National Geographic : 1955 Jul
23 © Kodachromes by Heinrich Harrer 4 Tibet's Foreign Minister (Center) Welcomes Lowell Thomas and His Son Mr. Thomas, American writer and commentator, and Lowell, Jr., visited Lhasa as guests of the Government in 1949. Disaster struck their expedition on the return journey. Five days from Lhasa, a frightened horse knocked Mr. Thomas off a narrow trail; the fall smashed his leg. Lowell, Jr., organized relay teams of porters to carry his injured father across peaks and gorges. After 19 days of torturous travel they reached Gangtok, near India.