Monday, October 11, 2010

Yeti and Edmund Hillary territory

As everyone knows, on 29 May 1953 New Zealander Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mt Everest. Three years later, 4 Swiss repeated the achievement. Since then about 4,000 people have done the same, but it is still a small club, and still a dangerous and very difficult expedition.

For armchair travellers this all-colour book printed and published in Nepal, and available in English, French and Japanese editions, gives a sense of the thrill of scaling the world's highest mountain from the base upwards. As the title indicates, it also contains a lot of photos which you need to get onboard a sightseeing flight to take.

The text contains a history of the mountain, and what is and has been involved with climbing it. It describes the region generally and also contains a brief summary of the yeti legend, basically something which no evidence supports, but the name has been adopted by Kathmandu based Yeti Airlines, which serves 8 destinations with 7 small aircraft. The book has 112 pages, hardcover

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