The subtitle says it all “Exploration of the Western Himalayas, 1820-1875”.
Slow to start, the later chapters – from Gardiner onwards – were a speedier read.
Lots of looking at the handy maps at the start of the book, and cross referencing with my Hindu Kush Adventure, Central Asia Overland, Himalayan Journey from Lhasa to Kashgar and Autumn in Ladakh trips.
Part of what makes this a fascinating period of history is that, as John Keay concludes, none of these explorations would feasible today given the borders and accompanying tensions between India, Pakistan and China. I’d love to be able to trek from Leh to Yarkand…..
AbeBooks page: When Men And Mountains Meet – John Keay