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Himalayan Kingdoms

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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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So Close to Heaven, The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

NPL04
Barbara Crossette
Vintage Books
1996
297
0679743634
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Asia correspondent for the New York Times Crossette portrays Bhutan and neighboring Ladakh and Sikkim as strongholds of Tantric Buddhism in an increasingly homogenized world.
$16.95

The Blessings of Bhutan

BHU16
Russ and Blyth Carpenter
University of Hawaii Press
2002
192
0824826795
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
Not a travelogue, this is instead an introduction to Bhutan -- its people, customs, religion and history -- as interpreted by a husband-and-wife team who has made Bhutan their second home.
$32.00

The Snow Leopard

NPL03
Peter Matthiessen
Penguin Putnam
2016
352
0143105515
PAPER
Exploration
0
1
0
0
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
$17.00

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

TBT15
Robert Thurman
HarperCollins
1996
317
0062510517
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.99

Himalaya Map

HML09
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2015
2
3865740324
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful regional map of the Himalayas at a scale of 1:1,500,000, including Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and Sikkim.
$13.95

Khumbu Trekking Map

NPL47
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Maps
2002
2
1566951240
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$11.95

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment

REF02
Stephen Bezruchka
Mountaineers
2005
128
0898866855
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
Bezruchka, a mountaineer and M.D., includes case studies, frequently asked questions and simple methods of diagnosis and treatment in this indispensable pocket guide.
$8.95

Bradt Guide Tibet

TBT74
Michael Buckley
Bradt Publications
2012
336
1841621641
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical, detailed overview of Tibetan history, culture, attractions and natural life. Includes color photographs, local maps and excellent travel information.
$26.99

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

NPL86
Robin Boustead
Trailblazer
2015
256
1905864604
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This valuable trekking guide includes the most popular routes in Nepal, 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.
$24.95

Odyssey Guide Bhutan

BHU03
Francoise Pommaret
Odyssey Publications
2009
326
9622178103
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An authoritative overview of the kingdom, enhanced by color photographs, well-chosen literary excerpts and many maps, this guide by Bhutan expert and ethnographer Pommaret is exceptionally good. With a general introduction to the history, geography, economy, flora and fauna, festivals and the arts.
$23.95

Shangri-la: A Practical Guide to the Himalayan Dream

HML84
Michael Buckley
Bradt Publications
2008
191
1841622044
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$25.99

Spectrum Guide to Nepal

NPL27
Camerapix
Interlink Publishing Group
2000
364
1566563321
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to the country, its people, history, culture and geography, featuring excellent maps and 200 color photographs.
$22.95

Trekking in the Himalaya

HML130
Kev Reynolds
Cicerone
2013
252
1852846054
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

Trekking Tibet

TBT10
Gary McCue, George Schaller (Introduction)
Mountaineers
2010
416
1594852669
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An indispensable guide, featuring pre-trip planning, discussions of the most scenic routes and an overview of Tibetan culture and history.
$29.95

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

HML78
Broughton Coburn (Editor), Richard C. Blum (Editor), Erica Stone (Editor)
National Geographic
2006
256
0792261925
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This beautifully photographed overview of the geology, history and people of the Himalayas includes contributions by several National Geographic photographers, introductions by Jimmy Carter and the Dalai Lama, and an afterward by Sir Edmund Hillary.
$35.00

Horses Like Lightning, A Story of Passage Through the Himalayas

NPL80
Sienna Craig
Wisdom Publications
2008
295
0861715179
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An equestrian and budding anthropologist, this is Craig’s tender account of a year-long sojourn in the Mustang region of Nepal. Working with doctors and veterinarians in the ethnically Tibetan region which borders the Tibetan plateau, Craig came to understand the importance of the horse in the myth, ritual and daily lives of the Mustangi people.
$16.95

The Dragon in the Land of Snows

TBT32
Tsering Shakya
Penguin Putnam
2000
606
0140196153
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive account of the history and political development of Tibet since 1947, which includes eye-opening details of the American, British and Indian players involved in Tibet's struggle for sovereignty.
$20.00

The Open Road

TBT118
Pico Iyer
Alfred Knopf
2009
288
0307387550
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Iyer was a graduate student in Britain when he first met the Dalai Lama. Here he draws on his long association with the man and his ideas, painting a remarkable portrait of the Tibetan people and the aspirations of their leader.
$15.95

Trespassers on the Roof of the World

TBT08
Peter Hopkirk
Kodansha America
1995
288
1568360509
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Hopkirk's spellbinding history of the uninvited exploration of Tibet from the 19th century to the present, including a fantastic array of Victorian adventurers. His wild tale has as its centerpiece the 1949-1951 invasion by China.
$16.00

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

HML07
Maurice Herzog
Lyons Press
2010
256
1599218933
PAPER
Exploration
0
1
0
0
A 60th-anniversary edition of Maurice Herzog's classic, which he dictated from his hospital bed in Paris. French Minister of Youth and Sport in the 1960s and former mayor of Chamonix, Herzog recovered nicely.
$16.95

