'I felt an uplift of the spirit. Never had 1 seen such country.' This was Thesiger's reaction to his first sight of the snow-capped mountain ranges in Iraqi Kurdistan. The legendary explorer has always been attracted to mountains. In the course of thirty years he fulfilled his dreams of travelling in the awesome ranges of the Karakorams, the Hindu Kush and in Ladakh, visiting Chitral, where the people of the Black Kafir valley still worshipped pagan gods, and wild, untravelled Nuristan.
Drawing on his unpublished diaries Thesiger brilliantly documents the hardships, dangers and rewards of mountain travel. Each of his journeys has a unique quality, captured in some of the finest photographs he has ever taken - images of startling beauty, many of which are reproduced here for the first time.