Himalayan Passage: Seven Months in the High Country of Tibet, nepal, china, India, & Pakistan

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* Winner of the first Barbara Savage Memorial Award

* Stunning color photos of the journey

* Look into the heart of the top of the world
This is the story of two young couples who embarked on a free-form journey through Tibet, Nepal, China, India and Pakistan. Their goal: to circumnavigate the Himalayas by bike, foot, truck by any means necessary, the slope of the world's greatest mountain range their only guide. Along the way they experienced a region steeped in ancient tradition but permanently altered by its confrontation with the 20th century; they discovered all that is exotic and mundane, funny and tragic, and beautiful and brutal about this vast territory.
Jeremy Schmidt's humorous, evocative narrative recounts bureaucrats, knife-wielding Khampas, lamas-in-training, and mystics of every stripe. With stunning photographs by Patrick Morrow, Himalayan Passage reveals a place imbued with meaning and reality far beyond anything in the world below: the mysterious, turbulent Himalayas, the gates to God. Also available in hardcover.

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This narrative, winner of the first (1990) Barbara Savage/ Miles from Nowhere Memorial Award for adventure travel writing, tells of a 1987 trip around the Himalayas by truck, mountain bike, local bus, and foot. Accompanied by their wives, Schmidt, a journalist, and Morrow, a photographer, set out to circumnavigate the Himalayas. Their journey began in Lhasa and should have ended there, but like a similar attempt (Ned Gillette and Jan Reynolds's Everest Grand Circle , LJ 11/1/85), political events terminated the quest in Sikkim. Schmidt is particularly good describing landscapes and the natives of Tibet and Nepal. He is somewhat less sympathetic and colorful in describing Indian and Pakistan portions of an off-the-beaten-path journey and reveals almost nothing about the four travelers themselves. Growing interest in adventure travel may make this a desirable purchase for large public libraries.
- Paula M. Strain, MLS, Rockville, Md.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Travel and adventure par excellence. (Publisher's Weekly)

What brings it most to life is Schmidt's fine ear for dialogue, his keenly visual prose and his love of curiosities. Nature writing doesn't get any better than that. (San Francisco Chronicle)

[Schmidt] makes the Himalayas seem a destination no traveler should miss. (Outside)

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