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Islands in the Snow: Climbing Nepal's trekking peaks (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Horrell
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the summer of 2009, Mark Horrell had arranged to go on an expedition to Gasherbrum, an 8000m mountain in Pakistan, with one of his mountaineering friends, Mark Dickson. As neither of them had climbed an 8000m peak before, some serious training was required, and they agreed the best way to prepare for the expedition was by going on another slightly easier one.

They decided to do a circular route in the Khumbu region of Nepal which involved climbing two trekking peaks - Mera Peak and Island Peak - and crossing the difficult Amphu Labtse pass. One of them had climbed Mera in 2004, and the other had climbed Island in 2005, but neither of them had done both or crossed the Amphu Labtse, a pass known for its outstanding beauty. After the climbs, the two friends parted ways and the author went off to explore the Gokyo region of Nepal near Everest.

The climb had an additional purpose: the author felt he had unfinished business on Mera. Like everyone else who ever climbs the mountain, he had climbed the central summit Mera Central, although most maps of the region mark the northern summit Mera North as slightly higher. Had he climbed the true summit of Mera Peak? The only way to find out was by going back there.

Islands in the Snow is the author's travel journal from his expedition, and will be a valuable reference to trekkers and climbers who are thinking of climbing Nepal's popular trekking peaks, or anyone interested in mountain travel. The book includes many photographs from the trek and climbs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061BT9XG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a mountaineer, adventure travel blogger, diarist and digital communications consultant from the United Kingdom, who divides his time between helping organisations with all things web and social media, and travelling extensively in the world's greater mountain ranges. In May 2012 I achieved a long-held ambition by reaching the summit of Everest.

You can read my blog at

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for outdoorsy folk 16 Mar. 2012
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I am a hiker, climber & camper so am drawn towards travel writing of that ilk. I particularly like this authors relaxed style because you feel that you are reading about an expedition you went on. When you are trapped in the office or on the train, this gives you your much needed mountain-fix.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trekking with Mark again! 20 May 2015
By Bigfoot
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Another travel diary from Mark Horrell. This time he and Mark take their support staff on a trip to climb the Mera Peaks, where there is great debate over whether the highest point is North or Central so it is decided to just climb both and use GPS to settle the question.

As always, the childish humour that connects you to these guys on their trek is there-the high spirited farting porters, wondering if Treebeard is hiding in the dark forest, Turd Corner up on the Peak and of course the confusion of being called an onion grandad...I'll leave that unexplained and let you read it for yourself!

Again the scenery sounds stunning as they tackle the white snow peaks of Mera as the start of the trek, surrounded by beautiful forests and mountain ranges. The ultimate objective here is Island Peak, close to Everest where other trekkers find that weather and trekking conditions might be a bit tougher than they expected. At the end of the trek, Mark starts on a solo trip around the Everest area to get new views of the mountain despite the days of snow that hamper his plans.

It sounds like such a great if tiring trip. It's the kind of thing I'd do if I could turn the clock back a few years to when I had the money and fitness to do things like this! Great to have so many photographs to show you what the scenery was like.

I rate this book 3 out of 5 on my star rating which is different to this site.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 27 July 2012
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I've become quite addicted to the Footsteps on the Mountain diaries. This is the fourth or fifth that I've read and it's written with a comfortable, easy style. The author doesn't get particularly technical but nor is it devoid of facts. This is one of the better diaries as unlike the majority of others (in which it's a description of events on the same mountain) there's a lot more ground covered.

As another reviewer mentioned they are great for getting you thinking about being out there yourself and for the price are well worth picking up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, Shelagh, 18 Feb. 2013
By Shelagh
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Another triumph for Mark Horrell, A fascinating insite to the tantalizing Himalays that Mark obviously loves so much, His expeditions are always full of excitment but also always filled with highly skilled experience,
I always feel I am walking along side him,
His discriptions of these majestic mountains are always filled with a profound respect, and every page is truly spellbinding,
Really worth reading, Brilliant, Shelagh
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 11 Oct. 2012
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I hadn't heard of this writer and found "Islands in the Snow" after searching under "Nepal". I really enjoyed this book. It gives what feels like a realistic portrayal of walking in this wonderful landscape, with just enough of the realities of a trek to ground you. His touches of humour lighten it too. More power to this inspiring writer's elbow. I have already started on my next book by him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 5 Jan. 2013
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I enjoyed reading Mark's book of his trek in Nepal and am looking forward to the next one I have. I am only a walker, not a climber but have enjoyed many climbers books and can identify in some way to them. A great read for anyone who loves this kind of book.

I'll no doubt buy another of his books as his writing is good, easy to follow and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 20 Feb. 2014
By Sophie
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Mark's writing style makes you feel like you're there with him on his adventures. I've downloaded all of his e-books and they've inspired me to get out there and do the trekking myself.

The funny anecdotes, the rugged-ness of the writing and the dialogue make you feel like you're sat in the tent as he writes. Definitely worth a read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Left me longing to go back to Nepal 20 Mar. 2013
By Jen
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A great read, which had me looking out my trekking map from Nepal, revisiting some fond memories of an amazing place, and thinking about when I might return. Well written - a refreshingly honest account which is much preferable to some of the puffed-up-danger-at-every-turn accounts. I heartily recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 12 months ago by monxton13
5.0 out of 5 stars Trekking.
Another good read from mark. He certainly likes his mountains and is a good communicator understood by even people who are not outdoor enthusiasts.
Published 21 months ago by Garth H. Barstow
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but just a journal.
Generally OK, but not a lot of information. A map and distances would be helpful. Similarly people are mentioned, but only in passing. There must have been more interaction.
Published on 11 Jun. 2013 by R. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend this book for anybody who needs first hand account of the...
Well written account of trek, free from the normal animosity which often surrounds big groups, lots of down to earth info for would be more serious mountaineers - keep this up... Read more
Published on 20 Feb. 2013 by june clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
Having treked to Everest base camp myself, this diary brought back many pleasant memories. A well written diary, absorbing throughout.
Published on 9 Jan. 2013 by J. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Brought back great memories of Nepal.
Loved this little book. Not only did it bring back memories of my last time in Nepal it also gave me an insight into my next trip out there to climb Mera Peak.
Published on 26 Dec. 2012 by Adell Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars young at heart
It was a good read and well written wish I could do the walks, but this made you feel you were there
Published on 6 Dec. 2012 by busy woman
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