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    1. The Heart Of The World: A Journey
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    2. Mapping the Tibetan World
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    3. Seven Years in Tibet
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    4. Lonely Planet Tibet (Lonely Planet
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    5. Circling the Sacred Mountain :
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    6. Vanished Kingdoms: A Woman Explorer
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    7. Trekking in Tibet: A Traveler's
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    8. Lost in Tibet : The Untold Story
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    9. Among the Tibetans
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    10. From Heaven Lake : Travels Through
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    11. Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek
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    12. Tibet: The Bradt Travel Guide
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    13. Cousin Felix Meets the Buddha:
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    14. Tibet: The Secret Continent
    15. WAY OF WHITE CLOUDS (Shambhala
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    17. Himalayan Odyssey
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    18. The Big Open : On Foot Across
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    19. River Dog: A Journey Down The
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    20. Tibet's Sacred Mountain: The Extraordinary

    1. The Heart Of The World: A Journey To The Last Secret Place
    by Ian Baker, Dalai Lama
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    Asin: 1594200270
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-04)
    Publisher: Penguin Press Hc
    Sales Rank: 1196
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    The myth of Shangri-la originates in Tibetan Buddhist beliefs in beyul, or hidden lands, sacred sanctuaries that reveal themselves to devout pilgrims and in times of crisis. The more remote and inaccessible the beyul, the vaster its reputed qualities. Ancient Tibetan prophecies declare that the greatest of all hidden lands lies at the heart of the forbidding Tsangpo Gorge, deep in the Himalayas and veiled by a colossal waterfall. Nineteenth-century accounts of this fabled waterfall inspired a series of ill-fated European expeditions that ended prematurely in 1925 when the intrepid British plant collector Frank Kingdon-Ward penetrated all but a five-mile section of the Tsangpo's innermost gorge and declared that the falls were no more than a "religious myth" and a "romance of geography." The heart of the Tsangpo Gorge remained a blank spot on the map of world exploration until world-class climber and Buddhist scholar Ian Baker delved into the legends. Whatever cryptic Tibetan scrolls or past explorers had said about the Tsangpo's innermost gorge, Baker determined, could be verified only by exploring the uncharted five-mile gap. After several years of encountering sheer cliffs, maelstroms of impassable white water, and dense leech-infested jungles, on the last of a series of extraordinary expeditions, Baker and his National Geographic-sponsored team reached the depths of the Tsangpo Gorge. They made news worldwide by finding there a 108-foot-high waterfall, the legendary grail of Western explorers and Tibetan seekers alike.

    The Heart of the World is one of the most captivating stories of exploration and discovery in recent memory-an extraordinary journey to one of the wildest and most inaccessible places on earth and a pilgrimage to the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist faith.
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    2. Mapping the Tibetan World
    by Atsushi Kanamaru, Kotan Publishing
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    Asin: 0970171609
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
    Publisher: Kotan Publishing
    Sales Rank: 130560
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Whether you are visiting the central Tibetan plateau or more easily accessible Tibetan areas in northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, or western China this is the guidebook that gives you all the information you require to truly explore this wonderful region. The Tibetan way of life thrives in many areas outside of the area commonly known as "Tibet".

    With a unique collection of over 280 highly detailed, tried and tested maps in combination with more than 400 pages of practical travel information and 339 illustrations, color and black & white photographs, "Mapping the Tibetan World" is a one-stop guide and map book to this entire Tibetan region.

    The more than 280 maps are clear, concise and packed with useful information as well as all the relevant towns, villages, monasteries, trekking routes and base camps as well as other points of interest along the way. There are country maps that cover all of the main Himalayan destinations including double page maps of Nepal and Bhutan. Bus route & highway maps, which help with planning your routes into the region and in getting around. The regional & local maps along with special ones showing large monasteries and sights of special interest will allow you to relax and soak up the atmosphere of the place without those nagging worries that you are missing out on something just around the corner. This collection of maps is the most comprehensive ever offered in a guidebook covering the Himalayas and many of them are simply unavailable anywhere else. Please see the Interior Artwork provided above for a taste of what to expect.

    The travel information provided includes difficult to find bus and train timetables, air schedules, sample budgets and model routes as well as hotel rates, restaurant suggestions and hundreds of interesting sights to see. This is supplemented by a balanced look at the historical, cultural and religious backdrop to the Tibetan way of life.

    There are language sections covering both the Tibetan and Chinese languages. Each town is identified by it's Tibetan and Chinese name (and at times Nepalese) and also by it's local name where the regional dialect is different. To further assist in your endeavors to get from A to B there is a full map and location index alongside an appendix crammed full of place names in English along with their names in Chinese characters.

    Readers who stand to benefit from this book include: *Independent Travelers Any traveler planning to explore any part of the Tibetan Cultural Area, whether in Tibet, China, Nepal, India or Bhutan. *Group Tours Anyone who is joining a group tour to the Himalayas and is in search of background information on the history of the area, the culture and customs of the people or the festivals and complex world of Tibetan Buddhism.*Trekkers Those adventurous souls who are aiming to tackle the Everest routes from either the Nepal or Tibet side, challenging the Annapurna sanctuary or attempting Mt. Kangchenjunga among the many other peaks in the region. *Travel Professionals Travel and trekking agencies will be able to offer better organized and more in-depth travel packages to their clients by using this book. *Scholars & Others Anyone studying, researching or with a general interest in the region will gain invaluable information and gain access to a unique set of maps. You will gain further knowledge of the Tibetan people and the areas they call home and it will act as reference resource for years to come. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Ambitious & Successful
    'Mapping the Tibetan World' is a very ambitious project, and one that succeeds brilliantly.

    The once-great Tibetan world, though based on common culture and language, has splintered over the centuries into slabs attached to China, India and Nepal--with Bhutan the sole independent nation remaining. This book reassembles the complex jigsaw into a cohesive whole again, making it the perfect guidebook for travellers keen on visiting overlapping regions of the Tibetan plateau on a single trip.

