Where the Indus Is Young: Midwinter in Baltistan

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John Murray, Oct 1, 2003 - Travel - 288 pages
5 Reviews

One winter, Dervla Murphy and her six-year-old daughter explored 'Little Tibet' high up in the Karakoram Mountains in the frozen heart of the Western Himalayas. For three months they travelled on foot and on pony along the perilous Indus Gorge and into nearby valleys. Even when beset by crumbling tracks over bottomless chasms, an assault by a lascivious Kashmiri, the unnerving melancholy of the Balts, and Rachel's continual probing questions, this formidable traveller retained her enthusiasm for her surroundings and her sense of humour.

Hair-raising, gloriously subjective and with the quirky vitality of fiction, the resulting book is a classic of travel writing.

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Review: Where the Indus Is Young: Walking to Baltistan

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Dervla Murphy takes adventure travel to a new height: the idea of walking along the Indus into the Pakistan Himalayas and their valleys with a six year old IN WINTER has never popped into my mind ... Read full review

Review: Where the Indus Is Young: Walking to Baltistan

User Review  - Derek Henderson - Goodreads

A hair-raising and at times horrifying journey. Ms Murphy doesn't shape her material enough (at all?) for my taste, but it's certainly arresting at times. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Dervla Murphy is one of the very best loved of travel writers. She was born in County Waterford and since 1964 has been regularly publishing accounts of her journeys - by bicycle and on foot - in the remoter areas of four continents. She has also written about the problems of Northern Ireland, the hazards of nuclear power, and race relations in Britain. The Times Literary Supplement called her 'an admirable woman - she has a romantic soul and a keen eye'.

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