Image from page 101 of “Karakoram and western Himalaya 1909, an account of the expedition of H. R. H. Prince Luigi Amadeo of Savoy, duke of the Abruzzi” (1912)
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Title: Karakoram and western Himalaya 1909, an account of the expedition of H. R. H. Prince Luigi Amadeo of Savoy, duke of the Abruzzi
Year: 1912 (1910s)
Authors: De Filippi, Filippo, 1869-1938 Savoia, Luigi Amedeo di, duca degli Abruzzi, 1873-1933
Publisher: New York : Dutton
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e us forget the fascinatingspectacle of the vale of Kashmirin its spring blossom, and thus theedge was taken oft from the sur-prising contrast between two regionsso wholly diverse from each other.They feel this contrast more keenlywho cross the Zoji La in summer,gazing to the very top of the passupon the green forests and rich pastures of the Sind valley, and thenloolving down on the other side upon the stony desert of Baltistan. Thereis probably no other range of mountains upon the face of the earth whosetwo slopes reveal features so absolutely opposed to one another. Thetraveller has crossed the great northern barrier of India, and hassuddenly entered a country which is physically identical with Tibet andCentral Asia. Padre Ippolito Desideri, an Italian missionary who crossed the ZojiLa on May 30th, 1715, describes the trans-Himalayan region in thefollowing words : From the foot of this pass throughout the wholeextent of the nine months march that it takes to get from here to China,
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The Dras \allfv. 73 there is no fertility, no greenness or pleasantness in the land, nothingbut the absolute and horrible desolation of the Caucasian mountains,which stretch all that way and which the geographers call dorsum orbis.^Padre Desideri went no farther than Leh, which is only fourteen orfifteen marches from Zoji La ; but the horrible desolation of themountains stretches over the whole of Baltistan and the neighbouringcountries of Gilgit and Astor to the west and Ladakh to the south-east—in other words, the whole of the region lying to the north of the westernHimalaya. It is an enormous strip, over 300 miles broad, all of it above7,000 feet high, and it seems distorted by a fearfid convulsion of the earthssurface. It is covered by a complicated system of mountain ranges,with peaks from 26,000 to 28,000 feet high, and includes immenseplateaus from 46 to 60 miles wide and from 15,000 to 17,000 feet abovesea level, as well as innumerable valleys and countless glaciers, someof
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