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Michael Palin has been galavanting round the world for the BBC for 10 years now having vistited the poles, the Pacific, The Sahara desert and Patagonia, but the best,m and most challenging comes with his new adventure to the Himalaya, the highest mountain range in the world. 8 of the worlds highest peaks are here nad Michael Palin gives a humerous guide to the spectacular scenery and culture.
Michael starts in the khyber pass on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and makes his way east through some war torn and risky areas such as the Pakistan/India border and Jammu and Kashmir. Palins notes of these places are incredibe. The areas are portrayed as incredibly beautful, but they are suceptable to terrorists and the frontir where the two countries armys are glaring at each other. Here he meets the Dalai Lama (who seems high on something, perhaps it's the altitude...) and the Tibetian government in exile, where he discovers that he used to be an Elephant. The journey continues to Nepal, where he gets altitude sickness at the base camp of Annapurna and sees Ghurkas being selected, which ends badly as the army official gets kidnapped for the day by the Maoists, the communist party in Nepal. Here Michael also receives a blessing from the king of Nepal. The adventure continues into Tibet, where he goes near to Everest (a few hundred meters from the base camp) and drives sccross the reigon seeing monastrys and swimming in lakes. Also in China, Michael sails down the stunning tiger leap gorge and meets a celebrity In Bhutan sings the lumberjack song back in return for a traditional song, and sees one of the rarest birds in the world. He finishes his journey in Bangladesh at the mouth of the Ganges.
The book is very interesting, and is broken into small sections, so it is easy to read. With fanteastic photography by Basil Pao, this is a great accompniant to the show. The book will make you laugh in sections, but is always respectful to the other cultures. A problem with it is the size. You have to read it at home because it's very heavy, and is not good for the train. If you have watched Himalaya on the TV, then you should definatley get the book.
Starring: Michael Palin (Pres/Narr) Directed by: John-Paul Davidson, Roger Mills Hot on ... more
the heels of his adventures in the Sahara, Michael Palin takes on the abode of snow and begins a 2000-mile journey across this mighty and majestic region of Asia. Encountering extremes of wealth and poverty, altitude and freezing cold, he once again brings his unique wit, charm and wisdom to each episode. Along the way he encounters, amongst many others, the Dalai Lama, the Bhutanese Royal Family and the once feared head hunting tribe of the Konyak. Whilst on his travels he passes through Afghanistan, across India to the feared Death Zone near the base of Mount Everest and then onto the Bhutanese capital before arriving in the Bay of Bengal. DVD Extras: Interviews pre-trip and post-trip with Michael Palin. Deleted scenes. Scene selection.
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Michael Palin's 2000-mile journey along a mountain range of mystery adventure and ... more
challenge.Michael Palin's sixth televised international journey takes him to the Himalaya (Sanskrit for The Abode of Snow) a mighty and majestic region of Asia. His extraordinary journey takes him through Afghanistan across India to the feared Death Zone near the base of Mount Everest and then onto the Bhutanese capital before arriving in the Bay of Bengal. Along the way he encounters fascinating inhabitants of the mountain range - including the Dalai Lama the Bhutanese Royal Family and the once feared head hunting tribe of the Konyak.