    The marvel is how all the complex data is compressed into 424 pages. The maps are highly detailed and many are not found in other sources: among them are excellent trekking maps.

    If you want to explore the Tibetan sphere of influence, this is the book.

    Michael Buckley, travel writer, author of Heartlands: Travels in the Tibetan World and the Tibet Travel Adventure Guide

    3-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps my previous review offended...
    I wonder what happened to my original review, which seems to have disappeared...

    I had tried to go against the conventional wisdom about this book and recommend that, if one is not interested in purely religious destinations, another book might be in order.
    This book is concerned only with religious destinations in Tibet.
    Mountain climbers, trekkers, or bikers concerned perhaps with more terrestrial matters would be better served by a book with mile markers, better maps, and more information on lodging.

    I was in Tibet in March of 2002 climbing Mt. Nojin Kansa. I had this book; another guy had a book I won't bother (this time) to name. I constantly referred to the other book for mile markers, pass altitudes, international phone providers, etc.

    This book will get thee to a nunnery in short order. It will not provide the best maps or travel details.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So good I bought it twice!
    At first glance, I thought this guide would be difficult to use as I was so used to the layout of Lonely Planet. However, I quickly adapted to it and found it very informative and reasonably up to date. Most useful was the section on Buddhism when visiting the extraordinary temples in Tibet, as well as advice on routes to take and how to get places. Unfortunately, after a vehicle accident just outside of Lhasa, my book went missing somewhere between the side of the road and the hospital bed (don't let that put you off visiting this remarkable country!). So I was overjoyed when I discovered the guide again in Kathmandu, and bought another copy so I could continue to use it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars portable encyclopedia of the Tibetan world i was waiting for
    Mapping the Tibetan World is the portable encyclopedia of the Tibetan world i was waiting for !
    I have now this wonderful little book always close to me so that i can read a bit here and a bit there whenever i have five minutes to spare.
    It has informations on all aspects of Tibetan life, culture, history and geography as well as Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and symbols.
    The many maps included makes it easy to plan your trip in Tibet and other Tibetan cultural regions.
    The only suggestions i could make to the publisher would be a LARGE PRINT version for people who like me have bad eyesight, and may be a color coding to distinguish the various regions (chapters).
    A wonderful job done by this team of young explorers, many thanks to them !

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best guide to Tibet
    This book is a must for travellers, it has easily the best set of maps to Tibet that I have ever seen and they are really easy to follow. The travel information is also very detailed, especially when it comes to the local public transport timetables and routes. I am also impressed that it covers in detail all the Tibetan areas in the Chinese controlled areas and beyond and not just around Lhasa. ... Read more

    3. Seven Years in Tibet
    by Heinrich Harrer
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    Asin: 0874778883
    Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
    Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher
    Sales Rank: 40652
    Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The incredible adventure and spiritual odyssey in Tibet
    I first read Seven Years in Tibet 12 years ago. That it is as popular now as it was then and has been ever since it was first published in the 1950'speaks to its timelessness as a true adventure classic. But it is more than just an adventure story and Harrer, more than just an adventurer. As the story unfolds the reader's attention is drawn to the many layers of the author's odyssey across the "Roof of The World".

    The descriptions of the physical and cultural landscapes and the people of the Himalaya provide a wonderful geography to this high, remote and troubled corner of the globe.

    I am certain that a Buddhist would consider it Karma that the book was written in the first place and Karma that it has enjoyed such longetivity, especially in context of the apparent growing awareness by the global community of the Tibetan people's plight at the hands of the expansionist Chinese.

    The recently released movie of the same title is a reasonably accurate adaptation of the book. The book, however, should be a must read for anyone with an adventurous spirit, a romantic imagination, and an empathetic soul for a peace-loving and persecuted people.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A story of an incredible adventure and a fascinating culture
    I decided to read this novel because I enjoy travel literature, and also because of a recommendation from a friend from Liechtenstein who was acquainted with the author. I found this novel to be quite fascinating, telling a story of survival in harsh terrain, a love for the mountains, and the gathering of knowledge about an isolated and mysterious culture. Mr. Harrer's ability to survive in the Himalayas, his quick adaptation to Tibetan lifestyle and language, and his writing skills paint the picture of an incredibly intelligent and enterprising individual. This book lends strong support to the cause for a free Tibet.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Seven Years in Tibet
    I was very surprised by this book becuase it is almost nothing like the Hollywood movie staring Brad Pitt. It was much better. The writting stlye was easy to read and involving and the candor of the books author about the people he lived with for years implies that he had a true love and respect for them, and had spent alot of time seriously observing them, this book was not written lightly or in a joking tone!! It' a wonderful story - read it!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, Amazing Detail and Information, Too Much Ego
    I read this book for the first time when I was only 13. I was absolutely captivated by Harrer's stunning descriptions of pre-occupation Tibet, and specifically Lhasa. Harrer portrays life in a world forbidden to foreigners and that no longer exists.

    His memoir begins with his attempt to summit Nanga Parbat in the himalayas and continues through his captivity in a British POW camp through his many escape attempts to reach Tibet.

    Harrer continues through his exhausting trek through the unwelcoming plains of Tibet, even encountering the infamous Khampa bandits.

    Harrer then goes into his stay in Lhasa, emphasizing his time tutoring the young 14th Dalai Lama. He also discusses his time working as a public servant for Lhasa alongside fellow escapee, Peter Aufschnaiter, mapping Lhasa, building dykes along the river et cetera.

    Finally Harrer discusses the downfall off Tibet due to the Chinese invasion from an insider's standpoint, even up to Harrer's escape from Tibet.

    His writing makes old Tibet so real, and his final words (which I will not reveal) speaks to our hearts as humans, not as Americans, Chinese, Tibetans, Germans, Austrians, or whatever we may be.

    The only flaw that I can think of for this book is Harrer's ego shows through his writing. While it is not a major flaw, it is annoying.

