Michael Palin revisits his fifth journey collection – a journey to explore the Himalaya. Showcasing enthusiasts together with Levison Wood and Ade Adepitan as they reflect on his accomplishment.
This distinctive episode sees Michael revisit his fifth journey sequence – Himalaya.
For Michael, this epic journey across the world’s highest mountain vary is the fulfilment of boyhood goals impressed by the 1953 ascent of Everest by Hillary and Tensing. Beginning in the famous Khyber Go, he travels by way of Pakistan and India and ascends into Nepal and Tibet to reach Everest foundation camp itself, ahead of venturing into the mountain kingdom of Bhutan.
But Michael’s journey isn’t all about scaling peaks – it’s also about finding out what lifestyle is like for the individuals who stay in some of the harshest environments on Earth. He is curious to see countries that ended up lower off by the mountains for generations and that have designed their very own distinctive cultures and ways of survival, to uncover the diverse techniques that religion influences society right here, and to meet up with the hardy inhabitants of the mountains.
Along the way, Michael sees Pakistan’s traditionally volatile North West Frontier location and narrowly avoids a bull all through a bull-racing competition. Crossing the border into India, he visits the Sikh city of Amritsar and the Golden Temple, where by he learns about Sikhism and eats with the 1000’s of pilgrims who occur there. And in Dharamshala, he learns about Buddhism and meets the Dalai Lama – who turns out to be a Palin admirer.
Shifting at any time upwards into the mountains, Michael suffers from altitude sickness, and at one place thinks he could possibly have to give up. But he recovers and is rewarded with gorgeous sights of the Annapurna assortment. Ultimately, he reaches Everest base camp, in which he displays on the achievement of walking in the footsteps not only of Hillary but of the before British explorers Mallory and Irvine, who ended up childhood heroes of his.
Staying curious to find out how men and women reside up at higher altitude, he spends time with a Nepalese yak-herder and his household, building a authentic link even with not speaking their language. In Nagaland, he has a chat with an elderly headhunter, who turns out to be a great deal friendlier than he appears to be like. Last but not least, Michael journeys by the isolated and magical country of Bhutan, before descending to sea-stage in Bangladesh.