Cicerone's Abode of the Gods, Tales of Trekking in NepalProfits from a new guidebook to trekking in Nepal will go to help charities in the Himalayan country dealing with the aftermath of the recent earthquakes.

Publisher Cicerone said organisations helping on the ground will receive cash from sales of Kev Reynolds’s Abode of the Gods, Tales of Trekking in Nepal.

The Cumbrian company said: “Life in Nepal is never far from tragedy. Sudden storms, crop failure and most recently the earthquakes that have killed many thousands, devastating areas described in this book and destroying whole villages – particularly in the Manaslu area north of Gorkha, the Langtang just to the north of Kathmandu, and parts of the Khumbu where Everest is located.

“Publisher Cicerone will be donating profits of the book to Nepal charities, especially on-the-ground organisations that work directly with Nepali communities in affected areas.”

Cicerone said Reynolds has explored Nepal like few others. “Here he brings together eight tales of his first treks in different wild mountain regions,” it said.

“Trekkers may rush to the honeypots of Everest and Annapurna, but these tales take the reader into the remote and wild East and the far West of Nepal, to regions where few have ventured to go.

“With chapters covering Kangchenjunga, Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Manaslu, Doplo, the far West and the newly opened Mugu region, Kev Reynolds tells in lyrical tones of his first explorations in each of these trekking areas, spread over 25 years.

“Nepal and especially the Nepali people are the stars of this book: the spectacular high mountains, the no less vivid 6,000m peaks and the Himalayan foothills where trekking joins with the hard routines of everyday life in these steeply terraced hillsides.

“The people of Nepal, always friendly, resourceful and keen to explore are ever-present, making their lives in these remote villages, carrying improbable loads, and guiding visitors over high passes.

“The trekking life, the teahouses, the tents, the flights, the food, and especially the company of like-minded trekkers are woven into the fabric of Nepal and will be immediately familiar to those who have been able to visit this wonderful country.

“And then there is Kev himself, growing in his love of the country and its people, his relation to the land maturing into a broad understanding and appreciation of its beauty and harshness, coming to terms with his final treks in these mountains and recognising the impact that his explorations and meetings have had upon him.”

Abode of the Gods, Tales of Trekking in Nepal, will be published in September, price £18.95.

Cicerone's Book of the BothyThe book is one of three new titles from Cicerone. The Book of the Bothy by Phoebe Smith details the mountain shelters maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association and available for outdoor enthusiasts to use free of charge.

Cicerone said: “Journey into some of the wildest and remotest spots of the UK and you will find old, empty houses left open for you to use – and it won’t cost you a penny.

“Thanks to the fantastic work of the Mountain Bothies Association, the UK is home to a network of hundreds of bothies, lovingly maintained by volunteers, allowing walkers and climbers to access some of the UK’s greatest wilderness.”

In her new book, Phoebe Smith celebrates 26 of the very best bothies in the country. From coastal lookouts, to mountain refuges, forest lodges and even a former schoolhouse, she shares her own memories of staying in some of her favourite shelters.

The publisher said: “Bothies come in all shapes and sizes but are essentially stone tents – walkers will need to carry in and carry out everything they require, so all bothies require a good level of fitness and ability to reach.

“Some of the bothies featured in this book can be reached in a half day’s walk, on easy to follow bridleways and paths; for others technical or navigation skills are needed, especially in winter, with some river crossings or scrambling required.

“Accessible all year round, they can provide a shelter in a storm or be a destination in themselves, either for an overnight stop, or a base for longer adventures.

“Alongside notes on legends and landscape, wildlife and history, the book is full of expert guidance and tips on how to make use of bothies, from packing lists to bothy etiquette and the best walking routes in.

“Inspiring and fun, the book showcases bothies in Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons, Lake District, Pennines, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and Northumberland, and is a personal celebration of the world of bothying.”

The Book of the Bothy by Phoebe Smith goes on sale this month, priced £12.95.

Cicerone's Hadrian's Wall PathThe final volume in Cicerone’s trio of new releases is Walking Hadrian’s Wall Path by Mark Richards.

The 135km (84-mile) Hadrian’s Wall Path national trail defines the northern edge of the ancient Roman province of Britannia and reaches from Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria to Wallsend, Newcastle.

Cicerone said: “Written by a leading authority on the wall, this guidebook is an indispensable companion to the popular trail, and the accompanying map booklet contains all the mapping required for the walk.

“The route takes the walker past a string of fascinating historic sites and this guidebook features extensions to Maryport on Cumbria’s far west coast and South Shields in the east, for those who prefer a complete coast-to-coast walk.

“Begun in AD122 and stretching from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth, Hadrian’s Wall is the best preserved of all the Roman Empire’s frontiers. Today it is a world heritage site, with iconic scenery and fascinating archaeological remains like Birdoswald, Housesteads and Vindolanda, giving a glimpse into life in the shadow of this monumental frontier.

“The trail typically takes a week to walk, but is presented here in a more leisurely 10-stage format, with suggestions for five- and eight-day itineraries. It is suitable for beginners, although a reasonable level of fitness is required if doing it as a multiday trek.”

The route is described both west to east, and east to west and the guidebook contains information on the history of the wall and practical advice for walkers, from accommodation and planning to public transport and refreshments.

Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:100,000 OS map extracts. For added convenience, a compact booklet is included showing the route on 1:25,000 scale maps along with the relevant extract from the OS Explorer map legend.”

Costing 14.95, Walking Hadrian’s Wall Path will be published in September.

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