Pavel Nazaroff travels from Kashgar, through the Kuen Lun and Karakoram mountains and on to Srinagar, Kashmir in the early 1930s, and describes the people and places he visited.
Table of Contents
Part 1. The land of lost civilization Chapter 1. Kashgar Chapter 2. The people, stars, and Chinese Chapter 3. Bazaar life Chapter 4. Birds, beasts, and plants Part 2. Moved on! Chapter 5. The ride to Yarkand Chapter 6. Into the Kuen Lun Chapter 7. Up to the Karakoram Chapter 8. The Roof of the World Chapter 9. Over the top Chapter 10. The wonderful Nubra Valley Chapter 11. Leh-and Down the Indus Chapter 12. Lamayuru to Dra 13. At Last! Conclusion. Index.
Paul Nazaroff (Pavel Stepanovich Nazarov) (died 1942) was a Russian geologist and writer who was caught up in the Russian Revolution, and became the leader of a plot to overthrow Bolshevik rule in Central Asia.
He was born in Orenburg about 1890, the son of the local mayor and mine owner. He qualified as a geologist at the University of Moscow. In August 1918 he was living openly at Tashkent under the local Soviet, while aiding both White and British Forces in Central Asia with information and assistance to help forestall the spread of Bolshevik power in the region. Arrested by the CHEKA in October 1918, he was one of the main organisers of a coup which temporarily overthrew the Tashkent Soviet on 6 January 1919, and incidentally freed him from prison. This was defeated when the railway workers changed sides when they learned that the new government was royalist and reactionary. Nazaroff himself managed to evade the pursuing Bolsheviks and escaped through the mountains to Kashgar in China in early 1920, as he tells in his book Hunted Through Central Asia (translated into English in 1932 and reissued is 2002).