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The 2400km-long Himalayan chain contains the highest mountains on earth, and some of the most dramatic scenery on Earth. These classic, challenging and magical treks, spread right across the Himalaya, will feed the dreams and ambitions of all who love wild places; 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 ...
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Trekking in the Himalaya

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Overview

The 2400km-long Himalayan chain contains the highest mountains on earth, and some of the most dramatic scenery on Earth. These classic, challenging and magical treks, spread right across the Himalaya, will feed the dreams and ambitions of all who love wild places; 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. This is a book to excite and entice, guaranteed to set the pulse racing of anyone with a sense of adventure. Edited by Alpine veteran Kev Reynolds and written by a clutch of Himalayan trekking experts and writers, this inspirational guide is illustrated with original maps, stunning photographs and profiles to help readers choose and plan their dream expeditions, and supplemented by lots of practical advice on trekking in the Himalaya for novices and more experienced backpackers alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849659949
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 27 MB
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Meet the Author

Kev Reynolds, this guide's contributing editor, has written a series of trekkers' guides to Nepal as well as many books on the Alps and several guides on walking in southern England. The contributors to this guide: Steve Berry, Bob Gibbons, Stephen Goodwin, Bart Jordans, Siân Pritchard-Jones, Steve Razzetti and Chris Townsend, are all passionate about the Himalaya and have extensive experience of the region's heights.
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, guiding, photography and lecturing. Spending several months every year among various high mountain regions researching guidebooks, makes him The Man with the World's Best Job; a title he aims to keep by remaining active for another 100 years at least.

Kev has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing 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 and he has several more books in the pipeline. His latest book, A Walk in the Clouds, is a collection of autobiographical short stories recording 50 years of mountain travel and adventures. He is also the contributing editor of the collaborative guide Trekking in the Himalaya.

A frequent contributor to outdoor magazines, Kev also writes and illustrates brochures for national tourist authorities and travel companies. When not away in the mountains, Kev lives with his wife in a small cottage among what he calls 'the Kentish Alps', with unrestricted walking country on the doorstep. But he also travels throughout Britain during the winter months to share his love of the places he writes about through a series of lectures.
Chris Townsend is an outdoor writer and photographer whose 19 books include Scotland in Cicerone's World Mountain ranges series, the award-winning The Backpacker's Handbook; Grizzly Bears and Razor Clams, the story of his hike along the Pacific Northwest Trail; A Year In The Life Of The Cairngorms, a photographic study, and 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. A passionate long-distance walker, Chris's other epic walks include the 2600-mile Pacific Crest Trail, 1600 miles along the whole length of the Canadian Rockies (another first), 1000 miles southnorth through the Yukon Territory and 1300 miles south-north through Norway and Sweden. He has also led ski tours in Norway, Spitsbergen, Greenland, Lapland and other areas, as well as treks in Nepal. Chris is involved with several outdoor and conservation organisations and served as President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. He writes on outdoor subjects every month for TGO magazine, and lives in Strathspey in the Cairngorms National Park.
Sin Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons met in 1983, on a trek from Kashmir to Ladakh. By then Bob had already driven an ancient Land Rover from England to Kathmandu in 1974 and led overland trips across Asia, Africa and South America as well as decrepit old tourist buses around India. He had also lived in Kathmandu as a trekking company manager. Before they met, Sin had worked in computer programming and systems analysis, but her heart had always been in the Himalayas, after a trip there on her way back from working in New Zealand.

Since they met they have been leading and organising treks in the Alps, Nepal, Algeria and Niger; they have hitched across Tibet, driven a busload of over-50s overland to Nepal, explored the Sahara and driven across Africa to Gabon. Some of this was real work, but luckily that proper job has not materialised. A journey by slightly less ancient (only 21 years old) Land Rover from England to Cape Town, provided the basis for the fourth edition of the Bradt guide Africa Overland. In complete contrast Sin and Bob have since updated the Bradt guides to the Maldives and the Cape Verde islands.

