Friday, November 27, 2009

Chasing Time in Garuda Valley

German adventurer Bruno Baumann believes he has found the fabled silver palaces of the Shang Shung kings -- and the cradle of Tibetan civilization -- near the village of Kyunglung, in southwestern Tibet.

The German discoveries pre-date the recent American cave discoveries in Mustang by three years, but taken collectively, this news makes one want to pack a bag -- and some climbing gear -- and head off for the border regions.

Baumann published a book about his expedition, The Silver Palace of Garuda: The Discovery of Tibet's Last Secret, which is available from Amazon (in German). If you want to read more about the story (in English), you can check Der Spiegel's online coverage by clicking here.

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