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0120110221"By trekkers' standards our party is small and swift: a guide, a cook, a horse-man, myself.
We move scattered above the river, while loan traders pass us the other way, leading their stocky horse and mule-trains between lonely villages.
They look fierce and open, and laughingly meet your eyes.
The delicacy of the plains has gone..."
Renowned travel writer Colin Thubron is about to climb Mount Kailis in Tibet, one of the holiest places in the world and hardly visited by westerners.
Its slopes are rugged, glacial, and peopled by the toughest types alive.
Its slopes are also full of stories: Hindu and Buddhist tales of struggle, devotion and intrigue.
But on from these lower reaches, Kailis' s peak rises sacrosanct.
Forbiddingly distant.
And it is here that Thubron casts his gaze, then walks towards, as listeners can discover in his new account.
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In the first of five episodes, abridged by Penny Leicester,
the author begins his ascent of Mount Kailas with trusty guide
and cook in tow.
But what exactly lies ahead?, he asks himself.
Reader Stephen Boxer.
Producer Duncan Minshull.
Renowned travel writer Colin Thubron climbs Mount Kailas in Tibet, the holiest of places.
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0220110222"By trekkers' standards our party is small and swift: a guide, a cook, a horse-man, myself.
We move scattered above the river, while loan traders pass us the other way, leading their stocky horse and mule-trains between lonely villages.
They look fierce and open, and laughingly meet your eyes.
The delicacy of the plains has gone..."
Renowned travel writer Colin Thubron is about to climb Mount Kailis in Tibet, one of the holiest places in the world and hardly visited by westerners.
Its slopes are rugged, glacial, and peopled by the toughest types alive.
Its slopes are also full of stories: Hindu and Buddhist tales of struggle, devotion and intrigue.
But on from these lower reaches, Kailis's peak rises sacrosanct.
Forbiddingly distant.
And it is here that Thubron casts his gaze, then walks towards, as listeners can discover in his new account.
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During the ever rockier ascent of Kailas, the author
with his guide and cook must enlist the help of Dhabu,
who has horses to help the cause...
Read by Stephen Boxer.
On the ever rockier ascent of Kailas, the author enlists the help of Dhabu and his horses.
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0320110223"By trekkers' standards our party is small and swift: a guide, a cook, a horse-man, myself.
We move scattered above the river, while loan traders pass us the other way, leading their stocky horse and mule-trains between lonely villages.
They look fierce and open, and laughingly meet your eyes.
The delicacy of the plains has gone..."
Renowned travel writer Colin Thubron is about to climb Mount Kailas in Tibet, one of the holiest places in the world and hardly visited by westerners.
Its slopes are rugged, glacial, and peopled by the toughest types alive.
Its slopes are also full of stories: Hindu and Buddhist tales of struggle, devotion and intrigue.
But on from these lower reaches, Kailas's peak rises sacrosanct.
Forbiddingly distant.
And it is here that Thubron casts his gaze, then walks towards, as listeners can discover in his new account.
3 Colin Thubron strides forth into majestic desolation and
one early morning awakes face to face with a local beast.
Meanwhile, Mt Kailas looms ever nearer for him...
Renowned travel writer Colin Thubron climbs Mount Kailas in Tibet, the holiest of places.
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0420110224"By trekkers' standards our party is small and swift: a guide, a cook, a horse-man, myself.
We move scattered above the river, while loan traders pass us the other way, leading their stocky horse and mule-trains between lonely villages.
They look fierce and open, and laughingly meet your eyes.
The delicacy of the plains has gone..."
Renowned travel writer Colin Thubron is about to climb Mount Kailas in Tibet, one of the holiest places in the world and hardly visited by westerners.
Its slopes are rugged, glacial, and peopled by the toughest types alive.
Its slopes are also full of stories: Hindu and Buddhist tales of struggle, devotion and intrigue.
But on from these lower reaches, Kailas's peak rises sacrosanct.
Forbiddingly distant.
And it is here that Thubron casts his gaze, then walks towards, as listeners can discover in his new account.
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Few westerners make it to Mount Kailas and its majestic lakes.Then
the author hears about the remarkable explorer Sven Hedin and his
adventures thereabouts in 1907...
Reader Stephen Boxer.
High up he encounters pilgrims and ever more compelling legends.
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We move scattered above the river, while loan traders pass us the other way, leading their stocky horse and mule-trains between lonely villages.
They look fierce and open, and laughingly meet your eyes.
The delicacy of the plains has gone..."
Renowned travel writer Colin Thubron is about to climb Mount Kailas in Tibet, one of the holiest places in the world and hardly visited by westerners.
Its slopes are rugged, glacial, and peopled by the toughest types alive.
It'Its slopes are also full of stories: Hindu and Buddhist tales of struggle, devotion and intrigue.
But on from these lower reaches, Kailas's peak rises sacrosanct.
Forbiddingly distant.
And it is here that Thubron casts his gaze, then walks towards, as listeners can discover in his new account.
5.Near the top of Mt Kailas, the air thins, the pilgrims cluster, and
there is a cry of 'victory to the gods'...
Read by Stephen Boxer.
Near the top of Mount Kailas, the pilgrims cluster and cries of exultation are heard.
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