The Valley of Flowers: An outstanding Himalayan climbing season
In his delightful The Valley of Flowers, mountaineer Frank Smythe takes you on a botanical expedition to the Garhwal Himalaya. Alongside the author, scale the steep craggy mountains and bathe in crystal clear pools; breathe in the scented foothills of the Himalaya and their carpets of peonies, roses, rhododendrons and gentian. Experience ‘the keen, biting air of the heights and the soft, scented air of the valleys’.
Climber and adventurer Smythe journeys through the Himalaya’s Byundar Pass, climbs the Mana Peak, descends into the Byundar Valley, and comes terrifyingly close to an encounter with The Abominable Snowman. The Valley of Flowers is a pleasurable escape for any climber, walker, mountain lover or gardener, or indeed anyone who needs reminding of the beauty and serenity of the natural world.
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One of the most interesting and original account of hiking in Himalayas. Details of tracking, plants, geography are excellent and accurate. Despite the stiff upper lip of Frank Smythe, it does connect to readers at humane level.
After reading it , its like you just woke up from a gorgeous dream and the fact which makes you feel more amazing is that this dream manifests in Himalayas.
The Bhyundar Rock Wall
A Rock Climb
The Abominable Snowman
My Finest Snow and Ice Peak
Second Attempt on Rataban
The Banke Plateau
The Snow Peak
The Second Base Camp
Peak 22481 Feet Deoban