Journey to Dolpo
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In 1973, Peter Matthiessen set out on a journey to the Crystal Mountain, a trek of some 250 miles to the land of Dolpo on the Tibetan Plateau. His masterpiece of travel literature The Snow Leopard is still in print. Matthiessen’s story was proclaimed as “the astonishing spiritual journey of a man in search of himself.”
In 2006 traveler Michael McCarthy set out with a Tibetan lama to re-create Matthiessen’s epic trek across the world’s highest mountains, to a land lost in time, still virtually unknown to the outside world. His mission? To find and rescue abandoned children living in the world’s highest inhabited villages. Journey to Dolpo is a story of a man in search of a simple answer: “What in the world am I doing here?