Travels Across the Roof of the World
A Himalayan Memoir
Imprint: George F Thompson Publishing
280 Pages, 12 x 10 in, 228 color photographs, 18 line-art maps, 1 full-spread map
- October 2022
- In Stock
Silver Medal for Travel Books Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition 2023
Silver Medal Winner for Book/People PX3 - Prix de la Photographie 2023
Foreword INDIES Book Awards 2022 Gold Winner for Coffee Table Book
Foreword INDIES Awards 2022 Gold Winner for Best Travel Book
Silver Medal Recipient in Books for the Tokyo International Foto Awards 2022
Silver Medal Recipient from the Budapest International Foto Awards 2022
Silver Winner of the 2023 IPPY Awards for Best Coffee Table Book
Bronze Winner of the 2023 IPPY Awards for Best Travel Book
2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist for Photography
Finalist for 2023 International Book Awards in Photography
Finalist for 2023 International Book Awards in Travel: Guides and Essays
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 the practice of Tibetan Buddhism they encountered in the villagers they met on their first trek to Nepal in 1981, they set out on a 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 the 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 vignettes about the places they saw and how they have changed over time.
“William and Anne Frej have created a magnificent book that provides intimacy, acute detail, context, history, and ethnography of a vast swath of incomparable, and ecologically critical geography—the Himalaya. With nearly forty years of passionate exploration of this region––from one end to the other, beginning with Manaslu in 1981––they offer an engaging and deeply felt perspective on a subject more typically associated with the fever of conquest on the world’s highest peaks.” ~Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison, from their Foreword
“[A] stunningly beautiful series of full color photographs graced with occasional commentaries by the husband and wife team of William and Anne Frej. An armchair traveler's delight…” ~Midwest Book Review
“A stunning book that radiates empathy for the people who live there, their rich culture, and their resilience.” ~Ralph Lauren
“Part travel picture book, part memoir, Willam and Anne Frey’s Travels Across the Roof of the World (photos by Bill, memoir text by Anne) is a luxuriously printed book. It is heavy in the hand, its pages are thick, and the printing, the design, and the maps are superlatively done.” ~A Bigger Camera