Himalaya

  • by Michael Palin
  • Narrated by Michael Palin
  • 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his most challenging journey to date, Palin tackles the Himalayas, the greatest mountain range on earth. It is a virtually unbroken wall of rock stretching 1,800 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 previously risen to the challenge of seas, poles, and deserts, the highest mountains in the world were a natural target for Michael Palin. In a journey rarely, if ever, attempted before, in six months of hard traveling 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. He also passes through political flashpoints including Pakistan's remote north-west frontier, terrorist-torn Kashmir, and the mountains of Nagaland.

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A Summer Must-Have

Beautifully told audiobook by Michael Palin of Monty Python fame. Micheal continues his series of travel logs telling of the history, the people and culture of the Himalayas, his experiences as he travels around, the difficulties he encounters and descibes perfectly the beauty so few people have seen in the West.

This would also be perfect to go along with the DVD version as well. I would also recommend his other series of audiobooks such as his first, Around The World in 80 Days and Pole to Pole, if available.
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- James

It took me far away from home

I enjoyed this book once I found the website to follow along. His descriptions are so good - but the pictures and maps on the website really help to follow along.
www.palinstravels.co.uk/index.php
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- Martha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-15-2005
  • Publisher: Audible Studios