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Iain Campbell has been fascinated by mountains for as long as he can remember and has travelled widely in the mountains of his home country of Scotland and further afield. He studied history at Oxford University where he specialised in medieval religious history. In 2002 he decided to combine these interests by travelling to the holy mountains of Asia. His first book, With Unblest Feet, tells the story of a journey among the mountain pilgrims of the Silk Road. His second book, From the Lion’s Mouth, is about Pakistan, a country which combines a rich religious heritage and some of the most spectacular mountains in the world. It is the account of a slow journey through this mesmerizing country in 2004, following the Indus River from its mouth near Karachi through the Punjab and Kashmir to the Tibetan Plateau where the river finds its source. He lives with his family in Edinburgh and continues to travel frequently to Asia.

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In pictures: a journey along the Indus River

Author Iain Campbell showcases his highlights from his mammoth journey along the Indus River, from its mouth in Pakistan to its source in Tibet. 

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The Abbot of Mahe

Nearing the end of his journey along the Indus, author Iain Campbell meets the Abbot of Mahe in Ladakh.

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The journey to Amarnath Cave

The yatra to Amarnath Cave in Ladakh is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage routes in the world. 

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The Indus ferries

On his journey along the Indus River, Iain Campbell discovered many interesting relics.

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The land of the ungovernable

Iain describes his journey through the troubled province of Kohistan to the mountain fortress of Pir Sar. 

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