Shaksgam River: Difference between revisions

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| title = The Heart of a Continent
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| title = Exploration of the Shaksgam Valley and Aghil ranges, 1926
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== Geography ==
The upper river valley is used by climbers approaching the north face of [[K2 (mountain)#North Ridge|K2]]. The approach requires a crossing of the river, which is hazardous. Between its confluence with the Shimshal Braldu River and its confluence with the Oprang River the river forms the border between China and [[Pakistan administered Kashmir]].<ref name=ibs/> The area is used as winter pastures by yak herdsmen from the village of [[Shimshal]].<ref>[ 2000 Mock & O'Neil Oprang Expedition Report]</ref> Historically, the bed of the Yarkand river where Shaksgam joins it, was used for cultivation by farmers from the state of [[Hunza (princely state)|Hunza]]. The rulers of Hunza are said to have obtained these "territorial rights to Raskam" in the distant past.<ref>{{citation |first=Ahmad Hasan |last=Dani |authorlinkauthor-link=Ahmad Hasan Dani |chapter=The Western Himalayan States |editor1=M. S. Asimov |editor2=C. E. Bosworth |title=History of Civilizations of Central Asia, Vol. IV, Part 1 — The age of achievement: A.D. 750 to the end of the fifteenth century — The historical, social and economic setting |chapter-url= |date=1998 |publisher=UNESCO |isbn=978-92-3-103467-1 |pages=215–225}}</ref><ref>{{citation |last=Mehra |first=Parshotam |title=An "agreed" frontier: Ladakh and India's northernmost borders, 1846-1947 |url= |year=1992 |publisher=Oxford University Press |pp=95–97}}</ref>
The average annual temperature in the region can fall below freezing.