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In this his most challenging journey, Michael Palin tackles the Himalaya, the greatest mountain range on earth, a virtually unbroken wall of rock stretching 1800 miles from the borders of Afghanistan to south-west China. Penetrated but never conquered, it remains the world's most majestic natural barrier, a magnificent wilderness that shapes the history and politics of Asia to this day.

 

Having risen to the challenge of seas, poles, dhows and deserts, the highest mountains in the world were a natural target for Michael Palin. In a journey rarely, if ever, attempted before, in 6 months of hard travelling Palin takes on the full length of the Himalaya including the Khyber Pass, the hidden valleys of the Hindu Kush, ancient cities like Peshawar and Lahore, the mighty peaks of K2, Annapurna and Everest, the bleak and barren plateau of Tibet, the gorges of the Yangtze, the tribal lands of the Indo-Burmese border and the vast Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh.

 

Facing altitudes as high as 17,500 feet as well as some of the world's deepest gorges, Palin also passed through political flashpoints like Pakistan's remote north-west frontier, terrorist-torn Kashmir and the mountains of Nagaland, only recently open to visitors. They had a brush with the Maoists while filming in Nepal and advice from the Dalai Lama before crossing into Tibet.

 

This book, compiled from his diaries, records the pleasure and pain of an extraordinary journey. Basil Pao, the inspired photographer of SAHARA, FULL CIRCLE and POLE TO POLE, captures the sensational beauty of the finest mountain scenery in the world. This is adventure at the very highest level.

 

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I had this book for Christmas but I've not had time to read it properly yet. I've had a quick flick through and there are some really excellent photographs in it.

I've enjoyed all of Palin's series so I'm looking forward to having a more in depth read of this. :)

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I can strongly recommend reading this. I have just finished reading "Himayala" and am currently half way through "Full Circle". I never watched "Himayala" on the television, but have thoroughly enjoyed the book. My only problem with it was perhaps there could have been more photographs. I now want to get the series on DVD!

 

I love Michael Palin's style. He is interesting and amusing, and I always feel I would like to travel with him.

 

An incredible book about an amazing part of the world. Enjoy! :)

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I've just started this book. I didn't watch the series, but I love his quirky amusing writing style so I am expecting to love it even so. Sometimes having seen something on the tv ruins the book anyway. I don't know much about this part of the world so I am looking forward to learning a lot too. I have such admiration for Michael Palin.

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