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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

by Peter Matthiessen

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The most perceptive, acutely observed and personal of all his books, Matthiessen's account of a five-week journey through Nepal with naturalist George Schaller combines their quest for the elusive cat with a moving introduction to Buddhism and the people and culture of the Himalayas. (NPL03, $17.00)

Annapurna, The Epic Account of a Himalayan Conquest and its Harrowing Aftermath

Annapurna, The Epic Account of a Himalayan Conquest and its Harrowing Aftermath

by Maurice Herzog

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Conrad Anker provides a new foreword for this 60th-anniversary edition of Maurice Herzog's classic, dictated from his hospital bed in Paris. French Minister of Youth and Sport in the 1960s and former mayor of Chamonix, Herzog recovered nicely. (HML07, $16.95)

Himalaya, Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge, and Hope on the Roof of the World

Himalaya, Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge, and Hope on the Roof of the World

by Broughton Coburn | Richard C. Blum | Erica Stone

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

A beautifully photographed overview of the geology, history and people of the Himalayas. (HML78, $35.00)

Trekking Nepal, A Traveler's Guide

Trekking Nepal, A Traveler's Guide

by Stephen Bezruchka

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A respected guide covering route planning, national parks, health, where to go and what to do in Nepal. With an overview of the geography, history, religion and culture of the region. (NPL10, $29.95)

Annapurna Adventure Map

Annapurna Adventure Map

by National Geographic Society

  • 2002
  • MAP

Produced in conjunction with the Himalayan Map House in Kathmandu, this detailed map (1:135,000) shows 100-meter contour lines. (NPL74, $11.95)

Khumbu Trekking Map

Khumbu Trekking Map

by National Geographic Society

  • 2002
  • MAP

This National Geographic map of Sargmatha National Park and Everest (1:125,000) includes 100-meter contour lines, index, a city map of Kathmandu and overview map of Nepal. (NPL47, $11.95)

 
Himalaya Map

Himalaya Map


by Nelles

  • MAP

A colorful regional map of the Himalayas at a scale of 1:1,500,000, including Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and Sikkim. (HML09, $13.95)

Nepal Map

Nepal Map


by Nelles

  • 2008
  • MAP

A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000, with insets of Kathmandu City and Kathmandu Valley. (NPL01, $13.95)

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment


by Stephen Bezruchka

  • REFERENCE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Bezruchka, a mountaineer and M.D., includes case studies, frequently asked questions and simple methods of diagnosis and treatment in this indispensable pocket guide. (REF02, $8.95)

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya


by Joseph Bindloss | Bradley Mayhew

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 436 PAGES

This classic guide, now in its eighth edition, is great for both practical trail information and general information on the region. (NPL23, $22.99)

Spectrum Guide to Nepal

Spectrum Guide to Nepal


by Camerapix

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 364 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to the country, its people, history, culture and geography, featuring excellent maps and 200 color photographs. (NPL27, $22.95)

Life and Death on Mt. Everest, Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering

Life and Death on Mt. Everest, Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering


by Sherry B. Ortner

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 376 PAGES

A vividly written, scholarly study of the relationship between the Sherpas and the mountaineers who come to "conquer" the Himalayas. (TBT33, $35.00)

Sherpas, Reflections on Change in Himalayan Nepal

Sherpas, Reflections on Change in Himalayan Nepal


by James Fisher

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 205 PAGES

A detailed study of the change that mountaineering brought to Sherpa society. (NPL13, $29.95)

Into Thin Air, A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Into Thin Air, A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster


by Jon Krakauer

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

In this bestseller, climber and journalist Krakauer reconstructs a minute-by-minute account of what went wrong on the great mountain in 1996. (HML13, $15.95)

A Naturalist and Other Beasts

A Naturalist and Other Beasts


by George B. Schaller

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The eminent zoologist writes with authority and affection of his many field expeditions over a long career in conservation, including his time among the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, snow leopards in Nepal and his groundbreaking work on giant pandas in Sichuan. (NAT119, $16.95)

Among Flowers, A Walk in the Himalaya

Among Flowers, A Walk in the Himalaya


by Jamaica Kincaid

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

An atmospheric account of celebrated writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid's journey to Nepal and the Himalayas with a small team of botanists. (HML62, $10.95)

Himalayan Passage, Seven Months in the High Country of Tibet, Nepal, China, India, & Pakistan

Himalayan Passage, Seven Months in the High Country of Tibet, Nepal, China, India, & Pakistan


by Jeremy Schmidt

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

National Geographic expert Jeremy Schmidt and photographer Patrick Morrow recount their circumnavigation of the Himalayas, accompanied by their wives. Their journey by bike, truck and foot across Tibet, Nepal, China, India and Pakistan is illustrated with 32 pages of color photographs. (HML05, $18.95)

Touching My Father's Soul, A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest

Touching My Father's Soul, A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest


by Jamling Tenzing Norgay | Broughton Coburn | Dalai Lama

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

A personal account of the business of Everest, the 1996 IMAX Expedition and, most significantly, of a son who is grappling with the legacy of a famous father. (NPL42, $15.99)

Arresting God in Kathmandu

Arresting God in Kathmandu


by Samrat Upadhyay

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 191 PAGES

This collection of stories explores the nature of desire and spirituality in modern Nepali society. (NPL61, $14.95)

Escape from Kathmandu

Escape from Kathmandu


by Kim Stanley Robinson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The four interconnected stories in this laugh-out-loud novel include the (mis)adventures of two young Americans with a Yeti, international espionage, mountain climbing of the highest sort and a quest for Shangri-La. (NPL41, $19.99)

Himalayan Voices, An Introduction to Modern Nepali Literature

Himalayan Voices, An Introduction to Modern Nepali Literature


by Michael Hutt

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

A collection of 20th-century Nepali poetry and short fiction, much of it translated into English for the first time. This anthology offers insight into Nepal's literary traditions, society and culture. (HML35, $31.95)

The Ascent of Rum Doodle

The Ascent of Rum Doodle


by W. E. Bowman

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

This hilarious send-up of the great British mountaineers, originally published in 1956, is hardly handicapped by the fact that Bowman never set foot in the Himalayas. (HML55, $15.95)

The Lord of Death

The Lord of Death


by Eliot Pattison

  • MYSTERY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Exiled Beijing investigator Shan Tao Yun has his hands full when he happens upon an overturned bus (full of suddenly freed Tibetan monks) -- and two women shot -- on the slopes of Mt. Everest. The exceptional sixth intallment of Eliot Pattison's series, all featuring Shan Tao Yun in Tibet. (TBT131, $14.00)

Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas

Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas


by Bikram Grewal

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A pocket guide to 250 birds found from the foothills up to high elevations ranging from the Hindu Kush and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas. With brief descriptive information, maps and 260 full-color illustrations. (HML31, $15.95)

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