Books on Himalaya by Harish Kapadia

Click to Order     SPITI: Adventure in the Trans Himalaya
Written by-   Harish Kapadia
Pages: 239 + 10 maps + 59 col. & b/w plates

Spiti, which literally means the 'middle land', is a grey and barren landscape situated to the north of Shimla. It is the Trans-Himalayan land with Tibet to its east, Ladakh to its north, Kullu to its west and Kinnaur guarding the south. Due to restriction of inner line and difficulties of travel not many have visited this fascinating land. Now with all the restrictions removed Spiti is the most sought after tourist destination.
There are many a mountains to be climbed, valleys to be trekked and passes to be crossed. Isolated from civilization, the monasteries in Spiti are unique and remotely placed. Some of them, like the Tabo Monastery, are almost 1000 years old. This book is based on author's several visits to Spiti, exploring its valleys and climbing peaks. It concentrates most valuably on the wealth of extremely rewarding summits, unknown passes and remote valleys, which have been hitherto neglected due to lack of information or difficulty of access.
Complete with several maps, illustrated with many photographs, tables of road distances and trek routes this book is the only available exhaustive reference work on this area. The author's experiences in Spiti takes one to transformation of Spiti from a protected civilisation to a tourist destination.
The book will be essential reading for all travellers, trekkers, mountaineers and historians interested in Spiti or as a simple armchair travelogue.

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Click to Order      Trek The Sahyadris
Written by-   Harish Kapadia
Pages: 176 + 13 maps + 66 plates.

Trek the Sahyadris, a popular book on the range for past three decades, contains practical directions to hundreds of trekking routes in the western Ghats. It guides about travel routes, trekking trails, climbing possibilities, roads and driving routes, camping and staying places and much more. This guide will be of help to all lovers of outdoor life -- the trekker, the climber and the nature lover.
The Sahyadris, with their rugged topography, historic hill forts, rocky mountains and pinnacles, huge lakes, extensive forested regions are a virtual paradise for trekking, climbing, camping and simply driving in the inner ranges. The Sahyadris provide a wide choice of enchanting spots which can be reached by delightful routes, easy or difficult, to suit one's taste. This fifth edition of the book is thoroughly revised. It includes many new places, an update of information, 13 maps, and 66 photographs. This is the most popular book of its kind of this range.

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Click to Order      Across Peaks & Passes in Darjeeling & Sikkim
Written by-   Harish Kapadia
Pages: 176 + 11 maps + 67 col. & b/w plates

The Sikkim Himalaya were one of the first Himalayan range to be explored during the early period. It contains some magnificent flora and fauna and that was the first attraction to visit the valley. Many of the pre-war Everest expeditions passed through nothern valleys of Sikkim en route to Tibet. The valleys and peaks of Sikkim are lovely to trek in. The centrepiece of the Sikkim Himalaya is certainly the Kangchenjung range, with the main peak beging the third highest peak in the world. Visits to this range opened up secveral intersting trekking routes.
This book is based on author's several visits to Darjeeling and Sikkim, exploring its valleys and climbing the peaks. It concentrates most valuably on extremely rewarding summits, unknown passes and remote valley, which have been hitherto neglected due to lake of infotmation or difficulty of access.
Complete with several maps, illustrated with many photograhs, tables of road distances and trek routes, this book is an exhaustive referience work on this area. The author's experience in DarJeeling and Sikkim takes one to trans formation of this area from an ancient civilisation to a tourist destination. The book will be an essential reference for all travellers, trekkers, mountaineers & historians interested in Darjeeling and Sikkim or as a simple armachair travelogue.

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Click to Order      Exploring The Highlands of Himalaya
Written by-   Harish Kapadia
Pages: 248 +81 coloured & B/w

Whenever one talks about the Himalaya, mighty mountains and deep valleys come to mind. It has been perceived that the Hima-laya can stop any conqueror, and its snow, glaciers and steep trails are too formidable. But there is more to the Himalaya than this. There are people who live there, they have their own culture; there are legends associa-ted with gods and temples; there are people who have travelled across the Himalaya for generations.
The Himalaya has witnessed four wars in its ranges. The highest battlefield in the world, the Siachen glacier, is in this range. The explorations that began with the arrival of the British continue even today- the last miles of the explorations of the Tsangpo gorge were trod upon as recently as 2004. There are Gaddis and Gujjars who roam the Himalaya with their flock; there are forests and forestry movements by the people; there are trekkers and tourists who enjoy the Himalayan range; there are indigenous tribes with their age-old traditions. The Himalaya has been a subject of religious travels and has been visited by famous mountaineers and explorers who opened this range for todayís trekkers. The railways in India were first dreamt of in the Himalaya, and narrow gauge trains on its slopes are a wonder.
The Himalaya has been classified in sections for better understanding, observing its flowers and wildlife and various other activities, including mountaineering. The Himalaya has influenced the Indian thought and life for long. This book studies its various aspects to understand and bring to the fore the knowledge about the Himalaya.
With 12 maps, 17 sketches and 81 photo-graphs, the book will be an invaluable guide to trekkers, tourists and Himalayan lovers.

