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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)

Trekking in the Everest Region

Trekking in the Everest Region

by Jamie McGuinness

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

A compact guide to treks in the Everest region featuring route maps, village plans and concise information on preparations. Fifth Edition (NPL31, $22.95)

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)

Nepal Map

Nepal Map

by Nelles

  • 2012
  • MAP

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

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)

 
Everest Base Camp, Nepal Map

Everest Base Camp, Nepal Map


by National Geographic

  • 2004
  • MAP

A durable, folded map for treks from Lukla through Sagarmatha National Park to Everest Base Camp, at a scale of 1:50,000. (HML77, $11.95)

Mt. Everest

Mt. Everest


by National Geographic

  • 1998
  • MAP

A gloriously detailed, birds-eye view of Everest by the cartographers at National Geographic. (NPL36, $19.99)

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)

Everest, A Trekker's Guide

Everest, A Trekker's Guide


by Kev Reynolds

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

A brief pocket guide to seven treks in the Everest region (including one in Tibet) with sketch maps, good general information and a few photographs. (NPL45, $24.95)

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)

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)

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

Essential Tibetan Buddhism


by Robert Thurman

  • RELIGION
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

The foremost Western scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, Thurman has chosen well from that tradition's sacred literature and helpfully includes suggested further reading, explanatory notes and a directory of sacred sites. (TBT15, $14.99)

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)

The Call of Everest: The History, Science, and Future of the World's Tallest Peak


by Conrad Anker

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 303 PAGES

Presents a historical survey of the world's tallest mountain, featuring accounts of famous climbs and tragedies, previously unpublished photographs, and scientific findings on the impact of climate change. (HML125, $35.00)

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)

Everest, The Mountaineers Anthology IV

Everest, The Mountaineers Anthology IV


by Peter Potterfield

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A collection of eyewitness accounts. (NPL49, $16.95)

High Adventure

High Adventure


by Sir Edmund Hillary

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 245 PAGES

A classic of 20th-century mountaineering, this 50th anniversary edition of young Hillary's personal account of his historic ascent of Everest, written the heady days after the celebrated climb, includes a new preface by the author and black-and-white photos. Hillary modestly attributes his success to "a goodly share of imagination and plenty of energy." (NPL48, $19.95)

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)

No Shortcuts to the Top, Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

No Shortcuts to the Top, Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks


by Ed Viesturs

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

An exhilarating account of mountaineering by the first American to scale the world's 14 peaks that over 8,000 meters high, without the aid of bottled oxygen. (EXP45, $14.99)

The Crystal Horizon

The Crystal Horizon


by Reinhold Messner | Jill Neate | Audrey Salkeld

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

Messner's account of the first successful solo ascent of Everest, which he accomplished without the aid of supplemental oxygen in 1980. (HML69, $29.95)

A Life on the Edge, Memoirs of Everest and Beyond

A Life on the Edge, Memoirs of Everest and Beyond


by Jim Whittaker

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

The legendary mountaineer recalls not just his remarkable feats in the Himalayas but also the details of his personal life, coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s and his time as the first employee, manager and CEO of REI. (HML121, $24.95)

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)

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)

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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