    I highly reccomend this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great story
    This book is first of all a great story about a daring escape from a POW camp in Northern India followed by a fugitive's trek across some of the worlds most inhospitable territory. It seems impossible that anyone could have survived trekking over the Himalayas in winter with no equipment other than a few rags for clothing. The rest of the book is a remarkable eyewittness account of Tibet and especially Lhasa just before the time of the Chinese invasion. Harrer paints a vivid picture of a lively and colourful Forbidden City (Lhasa), and his great love of the country and its charming people shines brightly through. Towards the end Harrer becomes a personal tutor of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and his account of his relationship with the only 14 year old leader of Tibet is endearing and touching. I enjoyed the book very much not only because of the topic matter but also because of Harrer's honest, tough, and yet deeply respectful and caring attitude toward Tibet and its people. ... Read more

    4. Lonely Planet Tibet (Lonely Planet Tibet)
    by Bradley Mayhew, Monique Choy, J. Bellezza
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    Asin: 1740595238
    Catlog: Book (2005-08-30)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 8516
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there,chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nervesof first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the mostjaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years and as a result, has the experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice. The original backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach.While still givinginsights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range of accommodations anditineraries for those with less time than money.

    This completely revised and updated Lonely Planet guide to Tibet features new maps, detailed trekking information, overland routes from China and Nepal, Tibetan and Mandarin language sections, as well as essential notes on history, culture, and Buddhism. The author imparts expert advice onwhere to stay and eat, and presents engaging sidebars on topics such as "The World of a Monk,""Everest's Name," "King Gesar," "Important Figures of Tibetan Buddhism," "The Mandala," "Sutra & Tantra," and Tibetan travelers' first-hand experiences. --Kathryn True ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I went to Tibet
    Last summer I went to Tibet with this book as a NGO officer. This book is very useful, but no information about dalily life of real Tibeatian. Acturally, in the downtown, there are few Tibetian people. There are only Hun people, majority ethnic group in China, who enjoy their prestages. On the other hands, Tibetian people live in the northen part with surveillance camera. Since some of them are sterllized, real Tibetean people would disapper in this century, apart from the exiles in Indea.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Travel Book
    It's the best LP book ever.I bought the book a few months ago before leaving for Tibet.What a great help this book was!I read every single word one every single page!Went to so many facinating places This is THE book you must have if you plan to go to the snowland.Apparently, every independent traveller in Tibet has one.It has so many useful maps and hiking guide.I was in Tibet for two weeks, still wish I had more time there.
    Best places: Lhasa, Namtso, Mt. Everest, Mt. Kalish

    Best time to go: anytime
    Best book to take: LP Tibet

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't leave for Tibet if you haven't got this book!
    If I was only allowed to take one book to Tibet it would definitely be the Lonely Planet. It has very useful information about the country, the religion, do's and don'ts, etc. I used this book to prepare for my trip and used it in Tibet to get more information on the city I was in or the tempel or monastery I was visiting. Very detailed information about the tempels, the history and what rooms and statues are what. Very useful information about Lhasa and great maps showing not only interesting sites but also the hotels (so you can find your way back).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't leave for Tibet without it !
    This guidebook is certainly among Lonely Planet's best.It is at the same time an excellent travel guide, and also a fantastic yet concise source of insights into the life of this wonderful land.Anyone traveling to Tibet will inevitably encounter a number of restrictions on her/his travel, and will have to stick to the Chinese government's directives and itineraries.It is indeed hard to leave Tibet without a feeling that one was not really able to 'go deep' into its culture.This book might not compensate for the frustrating limitations posed to travelers by the Chinese government, but it certainly goes a good way towards that direction.It contains tips on how to make the most out of your trip, especially in terms of getting to know 'real' Tibet.Its sections on culture, religion and history are excellently written and captivating.All in all, a fantastic endeavour.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
    This book should be very useful for those who want to visit The Land of Snows as well as for those who just want to learn more from the Tibetan Culture. It has a lot of useful information for travelers, e.g. the best ways to arrive to Tibet (depending of how do you want to do it), and the importance of having a tour guide during your trip (because of political reasons). Inside this book you will find some interesting facts and illustrations about TibetÂ's religion: Buddhism (the spirit of the country), and a few beautiful pictures. ... Read more

    5. Circling the Sacred Mountain : A Spiritual Adventure Through the Himalayas
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    Asin: 0553103466
    Catlog: Book (1999-03-02)
    Publisher: Bantam
    Sales Rank: 661284
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    In the harsh, forsaken landscape of Western Tibet, a holy mountain rises up, the legendary center of the world. Sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike, Mount Kailash had been in professor and popular writer Robert Thurman's mind for some time when he finally decided to organize a group and go--across the Chinese border, where he has always been persona non grata. Writer Tad Wise decides to tag along and put the adventures on paper. While recording Thurman's dharma lectures, Wise comes face to face with the magic of the mountain, its myths and its people, and haltingly transforms from cynical skeptic to tear-streaked pilgrim. Wise's writing leans toward the quirky, pushing ordinary sentences to their lapidary limits, and Thurman, as usual, tosses off tantalizing Buddhisms like "mind-body bubble" and "supreme orgasm of bliss-void-indivisible." For a book that's effectively about walking 32 miles over rubble around a remote peak, Circling the Sacred Mountain succeeds in drawing you into a mandala of swirling ideas and experiences, nudging you toward your own realizations. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tibetan Buddhism with a human side
    This book was an exhilarating reading experience. With Tad Wise's descriptions of the scenery and Robert Thurman's vivid teachings, I felt as if I was there with them learning and experiencing everything. Their journey was long and storied and well presented. Seeing the experience from two sides, the teacher (Thurman) and the student (Wise) give a wide view of this country and its religion. Wise's antidotes add the human side to the experience. It shows how even you can achieve these great things. I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates journeys, religion, or even just a good true story. Thurman and Wise's account make the trek memorable.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Boring,lightened only by Wises' gentle humanity
    When I purchased this book, i was trepiditious about Mr wises particpation. After all.Mr thurman is an acknowledged authority on tibetan buddhism,a friend of hh dalai lama,and wise is a alcoholic,trying to come to grips with his life. well, thank God for mr wises input in this Book1 It made it readable, and somewaht enjoyable.Mr Thurman comes off as a bullying professor,another self important gasbag who has spent too much time in academia.I have no doubt that he is a sincere buddhist,though what comes off here is a longwinded,pedantic bore.The cloak and dagger bit is a little much,though I am sure his fans will eat it up[will the chinese catch me at the border,etc.]The chinese come off rather brutally ,especially in regard to the compassion esposed throughout this book. For the truest of true believers,though Mr wises is entertaining, engaging and I'd travel with him anytime. Just leave Mr thurman home with a mirror and tape recorder.please.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A good book.... BUT....
    This book, I suppose, could be read by one of two groups of people. First: it could be read by the New Age Hippie traveller types looking for an intreguing story about a man travelling. I more approve of this kind of reading..... Tad Wise part of the story is told with humor and warm feeling.... The second, more Buddhafied group, looking to Prof. Thruman as a kind of guru, is not going to get enough here. Bad Dharma. Too little.

