Trekking in the Himalaya
An inspirational guidebook to 20 treks along the 2400km Himalayan chain. Includes classics such as the treks to Everest and K2 base camps and the Annapurna Circuit. Also epic glacier treks, ultra-long expedition treks and sacred treks. This is a book to inspire and excite, guaranteed to entice any with an adventurous spirit and love of wild places.
SeasonsTrekking in the Himalaya is governed by the monsoon; the majority of treks can be tackled in the spring or autumn, while those north of the Himalaya may be enjoyed during summer.
CentresTreks in this book are based in Pakistan, India (Ladakh, Zanskar, Garwhal, West Bengal and Sikkim), Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, and begin from a variety of different towns and villages.
DifficultyAll routes included in the book are graded (Gentle, Moderate, Demanding or Expedition). A few moderate treks would suit first-time trekkers; most demand a high level of fitness; three are expedition treks where some mountaineering skills or special equipment are required.
Must SeeTrekking to or around many of the world's highest mountains: Mount Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, Nanda Devi, Gangkar Punsum, Mount Kailash and journeys to remote places such as Zanskar, the Biafo and Hispar Glaciers and Dolpo.
An inspirational larger format book providing an overview of 20 memorable treks in the Himalaya. A stunning collection of all the best trekking ideas throughout the Himalayan range, they include such well-known classics as the treks to Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga base camps, and the Annapurna and Manaslu Circuits. The ultra-long Lunana Snowman Trek and a kora around sacred Mount Kailash in Tibet are also included. There are epic glacier treks like that to Pakistan's Snow Lake; following in the footsteps of Shipton and Tilman towards Nanda Devi, and the approach to Gangkar Punsum - the world's highest unclimbed peak located in remote Bhutan.
Unlike a conventional guidebook, detailed route descriptions are not included; the book is, however, an excellent planning resource for those who wish to venture into the Himalayas. It looks at each route in turn and provides a snapshot of what makes the trek special, helping you choose the best routes to walk. Perfect either for planning, or for the armchair explorer.
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Originally from the Netherlands, Bart Jordans has been guiding and exploring treks and (trekking) peaks in the Himalayas, Karakoram, Hindu Kush, European Alps, Kilimanjaro, Simien Mountains of Ethiopia, Moroccan Atlas Mountains and Damavand in Iran since 1984. Most of his guiding experience is in Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan. He lived in Bhutan from 1999 till the end of 2003. He has been guiding in Pakistan since 1989. Originally from the Netherlands, he lived in Bhutan for over four years and in Vietnam for two. He caught the bug for mountain activities early in life on annual family visits to the Alps. Bart is now a freelance trekking guide for several well-known companies. When not in the mountains he works in the outdoor gear business and writes articles on the mountains of Bhutan, for which he is a noted expert.View author profile
Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons met in 1983, on a trek from Kashmir to Ladakh. Since then they have been leading and organising treks in the Alps, Nepal, Algeria and Niger, and exploring the world. However, they regularly return to their first love, Kathmandu and the Himalayas, and have published several books on the region.View author profile
Kev Reynolds was a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press (Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978; he later produced many more titles for the same publisher. A member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside inspired a lifetime's activity, and he regularly travelled throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures. Sadly, Kev passed away in 2021. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him and by many more he inspired through his writing and talks.View author profile
Chris Townsend writes every month for TGO and has written 25 books including Scotland in Cicerone's World Mountain Ranges series, the story of his hike along the Pacific Northwest Trail and an account of his continuous round of all the Munros in Scotland. His epic walks include the 2600-mile Pacific Crest Trail, the 800-mile Arizona Trail, 1600 miles along the Canadian Rockies, 1000 miles through the Yukon and 1300 miles through Norway and Sweden. He has led ski tours in Greenland and Scandinavia, as well as treks in Nepal. He is involved with outdoor and conservation organisations and served as President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and as a Trustee of the John Muir Trust.View author profile
Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons met in 1983, on a trek from Kashmir to Ladakh. Since they met they have been leading and organising treks in the Alps, Nepal, Algeria and Niger, and exploring the world. However, they regularly return to their first love, Kathmandu and the Himalayas, and have published several books on the region.View author profile
Stephen Goodwin is a freelance journalist and editor of the Alpine Journal, the oldest mountaineering journal in the world. In 1999, after 25 years as a staff journalist on The Times and The Independent, he moved to Cumbria. He got his first taste of the Himalaya on a dream assignment in 1998, and reached the south summit of Everest, filing an award-winning diary to The Independent. He has returned to the Himalaya many times since then as well as climbing, trekking and ski-touring in the Alps, Andes and Turkey. He also enjoys leading trekking and climbing groups for Mountain Kingdoms.View author profile
Steve Berry was born in Shillong, India, and has returned to the Himalaya to lead remote treks and expeditions. These include the first British ascent of Nun in Kashmir, and attempts on Cho Oyu in Nepal and Gangkar Punsum in Bhutan; the world's highest unclimbed peak. He is the owner of Mountain Kingdoms Ltd, a company offering walking holidays worldwide, and co-founded Wilderness Lectures in Bristol. He has previously written two books – Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon and Straight Up, the tale of the only British expedition to Bhutan's highest peak and stories from Steve's other expeditions.View author profile
Steve Razetti has wide-ranging experience of the Himalayan regions and an affinity with the mountains of Pakistan. In 1986 he joined Simon Yates on an expedition to the Hushe valley in the Karakoram. The following year he took a group to K2 base camp and Concordia with Doug Scott. He then spent the next 16 summers in Pakistan's wild north. He developed new routes for commercial trekking and lead reconnaissance trips throughout the Karakoram and Hindu Kush. His articles have appeared widely in the geographical and mountaineering press, his photographs are distributed by Getty Images and the RGS Picture Library.View author profile
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