Great Himalaya Trail

1,700 kilometres across the roof of the world

Author: Gerda Pauler Sir Chris Bonington

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Paperback publication date: 01 Oct 2013

Paperback ISBN: 9781898573890

In 2012, Himalaya veteran Gerda Pauler set out to walk the Great Himalaya Trail, one of the longest and highest trails in the world, to raise awareness of autism in Nepal. Beautifully written and with a foreword by Chris Bonington, this is much more than a travel diary - it is a collection of stories from the heart of Nepal and its people.

The Great Himalaya Trail is one of the longest and highest trails in the world. It is a trail that winds for 1,700 kilometres through Nepal - across the 'roof of the world', over ice-covered passes, crossing high-mountain deserts and through some of the most remote areas on earth. This path is perhaps the ultimate walk. In 2012, Himalaya veteran Gerda Pauler set out to walk the length of the trail to raise awareness of autism in Nepal. Travelling across the country with open eyes and ears, ascending high passes, visiting isolated villages and drinking tea with the locals allowed her to see and hear things many of us might never hear, never experience - and never know. Beautifully written like many great travel books and with a foreword by Sir Chris Bonington, this is so much more than a travel diary - it is a collection of stories from the very heart of Nepal and its people. From Tibetan tea and local beer to corrupt politicians and child marriage; cold nights and monsoon rain to incredible views and searing heat; and from angry yaks and giant spiders to Mr Bean and Jack Nicholson  ...

Gerda Pauler was born in the late 1950s outside Munich and soon found out that she had inherited her mother’s passion for adventure. Whereas her female friends spent all their money on stylish clothes, she used hers for rucksacks, sleeping bags and travelling. However, she was almost thirty years old before she set out on her first trip to Nepal, and it was then that she developed a genuine love for the mountains. Now, twenty-five years later, she looks back at countless trips to the Himalaya and Central Asia – and knows that she will never get tired of visiting the area. She is the author of Great Himalaya Trail (Bâton Wicks, 2013). Dolpo: People and Landscape is her second book.

Born in 1934, Chris Bonington – mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer – started climbing at the age of sixteen in 1951. It has been his passion ever since. He made the first British ascent of the north face of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of the south face of Annapurna, the biggest and most difficult climb in the Himalaya at the time. He went on to lead the expedition that made the first ascent of the south-west face of Everest in 1975, when Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to summit, and he reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition. He has written seventeen books, fronted numerous television programmes and has lectured to the public and corporate audiences all over the world. He received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering, was president of the Council for National Parks for eight years, and is the non-executive chairman of Berghaus and a chancellor of Lancaster University.

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