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This guide to the mythical land of Shangri-La is rooted in the glorious reality of the Himalayas, encompassing parts of southwest China, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim and Ladakh. It effectively forms a concise guide to the most remote areas of the region, with a focus on major mountain peaks, and some well-chosen treks in each area. Practical information and maps ensures that visitors can make the most of their trip to this other-worldly destination, while armchair travellers can browse and dream...
(1) Acknowledgments (2) Introduction PART ONE THE LEGEND (3) Chapter 1 Himalayan Utopia (4) Chapter 2 The Book (5) Chapter 3 The Quest PART TWO THE CONTENDERS (6) Chapter 4 Southwest China (7) Chapter 5 Tibet (8) Chapter 6 Bhutan (9) Chapter 7 Himalayan India (10) Chapter 8 Wild Cards (11) Chapter 9 In Another Dimension PART THREE BEING THERE (12) Chapter 10 Being There (13) Appendix 1 Fauna Extraordinary (14) Appendix 2 Tibetan Language (15) Appendix 3 Glossary (16) Index
Michael Buckley has travelled widely in the Himalayan region, trekking and mountain-biking in many remote areas. He's the author of Tibet: the Bradt Travel Guide.
This is an esoteric but interesting guide to vast stretches of the Himalayas. While not exhaustive, it comes at places that have been written about ad infinitum from left field. It proves there are always new ways of looking at the same thing. Sunday Telegraph 'The book is a good read which carries lightly its formidable research. The writing style is lucid, indeed rather racy and even colloquial in parts...which means that the considerable detail can be absorbed with ease. It is an extremely well-produced volume with excellent appendices and some wonderful coloured photographs.' Richard Hughes, The James Hilton Newsletter