    Perhaps, if one was going to read his sermons with a couple of other books, one could get a good understanding of something. It when accompanied by Wise's prose is fairly... um, enlightening....

    I'm afraid that lots of people are going to miss that though.... If the two journeys are disconnected, the book goes to become mediocre..... keep that in mind!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars With Gratitude
    This book is a miracle. It joins the opposites of the deepest teachings with human weaknesses, the highest revelations with guides to daily practices, all in a setting of great natural majesty. The bravery of the Tibetan people as they live under Chinese oppression shines through. I am reading the book for a second time now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars an fascinating introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
    A terrific book! Thurman's lectures on Tantric Buddhism are fascinating, and they are counterpointed well by Wise's narration of the trek to Kalias, his own failings and fears, and his relationship to his teacher. Thurman is (as always) enlightening and impressive, and Wise's story is wonderful in that he is "only" human, too-- it makes the path toward enlightenment seem possible for the rest of us! Also, it's a great book about an exciting trek to the backcountry of Tibet. A wonderful book!! ... Read more

    6. Vanished Kingdoms: A Woman Explorer in Tibet, China, and Mongolia 1921-1925
    by Mabel H. Cabot
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    Asin: 1931788081
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
    Publisher: Aperture
    Sales Rank: 89198
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A Testament to the Great Spirit and Success of a Remarkable Woman Explorer

    In the early 1920s, the last great age of world explorers, a remarkable young woman, Janet Elliott Wulsin, set out with her husband, Frederick Wulsin, for the far reaches of China, Tibet, and Outer Mongolia to study the people, flora, and fauna of the region. Janet’s strenuous, eventful exploration is detailed by a text enriched with excerpts from her candid personal letters. The journey proved to be a test of the Wulsins’ endurance and of their relationship.

    While in Asia, the Wulsins took many extraordinary photographs, which form the heart of this richly produced publication. They documented tribespeople and sublime desert landscapes, and, perhaps most remarkably, were allowed to photograph the interior of several of the great Tibetan Buddhist lamaseries, many of which have since been destroyed. Several dozen rare, hand-painted lantern slides survived and are reproduced here in splendid color.

    The photographs from the Wulsin expedition are now in the collection of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, in collaboration with which this volume is being produced.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A rich archive of treasures
    In the early 1920s, explorer Janet Wulsin and her husband Frederick journeyed the far reaches of China and Tibet to study the people and the lands of these remote regions - the photos from their expedition come to life in this collection, along with several dozen hand-painted lantern slides that appear in color. Vanished Kingdomsis a rich archive of treasures which charts the findings and peoples of a bygone world. Any serious collection of Asian treasures - both art and cultural - will find Vanished Kingdoms an essential addition, unparalleled in scope and coverage. ... Read more

    7. Trekking in Tibet: A Traveler's Guide, Second Edition
    by Gary McCue, Gary McCue
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    Asin: 0898866626
    Catlog: Book (1999-10)
    Publisher: Mountaineers Books
    Sales Rank: 285328
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    Bordered by the Himalaya on the south and the Karakoram on the west, Tibet offers trekkers an experience like no other.In this updated edition of Trekking in Tibet, McCue prepares us for a sojourn into this mystical, other-worldly land--presenting detailed discussions of pre-trip planning, the most rewarding treks, as well as an educational glimpse into the country's history and culture. This guide can be used for everything from a day hike near the forbidden city of Lhasa to a two-week trek in the shadow of Mount Everest's magical summit. Route information includes trek duration, distance, elevations, and highlights of the route. An invaluable Tibetan language chapter, visa and permit information, equipment and safety tips make this the definitive guidebook on trekking "the rooftop of the world." ... Read more

    8. Lost in Tibet : The Untold Story of Five American Airmen, a Doomed Plane, and the Will to Survive
    by Miriam Murcutt, Richard Starks
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    Asin: 1592285724
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
    Publisher: The Lyons Press
    Sales Rank: 13192
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    A doomed mission sets five young Americans in a forbidden and hostile land.
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    9. Among the Tibetans
    by Isabella L. Bird
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    Asin: 0486434354
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
    Publisher: Dover Publications
    Sales Rank: 438724
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    Reprint of a classic travel account. ... Read more

    10. From Heaven Lake : Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet (Vintage Departures)
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    Asin: 039475218X
    Catlog: Book (1987-10-12)
    Publisher: Vintage
    Sales Rank: 314440
    Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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    About the author's travels from Tibet to New Delhi, with nomadic Muslims, Chinese officials, Buddhists and others. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars a great vacation reading
    It was not the book I wanted to pack for my vacation reading but it was in my luggage when I got there... so there, and thanks god. It was the first book that I read by him so I could not compare to his other works. That being say, I really enjoyed this unique travelogue. In it, Seth took us on his journey, revealing the landscape, the people, the political systems, and make-ups of the ever-evolving-but-ancient china that up until now has not exposed to the outside world. I learned a great deal, and it was a story because of Seth's unique background I don't think anyone could tell it but him.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Celebrating wanderlust
    Much has been said about travel broadening vision, and the journal of a traveller who has a universal view of life makes a rich reading experience. From Heaven Lake is more than a travel book that traverses the length and breadth of a place with smatterings of history, geography and local culture - It is a verbal album of direct images that personify the soul of the areas.

