By Michael Palin
During this his such a lot not easy trip, Michael Palin tackles the Himalaya, the best mountain variety on the earth, an almost unbroken wall of rock stretching 1800 miles from the borders of Afghanistan to south-west China. Penetrated yet by no means conquered, it continues to be the world's so much majestic ordinary barrier, a powerful desolate tract that shapes the historical past and politics of Asia to at the present time. Having risen to the problem of seas, poles, dhows and deserts, the top mountains on the earth have been a ordinary goal for Michael Palin. In a trip hardly ever, if ever, tried ahead of, in 6 months of challenging vacationing Palin takes at the complete size of the Himalaya together with the Khyber cross, the hidden valleys of the Hindu Kush, old towns like Peshawar and Lahore, the strong peaks of K2, Annapurna and Everest, the grim and barren plateau of Tibet, the gorges of the Yangtze, the tribal lands of the Indo-Burmese border and the immense Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh. dealing with altitudes as excessive as 17,500 ft in addition to the various world's private gorges, Palin additionally gone through political flashpoints like Pakistan's distant north-west frontier, terrorist-torn Kashmir and the mountains of Nagaland, only in the near past open to viewers. they'd a broom with the Maoists whereas filming in Nepal and recommendation from the Dalai Lama earlier than crossing into Tibet. This publication, compiled from his diaries, files the excitement and ache of a rare trip. Basil Pao, the encouraged photographer of SAHARA, complete CIRCLE and POLE TO POLE, captures the sensational great thing about the best mountain surroundings on the planet. this is often event on the very optimum point.