Himalayan Passage: Seven Months in the High Country of Tibet, Nepal, China, India, & Pakistan

Jeremy Schmidt, Author, Patrick Morrow, Illustrator, Patrick Morrow, Photographer Mountaineers Books $22.95 (302p) ISBN 978-0-89886-262-1
Here is travel and adventure par excellence. Schmidt, Morrow and their wives, veteran travelers and longtime collaborators, set out to circumambulate the Himalayas. Starting in Lhasa, Tibet, in the spring of 1987, they headed west along the north slope of the mountains into China and Pakistan and returned on the south side through India and Nepal; the final leg back to Lhasa was aborted because of civil unrest in Tibet. Wyoming resident Schmidt ( The Rockies, Backbone of a Continent ) gives a lively and entertaining account of their journey; Canadian Morrow ( Beyond Everest: The Quest for the Seven Summits ) provides superb photographs of the region and its people. Prepared to use any form of transportation available--bike, bus, truck, airplane, foot, donkey cart--the travelers covered extremes of terrain, from high mountain passes to searing deserts to fertile farmland, and slept in tents, squalid hotels and a houseboat in Kashmir. Traveling in Asia's boondocks, writes Schmidt, requires patience, the ability to endure discomfort and ignore irritation. A splendid excursion for the armchair adventurer. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/02/1991
Release date: 09/01/1991
Paperback - 302 pages - 978-0-89886-343-7
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