A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
Why this book?
This quintessentially British tale of two novice mountaineers, heading off into the far reaches of the Hindu Kush, to scale Mir Samir, a daunting 7,000m peak, is a true travel classic. Always understated and self-deprecating, it carries you back to a different era, both in terms of the landscapes and cultures of those Newby, and his travelling companion Hugh Carless, encounter and in terms of their attitude to travel. So inspired was I by this book that it was one of the reasons I travelled to the same region of Afghanistan for my second travel book, For A Pagan Song, in the Footsteps of the Man Who Would Be King.