    The book contains relatively little on the culture, civilisation or customs of China or Tibet. Rather it is the personal account of an economics student's experiences while returning home to Delhi from Beijing, via Tibet and Nepal, the novelty of the journey being that it is almost entirely hitchhiked, relying on luck and optimism alone against all odds.

    The idea of hitchhiking to Lhasa comes as a sudden inspiration to Mr.Seth while touring Turfan with fellow non-Chinese students. In serendipitous circumstances, he gets a travel-permit to Lhasa -The indirect repercussion of his singing 'Awara Hoon' (I'm a wanderer) at the students hostel. The song is symbolic of Mr.Seth's wanderlust impulses that make him embark on this fantastic journey. The rest of the book narrates his experiences that has many such co-incidences and fortuitous events that indicate life imitating art, as in an action-packed adventure story.

    The journey also has a more than fair share of obstacles, from dealing with a suspicious mosque doorkeeper or a slightly eccentric truck driver, to major ones like trying to get a lift on a truck to Lhasa, going on an impromptu chase of lost luggage or being stuck indefinitely on deserted, muddy roads. But these not-so-enticing situations are handled comfortably by Mr.Seth who simply refuses to give up. With remarkable candour and a liberal dash of his characteristic humour, he talks about his frustration, anger and minor irritations during the journey and how he got over them eventually.

    Mr.Seth also focuses a great deal on the unexpected gestures of kindness that he encountered in course of the journey - Friendly policemen, amiable officials, store managers, tailors and citizens who helped him.

    Mr.Seth seems to be at home in any part of the world - Climbing into lost caverns in Chinese temples or wading in underground canals, playing basketball with officials or frisbee with waiters, assimilating the quietude of a Chinese shrine and a mosque alike, enjoying a picnic with a Tibetan family he had just met and above all, conversing on all kinds of topics with an assortment of strangers. Not so surprisingly, the people he describes also begin to come alive, like many of the characters in his fiction.

    Reflections and musings on various aspects of China, India and life in general are diffused throughout the book, along with an occasional verse. There is a great attention to detail like the descriptions of Heaven Lake, the Lhasa mosque with its amalgam of Chinese and Arabic styles, the interior of a common truck and even the unpalatable soup served on the way, that suggest Mr.Seth's potential as a superior writer, this being one of his early works.

    To quote Tolkien, not all those that wander are lost, and "From Heaven Lake" conveys that there is indeed much to be found for potential wanderers, besides ideas and ways of thought, experiences, insights and interactions with peoples and cultures - a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Unique viewpoint
    Very well done travelogue around China. A perfect counterpoint to Salzman's Iron & Silk. Salzman stayed in one spot for his sojourn in China; Seth, although he spent two years at Nanjing University, here is concerned with an impromptu hitchhiking trip through western China and Tibet. Seth isn't afraid to put some dangerous questions to his hosts and fellow travelers--questions about the cultural revolution and Red Guard, how life is now under the communists compared with before, could Tibet be a separate country once more? But the best thing about this book is Seth's viewpoint: an Indian writing about China and Tibet for an English/American audience. He takes the time to ruminate on the relations between the countries and the conditions in each country. In particular, his comparison of the living conditions of the poor and aged in China (cared for, if not greatly) and India (left destitute) was eye-opening.

    5-0 out of 5 stars twenty years on
    This summer, I was in Nanjing. In the afternoons it is so hot, that all I did was to stay in and re-read Seth's book. It was probably the fifth time I was reading it.

    I am from India and since childhood I was always fascinated with China and one of the reasons was this book.

    Twenty years on (since the book was published) and some places in China have changed so much. Nanjing itself has become a bustling city and the teashops in Kunming have become swanky cafés. Still, any train journey provides with interesting travel mates and generally kind people similar to the people in the book.

    In my opinion the greatest accomplishment of this book (at least for me) is that it made me go east at time people growing up with me in India were only interested in the west. It is very funny, I went to China to look for differences in our cultures and everywhere I looked, I found more similarities.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Ok not one of his best works
    In general, I like vikram seth's works. But,I found this early travelogue to be less insightful and interesting than his later novels. I did not really connect with him, his travels, his predicaments, or the people he met along the way. ... Read more

    11. Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek of Faith
    by Brandon Wilson
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    Catlog: Book (2004-07)
    Publisher: Heliographica Press
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    They Said It Was "Impossible!"

    A Tibetan Journey of a Thousand Kilometers Began with One Bold Step.

    "Impossible" was what everyone told Brandon Wilson and his wife Cheryl when they began talking about walking a 1000-kilometer ancient pilgrimage trail across Tibet. But those "impossibilities" only made them more determined. Their quest to become possibly the first Western couple to trek this trail across the earth’s most remote corner was far from your usual travel fare — some even called it sheer lunacy. It was certainly far from easy or predictable.

    Yak Butter Blues–A Tibetan Trek of Faith is an edge of your seat tale of survival. Alone, with only their stalwart Tibetan horse Sadhu, the Wilsons faced Tibet’s ruthless environment head-on: the blistering winds, extreme temperatures, sandstorms, blizzards, and the thinnest of air…made all the more challenging by exhaustion, hunger, illness, inflexible bureaucrats and implacable, trigger-happy Chinese soldiers.

    Although the land and climate left their imprints daily, an even more lasting impression on these adventurers was created by Tibetan pilgrims, monks and generous villagers eager to share what little they possess: yak butter tea, the warmth of their family’s fire, camaraderie and a steadfast trust in the Dalai Lama’s return.

    Inadvertently, the couple became an invaluable witness to a culture pushed to the brink of extinction by brutal occupation. The author sympathetically interweaves the story of Tibet’s current plight and struggle to survive into their own.

    Along this simple path, the Wilsons discovered the human link connecting us all, a link that becomes clearest on a trek that removes the distractions of modern life as it unveils the truths of "deliberate travel." In doing so, the couple found a sense of greater purpose, wonder, a renewed faith and ultimately what it takes to endure.