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

HML13
Jon Krakauer
Doubleday
1999
360
0385494785
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
In this bestseller, climber and journalist Krakauer reconstructs a minute-by-minute account of what went wrong on the great mountain in 1996.
$16.00

Ladakh 1974 to 2008, A Photographic Homage

HML131
Jaroslav Poncar
Art Media Resources
2010
220
1932476490
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
Since the mid-1970s, Czech photographer Jaroslav Poncar has worked in Ladakh, the "land of high passes." His photography of this remote mountain region and its deeply spiritual inhabitants reveals a true love of place.
$95.00

Beyond the Sky and the Earth

BHU08
Jamie Zeppa
Riverhead Books
1999
303
157322815X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Zeppa's memoir of her time as a teacher in a remote Bhutanese village shows her growing love and commitment to the people and culture.
$16.00

Freedom in Exile, The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama

TBT25
Dalai Lama
HarperCollins
1991
320
0060987014
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A vivid self-portrait, told with optimism, great determination, humor and insight.
$15.99

From Heaven Lake, Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

HML19
Vikram Seth
Vintage Books
1987
178
039475218X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An unconventional, award-winning travelogue of a 1981 trip to India from China via the Himalayas by the marvelous Indian novelist Vikram Seth.
$15.00

Himalaya Bound: One Family's Quest to Save their Animals and an Ancient Way of Life

HML143
Michael Benanav
Pegasus
2018
224
1681776227
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
1/2/2018
0
0
0
0
Benanav spent 44 days following the Van Guijars, a hidden tribe of forest-dwelling nomads in the Himalayan plains of northern India, detailing how the forest department threated to block the nomadic families from the ancestral summer pastures they relied
$26.95

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

HML05
Jeremy Schmidt
Mountaineers
1992
336
0898863430
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

My Journey to Lhasa

TBT26
Alexandra David-Neel
HarperCollins Publishers
2005
317
0060596554
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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 in order to ultimately reach Tibet's forbidden capital. Originally published in 1923, this account stands as a riveting portrait of early 20th-century Tibet.
$14.99

Video Night in Kathmandu, and Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East

ASA02
Pico Iyer
Vintage Books
1989
376
0679722165
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Iyer brings enormous wit and humor to these classic essays on travel to places including Bali, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
$15.95

Walking the Himalayas

HML142
Levison Wood
Hachette
2016
304
031635242X
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Explorer Levison Wood recounts his six-month, 1,700-mile trek through Afghanistan, Kashmir, Pakistan, India and into the foothills of the Himalayas, describing the landscapes, people and dangers that he meets along the way.
$27.00

Escape from Kathmandu

NPL41
Kim Stanley Robinson
St. Martin's Press
2000
320
0312874995
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.99

Lost Horizon, A Novel

HML73
James Hilton
HarperCollins Publishers
2012
272
0062113720
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First published in 1933, this novel (and subsequent movie) introduced the world to the Himalayan paradise of Shangri-La, which a group of Americans and Englishmen discover after a plane crash.
$15.99

The Ascent of Rum Doodle

HML55
W. E. Bowman
Trafalgar Square
2010
192
0099530384
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

The Folded Earth

HML113
Anuradha Roy
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2012
269
1451633335
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Tiger man Jim Corbett, Edwina Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru all make a cameo appearance in Anuradha Roy's second novel, marvelously populated with a host of characters and beautifully set in Ranikhet, a hill station in the foothills of the Himalayas, where the author makes her home part of the year.
$15.00

India Birds

IDA727
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2015
1583559396
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features more than 100 birds often seen in India.
$7.95

India Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals

IDA728
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2015
158355940X
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. It features more than 140 creatures often seen in India (from tigers and lions to flying lizards) with full-color images and text. Part of the great Pocket Naturalist series.
$7.95

Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas

HML31
Bikram Grewal
Ralph Curtis Publishing
2017
144
1472938267
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

More Books

Bhutan & Northern India Map

BHU06
ITMB
ITMB
2012
1
1553411528
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided traveler's map at an excellent scale of 1:345,000 with a larger scale map of Northern India and Bhutan on the reverse.
$12.95

K2, Triumph and Tragedy

PKN05
Jim Curran
Houghton Mifflin Company
1997
0395485908
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
This is a tense account of disaster on the world's second highest mountain in 1986. The author was on the mountain when 13 climbers in 9 different expeditions died.
$16.95

Shopping for Buddhas

NPL25
Jeff Greenwald
Traveler's Tales
2014
203
1609520947
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya

NPL23
Joseph Bindloss, Bradley Mayhew
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
384
174179272X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This classic guide, now in its eighth edition, is great for both practical trail information and general information on the region.
$22.99

Trekking in the Everest Region

NPL31
Jamie McGuiness
Trailblazer
2009
322
1873756992
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact guide to treks in the Everest region featuring route maps, village plans and concise information on preparations. Fifth Edition
$22.95

In the Land of the Blue Poppies

ASA35
Frank Kingdon-Ward, Tom Christopher (Editor), Jamaica Kincaid (Introduction)
Modern Library
2003
242
0812967399
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.00

