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.
The Himalaya have always fed the dreams and called to those who love wild places. Stretching from Pakistan through Northern India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, this book includes 20 descriptions of the best, and most spectacular treks in the range. From glaciers to jungle, snow-swept passes to plunging valleys, remote plateaus to bustling base camps, the Himalaya offer an unparalleled wealth of landscapes and trekking opportunities.
This inspirational guide was edited by trekking specialist Kev Reynolds, and written by a team of eight experienced authors, writers and guides. A compilation of the best walking in the Himalaya, it looks at each trek in turn, and discovers what makes the trek special, and entices with vivid accounts and breathtaking photography.
- K2 and Concordia
- Snow Lake
- Nanga Parbat
- Zanskar Dream Trek (Ladakh)
- Nanda Devi (Garhwal and Kumaon)
- Kanchenjunga: Singalila Ridge and Goecha La (West Bengal and Sikkim)
- Inner Dolpo: Shey Gompa and the Crystal Mountain
- Lower Dolpo: from Juphal to Jumla
- Dhaulagiri Circuit
- Annapurna Circuit
- Annapurna Sanctuary
- Manaslu Circuit
- Langtang and Helambu
- Everest Base Camp
- Makalu Base Camp
- Kangchenjunga: North and South Base Camps
About the authors
Overview of routes
About this book
Trekking in the Himalaya: a background
When to go
Safety in the mountains
Minimum impact trekking
Trek 1 K2 and Concordia – Steve Razzetti
Trek 2 Snow Lake – Steve Razzetti
Trek 3 Nanga Parbat – Bart Jordans
Trek 4 Zanskar Dream Trek – Steve Berry
Trek 5 Nanda Devi Sanctuary – Steve Berry
Trek 6 Mount Kailash Kora – Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons
Trek 7 Inner Dolpo: Shey Gompa and the Crystal Mountain – Stephen Goodwin
Trek 8 Lower Dolpo: from Juphal to Jumla – Kev Reynolds
Trek 9 Dhaulagiri Circuit – Bart Jordans
Trek 10 Annapurna Circuit – Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons
Trek 11 Annapurna Sanctuary – Kev Reynolds
Trek 12 Manaslu Circuit – Kev Reynolds
Trek 13 Langtang and Helambu – Kev Reynolds
Trek 14 Everest Base Camp – Kev Reynolds
Trek 15 Everest: Kangshung Face – Bart Jordans
Trek 16 Makalu Base Camp – Chris Townsend
Trek 17 Kangchenjunga: North and South Base Camps – Kev Reynolds
Trek 18 Kangchenjunga: Singalila Ridge and Goecha La – Kev Reynolds
Trek 19 Lunana Snowman Trek – Bart Jordans
Trek 20 Gangkar Punsum Base Camp – Steve Berry
APPENDIX A Useful contacts
APPENDIX B Glossary for trekkers
APPENDIX C Further reading
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Congratulations on Trekking in the Himalaya. A splendid production.It doesn't take many minutes browsing before you're toying with ideas of more places to go. And a marvelous coincidence to see the Manaslu circuit so well featured, including the cover photo. I shall be heading that way next month, for my first visit.Once again, full marks for another inspiring volume.Stephen Goodwin, Mountaineering Journalist and past editor of the Alpine Journal
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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 Guidebooks by Bart Jordans
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 Articles and Books by Siân Pritchard-Jones
A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, photography and lecturing.
Claiming to be The Man with the World's Best Job, he has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing over 50 books, including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds.
Chris Townsend writes every month for TGO and has written 19 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, 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.View Guidebooks by Chris Townsend
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 Articles and Books by Bob Gibbons
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 Guidebooks by Stephen Goodwin
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 Guidebooks by Steve Berry
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 Guidebooks by Steve Razzetti
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