    This colorful, candid, caring and classic tale leads readers along on a physical, spiritual and emotional pilgrimage across this startling land — on a thousand-kilometer odyssey once called "Impossible." ... Read more

    12. Tibet: The Bradt Travel Guide
    by Michael Buckley
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    Asin: 1841620610
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
    Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
    Sales Rank: 296067
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Readers will enjoy this guide to Greater, or Ethnic, Tibet including a chapter on routes through the northern and eastern areas of Kham and Amdo. The "Land of the Snows" boasts opportunities for the highest trekking in the world, with panoramic landscapes dotted with Buddhist monasteries clinging to sheer hilltops and nomadic Tibetans herding yaks on pasture land. Exploring Tibet independently is a challenge, with some of the wildest and roughest road routes in high Asia. Trekking, motoring, and mountain biking are all covered in this new guide, along with the political and cultural issues associated with traveling within this Chinese-occupied country. Practical information on visas, route planning, and essential words and phrases will help smooth the way for visitors. Advice is provided for traveling with minimum impact on Tibet's natural environment.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent new guide to Tibet
    Michael Buckley is a seasoned traveller to Tibet. In the mid-eighties, not long after Tibet first opened to foreign travellers, he was joint author of the first Lonely Planet guide to Tibet, and also of the first to China. He brings a maturity to this book that distinguishes it.

    Tibet, the Bradt Travel Guide effectively updates and expands on the information in Michael's excellent but poorly distributed Tibet Travel Adventure Guide, published three years ago.

    I would recommend the Bradt Guide as the first and best to read before a visit to Tibet. I make that recommendation as one who has travelled independently to Tibet many times and has acted as a travel advisor to hundreds of western travellers to Tibet.

    I have read every guidebook to Tibet published in recent years. Michael's is distinctive, in having a most attractive, easy style, speaking as though one traveller to another. Michael is never patronizing or pompous, he does not pretend to know what he doesn't know, and he does not flaunt his knowledge; among writers of guidebooks, those are rare achievements. Despite them, Michael is knowledgeable (there are many quite surprising bits of information) and forthright in expressing his own considered opinions about cultural and political matters; but he seems to be sharing those opinions and his reasons for holding them, rather than preaching. In short, he is interesting, persuasive and readable.

    The phenomenon of Tibet is so extraordinary and the questions raised by its occupation by China so profound that a visit to Tibet goes far beyond mere sightseeing. Many travellers find that their experiences in Tibet contribute importantly to their understanding of the world. The Bradt Guide is a book whose depth will satisfy the needs of what might be called the thoughtful traveller.

    When the Chinese speak of "Tibet" they mean only the so-called Tibetan Autonomous Region, effectively a province of China. Outside that Region are other territories totalling as great an area again, inhabited by Tibetans and styled by China variously as Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures (subdivisions of provinces) or Tibetan Autonomous Counties (subdivisions of prefectures). These other territories are covered by the Bradt Guide. Particularly valuable is the coverage of Tibetan territory in western Sichuan Province, Gansu Province and Qinghai Province - especially the important Tibetan territory of south-east Qinghai, seldom covered elsewhere.

    In addition, some welcome coverage is given to Bhutan, and to Tibetan areas of Nepal and India, including the seat of the exile government at Dharamsala.

    The presentation of maps is excellent. The usefulness of the section on Chinese language would be greatly enhanced if tones were indicated and Chinese script included: the foreigner, even with the benefit of tone markings, often finds it more effective to point to a phrase than to say it.

    I hope Michael will continue travelling in Tibet and maintain future editions of this excellent book in the years to come. ... Read more

    13. Cousin Felix Meets the Buddha: and Other Encounters in China and Tibet
    by Lincoln Kaye
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    Asin: 0374299986
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-29)
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Sales Rank: 335950
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Adventures in a nation on the road

    Long caricatured as a land of stagnant traditions or lockstep Maoist conformity, China today is a country on the move. Literally—China's new migrant labor pool, known as the "blind river," logs in more road miles and piecework hours than any other workforce in the world—but also mentally and spiritually, as more and more Chinese search for some new faith, whether Maoist, Buddhist, humanist, or laissez-faire - to fill in where decaying Party ideology leaves off. The new China, where religious pilgrims cross paths with born-again capitalists and uprooted communards, is a chaos of true believers pursuing different, often conflicting, visions of fulfillment.

    The author and the illustrator, an American newsman and his Taiwanese wife, trail a series of such pilgrims: wandering farmhands, itinerant actors, a qi gong guru, a careerist policeman, a muckraking lawyer, a die-hard revolutionary agitator, a Taiwanese con man, a Tibetan lama, and many more. The result is neither a travelogue nor an analytic set piece, but a moral panorama, lit from within by the divergent hopes of Chinese citizens today.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An absorbing read
    I very much recommend this book. The author has a wry, quirky point of view about China and he conveys many vivid experiences and perceptions, leaving the reader with a disturbing sense of how hard it is to penetrate the Chinese psyche.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 25 % each of Sinclair Lewis,EB White,HL Menken, Ernie Pyle
    I have no idea who Lincoln Kaye is, but he sure can write. The title doesn't do the book justice, but, then again, I couldn't think what would be a better one. This book is an interesting vehicle through which one gets a view of China, but more importantly a view of people and cultures in transition. I stongly recommned the book and am pretty sure this isn't the last we hear of Mr. Kaye.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stirring portrait of modern China
    The book sinks the reader deep into the lives of modern Chinese people struggling with the rebirth of a nation. Lincoln Kaye recounts a series of encounters collected over four journeys through post-Tiananmen China. It is a frank, detailed, and fun look at modern Chinese life, in all its complexities and contradictions.

