Kamzang Journeys | Travel Books

'The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.' - St Augustine

A few travel books to put in your duffel bag to enrich your journey in Nepal, India, Tibet, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma) and a few other spots in Asia and Central Asia. We've not included all of the major guidebooks such as Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Bradt Guides, Himalayan Travel Guides, Trailblazer, Fodors and Frommers, also worth taking with you for history and reference during your travels in Asia and the Himalaya.

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Great Journeys + Travel Stories

Travels - Marco Polo

Travels - Ibn Battúta

The Great Railway Bazaar - Paul Theroux

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar - Paul Theroux

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown - Paul Theroux

Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings - Paul Theroux

Last Post: The End of Empire in the Far East - John Keay

The Spice Route - John Keay

From the Holy Mountain - William Dalrymple

In Xanadu - William Dalrymple

The Global Soul - Pico Iyer

The Long Walk - Slavomir Rawicz

Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle - Dervla Murphy

Who Needs a Road: The Story of the Longest & Last Motor Journey Around the World

- Harold Stephens & Albert Podell

On the Shores of the Mediterranean - Eric Newby

Men of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold - Michael Benanav

The World's Most Dangerous Places - Robert Young Pelton

Touching the Void - Joe Simpson

In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale - Amitav Ghosh

Lost Horizon - James Hilton

Seven Pillars of Wisdom - TE Lawrence

The World: Travels 1950-2000 - Jan Morris

Adrift - Steven Callahan

Tracks - Robyn Davidson

Wild - Cheryl Strayed

A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson

A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul


Central Asia + The Himalayas

Quest for Kim: In Search of Kipling's Great Game - Peter Hopkirk

Foreign Devils on the Silk Road – Peter Hopkirk

The Great Game - Peter Hopkirk

A Ride to Khiva - Peter Hopkirk

Like Hidden Fire: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire - Peter Hopkirk

Setting the East Ablaze: Lenins Dream of an Empire in Asia - Peter Hopkirk

Tim Cope - On the Trail of Ghengis Khan

Younghusband - Patrick French

Full Tilt - Dervla Murphy

Kim - Rudyard Kipling

My Life as an Explorer - Sven Hedin

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush - Eric Newby

Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson

Stones into Schools - Greg Mortenson

Shadow of the Silk Road - Colin Thubron

The Places In Between - Rory Stewart

Danziger's Adventures: From Miami to Kabul - Nick Danziger

Danziger's Travels: Beyond Forbidden Frontiers - Nick Danziger

The Seven Mountain-Travel Books - H. W. Tilman and Jim Perrin

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - Jack Weatherford

Trans-Himalayan Caravans: Peasant Traders & Merchants - Janet Rizvi

A Hermit in the Himalayas - Paul Brunton

Himalaya – Michael Palin

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini

A Woman Among Warlords - Malalai Joya

The Road to Oxiana - Robert Byron


Tigers for Breakfast - Michel Peissel

The Great Himalayan Passage - Michel Peissel

Himalayan Pilgrimage - David Snellgrove

Trekking & Climbing in Nepal - Steve Razetti

The Waiting Land: A Spell in Nepal - Dervla Murphy

The Soul of the Rhino - Hemanta Mishra

Bones of the Tiger - Hemanta Mishra

Kathmandu - Thomas Bell

Palpasa Cafe - Narayan Wagle

Sold - Patricia McCormick

Buddha's Orphans - Samrat Upadhay

Arresting God in Kathmandu - Samrat Upadhyay

The Royal Ghosts: Stories - Samrat Upadhyay

The Guru of Love - Samrat Upadhyay

Little Princes - Conor Grennan

Snake Lake - Jeff Greenwald

Video Night in Kathmandu - Pico Iyer

Sacred Journey: The Ganges to the Himalayas - David Howard

I'll Call You in Kathmandu: The Elizabeth Hawley Story - Bernadette McDonald

Aama in America - Broughton Coburn

Forget Kathmandu - Manjushree Thapa

Tutor of History - Manjushree Thapa

Bringing Progress to Paradise - Jeff Rasley

Massacre at the Palace - Jonathan Gregso

Buried in the Sky - Peter Zuckerman & Amanda Padoan

Everest Region

Trekking in the Everest Region – Jamie McGuinness

Everest: Eighty Years of Triumph and Tragedy - Peter Gillman, Leni Gillman & Audrey Salkeld

