Finding work in a refugee camp in Tibet, the author makes her home in a tiny vermin-infested room. In the form of a diary, this book describes her life there and the journeys she made in the remote regions bordering Tibet. Originally published: London: John Murray, 1967.
The third in a series of books tracing Dervla's involvement with the self-sufficient mountain cultures of the Himalayas. Lured by the chance to work again with refugees (a group of 500 Tibetans lodged in tents in the remote Pokhara Valley), Dervla settles down to live in a tiny, vermin-infested room above a stall in a bazaar. Here she falls under the spell of the ancient land of Nepal, poised between East and West, between China and India, between Buddhism and Hinduism, yet true to its own distinct civilization. Dervla's understanding of the roots of the Nepalese past, and her own stamina, culminate in an epic trek into the remopte Langtang region on the border with Tibet.