    The topics he chooses are ones that modern China is struggling with: a look at China's relationship with its ancient roots in a voyage to the tomb of the Yellow Emperor; modern democracy as it plays out in a village's political struggle; dealing with the aged and China's changing relationship to its old in a hospice in Beijing; and the question of minorities and religions in a journey to a Tibetan lamasery. Kaye's strength here is that rather than taking the approach of political analysis, he brings the eye of a journalist and the prose of a fine storyteller to bear on each situation. This approach bears fruit by bringing the reader into greater appreciation of the lives of the Chinese people and what these questions really mean to them, as opposed to searching for right or wrong.

    Just as Keith Jarrett never met a note on the piano he didn't like, Kaye's style seems to bring warmth and light to every character and situation he encounters. There is no one China, but with Kaye's acute and engaging observations, a tapestry is woven which captures the flavor of China. Kaye takes you there, points out a wealth of details, and leaves you to draw your own conclusions or simply to enjoy the astonishing ride. ... Read more

    14. Tibet: The Secret Continent
    by Michel Peissel
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    Asin: 0312309538
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
    Sales Rank: 365747
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    With 250 accompanying photographs, Michael Peissel tells the history of the early Tibetans and the subsequent golden age of Tibetan Buddhism under the monk Richen Zampo.He examines the spiritual aspects that are so important in Tibetan life and the modern international success of Lamanism. Chronicling the paths of early explorers, Peissel relates Tibet's plunder and destruction, from its dismembering in colonial times to the Chinese takeover.He looks at the uniqueness of the Himalayas, where flora and fauna have evolved to suit the high altitude and resulted in such extraordinary species of animals as the yak and the Takin, a huge goat.

    Through his writing and photography, Michael Peissel brings to life the geographical, spiritual, and intellectual heart of Tibet. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Another go 'round
    Another book by Peissel. This one, much to my syrprise, is atually quite good. Various aspects are presented in self contained chapters. It is also telling for what it doesn't say. For istance, Peissel writes he's been trekking Tibet for the last 40 years. I believe him, but where are his personal experiences in this book? Also he (almost)glosses over the Chinese invasion and the horrors that followed. I guess he needs a visa to visit Tibet in the future... Nonetheless, this is a wonderful book. Great photos and a succinct description oth the country. Well worth the time and money. ... Read more

    15. WAY OF WHITE CLOUDS (Shambhala Dragon Editions)
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    Asin: 0877730075
    Catlog: Book (1988-12-24)
    Publisher: Shambhala
    Sales Rank: 436036
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring,loving and wonderful
    This book will fill you with love, compassion, warmth and dreams.It will take you on an unforgettable journey through Tibet and this in turn will urge you to follow your dreams and not just your ambitions.Its written from the heart and written beauifully.I will be reading it again and again.Having been on a 21 day journey through Ladakh, I could almost relate to the author's experience.Its a truly wonderful and I urge all of you to partake in it.Tholing and Tsaparang, here I come..

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully poetic personal tale of a buddhist pilgrim
    Lama Govinda visited Tibet in times pre-chinese. His tale is of a personal character - and wonderfully so. It feels as if the author is present, when reading.
    I have the book in German, purchased thru, and can highly recommend this to anyone who is able to read German fluently. It is, as said in the title of my review, a wonderfully poetic tale.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A spiritual Gem for any traveler on The Journey of Life
    "The Way of the White Clouds" is a truly wonderful piece of art. On my own path this has been the most significant book to open my mind and heart to what is beyond the obvious.

    Govinda writes from the heart with an openness and clarity which is rare in this world. Combine this with a description of a journey of Tibet just prior to it's invasion, and you can nearly grasp the Heart of tibetan spiritual culture.

    Highly recommended, I truly hope Rider/Random House get enough requests for this literary gem to be printed again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Gem
    You'll need your reading glasses, for sure, when you pick up Lama Govinda's The Way of the White Clouds because you won't want to miss one word of this marvelous text. Travel log, personal diary, and spiritual pilgrimage - I have read this book twice and will read it again. I have only loaned it out once - and only to a family member. It is that previous to me. Govinda's images of Tibet of the 40's are vivid - he takes you there. Another - much more modern - book that shares a similar place of importance on my shelf is The Blessings Already Are by John Morton. You may have to ask for it at your favorite book store as it was just recently published this year. Peace, fellow travelers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A lasting pilgrimage... enjoy again and again-to recapture the spirit of a soulful journey-and keep with you- Govinda's sophistication merges beautifully with his reverential innocence... ... Read more

    by Graham Coleman
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    Asin: 1570620024
    Catlog: Book (1994-03-29)
    Publisher: Shambhala
    Sales Rank: 1127085
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    17. Himalayan Odyssey
    by David Samuel Robbins, Pico Iyer
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    Asin: 0971523487
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
    Publisher: Ad Editions
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    An epic photographic journey across the entire Himalayan range. Over the course of a decade, the author trekked more than 2,000 miles through Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and North India, creating an intimate and sensitive portrait of Himalayan landscape and culture. Himalayan Odyssey is a journey into a spiritual way of life far removed from the modern world. It is also a documentary of remarkable depth and insight - and a poignant record of fragile cultures in transition. A lavishly produced volume of the highest quality, Himalayan Odyssey is 128 pages of spectacular photographs, insightful text and extensive captions, all exquisitely printed on heavyweight art paper. Hard cover, cloth bound. Oversized 10.5 x 15 inch landscape format. Introduction by Pico Iyer. Jacket comments by Martin Scorsese and Peter Matthiessen. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sublime Equanimity
    Short and simple will be enough here:

    128 pages of mystical beauty that can be found in the Hymalayas and in this book. There is some use of symbolic metaphors of early morning mysts, people, homes, genuine symbols of culture and nature. Movements captured for an eternity. A window to peer through for most of the people that will never be able to experience and see these places and its' people in their lives. There is good in this, for too many people would destroy such beauty and equanimity....

    5-0 out of 5 stars A deep look
    First a disclaimer: I am a friend, and working peer of David's albeit my caim to fame is in an entirely different genre, though my recent work is now following in David's footsteps, metaphorically speaking.

