In the footsteps of Hillary across East Nepal
Footsteps on the Mountain Diaries
About this book
Sherpa legend told of an enchanted valley with an invisible village, Shangri-La, that was said to be a place of great beauty.
The valley became the nemesis of legendary mountaineer Edmund Hillary, who travelled there to climb 7,129m Baruntse, but succumbed to the irresistible draw of Makalu, the great black mountain which towered over the valley. Makalu vanquished him, and he was never the same climber again.
Fifty years later, Mark Horrell embarked on a trek up the Barun Valley to follow in Hillary’s footsteps – at least some of the way. He hoped to climb Baruntse, but when he arrived, he learned of a terrible accident that had shaken the climbing community and would threaten his plans.
Yet one of the virtues of climbing in the Himalayas is that just reaching a mountain can be a great adventure. Join Mark on an entertaining journey across jungle, moorland, hill and valley to the frozen heights of the Barun Plateau.
“This is a great book. Buy it.”
“Mark Horrell is the total package: a talented mountain climber, an evocative writer, and a skilled photographer. All of those qualities combine to make this a tremendously engaging adventure story.”
“His interplay with his climbing partner is hilarious.”
“Filled with insights and anecdotes of daily life on the trail not commonly encountered in climbing books … will enchant the novice and experienced alike.”
“Excellent read and extremely good value for money, thoroughly recommended! I have read all the author’s diaries so far and every one has whet my appetite for some high altitude trekking!”
“I’d recommend Mark Horrell’s books for anyone planning a mountaineering expedition who wants to get a sense of what it’s really like – especially the rhythm of travel, climbing and hanging around base camp.”
“Yet another class piece of writing from Mark. I’ve enjoyed every book so far and I’m slowly working my way through the rest.”
“It has all his trademarks of lively and engaging writing, honesty and humour, as well as dealing with the more serious aspects.”
“Mark writes well and I enjoy his observations of those he is with and those he meets, both natives of the lands and those who climb.”
“Mark once again takes you along on one of his many trips to Nepal, and with his down-to-earth style and acerbic wit, he makes it a fun journey … The photos he includes are always beautiful, and they leave you wanting more. “