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by -,Harish Kohli

  • ISBN: 817387106X
  • Category: Writing Research and Publishing Guides
  • Subcategory: Reference
  • Author: -,Harish Kohli
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: South Asia Books; 1 edition (March 2000)
  • Pages: 235
  • ePub book: 1421 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1728 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
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Across the Frozen Himalaya : The Epic Winter Ski Traverse from Karakoram to Lipu Lekh. Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13:9788173871061. Release Date:January 2000.

Across the Frozen Himalaya is a well-presented and highly readable book, the publication of which is. .But in 1980, when Harish Kohli decided to walk across the Himalayas instigating newspaper headlines "Making mole hills of mountains", the shudders of revulsion were palpable.

Luckily, none of the detail has lost accuracy in the intervening time. Kohli went on to cross the Himalaya on foot in 475 days to be the first man to do so. In 1995, he returned to show the world what till then was considered impossible. To ski across the Himalayas.

Across the frozen Himalaya is a story of eight men who chose to climb not a single peak or traverse a particular valley .

Across the frozen Himalaya is a story of eight men who chose to climb not a single peak or traverse a particular valley but challenged the Himalaya itself. They travelled on skis, in winters, across regions rarely visited by adventurers and for the first time took a glimpse at the frozen Himalaya that remained unknown to the world. When Harish Kohli and his team returned from the summit of the Karakoram pass, on their first days march, after twenty-six horrifying hours, two of the members were frost-bitten, one of them losing seven of his fingers.

This 2,000-km epic, undertaken in the coldest months of the year, became the subject of Harish’s book Across the Frozen Himalaya (foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes).

In the early 1980s, the team of four, inspired by Harish, decided to make the first ever traverse along the length of the Himalayas. Followed by our Tibetan mastiff named Druk (‘Dragon’ in Bhutanese), we started from the Brahmaputra River in the east and walked almost 8,000 km in 475 days to reach the Karakoram Pass, close to the ‘Pamir knot’ in the northwestern Himalaya. This 2,000-km epic, undertaken in the coldest months of the year, became the subject of Harish’s book Across the Frozen Himalaya (foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes).

Across the Frozen Himalaya: The Epic Winter Ski Traverse from Karakoram to Lipu Lekh (2000), Indus Publishing Company, ISBN 978-81-7387-106-1, (de Harish Kohli, prefácio de Ranulph Fiennes). The Antarctic Dictionary: A Complete Guide to Antarctic English, (2000) Museum Victoria Publishing, ISBN 978-577471-1-1, (by Bernadette Hince, foreword by Ranulph Fiennes).

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Across the frozen Himalaya is a story of eight men who chose to climb not a single peak or traverse a particular valley but challenged the Himalaya itself. They travelled on skis, in winters, across regions rarely visited by adventurers and for the first time took a glimpse at the frozen Himalaya that remained unknown to the world.

It is a gripping first-hand account of a 2,000-km ski traverse from the Karakoram Pass to the Lipu Lekh Pass undertaken in the severest of winter. The Karakoram Pass is the most capricious of all mountain passes. Its importance lies in that it is located on the ancient silk route connecting India and Central Asia. Survival here is at the mercy of the weather and travelling is still as difficult as it was in the time of the king of Kashgar, Sultan Sa'id Khan, who died while crossing the pass in 1531, or of Francis Younghusband three and half centuries later. Never since or before, anyone has spoken kindly about the Karakoram route.

When Harish Kohli and his team returned from the summit of the Karakoram pass, on their first days march, after twenty-six horrifying hours, two of the members were frost-bitten, one of them losing seven of his fingers. But for the Ski Himalaya team, it was only the beginning of their adventure, which became one of the most momentous journeys in mountaineering history.

They went on to cross twenty passes, of which astonishingly, in this day and age three were hitherto unknown. Crossing one of the passes an avalanche creates a phantom menace. One of the team member is buried deep and rescue is undertaken through the night but when the entrapped member realises the team in danger, as small avalanches continue, he asks them to let him be and run for safety. Moving down the valley they walk unknowingly into an ambush by a family of wolves and on another pass waits for them a snow leopard. Danger envelops them at every turn.

At the heart of Across the Frozen Himalaya, is the strange meeting of two different worlds. The West, Americans, Australians and the British join up with the East, Indians to form a strong team. Where Jonny (an American) dreams of getting stuck in a war and they all decide to fight by the side of the Indians with whoever is the enemy. They undergo a journey in a man's world where courage and machismo were the centre of life, and where bravery and comradeship was the supreme virtue.

Across the frozen Himalaya opens new doors to a new adventure in the Himalaya that can be as dangerous as climbing an Everest and as entertaining as skiing the Alps. Kohli provides detail knowledge of the region supported by maps and pictures. It is an interesting book with useful information for future exploration and ski travels.

