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Trekking in the Karakoram and Hindukush (Lonely Planet Walking Guides) Paperback – 1 Jan 2002

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740590864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740590860
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 12.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 831,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ibraar 'Le Saracen' TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2009
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What can i say?

This is a fantastic book, detailed brilliant trek hike routes to suit all levels. Complete with detailed maps, guides to towns, villages, transport, culture, language, health - everything you need to know!
It includes all major treks, with authors favorites, hints, tips, everything - and I mean it! It is ESSENTIAL reading for this part of the world, which, according to the authors, is superior to Indian and Nepal mountain treks.

Encompassing all four mountain ranges - the Hindu kush, Hindu Raj, Karakoram and Himalaya - including Chitral, Gilgit, Ghizar, Hunza, baltit along with the difficult technical glacier and base camp treks - Baltoro, K2, nanga Parbat, Tirich Mir etc.

Complete with colour plates maps, brilliant!

This book is thicker and more detailed than the whole LP Pakistan book!!! And unlike the Pakistan books meagre trekking section - this one is mind blowing!


Not enough information on certain things which confuse beginners - details on specific clothing, especially boots. Lacks more detailed instructions and information for the beginner on specifics relating to tents and stoves - need to do more of ones own research into these things. Lacks more specific details on weather, temperature and climate, and exactly what to bring (clothing).

Another gripe is that with the present security level in Pakistan - some section of this book may now be off limit or dangerous, and thus the security status details are fairly outdated.

Digital Camera information is outdated, and so is information about GPS and GPS devices, maps and how to source these things.

It needs a new edition desperately.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good investment 13 Aug. 2010
By Roman Nies - Published on
Format: Paperback
Well, it is only the Pakistan part of Hindukush. This is by far the best travel book about the region which I found to be the most challenging for trekkers of all the places I have visited. I used it on two journeys to the Karakorum. The book contains besides the obligatory historical and cultural insights the description of the most outstanding treks in condensed form. For me and I think for most trekkers, the most important informations are what the demand and the highlights of the tours are and how to get to it. If you have to turn right or left on a certain stage is not what you are going to read when you are already on the way. Much more important are good maps since there is also a deplorable lack of maps on this mountain area. This book has a good collection of drafts. But taken into consideration that the treks had been done by the authors it is sometimes a little disappointing that they missed to go more in detail. The number of days for a trek is very much depending on your physical fitness. I did all the treks in a shorter time than proposed, which should be known beforehand for better planning. Also that the authors did not dare to tell us more about their subjective impressions. If not here, where else? If you have not seen the Karakorum, you missed the most impressive mountain scenery Nevertheless it is the best what you can get about this remote and neglected mountain area.!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
MUST BUY 4 May 2009
By Umair Lateef - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the best buy and must buy guide book if you are traveling to this part of the world. That's all I can say. Have two copies cause you need one to be with you all the time when you are trekking in this area and the other one can be stowed some where safe. The reason I am saying it is because it is very hard to find one. And I am lucky that I got it.
A rare gem. 5 April 2015
By T. Gu - Published on
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This is a rare gem. The information in the book are still extremely valuable, even after 13 years from the initial publication. I hope Lonely Planet would publish an updated version of this book in near future.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
excellent book... 6 May 2007
By A. H. Rana - Published on
Format: Paperback
well,,, i just wana say dat, dis book iz realy excelent. with reasonable prise...

thnx amazon
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