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Reading References

Mountains, Mountainering & Fiction

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

The Seven Mountain Travel Books published by the 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 good diversion after reading a few expedition accounts that take themselves too seriously.


Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya by Stan Armington, eighth edition of the most 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 organise a backpacking or lodge trek. There are many route descriptions that 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 volunteers 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 a good 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 phrase book with a good tape.

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