The breathtaking view of the Himalayas captured through the lenses, merged with the engrossing text is a complete montage of the Himalayan experience. The entire traverse is an action packed record of mental preparation, setting a target and achieving the goal. A vivid description combined with geological importance of the passes makes the book an informative and inspiring piece of reading.

It is a record of triumph and near-tragedy told with understatement, charity and good humour.

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Brariel Brariel
Excellent story with great pictures and a unique style of writing which at many times is very humorous.
Blackstalker Blackstalker
Across the Frozen Himalaya The Epic Winter Ski Traverse from Karakoram to Lipu Lekh
by Harish Kohli
Indus Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2000
296 pp., 24 pp. colour photos, 10 maps drawn by the author
`All indications suggested that we were the first to discover and stand on the ridge connecting Kwalgang and Bamba Dhura. This called for a celebration and our way of doing it was to camp on the pass. `Kumar decided that we should dine in style. A formal invitation was issued ...'
Thus does Harish Kohli describe the first ascent to an unknown pass, altitude 5,552 metres, by the Ski-Himalaya expedition. It was not all glory and jollity, however. The meal was heavy on style, light on dining.
`Our body fat had long since vanished and now only a thin layer of shrunken skin clung to our bones. Our cheeks had deep hollows in them and our eyes glowed huge and owl-like. Sleeping was agony.'
Here we have a taste both of Harish Kohli's achievement and of his writing style. By turns comic and tragic, spiritual and prosaic, heady with achievement and heavy with suffering, Across the Frozen Himalaya is a worthy record of the Ski-Himalaya expedition, the first ever crossing of the Himalaya on skis.
The eight-man team led by Kohli chose to undertake their epic 2,000-km journey from the Karakoram Pass to the Lipu Lekh Pass on the India-Tibet-Nepal border in midwinter at the highest possible altitudes. Altogether the expedition crossed twenty passes, three of them hitherto unknown.
Part of the uniqueness of the book is the dramatic and sensitive way it reveals the challenge of Himalayan travel and the beauty of nature in the depths of winter.
Harish Kohli weaves into his account of the expedition much fascinating historical information about British adventurers, traders and scientists and the great pundits involved in the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India. He revives their courage and eccentricity, triumphs and tragedies, the discoveries they made and those they failed to make. As we travel along the Ski-Himalaya route, these historical figures impinge on our consciousness like whiffs of the past coming through the window of a moving train.
Across the Frozen Himalaya is a well-presented and highly readable book, the publication of which is long overdue (the expedition took place in 1995) but no less welcome for that. Luckily, none of the detail has lost accuracy in the intervening time. It is also an informative and salutary work for any reader planning a major expedition, with useful data on planning and preparation, equipment, environment and terrain and an inspiring essay on leadership. The photographs are stunning and the maps, drawn by the author, are adequate.
As to why Harish Kohli undertakes such extreme adventures - that is a mystery that can be understood only by reading the lines and between the lines of this book ...
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Attempting nowadays to climb Everest without oxygen on the grounds that your would be mother-in-law may notice you would be regarded as the height of naivety. But in 1980, when Harish Kohli decided to walk across the Himalayas instigating newspaper headlines "Making mole hills of mountains", the shudders of revulsion were palpable.
Kohli went on to cross the Himalaya on foot in 475 days to be the first man to do so. In 1995, he returned to show the world what till then was considered impossible. To ski across the Himalayas.
Harish Kohli, an ex-army officer has formed an interesting tale that is delightful reading. He expresses his frustration of organising an expedition and passion with his adventure in equal measure. But once they are on the move, he doesn't look back. They move on from one mountain pass to another crossing almost twenty and surprising three of which were unknown.
One of Kohli's great virtues is his impartiality. He is sympathetic to his members, and makes an effort to understand them, but he is no hagiographer and they are described warts and all. Through it all, tension remains: how should we cross these passes? It is a tension that is never resolved, and which gives complexity and ambiguity to this magnificent book, turning it from being simply a gripping story into something much more interesting.
At the heart of Across the Frozen Himalaya, is the strange meeting of two different worlds. It was a world where the Americans and Australians join up with the Indians to form a strong team. Where Jonny (an American) dreams of getting stuck in a war and decides to fight by the side of the Indians with whoever is the enemy. They lived in a man's world where courage and machismo were the centre of life, and where bravery and comradeship was the supreme virtue.
His selection of the route came from his past knowledge of the Himalayas, every valley and every pass was selected with precision; with good knowledge of weather, snowfall and terrain. This I suppose is his strongest point and there is much to learn from him to explore your mind for future explorations in the Himalayas or elsewhere. He knows the region and what he is talking about. For the rest, it is difficult to imagine a more informative account of the difficulties and horrors of a ski traverse.