However, they regularly return to their first love, Kathmandu and the Himalayas, where they work with various publishers in Kathmandu, where they have written guides on the Kathmandu Valley, Ladakh and Tibet. For Cicerone they wrote the guide to Mount Kailash and Western tibet, as well as updating the Grand Canyon guide. During 2011 they revisited Tibet, this time driving the same old Land Rover back from Kathmandu to the UK overland via Lhasa, Kazakhstan, Russia and accross Europe. It was with great relish that they returned to one of their former trekking haunrts in Nepal - the Annapurna region - for the new Cicerone Guide Trekking in the Himalaya.
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. When not tempted from his desk by the crags of the nearby Lake District, most days are devoted to the AJ, which he has edited since 2004, and writing about mountain matters, the environment and just a dash of politics. A climber and ski-mountaineer, 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. Since then he has returned to the Himalaya most years as well as climbing, trekking and ski-touring in the Alps, Andes and Turkey. Happy sharing his enthusiasms with others, he enjoys leading trekking and climbing groups for Mountain Kingdoms. In 2009 he published a guide to Day Walks in the Lake District (Vertebrate), and has recently edited books by climbers Ron Fawcett and Simon Yates.
Steve Berry was born in Shillong, India just south of the Bhutanese border, and has returned to the Himalaya many times as a leader of remote treks and expeditions. These include the first British ascent of Nun (7135m) in Kashmir, and attempts on the sixth-highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu (8210m) in Nepal, and also Gangkar Punsum in Bhutan at 7550m this is still the world's highest unclimbed peak. He is the owner of Mountain Kingdoms Ltd (formerly Himalayan Kingdoms), a company offering walking holidays worldwide, and is a co-founder of Wilderness Lectures in Bristol. He has previously written two books Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, published by Crowood Press, and Straight Up, published by Himalayan Kingdoms in 2012. The former tells the story of the first, and only, British expedition to attempt Bhutan's highest mountain. The latter is a collection of stories from some of Steve's expeditions.
Steve Razetti has wide-ranging experience of the Himalayan regions and a special affinity with the mountains of Pakistan. In May 1986 he joined Simon Yates and several other friends on a mountaineering expedition to the Hushe valley in the Karakoram. The following year he led his first trekking group in the area, taking a group to K2 base camp and Concordia with the legendary mountaineer Doug Scott. The people and mountains of Pakistan's wild northern areas made such an impression on him that he spent the next 16 summers there, only taking a break when the tragic events of 9/11 temporarily ended mountain travel in the country. He played an instrumental role in developing new and exciting routes for commercial trekking in Pakistan, exploring and leading reconnaissance trips throughout the Karakoram and Hindu Kush. His articles have appeared widely in the geographical and mountaineering press, and his photographic images are distributed by agencies such as Getty Images and the RGS Picture Library. He lives with his family in Cumbria.
Bart Jordans has been guiding and exploring treks and trekking peaks in the Himalaya, Karakoram, Hindy Kush, European Alps and on Kilimanjaro since 1984. Originally from the Netherlands, he lived in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan for over four years with his wife and two children. He also lived in Vietnam for two years, and is now settled in Copenhagen. He caught the bug for mountain activities early in life when his parents took the family to either the Swiss or Austrian Alps every year, and with his brother he later trekked and climbed throughout the Alpine range. From Amsterdam he regularly visited Belgium and the UK for rock climbing.

As well as Barts acclaimed Bhutan: A Trekkers Guide (a finalist at Canadas Banff Mountain Book Festival 2006), he contributed the section on the Kangshung Face trek for Kev Reynolds trekking guide to Everest. Bart is 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.

For any enquiries and comments contact Bart at info@bhutantreks.com, and for more on Bhutan see his website www.bhutantreks.com.
Sin Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons met in 1983, on a trek from Kashmir to Ladakh. By then Bob had already driven an ancient Land Rover from England to Kathmandu in 1974 and led overland trips across Asia, Africa and South America as well as decrepit old tourist buses around India. He had also lived in Kathmandu as a trekking company manager. Before they met, Sin had worked in computer programming and systems analysis, but her heart had always been in the Himalayas, after a trip there on her way back from working in New Zealand.

Since they met they have been leading and organising treks in the Alps, Nepal, Algeria and Niger; they have hitched across Tibet, driven a busload of over-50s overland to Nepal, explored the Sahara and driven across Africa to Gabon. Some of this was real work, but luckily that proper job has not materialised. A journey by slightly less ancient (only 21 years old) Land Rover from England to Cape Town, provided the basis for the fourth edition of the Bradt guide Africa Overland. In complete contrast Sin and Bob have since updated the Bradt guides to the Maldives and the Cape Verde islands.

However, they regularly return to their first love, Kathmandu and the Himalayas, where they work with various publishers in Kathmandu, and have written guides on the Kathmandu Valley, Ladakh and Tibet. For Cicerone they wrote the guide to Mount Kailash and Western Tibet, as well as updating the Grand Canyon guide. During 2011 they revisited Tibet, this time driving the same old Land Rover back from Kathmandu to the UK overland via Lhasa, Kazakhstan, Russia and across Europe. It was with great relish that they returned to one of their former trekking haunts in Nepal - the Annapurna region - to research a new Cicerone guide, and to contribute to Trekking in the Himalaya.
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Table of Contents

About the authors
Overview of routes
Introduction
About this book
Trekking in the Himalaya: a background
Trekking styles
When to go
Safety in the mountains
Minimum impact trekking

The Treks
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

INDEX
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