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Essential Reading Package-EXNPL62

NEPAL. Buy these 4 items as a set for $84 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

The Snow Leopard

NPL03
Peter Matthiessen
Penguin
2008
368
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 and culture of the Himalayas.
$17.00

Trekking Nepal, A Traveler's Guide

NPL10
Stephen Bezruchka
Mountaineers
2011
448
0898866138
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

Lonely Planet Nepal

NPL28
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
416
1743210078
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, this handy travel companion to Nepal features color maps and images, suggested itineraries and a listing of festival dates.
$29.99

Nepal Map

NPL01
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2015
2
3865744826
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000, with insets of Kathmandu City and Kathmandu Valley.
$13.95

Everest Base Camp, Nepal Map

HML77
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2004
2
1566951828
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A durable, folded map for treks from Lukla through Sagarmatha National Park to Everest Base Camp, at a scale of 1:50,000.
$11.95

Nepal Adventure Map

NPL82
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2013
1
1566956536
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A waterproof, tear-resistant map of Nepal at a scale of 1:625,000. Includes detailed elevations and the locations of natural attractions.
$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

Lonely Planet Nepali Phrasebook

NPL62
Mary-Jo O'Rourke (Editor)
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
260
1743211902
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A palm-sized guide to pronunciation, grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

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

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

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

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

NPL89
Monica Connell
Sickle Moon
2014
224
1780600429
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$35.00

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas

HML117
Peter Harrison
Osprey Publishing
2011
64
1849083967
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

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

Kathmandu

NPL94
Thomas Bell
Haus Publishing
2016
352
1910376388
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Drawing on his years of experience in the Himalayan fortress, Bell introduces readers to Kathmandu’s layered history, touching on gods and goddesses and the caste system as well as the present-day push toward modernization and the recent, devastating earthquake.
$29.95

Sherpas, Reflections on Change in Himalayan Nepal

NPL13
James Fisher
University of California Press
1990
205
0520069412
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A detailed study of the change that mountaineering brought to Sherpa society.
$31.95

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 the Silence

HML101
Wade Davis
Vintage Books
2011
656
0375408894
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

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

Power Places of Kathmandu: Hindu and Buddhist Holy Sites in the Sacred Valley of Nepal

NPL12
Keith Dowman, Kevin Bubriski (Photographer)
Inner Traditions
1995
130
089281540X
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This handsome book by two authorities on art and architecture documents the most significant spiritual sites along the pilgrimage route in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.
$39.95

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

Snake Lake

NPL75
Jeff Greenwald
Counterpoint
2010
384
1582436495
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

The Living Goddess: A Journey Into the Heart of Kathmandu

NPL97
Isabella Tree
Sickle Moon
2016
384
1780600461
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The product of 12 years of travel and research, this travel narrative delves into the esoteric and fascinating Nepalese tradition of choosing a Living Goddess, a girl as young as three chosen to become a central spiritual leader.
$35.00

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

Arresting God in Kathmandu

NPL61
Samrat Upadhyay
Lightning Source
2001
191
0618043713
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This collection of stories explores the nature of desire and spirituality in modern Nepali society.
$14.95

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

In the Land of No Right Angles

NPL60
Daphne Beal
Doubleday
2008
278
0307388069
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.95

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

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

A Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

IDA758
Bikram Grewal
Princeton University Press
2017
792
0691176493
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
All of the greater Indian Subcontinent's birds are represented in this Princeton field guide. Designed for easy field identification, it profiles over 1,375 species with over 4,000 color photos, up-to-date maps and the latest distribution information.
$45.00

Birds of Nepal

NPL40
Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp
Princeton University Press
2016
336
1472905717
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Covering all 800 species of birds occurring in Nepal, this book features vivid color plates. Text and illustrations are integrated on facing pages for easy reference in the field.
$50.00

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

For Kids

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

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

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IDA523
Patricia McCormick
Hyperion
2008
263
0786851724
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A haunting, gritty free-verse novel for young adults about a young woman from Nepal sold into prostitution in Calcutta, told beautifully and realistically.
$8.99

Tales for Great Grandchildren, Folk Tales from India and Nepal

IDA706
Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini (Illustrator), John Jackson
Aa Balkema
2014
142
095692123X
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A collection of 13 short stories inspired by Indian and Nepalese folklore and mythology and enlivened by beautiful color and black-and-white illustrations.
$30.00

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

Where Is Mount Everest?

