An inspirational guidebook to 20 treks along the 2400km Himalayan chain. Includes classics such as the treks to Everest and K2 base camps and the Annapurna Circuit. Also epic glacier treks, ultra-long expedition treks and sacred treks. This is a book to inspire and excite, guaranteed to entice any with an adventurous spirit and love of wild places.
The Himalaya have always fed the dreams and called to those who love wild places. Stretching from Pakistan through Northern India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, this book includes 20 descriptions of the best, and most spectacular treks in the range. From glaciers to jungle, snow-swept passes to plunging valleys, remote plateaus to bustling base camps, the Himalaya offer an unparalleled wealth of landscapes and trekking opportunities.
This inspirational guide was edited by trekking specialist Kev Reynolds, and written by a team of eight experienced authors, writers and guides. A compilation of the best walking in the Himalaya, it looks at each trek in turn, and discovers what makes the trek special, and entices with vivid accounts and breathtaking photography.
For nearly 50 years Cicerone have been producing guidebooks on recognised treks, regions, areas and general tips for hikers.
We have used them countless times and they've always provided excellent insight and knowledge that you only get through experience, giving you the edge to make your trip a success and more enjoyable too.
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SeasonsTrekking in the Himalaya is governed by the monsoon; the majority of treks can be tackled in the spring or autumn, while those north of the Himalaya may be enjoyed during summer.
CentresTreks in this book are based in Pakistan, India (Ladakh, Zanskar, Garwhal, West Bengal and Sikkim), Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, and begin from a variety of different towns and villages.
DifficultyAll routes included in the book are graded (Gentle, Moderate, Demanding or Expedition). A few moderate treks would suit first-time trekkers; most demand a high level of fitness; three are expedition treks where some mountaineering skills or special equipment are required.
Must SeeTrekking to or around many of the world's highest mountains: Mount Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, Nanda Devi, Gangkar Punsum, Mount Kailash and journeys to remote places such as Zanskar, the Biafo and Hispar Glaciers and Dolpo.
About the authors
Overview of routes
About this book
Trekking in the Himalaya: a background
When to go
Safety in the mountains
Minimum impact trekking
Trek 1 K2 and Concordia – Steve Razzetti
Trek 2 Snow Lake – Steve Razzetti
Trek 3 Nanga Parbat – Bart Jordans
Trek 4 Zanskar Dream Trek – Steve Berry
Trek 5 Nanda Devi Sanctuary – Steve Berry
Trek 6 Mount Kailash Kora – Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons
Trek 7 Inner Dolpo: Shey Gompa and the Crystal Mountain – Stephen Goodwin
Trek 8 Lower Dolpo: from Juphal to Jumla – Kev Reynolds
Trek 9 Dhaulagiri Circuit – Bart Jordans
Trek 10 Annapurna Circuit – Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons
Trek 11 Annapurna Sanctuary – Kev Reynolds
Trek 12 Manaslu Circuit – Kev Reynolds
Trek 13 Langtang and Helambu – Kev Reynolds
Trek 14 Everest Base Camp – Kev Reynolds
Trek 15 Everest: Kangshung Face – Bart Jordans
Trek 16 Makalu Base Camp – Chris Townsend
Trek 17 Kangchenjunga: North and South Base Camps – Kev Reynolds
Trek 18 Kangchenjunga: Singalila Ridge and Goecha La – Kev Reynolds
Trek 19 Lunana Snowman Trek – Bart Jordans
Trek 20 Gangkar Punsum Base Camp – Steve Berry
APPENDIX A Useful contacts
APPENDIX B Glossary for trekkers
APPENDIX C Further reading