The Heart of the World

A Journey to Tibet's Lost Paradise

Ian Baker - Author

Dalai Lama - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780143036029 | 544 pages | 02 May 2006 | Penguin | 0.11 x 0.11in | 18 - AND UP
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Acclaimed explorer Ian Baker's long-awaited memoir of his successful quest to reach a legendary waterfall in the unexplored heart of the Himalayas' deepest gorge, a place long held by Tibetans to be the portal to an earthly paradise and the origin of Shangri-la

The Heart of the World recounts an extraordinary journey into one of the most inaccessible places on earth, and a pilgrimage to the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan prophecies proclaim that the greatest of beyul, or mystical sanctuaries, lies at the eastern edge of the Himalayas, veiled by a colossal waterfall in the forbidding Tsangpo gorge. After years of investigation, world-class climber and Buddhist scholar Ian Baker and his National Geographic–sponsored team made worldwide news by finding a magnificent 108-foot-high waterfall—the legendary grail of both Western explorers and Tibetan pilgrims.

Introduction by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Call of Hidden-Lands
The Gorge
The Mountain
The Waterfall
The Veils of Paradise
Glossary, Notes, Bibliography, Index, and List of Illustrations

Up to its chin in physical adventure. Reading the book is itself a big, almost a transcendent, experience. (Adventure Magazine)

One of the most extraordinary tales of adventure and discovery ever told. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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