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Famous as the home of the world's highest peak and the highest mountain range, Nepal is the ultimate climbers' destination. This new guide, researched and written by members of the British Army, contains route guides to 25 of the world's highest mountains--including the highest one of them all: Mt. Everest. This practical guide includes information on getting to Nepal, organizing an expedition, step-by-step information and maps for climbing 25 peaks in Nepal, a history of climbing in Nepal (by mountaineer Jim Curran), background information on Nepal, plus health, and safety sections.
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Nepal offers the climber a selection of peaks ranging in height and difficulty to cater for both beginners and the most accomplished mountaineers. First-timers to Nepal will, however, quickly feel the difference from their usual stomping grounds in the sheer scale of the mountains, the altitude and the often ferocious weather, all magnified (once off the main trekking routes) by a keen sense of remoteness. As if this wasn't enough to inspire awe and elation in its visitors, the country's considerable natural wonders are balanced by a rich cultural life and an extraordinarily friendly people that have made Nepal a top climbing destination for decades.
The majority of the peaks in this guide are between 5500m (18,045ft) and 6500m (21,326ft). The technically easy peaks, such as Chuli Far East and Pisang, are ideal for those who are trekkers at heart but have secretly dreamed of standing on a Himalayan summit. Others, such as Singu Chuli and Hiun Chuli, offer technical difficulties that demand the very best of any accomplished mountaineer. Moving up the scale, Baruntse (7129m), Pumori (7145m), Annapurna IV (7525m) and the king of them all, Everest (8850m), take the climber into a new dimension as far as altitude is concerned, combined with the continued technical challenge.
This comprehensive guide includes:
· Step by step guides to 25 mountains in Nepal
· Getting there from North America and other parts of Europe
· Background information for travelers to Nepal
· Kathmandu: where to stay and where to eat - places for all budgets
· History of climbing in Nepal by Jim Curran
· Minimum impact and safe climbing
· Organizing an expedition
Major David Baggaley led the British Army team over the two seasons during which the research for this book was done.
Mountaineer Jim Curran wrote the history of mountaineering section.
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