This is an extraordinary work, and it is great to see it in paperback. The pictures of Lake Manasarovar itself make it worth purchasing. It pictures a place on this planet where the spiritual, what by some might be referred to as weird, or totally otherworldy, imbues the whole atmosphere. A landscape like no other on earth. Mt. Kailas has been a pilgrimage destination for Hindus, Bon-pos, and Buddhists for centuries,and this book is a must for anyone considering such a journey themselves. For those who grew up reading The Way of the White Clouds by Lama Govinda , or The Sacred Mountain, by John Snelling, this work beautifully sums up Mt. Kailas within the context of the late 20th century, and is illuminating for those who dream of someday attempting to undertake their own pilgrimage in the 21st. Very insightful and wonderful for armchair travelers also. An excellent effort.