I hovered between three and four stars for this publication, largely because of the length. It feels more like a magazine article rather than a travel book; there are times when a more detailed narrative would have been welcome and the ending was rather abrupt.
Bearing this in mind, I still found this to be a very interesting and honest reaction to what appears to have been a gruelling journey. The beauty of the landscape comes through, contrasted with descriptions of industrial towns and extreme poverty. The shock to western senses is also shown clearly, with some of the westerner's arrogance being displayed in the early stages.
When they finally arrive at their destination, the monastery proves to be almost deserted, bone chillingly cold and from the descriptions, isolated and utterly beautiful. The inspiration for the journey was a photograph by Samuel Bourne. He travelled throughout the region and photographed the monastery in 1866. This is another reason to think that this would have worked very well as a magazine article - illustrations are really indispensible for this type of work. I'm grateful to the author for the introduction to Bourne's photographs and in particular the photograph of Ki.
More detail, in particular about the author's travelling companions, would have been very welcome, although the introduction to Samuel Bourne's photographs has made up for these shortcomings. The formatting for kindle seemed fine to me and it has been one of the more interesting free downloads to be made available.