    This work is heady. Makes you a bit short of breath at times. Jealous. Beautiful. Not only the subject matter (fifty years of footprints!) but also, for me, it's the formalist quality of the actual photography. He gives us an unwavering horizontal rectangle and fills it with stunning, buzzing, mature compositons and color, whether it be in a blinding whiteout or an early morning smoke with sherpas. His photographs bring us an inherently exotic world (and thus terribly misused) in a style relative to that of Eggleston, Singh, and Misrach. Important work, that overshadows the mostly sad, mediocre books done on this region by well placed trekkers.

    This is about the people, and their art of living in such a grand and harsh place. David's own art brings it all home. I congratulate him for bringing this legacy to the world.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Himalayan Odyssey
    It is clear that David Robbins reveals artistic intellegence surpassed only by the beauty of his subject matter. As I turn through the pages I see metaphore after metaphore expressed by horses as mountains, a mother and child as a great wind, a man bearing a burden to the elevations as great slices of frozen rock jutt upward toward the sky. These metaphores call to us and serve as reminders of endurance, of simplicity, and all that is precious. In the pages of this book, your imagination can be unlocked and your thirst for understanding and compassion unbridled. It is important, especially in this time, to remember the beauty of the human spirit, the beauty of the earth and how they can fit together.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stripping away the stereotypes.
    Well beyond the typical books of this genre. Mr Robbins not only tells a story, he does it with an insight into the hardships and the religous intensities of this culture I have never felt before. This book changed me. My ultimate compliment to an author.
    Buy this if you want to see beyond yourself, into another world of human existance.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A reason to be.
    I never understood this culture till now. David Robbins images strip away the sterotypes of this culture, revealing a simple yet dynamic perspective of an isolated beauty and religous intensity I could not imagine till now.
    This book has changed me, my ultimate complement to an author.
    Bravo David, the measure of worth are well within thses pages.
    I challenge anyone who wants to be stimulated to buy this. ... Read more

    18. The Big Open : On Foot Across Tibet's Chang Tang
    by Rick Ridgeway
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    Catlog: Book (2004-05-18)
    Publisher: National Geographic
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
    This is another strong Ridgeway book. Although he doesn't have the wide range of material to draw from as in the Shadow of Kilimanjaro, this book is still fascinating. Anyone who reads this will be intrigued by the fate of the chiru, appalled that so many people could be convinced that their fur could be collected off bushes and rocks (including major magazine publications), and interested in the dynamics of four determined personalities working together to cross the Chang Tang. Highly recommended. ... Read more

    19. River Dog: A Journey Down The Brahmaputra
    by Mark Shand
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    4-0 out of 5 stars 'one man and his dog'
    I found 'River Dog' to be a touching moving and at times quite funny travelouge. It could be easily argued that the main focus of the book is not shand himself but rather his adorable companion, bhaiti , the hunting dog. This loveable mutt, which amazingly turns out to be an ancient pedigree breed is initially rescued from the back streets of india and is then launched on an amazing journey with shand both hiking and sailing down the mighty brahmaputra river. The dog repays shand by literally saving him from a horned viper. shand then has an extensive opium fuelled conversation with bhaiti which the author notes, quite rightly, as being....really weird!

    Shand is an effortless travel writer, transporting your imagination to bamboo forests, sacred mountains and gentle currents with consumate ease. The various characters that he introduces soon feel like your best friends. Gamma the permanently stoned captain of the riverboat is a real stand out, and the entire journey comes across as a boys own adventure. You can actually find yourself reminiscing about the epic trek even though you weren't really there.

    And finally does anyone know where I can buy one of those indian hunting dogs. I really want one. you will too after you read 'river dog' ... Read more

    20. Tibet's Sacred Mountain: The Extraordinary Pilgrimage to Mount Kailas
    by Russell Johnson, Kerry Moran
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    Asin: 0892818476
    Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
    Publisher: Park Street Press
    Sales Rank: 543664
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    * The record of a spiritual journey through an extraordinary land, and of the devoted pilgrims who seek to circumambulate Mount Kailas.
    * Two Americans recount their experiences during the sacred pilgrimage to one of the most remote places on Earth.
    * With more than 100 color photographs that capture the awe-inspiring landscape and the tireless determination of the pilgrims.

    In a remote corner of western Tibet, in one of the highest, most pristine places on Earth, rises a sublime snow-clad pyramid of rock and snow--Mount Kailas. To Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims this 22,028-foot mountain is the throne of the gods, the "Navel of the Earth," the place where the divine takes earthly form. For more than a thousand years these pilgrims have journeyed here to pay homage to the mountain's mystery, circumambulating it in an ancient ritual of devotion that continues to the present day. Spinning prayer wheels, chanting mantras, and prostrating themselves at shrines, the pilgrims make the arduous climb toward the physical and emotional high point of the journey, the lofty pass known as the Dolma La.

    With spectacular color photography and vivid travel writing, Tibet's Sacred Mountain provides a stunning account of this awe-inspiring landscape, and of the variety, vitality, and sheer determination of the pilgrims who venture there. Both photographer Russell Johnson and writer Kerry Moran have made the difficult pilgrimage around the mountain several times. Tibet's Sacred Mountain is the record of their inspiring journey that opens a window on a magical land of pure light and dazzling color where the temporal and the eternal unite and where every feature of the landscape holds its own divinity. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars For Lovers of Sacred Mountains and Tibetan Buddhists esp.
    This is an extraordinary work, and it is great to see it in paperback. The pictures of Lake Manasarovar itself make it worth purchasing. It pictures a place on this planet where the spiritual, what by some might be referred to as weird, or totally otherworldy, imbues the whole atmosphere. A landscape like no other on earth. Mt. Kailas has been a pilgrimage destination for Hindus, Bon-pos, and Buddhists for centuries,and this book is a must for anyone considering such a journey themselves. For those who grew up reading The Way of the White Clouds by Lama Govinda , or The Sacred Mountain, by John Snelling, this work beautifully sums up Mt. Kailas within the context of the late 20th century, and is illuminating for those who dream of someday attempting to undertake their own pilgrimage in the 21st. Very insightful and wonderful for armchair travelers also. An excellent effort. ... Read more

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