Recommended books about the Himalayas

The Himalayas are first love of most travelers and have inspired the imagination of many authors, artists and adventurer for ages. It is a place with ancient and intriguing culture offering everything uniquely, be it culture, food, people, adventure or wildlife. Books, music and art are some things that connects travelers to get motivated, inspired and enable traveling many miles for days and months in the shadows of these great mountains. Take a look at this list of books about the Himalayas for your next great read.

Everest: The Summit of Achievement

It is the first and only book on the subject to benefit from complete access to the Royal Geographical Society’s astonishingly rich collection of photographs, documents, and artefacts. Painstakingly selected from over 20,000 subjects, the 400 photographs record the surveying, planning, reconnaissance expeditions, and actual attempts that the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club jointly launched from 1921 – culminating in Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s historic climb on 29 May 1953.

One Life to Ride

The author has master’s degree in speech pathology and long hair. This book of his on Travelling across India on a motorcycle is an intimate way to get acquainted with its myriad cultures, each with their unique beliefs and lifestyle is a chronicle of his real-life adventure in this amazing part of the world guaranteed to keep you turning the pages.

Walking the Himalayas

Through the expedition of a half year, Wood and his team trek 1,700 through the difficult area around the Himalayas. It is a very informative and entertaining book.

The Valley of Flowers

Frank Sydney Smythe was a British mountaineer, botanist and adventurer. This book tells the story of the expedition by Smythe and his four Tibetan climbing partners, who extensively explored the Valley. It also provides an interesting look at the team dynamics of this challenging expedition. This book has the best kind of nature and adventure writing and is highly recommended.

Everest Base Camp, Nepal: Travel Maps International Adventure Map (National Geographic Adventure Map)

An essential tool for Outdoor adventurers trekking in the Himalayas. This expertly researched map contains fine details of the area from the town of Lukla, through Sagarmatha National Park to Mt. Everest’s South Base Camp in Nepal, major and minor trek routes, topographical information and points of interest.

Tibet (Bradt Travel Guides)

A guidebook giving a genuine feel of today’s Tibet. It is a rare guidebook with more detailed coverage of the Amdo and Kham regions than is found in other guides. It addresses the situation with so much honesty, and yet this is exactly the sort of explanation a traveller to Tibet needs. This book is confiscated by Chinese officials, so it must be good.

So if you are looking to explore Himalayas, then make sure to read these hidden gems with planning features and top itineraries to help you plan the perfect trip.