Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer is one of the best adventure stories that could possibly exist. This book is definately in my top five all time favorites, far above Tintinalli, Harrison’s and yes, even Netter.
After finishing the book, I went to my local library to learn more about tibet. All they had was a book called “My Land and My People” by the Dalai Lama. It’s a heartbreaking first person account of life in Tibet, how he was chosen as the Dalai Lama, his boyhood years in devoted religious studies, the pending Chinese Invasion, and a unanimous vote from his government that he assume full leadership role at the young age of 16. He was only 24 when he fled from his country by night under the threat of a full scale armed Chinese invasion of his capital city, Lhasa.
Both of these books should be required reading for anyone who claims to love the mountains.