This book, first published in 1933, reproduces the diary of the 1930 explorations by the great Italian traveller, Giotto Dainelli. In it he records his experiences as he travels the little-explored (by Westerners) region of Western Tibet, and the result is a detailed snapshot of Tibetan life, cultures and customs of the time.
Table of Contents
1. In the Footsteps of Previous Italian Explorers 2. In Kashmir 3. Crossing the Zoji-La 4. Across Purig 5. Into the Buddhist Country 6. From One Gompa to Another 7. Amongst the Tibetans 8. Arrival at Leh, the Capital 9. My Duties at Leh 10. Crossing the Diggher-La (17,890 feet) Towards the Shyok Valley 11. Up the Nubra Valley 12. We Reach the Great Siachen Glacier at Last 13. Mechanism of the March on the Glacier 14. On the March Towards the Base Camp on the Siachen Glacier 15. Arrival at the Oasis of Teram Sher 16. Life in an Oasis Amongst the Ice 17. Occupations, Surprises and Anxieties of Life on the Siachen Glacier 18. We Leave the Siachen in a Storm 19. The New Crossing of the ‘Italia’ Pass (20,000 feet), and Leaving the Glaciers 20. The Caravan-Road of Death 21. From the Nubra Valley to Leh by the Khardung-La 22. A Halt at Leh 23. Ladakhi Life 24. Houses, Palaces, Monasteries 25. Farewell to Ladakh 26. The Life of the Nomads 27. The Return to India