Frank Kingdon Ward's Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges: Retracing the Epic Journey of 1924-25 in South-East Tibet
Little explored and virtually inaccessible, the Tsangpo Gorge in South-east Tibet is the world's deepest gorge. Through it twist the Yarlong Tsangpo, Tibet's great river, emerging far below on the plains of India. This is the story of its exploration and the rich plant and animal life found there. Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges, first published in 1926, is the fascinating account of plant-hunter and explorer Frank Kingdon Ward's most important expedition. Kenneth Cox, Kenneth Storm Jr. and Ian Baker have spent the last ten years retracing the route of the 1924-25 expedition and have managed to reach further into this magical and only partly explored land.
This new edition contains the original Kingdon Ward text (with about fifty of his own photographs from the archive at the Royal Geographical Society) and extensive additional material including a brief biography of Kingdon Ward, a new foreword by his widow, Jean Rasmussen, a history of the exploration, geography and religious significance of the area and more than 250 colour photographs with detailed captions on the plants of the area, most of which are described by Kingdon Ward in the original text.
There are first person accounts of recent expeditions to the area by Ken Cox and Ken Storm, Jr. and a photographic essay documents for the first time in a book the 'new' Hidden Falls located in the portion of the gorge left unexplored by Frank Kingdon Ward and Lord Cawdor in 1924.
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Sadly, his racism towards the coolies and other native peoples during the expedition totally undermined the read for me! Read full review
Foreword to the new edition
The exploration of theTsangpo Gorges to 1924
Tibetan visions of theTsangpo Gorge
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