Nezatash Pass

The Nezatash Pass or Neza-Tash Pass (Tajik: Ағбаи Найзатош; Aghbai Nayzatosh) is a mountain pass in the Sarikol Range between Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province in Tajikistan and Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County in Xinjiang, China. It is situated at an elevation of 4,476 metres (14,685 ft).[1] The name of the path means "spear stone" in Kyrgyz as it is named after a rock near the location.[2]

Nezatash Pass
Nezatash Pass is located in Tajikistan
Nezatash Pass
Location in Tajikistan
Nezatash Pass is located in Xinjiang
Nezatash Pass
Nezatash Pass (Xinjiang)
Elevation4,476 m (14,685 ft)
LocationChina–Tajikistan border
RangePamir Mountains
Coordinates37°35′40″N 74°56′07″E / 37.5944°N 74.9353°E / 37.5944; 74.9353Coordinates: 37°35′40″N 74°56′07″E / 37.5944°N 74.9353°E / 37.5944; 74.9353
Nezatash Pass
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese納茲塔什山口
Simplified Chinese纳兹塔什山口
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese奈扎塔什山隘
Simplified Chinese奈扎塔什山隘
Tajik language name
Tajik languageАғбаи Найзатош


Map including Beyik Pass (labeled as NI-JO-T'A-SHIH SHAN-K'OU[3]) (AMS, 1966)
Map including the Nezatash Pass area (1992)

Neztash Pass is a minor path on the Silk Road. During ancient times, it was not a main Silk Road route due to the fact that it took traveler far from settlements, lacked sources of water, and had a relatively higher elevation.[4]

However, during the 19th century, Neztash Pass was frequently used by European explorers passing through the region.[4]

That path sits on the border between China and Tajikistan in the historic region of Badakhshan. In the 1890s, the Chinese, Russian, and Afghan governments signed a series of agreements that divided Badakhshan, but China contested the result of the division. The dispute was eventually settled in 2002 when Tajikistan and China signed a border agreement.[5][1]

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  1. ^ a b 中华人民共和国和塔吉克斯坦共和国关于中塔国界的补充协定  [China-Tajikistan Border Agreement] (in Chinese). 2002-05-17 – via Wikisource. 经4476米(原苏联地图为4476.0米)奈扎塔什山隘
  2. ^ Hill, John E. (September 2003). "Section 20 The Kingdom of Suoche 莎車 (Yarkand).". The Western Regions according to the Hou Hanshu. University of Washington. Retrieved 2017-02-07. Neza Tash, meaning spear-stone, is named from a spear-like pointed rock near the place.
  3. ^ Ni-jo-t’a-shih Shan-k’ou (Approved - N) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  4. ^ a b "穿越葱岭丝绸之路:帕米尔高原故道寻踪". Sina Corp (in Chinese). 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 石头城西的纳兹塔什山口是19世纪欧洲探险家经常走的捷径...但此山口距离主要商路与定居区的喷赤河谷太远,且其间均为高海拔地区,因此它与纳兹塔什山口都不在丝绸之路常规路线上
  5. ^ "China's Territorial and Boundary Affairs". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People's Republic of China. 2003-06-30. Retrieved 2009-11-27.