Suggested Reading List
A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India and Nepal
Author: B. Grewal
Description: A slim pocket guide to 252 of the most conspicuous birds of India and Nepal.
Annapurna, The Epic Account of a Himalayan Conquest and its Harrowing Aftermath
Author: Maurice Herzog
Description: 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 (he's 103 in 2012).
Arresting God in Kathmandu
Author: Samrat Upadhyay
Description: This collection of stories explores the nature of desire and spirituality in modern Nepali society.
Author: Samrat Upadhyay
Description: 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.
Escape from Kathmandu
Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
Description: 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.
Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas
Author: Peter Harrison
Description: 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.
Author: Sir Edmund Hillary
Description: 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. With black-and-white photos. Hillary modestly attributes his success to "a goodly share of imagination and plenty of energy."
Himalayan Voices, An Introduction to Modern Nepali Literature
Author: Michael Hutt (Editor)
Description: 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.
In the Land of No Right Angles
Author: Daphne Beal
Description: 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.
Into the Silence
Author: Wade Davis
Description: 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.
Author: Sandy Hill
Description: Published with the American Alpine Club, 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.
Description: A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000, with insets of Kathmandu City and Kathmandu Valley.
Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas
Author: Bikram Grewal
Description: 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.
Author: Jeff Greenwald
Description: Greenwald (Shopping for Buddhas) returns to his old haunts in Kathmandu during the Maoist uprising in this personal account, including his thoughts about his brother, falling into depression, back home in the United States.
Spectrum Guide to Nepal
Description: A comprehensive guide to the country, its people, history, culture and geography, featuring excellent maps and 200 color photographs.
The Snow Leopard
Author: Peter Matthiessen
Description: 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.
Trekking Nepal, A Traveler's Guide
Author: Stephen Bezruchka
Description: 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.
Wild India, The Wildlife of India and Nepal
Author: Guy Mountefort, Gerald Cubitt (Photographer)
Description: 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.