1965 HINDU KUSH AFGHANISTAN PAKISTAN MOUNTAINEERING
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WHERE FOUR WORLDS MEET: HINDU KUSH 1959, by Fosco Maraini. Translated from the Italian by Peter Green. Published by Reader's Union/Hamish Hamilton in 1965. The author was chosen to lead an Italian expedition in their attempt to scale previously unclimbed 24,000 foot Mount Saraghrar in the Hindu Kush, on the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and Russia -- without supplemental oxygen. Also quite a lot about the history of the Hindu Kush, people and culture. Entertaining descriptions of a prince's palace, travel discomfort, Pakistan, visits to a remote valley inhabited by Chitrali Kafirs. The Kafirs still remained unconverted to Islam at the time, practicing polytheistic religion and sacrificing animals and laying out their dead in wooden boxes in cemeteries. Contents include: note on the transcriptions of proper names, preface, Karachi, interlude on Islam, short talk of Alexander, the road from Peshawar, Gujur and Chitral, from Chitral to base camp, the advance from base camp, the final assault, on the trail of Dionysus in Asia: an epilogue on the Kalash Kafirs, plus appendices - essential data on the expedition, a note on the British Experedition to Saraghrar in 1958, some books and articles on the Hindu Kush. Harcover, well illustrated, 290pp., several maps, one is a large fold-out, and two different maps on the endpapers. More than 100 photos in both black and white and color, (2 maps) , over 150 black and white and color plates. With original dust jacket.
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