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.
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Bart Jordans has been guiding and exploring treks and trekking peaks in the Himalaya, Karakoram, Hindu Kush, European Alps and on Kilimanjaro since 1984. 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 is an outdoor writer and photographer whose 25 books include Scotland in Cicerone's World Mountain ranges series, the award-winning The Backpacker's Handbook; Rattlesnakes and Bald Eagles, the story of his hike along the 2600-mile Pacific Crest Trail; The Munros and Tops, an account of his continuous round of all the 3000ft summits in Scotland – the first time this walk has been done; and Along the Divide, the story of his walk along the Scottish watershed. A passionate long-distance walker, Chris's other epic walks include the 3100-mile Continental Divide Trail, the 1200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail, the 800-mile Arizona Trail, 1600 miles along the whole length of the Canadian Rockies (another first), 1000 miles south–north through the Yukon Territory and 1300 miles south-north through Norway and Sweden.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 prestigious Alpine Journal, the oldest mountaineering journal in the world. In 1999, after 25 years as a staff journalist on The Times and then The Independent, he exchanged the turbulence of Fleet Street and politics in ‘the Westminster village’ for the subtler currents of Cumbria’s Eden Valley.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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