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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)

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)

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)

 
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)

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)

Nepal Adventure Map

Nepal Adventure Map


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2103
  • MAP

A waterproof, tear-resistant map of Nepal at a scale of 1:625,000. Includes detailed elevations and the locations of natural attractions. (NPL82, $11.95)

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 Nepal

Lonely Planet Nepal


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 420 PAGES

A comprehensive, practical guide to Nepal. (NPL28, $27.99)

Lonely Planet Nepali Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Nepali Phrasebook


by Mary-Jo O'Rourke

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

A palm-sized guide to pronunciation, grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (NPL62, $9.99)

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)

Nepal Trekking and the Great Himalaya Trail, A Route and Planning Guide

Nepal Trekking and the Great Himalaya Trail, A Route and Planning Guide


by Robin Boustead

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • COMING IN DECEMBER

This trekking guide is valuble for anyone planning an adventure in Nepal. It includes the most popular routes, as well as several less known ones, guiding the trekker through Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Rolwaling, Solu-Khumbu (Everest Region), Helambu & Langtang, Ganesh & Manaslu, Annapurna, Naar & Phu, Mustang, Dolpo, and The Far West. (NPL86, $24.95)

Shangri-la: A Practical Guide to the Himalayan Dream

Shangri-la: A Practical Guide to the Himalayan Dream


by Michael Buckley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 191 PAGES

With marvelous chapters on the many meanings and myths surrounding Shangri-La, Buckley's practical guide covers the contenders for this mythical Himalayan paradise in Southwest China, Tibet, Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. With many maps and color photographs. (HML84, $25.99)

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)

Trekking in the Himalaya

Trekking in the Himalaya


by Kev Reynolds

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

An absorbing primer as well as a celebration of the Himalaya's scenic magnificence, this is an inspirational and detailed guide to 20 memorable treks by a veteran expedition leader. (HML130, $29.95)

Against a Peacock Sky, Two Years in the Life of a Nepalese Village

Against a Peacock Sky, Two Years in the Life of a Nepalese Village


by Monica Connell

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Connell tells about her experience in the Nepalese Himalayan village of Talphi where she lived for two years. The place was so remote, she writes, it was a ten days' walk from the nearest road. (NPL89, $34.00)

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas


by Peter Harrison

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

This slim book recreates the dramatic and colorful fortifications of Tibet, Ladakh, Nepal and Bhutan, recounting their history through foreign incursions, religious conflicts and civil wars to the Tibetan uprising and flight of the Dalai Lama from Potala Palace in 1959. (HML117, $18.95)

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)

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)

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)

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 the Silence

Into the Silence


by Wade Davis

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 656 PAGES

In this thrilling portrait of George Mallory and fellow climbers, Davis vividly recreates Britain's heroic attempts to scale Everest in the 1920s, putting the whole enterprise into the context of World War I and British Imperial ambitions. (HML101, $17.95)

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)

Mountain

Mountain


by Sandy Hill

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 351 PAGES

This stunning celebration of the allure of climbing and grandeur of the great peaks features images by nature photographers and adventurers spanning two centuries, Ansel Adams, Edmund Hillary, Bradford Washburn and Galen Rowell among them. Sandy Hill, one of the first women to reach all seven summits, and others provide concise essays but it is the 350 oversized, sumptuously produced black-and-white and color photographs that entrance. (EXP97, $85.00)

My Journey to Lhasa

My Journey to Lhasa


by Alexandra David-Neel

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

Dressed as a humble pilgrim and traveling under the cover of night, the indomitable 55-year-old David-Neel and her young companion climbed mountains and tricked soldiers to ultimately reach Tibet's forbidden capital. Originally published in 1923, her account stands as a riveting portrait of early 20th-century Tibet. (TBT26, $14.99)

Shopping for Buddhas

Shopping for Buddhas


by Jeff Greenwald

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 203 PAGES

A funny tale of searching every last corner of Kathmandu for just the right statue of Buddha. In addition to his tourist's obsession with getting the ideal souvenir, Greenwald offers amusing and insightful meditations about Nepalese culture, politics and religion. (NPL25, $15.95)

Snake Lake

Snake Lake


by Jeff Greenwald

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A touching memoir by journalist Greenwald who returns to his old haunts in Kathmandu during the Maoist uprising. He struggles to balance his journeying with obligations to his depressed brother back home in the United States. (NPL75, $15.95)

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)

Buddha's Orphans

Buddha's Orphans


by Samrat Upadhyay

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This novel by Samrat Upadhyay (Arresting God in Kathmandu) sets Nepal's political upheaval as a backdrop to the love story of Raja, an orphan boy, and Nilu, a daughter of privilege. Their story transports readers across generations and explores family connections. (NPL71, $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)

In the Land of No Right Angles

In the Land of No Right Angles


by Daphne Beal

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 278 PAGES

Beal evokes the grit of Kathmandu and the emotional intricacies of trying to do good in the world in this tale of a young American student abroad, an older expat and a young village woman whose life they change forever. (NPL60, $13.95)

In the Land of the Blue Poppies

In the Land of the Blue Poppies


by Frank Kingdon-Ward | Tom Christopher | Jamaica Kincaid

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

Expert Tom Christopher presents excerpts from intrepid Kingdon-Ward's fascinating accounts of plant-hunting adventures in Tibet, Burma and the Himalayas in the early 20th century. (ASA35, $19.00)

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 Soul of the Rhino

The Soul of the Rhino


by Hemanta R. Mishra

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Mishra writes of his long career in conservation and particularly his work with the endangered Asian rhino at Royal Chitwan, in this absorbing memoir, marvelously subtitled: "A Nepali Adventure With Kings and Elephant Drivers, Billionaires and Bureaucrats, Shamans and Scientists." (NPL59, $16.95)

Wild India, The Wildlife of India and Nepal

Wild India, The Wildlife of India and Nepal


by Guy Mountefort | Gerald Cubitt

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

An informative introduction to the natural history of the region in a handsome oversize volume. With hundreds of extraordinary photographs of the wildlife and landscapes of the Himalayas, the Indo-Ganges Plain and the Deccan. (IDA02, $29.95)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India and Nepal

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India and Nepal


by Bikram Grewal

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A slim pocket guide to 252 of the most conspicuous birds of India and Nepal. (IDA46, $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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