About this book
In April 2014 Mark Horrell went on a mountaineering expedition to Nepal, hoping to climb Lhotse, the fourth-highest mountain in the world, which shares a base camp and climbing route with Mount Everest.
He dreamed of following in the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, by climbing through the infamous ice maze of the Khumbu Icefall, and he yearned to sleep in the grand amphitheatre of Everest Base Camp, surrounded by towering peaks.
He was also intrigued by the media publicity surrounding commercial expeditions to Everest. He wanted to discover for himself whether it had become the circus that everybody described.
But when a devastating avalanche swept across the Khumbu Icefall, he got more than he bargained for. Suddenly he found himself witnessing the greatest natural disaster Everest had ever seen.
And that was just the start. Everest Sherpas came out in protest, issuing a list of demands to the Government of Nepal. What happened next left his team shocked, bewildered and fearing for their safety.
“Highly emotional events of the disaster and aftermath are handled with sensitivity and dignity … there’s plenty of interest in this level-headed, thoughtful account.”
“I look forward to reading this every night and actually have to tell myself to not read it too much otherwise I’ll finish the book too quickly. It’s rare to find a book that does this to me.”
“Nice and objective. Really humorous in places without being disrespectful. Can’t wait to read more from this author!”
“Up to Mark’s usual standard. Very interesting insight into the politics of mountaineering.”
“I enjoy Mark’s travel diaries immensely, usually full of amusing similes and anecdotes. This is a more sombre diary than usual, understandable given the circumstances.”
“Horrell … has a captivating writing style, and is a compelling story teller … What he saw and where he was is simply and beautifully described.”
“I’ve read almost all of Mark’s books and/or diaries … He is real inspiration for me and my family.”
“Mark Horrell never disappoints.”