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March 22 , 2010

White Mountain


Home to mythical kingdoms, wars and expeditions, and strange and magical beasts, the Himalayas have always loomed tall in our imagination. Overrun at different times by Buddhism, Taoism, shamanism, Islam and Christianity, they are a grand central station of the world's religions. They are also a plant hunter's paradise, a climber's challenge, and a traveller's dream.

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Drawn to the region by the stories he was told as a child, Robert Twigger uncovers some of the most intriguing, bloodthirsty and peculiar stories nestled in the valleys and perched upon the summits of the world's greatest mountain range - from the ancient Emperor Asoka of India whose empire was larger than that ever commanded by the British, to Aleister Crowley's expedition to climb K2, to the people of the Hunza who are famous for their longevity, cheerfulness and incredible apricots.

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