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  • Published: 1 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446467183
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

To a Mountain in Tibet




Master travel writer with many fans.

In his new book, Colin Thubron travels to Tibet, and takes the pilgrimage route to Kailas, the most sacred of the world’s mountains, holy to one fifth of the earth’s people, but rarely visited by westerners. Buddhists and Hindus have ritually circled the mountain for centuries, but its steepest slopes are sacrosanct and no one has ever climbed to the summit. Thubron made the expedition shortly after his mother’s death, and his hike through a challenging terrain of rocks, lakes and remote monasteries is perhaps one of his most personal and poetic books to date.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446467183
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Author

Colin Thubron

Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the winner of many prizes and awards. His first writing was about the Middle East - Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled into the Soviet Union in an ancient Morris Marina, pursued by the KGB, a journey he recorded in Among the Russians. From these early experiences developed his classic travel books: Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia (Prix Bouvier) and Shadow of the Silk Road. His most recent book is To a Mountain in Tibet (all available in Vintage). Colin Thubron was President of the Royal Society of Literature from 2010 to 2017.

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Praise for To a Mountain in Tibet

“This transcendentally gifted writer is of course one of the two or three best living travel writers - in some ways probably the best”

Jan Morris

“I would rather read Colin Thubron than any other travel writer alive on central Asia”

John Simpson


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