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Nanda Devi

Author: Hugh Thomson
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Until 1934 the hidden valley of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, on the border between India and Tibet, had never been entered by human beings. Surrounded by 20,000-foot peaks, which effectively seal off Mt Nanda Devi at their centre, it is virtually impenetrable. The many early explorers who were drawn there by the idea of a 'lost Eden' in the Himalaya could only gaze down with longing at the Sanctuary." "But then the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Thomson
ISBN: 0297607537 9780297607533
OCLC Number: 56439915
Awards: Shortlisted for Boardman Tasker Memorial Award 2004.
Description: 288 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Hugh Thomson.
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Until 1934 the Nanda Devi Sanctuary had never been penetrated by human beings. Since then, only a handful of expeditions have ever entered the Sanctuary. In 2000 the Sanctuary was entered for one  Read more...

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'Thomson tells a story that has to do with politics, ecology and history, as much as with the strenuous adventure in a beautiful setting that his book so vividly celebrates.' INDEPENDENT (9.4.04) Read more...

 
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