The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet's Lost Paradise (Paperback)
A Journey to Tibet's Lost Paradise
Penguin Books, 9780143036029, 511pp.
Publication Date: May 2, 2006
The heart of the Tsangpo Gorge remained a blank spot on the map of world exploration until world-class climber and Buddhist scholar Ian Baker delved into the legends. Whatever cryptic Tibetan scrolls or past explorers had said about the Tsangpo's innermost gorge, Baker determined, could be verified only by exploring the uncharted five-mile gap. After several years of encountering sheer cliffs, maelstroms of impassable white water, and dense leech-infested jungles, on the last of a series of extraordinary expeditions, Baker and his National Geographic sponsored team reached the depths of the Tsangpo Gorge. They made news worldwide by finding there a 108-foot-high waterfall, the legendary grail of Western explorers and Tibetan seekers alike.
The Heart of the World is one of the most captivating stories of exploration and discovery in recent memory an extraordinary journey to one of the wildest and most inaccessible places on earth and a pilgrimage to the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist faith.
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Praise For The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet's Lost Paradise…
"The Heart of the World is among the most complex, compelling and satisfying adventure books I have ever read.... Baker has written one for the ages." —The San Francisco Chronicle "Up to its chin in physical adventure. Reading the book is itself a big, almost a transcendent, experience." —Adventure Magazine