“ Author: Heinrich Harrer / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 17 November 1988 / Genre: Travel Writing / Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers / Title: Seven Years in Tibet / ISBN 13: 9780586087077 / ISBN 10: 0586087077 „
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This adventure story is also the biography of Heinrich Harrer, already a famous mountaineer and Olympic ski champion when he was caught by the outbreak of the World War II while climbing in the Himalayas. Being an Austrian he was interned in India but succeeded in escaping into Tibet. After a series of experiences in a country never before crossed by a Westerner he reached the forbidden city of Lhasa. He stayed there for seven years, learned the language and acquired an understanding of Tibet and the Tibetans. He became the friend and tutor of the young Dalai Lama and finally accompanied him into India when he was put to flight by the Red Chinese invasion. As a mountaineer Heinrich Harrer was a member of the party which successfully ascended the North Wall of the Eiger in 1938.