Sarikol Range

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The Sarikol Range (Chinese: 色勒库尔山脉; pinyin: Sèlēikù'ěr Shānmài; Tajik: Рашти Куҳи Сарикол; Persian: رشته کوه سريكال or رشته کوه سرقول‎, Rashte Kūh-e Sarīkāl) is a mountain range in the Pamirs on the border of Tajikistan and the People’s Republic of China. The range divides Tajikistan's Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province and China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and it runs parallel with the Muztagh Range to the east. The range extends 215 miles (346 km) from the Markansu River in the north to the Beyik Pass in the south. Its average elevation is roughly 16,500 feet (5,000 m) and the highest point in the range is Mount Lyavirdyr at 20,837 feet (6,351 m). The range’s drainage basin feeds both the Amu Darya and Tarim River. The range is composed of schist, granite, and gneiss.[1]

The name Sarikol has also been used to describe the local people who are historically known as Sarikolis; the local Sarikoli language; and Tashkurgan Town, which was historically known as Sarikol.


Coordinates: 38°37′56″N 74°29′52″E / 38.63222°N 74.49778°E / 38.63222; 74.49778