NPL93
Nico Medina
Penguin Putnam
2015
112
0448484080
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Part of the "What Was, Where Is?" series, this illustrated kids' book introduces the world’s tallest mountain, including mountain climbing’s ancient beginnings, historic climbs and the modern commercialization of the sport. Written for children ages 8 to 12.
$5.99

More Books

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India and Nepal

IDA46
B. Grewal
Ralph Curtis Publishing
1998
144
0883590344
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A slim pocket guide to 252 of the most conspicuous birds of India and Nepal.
$15.95

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

HML08
Jon Krakauer
Villarde
1997
256
0679457526
HARD COVER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A best-selling, minute-by-minute account of the 1996 disaster on Everest.
$28.00

Man-Eaters of Kumaon

HML12
Jim Corbett
Oxford University Press
1993
214
0195622553
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
These are the memoirs of a turn-of-the-century hunter-turned-conservationist who was much loved in India. Corbett has a park named after him and this book will help you to understand why. It is intelligently written, respectful, and great fun -- an excellent portrait of the Indian hill stations of Uttarakhand.
$14.95

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

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

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

TBT33
Sherry B. Ortner
Princeton University Press
2001
376
0691074488
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A vividly written, scholarly study of the relationship between the Sherpas and the mountaineers who come to "conquer" the Himalayas.
$39.95

Himalayan Voices, An Introduction to Modern Nepali Literature

HML35
Michael Hutt (Editor)
University of California Press
1991
280
0520070488
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$33.95

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

TBT40
John Powers
National Book Network
2007
591
1559392827
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive study of the history and philosophy behind Tibetan Buddhism, suitable for the general reader.
$32.95

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

NPL42
Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Broughton Coburn, Dalai Lama (Introduction)
HarperCollins
2002
316
0062516884
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.99

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

High Adventure

NPL48
Sir Edmund Hillary
Oxford University Press
2003
245
0195167341
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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."
$19.95

A Naturalist and Other Beasts

NAT119
George B. Schaller
Sierra Club Books
2010
272
1578051703
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Himalayan Hermitess, The Life of a Tibetan Buddhist Nun

NPL56
Kurtis Schaeffer
Oxford University Press
2004
232
0195152999
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The clearly translated account of the life of Orgyan Chokyi (1675-1729), who spent her life in Dolpo, with notes and an overview of Himalayan religious traditions.
$35.95

The Soul of the Rhino

NPL59
Hemanta R. Mishra
Lyons Press
2009
256
1599218003
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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."
$16.95

The Saint of Kathmandu, and Other Tales of the Sacred in Everyday Life

REL51
Sarah Levine
Beacon Press
2009
256
0807013129
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A well-written, scholarly account of faith the world over. Anthropologist Levine's several case studies of belief explore profound questions about the role of religion in our world across cultures.
$18.00

Buddha's Orphans

NPL71
Samrat Upadhyay
Mariner Books
2011
448
0618517502
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.95

Culture Smart! Nepal

NPL81
Tessa Feller
Kuperard
2008
168
1857334582
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
$9.95

Midnight's Descendants, A History of South Asia Since Partition

ASA96
John Keay
Hachette
2014
392
0465021808
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
An illuminating history of South Asian countries India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, their interconnectedness and present challenges.
$29.99

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

Annapurna, 14 Classic Treks Including the Annapurna Circuit

NPL88
Sian Pritchard-Jones
Cicerone
2013
160
1852846992
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A helpful guide to the great mountain, featuring 12 spectacular hikes that weave between the area's lodges, tea-houses and villages.
$24.95

The Rough Guide to Nepal

NPL92
Shafik Meghji
Rough Guides
2015
448
024118472X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With color photographs, site maps and plenty of in-depth trekking coverage, this guide to Nepal is perfect for the independent traveler. Includes extended sections on hiking and mountain biking.
$26.99

A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of India, Including Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan

IDA731
Bikram Grewal
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
176
1909612073
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy field guide to 280 bird species common to the Indian subcontinent. In beautiful John Beaufoy style, the guide’s colorful and high-quality photographs are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, size distribution, preferred habitats and nomenclature.
$17.95

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