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Islands in the Snow: Climbing Nepal's trekking peaks (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries)

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Two days east of Lukla was a pleasant yak pasture surrounded by high peaks. When Col. Jim Roberts set out to look for it in 1953, he ended up making the first ascent of Mera Peak and sowing the seeds of Himalayan tourism.

Mera Peak has become a popular goal for trekkers and novice mountaineers, but few people climb to its true summit, and fewer still travel beyond it to fin
Published (first published October 29th 2011)
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Peter Blomquist
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent read!

Colorful and descriptive prose are complimented by inviting photos. He describes trekking and mountaineering as adventures available to everyone. Woven into the adventures is the subtle, and not so subtle, message that you simply must go to the Himalayas. Excuse me, I must go pack.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I find the author's way of expressing the journey and the surroundings very pleasant and it evokes the places for me - ones that I love but know I shall never visit. I would recommend his writings widely.
Another travel diary from Mark Horrell. This time he and Mark take their support staff on a trip to climb the Mera Peaks, where there is great debate over whether the highest point is North or Central so it is decided to just climb both and use GPS to settle the question.

As always, the childish humour that connects you to these guys on their trek is there-the high spirited farting porters, wondering if Treebeard is hiding in the dark forest, Turd Corner up on the Peak and of course the confusion
James Ritchie
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author self-describes this story as a "raw" publication, consisting mostly of very lightly edited journal/diary notes. I would agree. This is not "elegant' writing where the author turns his words in a unique and refreshing manner. However, it is an enjoyable read, and for those who have some knowledge of the geography in Nepal, it is somewhat easy to relate to the flow of the story. The author and a friend go peak-bagging in Nepal in preparation for more difficult climbs anticipated in late ...more
Alan Leckey
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stumbled upon this book when doing some research for an imminent trekking trip to Nepal. It has an excellent descriptive style with generous titbits of information for the would be Nepali trekker. Mark Horrell describes his trek up Mera Peak and onward trip through the various high passes of Nepal and of the various folk he met along his journey. His descriptions of the trail, flora, fauna and wildlife add a real living breathing third dimension to the book I highly recommend it to anyone intere ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Written in 2009, it is one of the more current reads on trekking in Nepal, so I found it to be more relevant in content then many other books I had read / purchased (esp after going there myself and being surprised so many other books were wrong, inaccurate or incomplete). Nice job, Mark Horrell! Entertaining, and brought back cool memories!
Luke Schultz
Jan 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
oorly written. Does not inspire at all.


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Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Makes me want to go to Nepal/Tibet/Pakistan.
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