To A Mountain in Tibet

To A Mountain in Tibet

Book - 2011
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Colin Thubron travels to Tibet, and takes the pilgrimage route to Kailas, the most sacred of the world's mountains, holy to one fifth of the earth's people, but rarely visited by westerners. Buddhists and Hindus have ritually circled the mountain for centuries, but its steepest slopes are sacrosanct and no one has ever climbed to the summit. Thubron made the expedition shortly after his mother's death, and his hike through a challenging terrain of rocks, lakes and remote monasteries is perhaps one of his most personal and poetic books to date.
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2011
Description: 227 p. : map ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780061768262
9780701183806
9780701183790
0701183799
Branch Call Number: 915.15 Thu

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MellowGeneration
Oct 05, 2017

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.

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ywchung229
Aug 28, 2012

colin thubron captured the truly traveling into the remotest part of the world in his latest offering.

ragamuffin May 27, 2011

One of the best travel writers treks through Tibet, a marvellous read.

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