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$55.00 U.S. (trade discount)
280 pages 228 color photographs by the authors,
18 line-art maps, and 1 full-spread map = 247
12.0" x 10.0"

ISBN: 978–1–938086–93–9

Published in July 2022

Distributed by Casemate IPM

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Travels across the Roof of the World: A Himalayan Memoir
by William Frej with Anne Frej
with a foreword by Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison
and an essay by Edwin Bernbaum

Published in association with the Center for the Study of Place.

A gorgeously illustrated, unforgettable account of the authors' twenty journeys, spanning forty years, through the Himalayas and through many areas now closed to foreigners.

Travels across the Roof of the World provides a sweeping yet intimate view of the breathtaking peaks, splendid valleys, and extraordinary people of this vast region, from the Pamir Mountains in Kyrgyzstan through Afghanistan's fabled Hindu Kush, the Karakoram in Pakistan, and the Great Himalaya Range that stretches across northern India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.

Unique in scope among photo books on the Himalaya, Travels across the Roof of the World chronicles William and Anne Frej's more than twenty pilgrimages throughout the area spanning forty years and 3,000 miles through some of the world's most remote and difficult-to-reach country. Inspired by the devotion to Tibetan Buddhism of the villagers whom they met on their first trek to Nepal in 1981, the Frejs set out on an epic quest to document Asia's highest peaks as well as the lives of the resilient people living in these remote mountain communities.

When they began, trekkers from the West through these regions were few. Even now, trips are demanding––but not nearly as harsh as the daily lives of the residents, who continue to exist in a kind of stunning isolation that has allowed them to maintain rich cultural traditions and spiritual practices that have sustained them over many centuries. Edwin Bernbaum's essay adds to the depth of the pictures, with his focus on the symbolism, religious importance, and associated legends of these sacred places. The authors also share extensive encounters about the places they saw and how they have changed over time.





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