One of the greatest books of travel and nature writing ever written. Peter Matthiessen travels all the way to Dolpo, a Tibetan plateau in the high Himalayas in 1973. Matthiessen made the 250-mile trek to Dolpo, as part of an expedition to study wild blue sheep. It was an arduous, sometimes dangerous, physical endeavour: exertion, blisters, blizzards, endless negotiations with sherpas, quaking cold. But it was also a “journey of the heart.” Amongst the beauty and indifference of the mountains Matthiessen was searching for solace. He was also searching for a glimpse of a snow leopard, a creature so rarely spotted as to be almost mythical.
With an introduction by Richard Mabey.
Vintage Classics, 1998 (1978)