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The Great Himalayan Passage : The Story of an Extraordinary Adventure on the Roof of the World Hardcover – 1975

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Just the info from the cover 19 Aug. 2010
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For centuries the only routes through the Himalayas have been narrow trails and high mountain passes, over which mechanical transport is unknown. The rivers rushing through their mighty gorges are unnavigable. Or were before the advent of the hovercraft.

To explorer Michel Peissel, who knows this region well and has already written about it in Mustang, A Lost Tibetan Kingdom, small hovercraft offered a possibility of voyaging up the rivers and discovering unknown country. Against all odds, he decided to try.

His first task was to find a suitable craft, which turned out to be a one-man hovercraft made in England. Then, having tested it in France, the Pyrenees and Spain, Peissel enlisted as companion Michael Alexander, author and zoologist, and persuaded Colonel Charles Wylie, organising genius of the 1953 British Everest Expedition, to supervise their planning. Bob Cordukes, a young Australian, made up the three-man team.

This account of their fantastic 1200-mile journey up nine different rivers from India to the borders of Tibet is a spirited story of danger, humour and excitement; of thrills and spills; of difficulties surmounted, such as the sudden veto imposed on the journey when India and Pakistan went to war. Above all, it is a story of the joy of discovering one of the most majestic and awe-inspiring regions of the world. The three adventurers were interested in everything : the customs of the strange peoples they encountered, the wildlife - they shared a sandbank with a crocodile and were stalked by a tiger; the mysterious cave cities of the past.

Superbly illustrated with their own colour and black-and-white photographs, it is a book to enchant all whose curiosity about far places goes hand in hand with a spirit of adventure and a taste for travellers' tales 'Nell told.

Michel Peissel was awarded a Doctorate in Anthropology from the 'Sorbonne' for his work on the Tibetan people. He speaks fluent Tibetan. His book Mustang, A Lost Tibetan Kingdom has been called by 'The Times Educational Supplement'; "...a classic of exploration.", to take its place alongside Heinrich Harrer's 'Seven Years in Tibet' as one of the best known texts on the region. Already proclaimed "The last true adventurer of the twentieth century". Michel Peissel, at 21, discovered the Mayan ruins in the wild tropical rainforests of Quintana Roo, Mexico, armed with nothing but his youthful eagerness. His findings made him the youngest member of the exclusive 'New York Explorers' Club'. The same year, he organised and led the first expedition into the Everest district of the Himalayas. He then became the first foreigner to explore the forbidden kingdom of Mustang, isolated high in the mountains of Tibet, and in the following twelve years has logged more than 3500 miles on foot and mule into the remotest border areas of the Himalayas of Nepal, Bhutan and India.
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