An account of travels in Tibet and Nepal, with adventures in mountaineering/trekking. While the writing is fascinating, the book is special for its numerous illustrated plates – particularly of its life-like portraits of Tibetans and Nepalese. A more complete account of his travels was published earlier with the title In the Forbidden Land.
About the author/illustrator (from Wikipedia):
Arnold Henry Savage Landor (2 June 1865 – 26 December 1924) was an English painter, explorer, writer, and anthropologist. Landor wrote in an often witty style.
He was born to Charles Savage Landor in Florence, Italy, where he spent his childhood. The writer Walter Savage Landor was his grandfather.
He left for Paris at age fifteen to study at the Académie Julian directed by Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. He then travelled the world, including America, Japan and Korea, painting many landscapes and portraits and on his return to England was invited to Balmoral by Queen Victoria to recount his adventures and show his drawings. He later travelled to Nepal and Tibet, telling of his experiences in two books: In the Forbidden Land (1898) and Tibet and Nepal (1905).
When he learned about the Boxer Rebellion in China he went to Peking (now spelled Beijing) to join the victory parade, afterwards writing China and the Allies (1901).During 1901 he travelled from Russia to India, riding on horseback through Persia, publishing the account of that journey in the book Across Coveted Lands (1902). A journey to the Philippine Islands resulted in another book: The Gems of the East (1904).
During the 1900s he visited Abyssinia and painted a portrait of the king Menelik II. Landor’s book Across Wildest Africa was published during 1906. During 1911 and 1912 he made an eventful expedition to the Mato Grosso in Brazil and during 1913 published Across Unknown South America.
He had an active role in World War 1, designing tanks and airships. Eventually, he retired to write his autobiography in Florence, where he died in 1924.