Danielle Pons and Olivier Föllmi were born to find each other: so there could be no doubt, Himalayan Gods have knitted them a single destiny.
Winner of a travel grant, Olivier Föllmi discovered Asia during his first expedition to Mir-Sa-Mir (6059m) in Afghanistan, in 1975. In 1976, with just his backpack, he set about living in Zanskar, one of the most isolated regions of the world, where he stayed over four winters (1980/1988). He made a winter retreat in the monastery of Phuktal, at 4,000m in 1980, following the traces of Alexander Csoma de Köros and became a guide in India and Nepal for trips specialised in Tibetan culture (1979/1986).
In the middle of winter 1982, he narrowly escaped death when after gangrene set in from frostbite in his feet. His first narrative, Two Winters in Zanskar, recounting these travels in the depths of the...