Sikkim & India Northeast Map

HML75
ITMB
ITMB
2012
1
155341084X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A full-color detailed map of Sikkim, the state between India and Chinese-controlled Tibet. Includes interesting temples/pagodas and an inset map of Kolkata. Scales are 1:135,000 and 1,5000,000.
$12.95

Bhutan, A Trekker's Guide

BHU23
Bart Jordans
Cicerone
2008
332
1852845538
FLEXI-BOUND
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, practical guide to 27 treks and walks throughout the mountain kingdom with color photographs and detailed sketch maps throughout.
$24.95

Footprint Northeast India

IDA539
David Stott
Footprint Handbooks
2011
392
1907263187
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
1
0
Northeast India is a region off the usual tourist route, yet it contains some of the country's beautiful scenery, remarkable religious monuments and vibrant cultural centers. This guide takes you to the Orissan temples of Puri, Bhubaneswar and Konark, the interior of Bihar and Jharkhand, and the mighty peaks of the Himalaya to the north.
$24.95

H. W. Tilman, The Seven Mountain-Travel Books

HML94
H. W. Tilman
Mountaineers
2004
896
0898869609
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
This omnibus edition of Tilman's brilliant, marvelous accounts of high altitude adventure includes The Ascent of Nanda Devi.
$34.95

Himalaya, The Exploration and Conquest of the Greatest Mountains on Earth

HML128
Philip Parker
Sterling Publishing Company
2013
192
1844862216
HARD COVER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first successful Mount Everest ascent, this book pays tribute to Himalayan history with historical accounts of legendary climbs and offers mountaineering guidance to future climbers with panoramic maps of peaks and related routes.
$29.95

Everest Trekking Map

HML141
ITMB
ITMB
2009
1
1553415523
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
One-sided, colorful map of Everest at a scale of 1:100,000 that shows all known climbing routes to the top of the world with an emphasis on the Nepalese side. Indexed. 27" x 39"
$12.95

For Kids

Tintin in Tibet

TBT14
Herge
Little Brown and Company
1988
66
0316358398
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The delightfully loony tale, for kids, of Tintin and company's unexpected encounters with the Abominable Snowman, yaks, saffron-robed monks etc. on their journey to Kathmandu.
$11.99

Buddha Stories

ASA16
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1997
32
0805048863
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Intended for ages 4 to 8, this book tells 10 of the author's favorite "jakatas," or moral tales of the Buddha. She has sumptuously illustrated the volume in gold printed on deep, dark blue (in the tradition of an ancient Buddhist text).
$25.99

Big Cats

BST46
Seymour Simon
HarperCollins
1994
40
006446119X
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A full-color introduction to the life of big cats around the world, including the tiger, lion, leopard, puma, cheetah, jaguar, and snow leopard. Intended for children ages 4-8.
$6.99

The Dalai Lama

TBT62
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1998
32
080505443X
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A picture book life of the 14th Dalai Lama.
$24.99

Everest: The Contest

NPL50
Gordon Korman
Scholastic Inc.
2012
96
0439401399
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Korman's trilogy about four kids racing to be the first kid to the top of Everest. In this first book the kids go to mountaineering training camp and vye to make the team that will actually go to Everest. Thrills! Competition! Fun!
$6.99

Everest: The Summit

NPL52
Gordon Korman
Scholastic Inc.
2012
112
0439411378
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Korman's trilogy about four kids racing to be the first kid to the top of Everest. In this last book, the kids attempt the summit, where they must face not only the thin air and the impending storm -- but each other. Geared for ages 9-12.
$6.99

Everest: The Climb

NPL51
Gordon Korman
Scholastic Inc.
2012
160
0439405068
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Korman's trilogy about four kids racing to be the first kid to the top of Everest. In this second book, the kids test their mettle on the trek from base Camp, where they must face harsh conditions, disaster -- and each other.
$6.99

Three Cups of Tea, One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One Child at a Time

PKN24
Greg Mortenson
Puffin
2009
240
0142414123
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Mortenson brings his remarkable story up-to-date for younger readers in this new edition of his bestseller, including brand-new photos, maps, and illustrations, as well as a special afterword by his 12-year-old daughter, Amira
$9.99

Buddha in Your Backpack: Everyday Buddhism for Teens

REL84
Song Yoon (Illustrator), Franz Metcalf
Ulysses Press
2002
244
1569753210
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This illustrated primer introduces teens to the Buddha and his spiritual leanings while instructing them how to incorporate Buddhist teachings into their daily lives.
$14.95

Chandra's Magic Light, A Story in Nepal

NPL85
Theresa Heine
Barefoot Books
2014
40
1846868661
PAPER
Literature
5/30/2014
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
The story of two Nepalese sisters who are determined to save the life of their younger brother.
$8.99

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk

IDA743
Kabir Sehgal
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2016
40
1481448315
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A zany twist on the classicchildren's song "The Wheels on the Bus," this children’s book brings readers aboard a three-wheeled taxi in India that rolls around the town -- encountering elephants, fireworks and much more! Written for readers ages 4 to 8.
$17.99