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Reading References

Mountains, Mountaineering & Fiction

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer.

The Seven Mountain Travel Books published by Seattle.

Mountaineers, which contains Nepal Himalaya by H W Tilman. Describes the first treks in Nepal in 1949 and 1950.

Escape from Kathmandu by Kim Stanley Robinson is an off-the-wall romp around Nepal. There's an effort to free a captured yeti, an illegal ascent of Everest with a reincarnate lama and an encounter with Jimmy Carter.

The Ascent of Rum Doodle, by W E Bowman, is the classic spoof of mountaineering books. It's a pleasant diversion after reading a few expedition accounts that take themselves too seriously.


Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya by Stan Armington, eighth edition of a complete guide to trekking routes in Nepal.

Lonely Planet Nepal - by Tony Wheeler and Hugh Finlay, is a complete guidebook to Nepal.

Trekking in Nepal: A Traveler's Guide, by Stephen Bezruchka, has cross-cultural suggestions and detailed information about how to organize a backpacking or lodge trek. Many route descriptions include walking times.

Travelers Tales - Nepal, Stories, and anecdotes by those who have lived in and visited Nepal, including Jimmy Carter, Jeff Greenwald, and Broughton Coburn.

Mount Everest National Park: Sagarmatha Mother of the Universe by Margaret Jefferies.

Trekking in the Everest Region by Jamie McGuinness.

Trekking in the Annapurna Region by Bryn Thomas.

Insight Guides: Nepal.

Natural History & Culture

Nepali Aama: Life Lessons of a Himalayan Woman, by Broughton Coburn, is an account of a US Peace Corps volunteer encounters with an elderly Gurung woman. Coburn later took her on a trip to the US. This trip is described in a sequel, Aama in America: A Pilgrimage of the Heart.

Sherpas: Reflections on Change in Himalayan Nepal by James F. Fisher 


Nepal Phrasebook, by Mary-Jo O'Rourke and Bimal Man Shrestha, is a handy phrasebook with an excellent section on trekking.

Tibetan Phrasebook, by Sandup Tsering, is useful to have along in Mustang, Dolpo, and on the trek to Mt Kailas.

Nepali for Trekkers, by Stephen Bezruchka, is a Nepali phrasebook with a good tape.