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Click to Order      Into The Untravelled Himalaya
Written by-   Harish Kapadia
Pages: 256 + 45 plates

With development of roads and access deep into the Himalayan valleys, new opportunities have opened up for travellers, trekkers and mountaineers. Many areas, which were hitherto not easily approachable and would have taken months to explore, are now accessible. There are smaller valleys and peaks that allow enjoyment of quick visit. The author has described his three visits to Tibet, covering a vast area. His observations about tourism, travel and changes in this troubled country give a different insight. He describes his travels in Bhutan with an eye on the history and culture of that country. The unknown valleys of Arunachal Pradesh were visited by him during two expeditions, specially the historic exploration of Tsangpo river as it enters India.
The book describes authorís treks and clikbs in many such valleys during the past decade. It contains stories of exploration of the areas in Sikkim, Kumaun, Garhwal, Kinnaur, Lahaul, Ladakh and East Karakoram. Expeditions to the war-torn Siachen glacier describe its different valleys, history of early explorations and present-day war. There are stores of climbing peaks, accidents and reaching passes like Karakoram pass and Indira Col.
The book gives an insight into the Himalayan areas, their history and people. For a trekker there are suggestions for discovering different passes, unknown valleys, nomenclature of the areas, and knowledge about the people and their culture. There are invaluable references to hordes of peaks, both most challenging and easy, between 6000 m and 7000 m range. Now that Everest has been climbed many times, the future of mountaineering lies in these smaller peaks.
With 23 maps and 48 photographs and many references, this book will be an invaluable guide to all present and future mountaineers.


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Click to Order      Exploring The Hidden Himalaya
Written by-   Harish Kapadia
Pages: 224 +68 B/w & Maps

The Himalayan Club, founded in 1928, is one of the oldest and most prestigious mountaineering clubs of the world. The Purpose of this book is to excite and inspire the climber and trekker toe take advantage of the vast possibilities the Himalaya has to offer. It ignores the 8000 metre peaks as having been more than adequately covered elsewhere. But it draws attention to the less familiar and more challenging aspects of the know 7000 and 6000 - metre peaks. It concentrates most valuably on the wealth of minor but still extremely rewarding summits, many of them unclimebed and some of them quite unknown, which have been hitherto neglected due to simple ignorance or the difficulty of access. It covers only the Indian Himalaya.
Each region is backed up by photographs and sketch maps, supported by a brief outline of the history of exploration and climbing in that area. It attempts to answer two questions that an enthusiastic climber would want to ask. Where shall I go? what should i climb? All this adds up to an immensely valuable source of reference to the range upon range of named and unnamed peaks crying out for attention.
This book was first written to offer suggestions after all higher peaks were climbed repeatedly. Though there are many virgin peaks covered here, many peaks suggested in the book also have been climbed after its first edition was published. Peaks of the middle heights but unknown and high in challenges were the attractions. Many expeditions made successful climbs in the unknown valleys and a whole new concept of mountaineering developed. There are many such peaks in other ranges too: namely Nepal, Karakoram and Southeast Tibet. All these peaks offer many climbing possibilities with a variety of difficulties. Thus a new paradigm shift in climbing may occur with climbers taking on peaks with still lower in heights but greater in difficulties. These peaks offer challenging routes in unknown valleys without any bureaucratic hassless. In last few years many parties have enjoyed climbing in such valleys as the Pangi valley, Miyarnala, Sainj Valley, Obra gad and others. When such valleys attract the hard core leading climbers(there is a lot to offer them), the true exploration of the Hidden Himalaya will really be achieved. There are many suggestions for such peaks in the book and new areas are added in this thoroughly revised (up to 2007) edition.

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Click to Order      Meeting the Mountains
Written by-   Harish Kapadia
Pages: 400 + 30 maps + 49 plates

The author's first book High Himalaya Unknown Valleys covered his explorations of the Indian Himalaya between 1969 and 1991. Its success emphasised that more information was required as the interest is generated in the smaller mountains and unknown valleys. The present book continues in a similar vein. It covers expeditions and treks undertaken by the author between 1993 and 1997. It includes other writings and those lovely treks he had also done before 1969. The book encompasses almost 35 years of Himalayan travel which allows for a comparison about how it was then and how it is now. And perhaps that migh help predict what the future holds in store. Included here are serious expeditions with Sir Chris Bonington to Panch Chuli and Rangrik Rang, the accident and rescue of Stephen Venables, climbing Manirang, exploring Spiti, climbing Lungser Kangri in Rupshu, Ladakh, and exploring passes in the Garhwal. For those less seriously inclined there are lovely treks in Kinnaur, Kumaon, Garhwal, Ladakh and Nepal. These treks and climbs are in some of the areas never heard of before, and there are new trekking suggestions to last for a long time. It is an invaluable reference for trekkers and mountaineers. For an explorer there are suggestions about things to be done. And for an armchair mountain lover there are personal stories about climbers

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