- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Cicerone Press; Auflage: 01 (21. September 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1852843985
- ISBN-13: 978-1852843984
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,9 x 17,8 cm
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With 27 treks of between 2 to 24 days in length, this guide offers a unique perspective to trekking through Bhutan. A thorough introduction offers advice on preparation and fitness, when to go and how to get there, trekking in Bhutan as well as the people and culture of this country.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Bart Jordans was born in Holland. Spending with his parents many holidays in the Alps and during his time as a student in Amsterdam, visiting climbing crags and the Alps again and again, he built up an enormous respect and love for the mountains. In 1984 he had his first chance to visit the Himalayas. By that time Bart had been already guiding several groups through the Swiss and Austrian Alps and became a lead climber on rock. After his first visit to the Himalayas he got hooked to the area. Soon he started guiding for several UK based companies in Pakistan, India, Nepal and later Bhutan. More then 80 trips have been guided by Bart. Bart started to concentrate on Bhutan and was lucky to live in the country from September 1999 till December 2003 together with his wife and two small children. His Danish wife, whom he met in Nepal, worked in Bhutan in a Danish/Bhutanese government project. During this period in Bhutan Bart collected more details on several areas of the Kingdom and visited as many as possible corners. A unique circumstance ending in a unique guidebook: the first ever trekking guide book on the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. For any inquiries and comments email@example.com and to read some more on Bhutan please see the website www.bhutantreks.com
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They straddle the rugged terrain. Jordans' "Dutch-English" describes affectionately and carefully (the one drawback, if minor: a few glitches remain in his idiom, or the proofreading) the sights on the famous Snowman Trek. This same guidebook was taken along by Kevin Grange (see his Beneath Blossom Rain: Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World), and I bet Mark Horrell (Yakking with the Thunder Dragon: Walking Bhutan's Epic Snowman Trek) consulted it too. While it preceded in its 2005 original ed. the 1984 venture partially along that trek detailed in Journey in Bhutan: Himalayan Trek in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon by Trish Nicholson, the lore it shares will reward anybody planning a few days--or weeks--in the northern region. (I reviewed these titles in Nov. 2012.)
Mastiffs guard yak herders' tents. Guides must push on ahead of trekkers--all must gain prior clearance for routes--and get to camp ahead of the visitors. Bears and leopards still roam the slopes. The flora and the fauna, given attention in the prefatory sections, both beckon. Similarly, Jordans packs a lot of information about altitude sickness, etiquette, geology, natural features, folklore, legends, and what to take along on both the day portions of the hikes and the trekking luggage carried by yaks or horses.
The maps look far too generalized given the topography, but as no trekker can go it alone, they seem more like sketches for groups to get a general lay of the land than they are orientation charts. You find a summation of the elevation gains or losses each day's section, but some treks are cursorily explained while others get much more coverage. This supplements, therefore, what a guide will provide, rather than serving to direct or inform a solo trekker, given Bhutan's restrictions for tours.
What adds value is the attention to adventures in the national parks. The Yeti have their own reserve, as does the Apeman: each have a trek to their name here. These creatures may remain hidden, but you find out about the yaks, takins, and those in Lunana who care for the herds. Sidebars update in the 2012 printing of the second 2008 ed. with summarized changes in roads due to weather, construction, and policy. (There's also a pdf Adobe format, unseen by me.)
As Queen Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in her forward notes, the "reorientation" of traffic as feet and beast give way to jeeps and pavement threatens the viability of networks that have been used for centuries by villagers, farmers, and traders. However, "appreciative trekkers" may seek out "these near forgotten routes." This handy guide, with a water-resistant cover, colored maps, and an attractive array of photographs, is a must for anyone leaving the great lateral road for the heartlands of Bhutan.
The book has many virtues: Settlement and camp heights in feet and meters. Green boxes give average hours of travel, height changes, and distances. Clear sketch maps show peaks, settelements, camp sites, trails and rivers. A few spectacular photographs are included. There are also special blue boxes each with a different side topic: mountaineering history, botanical descriptions, local customs, explanations about monasteries and forts, snippets on such things as the taxation of yak herders, and advice on how to deal with a poisoned horse. Introductory topics include acclimatization and stretching exercises. Perhaps one day there will be a larger home edition containing all the cultural and mountaineering information that had to be cut (see [...]
The guidebook will be an invaluable addition to the information given by your Bhutanese guide. Read about the areas you will not be visiting. Get the benefit of Jordan's years of commitment to this wonderful unforgettable country. Take this book with you, as I did last year.