A beautifully written and informative travelogue of the author's venture to Mt. Kailas on the Nepalese/Tibetan border. His descriptions verge on the poetic, and it is easy to see from his descriptions why many people believed in a virtually inaccessible earthly paradise (Shangri-La) in this area. Although Mt. Kailas is remote and about 20,000 ft high, it is a destination for thousands of religious pilgrims because of its proximity to the source of 4 of India's major rivers. Thubron gives valuable insight into the religious significance of the mountain, the history of the region, and the conflicts between the traditional Tibetan culture and the often oppressive Chinese government.
colin thubron captured the truly traveling into the remotest part of the world in his latest offering.
One of the best travel writers treks through Tibet, a marvellous read.
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