grassy valley 100 km long and 10 km wide, which contains Chaqmaqtin Lake, the headwaters of the Aksu or Murghab River.
The Little Pamir (Wakhi: Wuch Pamir; Kyrgyz: Kichik Pamir; ) is a broad U-shaped grassy valley or pamir in the eastern part of the Wakhan in north-eastern Afghanistan.

Ishkashim, Afghanistan

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The only road into the Wakhan is a rough track from Ishkashim past Qila-e Panja to Sarhad-e Broghil.
The climate is generally cold, but much warmer than that of neighboring areas, such as Wakhan.

Great Pamir

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The Great Pamir or Big Pamir, a 60 km long valley south of Zorkol lake, drained by the Pamir River, lies to the northwest of the Little Pamir.
The Great Pamir or Big Pamir (Wakhi: Past Pamir; Kyrgyz: Chang Pamir; ) is a broad U-shaped grassy valley or pamir in the eastern part of the Wakhan in north-eastern Afghanistan and the adjacent part of Tajikistan, in the Pamir Mountains.

Nicholas Range (Pamir Mountains)

Nicholas Range
The mountain range that divides the two Pamirs is known as the Nicholas Range.
The Nicholas Range (Persian: سلسله کوه نیکلاس), known locally as Selselehi-i Koh-i-Wakhan is a range of mountains in the Pamir Mountains on the border of Afghanistan and Tajikistan that crosses the Wakhan in Afghanistan.

Badakhshan

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It contains the headwaters of the Amu Darya (Oxus) River, and was an ancient corridor for travellers from the Tarim Basin to Badakshan.
Badakhshan's boundaries were decided by the Anglo-Russian agreement of 1873, which expressly acknowledged "Badakhshan with its dependent district Wakhan" as "fully belonging to the Amir of Kabul", and limited it to the left or southern bank of the Amu Darya (also called Oxus).

Wakhan District

Wakhandistrict of Wakhan
Wakhan District is a district in Badakshan Province.

Gaz Khan

To facilitate access they built a bridge across the Pamir River at Prip, near Gaz Khan.
Gaz Khan or Goz Khun is a village in the Wakhan in Badakhshan Province in north-eastern Afghanistan.

Wakhi language

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Most of its inhabitants speak the Vakhi or Wakhi language (x̌ik zik), and belong to an ethnic group known as Vakhi or Wakhi.
The origin of this language is Wakhan and it is, according to many sources, more than four thousand years old.

Zorkul

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The Great Pamir or Big Pamir, a 60 km long valley south of Zorkol lake, drained by the Pamir River, lies to the northwest of the Little Pamir.
The lake was once in the territory of the mir of Wakhan, but the lake and river were established as the border between Russia and Afghanistan by agreement between the Russians and the British in 1895.

Wakhi people

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Most of its inhabitants speak the Vakhi or Wakhi language (x̌ik zik), and belong to an ethnic group known as Vakhi or Wakhi.
The exonym Wakhī, which is given to them by their neighbors, is based on Wux̌, the local name of the region of Wakhan, deriving from *Waxšu, the old name of the Oxus River (Amu Darya), which is a major river formed by the junction of the Vakhsh and Panj rivers on the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region

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The northern part of the historic Wakhan is now part of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province in Tajikistan.
Another road leads from Khorog into the Wakhan and across the Afghan border.

Kyrgyz people

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Nomadic Kyrgyz herders live at the higher altitudes.
Most of the Kyrgyz refugees in Afghanistan settled in the Wakhan region.

Baza'i Gonbad

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This book tells the story of the building of a school in the Kyrgyz village of Bozai Gumbaz.
Baza'i Gonbad or Bozai Gumbaz is the site of a domed tomb (or gonbad) and nearby settlement of Kyrgyz and Wakhi herders in the Wakhan in Badakhshan Province in north-eastern Afghanistan.

Ulupamir

The village of Ulupamir (or “Great Pamir” in Kyrgyz) in Erciş on Lake Van was given to these, where more than 5,000 of them still reside today.
They came from the Great Pamir and Little Pamir in the Wakhan, northern Afghanistan, in 1982.

Kyrgyz in Pakistan

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In 1978 almost all the Kyrgyz inhabitants fled to Pakistan in the aftermath of the Saur Revolution.
Kyrgyz from Wakhan region of Afghanistan moved to Pakistan in the 1970s.

Persian language

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Wakhan or "the Wakhan" (also spelt Vakhan; Persian and واخان, Vâxân and Wāxān respectively; Вахон, Vaxon) is a rugged, mountainous part of the Pamir, Hindu Kush and Karakoram regions of Afghanistan.