This is the account of a journey to the dazzling Tibetan plateau of Dolpo in the high Himalayas. In 1973 Matthiessen made the 250-mile trek to Dolpo, as part of an expedition to study wild blue sheep. It was an arduous, sometimes dangerous, physical endeavour: exertion, blisters, blizzards, endless negotiations with sherpas, quaking cold. But it was also a 'journey of the heart' - amongst the beauty and indifference of the mountains Matthiessen was searching for solace. He was also searching for a glimpse of a snow leopard, a creature so rarely spotted as to be almost mythical.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY RICHARD MABEY
'A beautiful book, and worthy of the mountains he is among' Paul Theroux
A beautiful book, and worthy of the mountains he is among
What began as a practical search for the rare snow leopard, revered Buddhist emblem, developed into a quest for the meaning of Being. An enjoyable combination of mountaineering and mysticism
It's a tale of an inner struggle for calm, and would be an inspiring and sustaining desert island companion
As much the chronicle of an inner journey as it is the learned recording of an unfamiliar territory...a timeless account
An evocative account of a remote and timeless place and its people