Gaiety of Spirit: The Sherpas of Everest - Frances Klatzel

Sherpas: Reflections on Change in Himalayan Nepal - James F. Fisher

Tenzing Norgay and the Sherpas of Everest - Tashi Tenzing and Judy Tenzing

View from the Summit – Sir Edmund Hillary

The Climb - Anatoli Boukreev

High Crimes - Michael Kodas

Penguins on Everest - David Durkan

Doctor on Everest - Dr. Kenneth Kamler

A Day To Die For: 1996: Everest's Worst Disaster - Graham Ratcliffe

Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy - Lene Gammelgaard

Touching My Father’s Soul – Jamling Norgay

Tigers Of The Snow - Jonathan Neale

The Lure of Everest - Clint Rogers

Into Thin Air - John Krakauer

Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory & Irvine - Hemmleb, Johnson, Simonson & Nothdurft

Everest: The West Ridge - Thomas Hornbein


High Frontiers: Himalayan Pastoralists in a Changing World - Kenneth Michael Bauer

Stones of Silence: Journeys in the Himalaya - George B. Schaller

The Snow Leopard - Peter Matthiessen

Caravans of the Himalaya - Eric Valli

Himalayan Pilgrimage - David Snellgrove

Four Lamas of Dolpo - David Snellgrove

Dolpo: The Hidden Paradise - Karna Sakya

Trek to Nepal's Sacred Crystal Mountain - Joel Ziskin

Tales of the Turquoise - Cornelia Jest


Mustang: A Lost Tibetan Kingdom - Michel Peissel

East of Lo Monthang - Peter Matthiessen

Journey to Mustang - Giuseppe Tucci

Horses Like Lightening: A Story of Passage Through the Himalayas - Sienna Craig

Earth Door Sky Door: Paintings of Mustang - Robert Powell

Himalayan Pilgrimage - David Snellgrove

Mustang Bhot in Fragments - Manjushree Thapa

Himalayan Doctors and Healing Herbs - Lo-Kunphen Mensikhang

Manaslu + Tsum Valley

Tibetan Diary - Geoff Childs

Where Rivers Meet - Clint Rogers

Nepal Himalaya - H.W. Tilman

The Ascent of Manaslu - Mark Horrell

Trekking in the Manaslu Region & Tsum Valley - Lopsang Chhiring Lama & Sonam Lama


Annapurna – Maurice Herzog

Secrets of Manang - Clint Rogers

Annapurna Circuit: Himalayan Journey - Andrew Stevenson

Stories & Customs of Manang - Frances Klatzel

Annapurna: A Woman's Place - Arlene Blum

Kanchenjunga + Makalu

Kanchi's Tale: Kanchi goes to Makalu Base Camp - Sian Pritchard-Jones, Bob Gibbons + Sanjib Gurung

The Boardman Tasker Omnibus - Joe Tasker & Peter Boardman

Himalayan Campaign - Paul Bauer

Round Kanchenjunga - Douglas W Freshfield

Kangchenjunga, A Valley Too Far -David G. A. Walkey

Kanchenjunga - John Tucker

Living on the Edge: The Winter Descent of Kanchenjunga - Cherie Bremmer-Kamp

The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai (Kanchenjunga region of India)


Nar Phu Valley

Cloud Dwellers of the Himalayas: The Bhotia - Windsor Chorlton & Time-Life Books

Humla + Limi Valley

Hidden Himalayas - Caroll Dunham + Thomas Kelley

Humla - Journey into the Hidden Shangri La - Naresh Kusi + Geraldine Werhahn



India – V.S. Naipaul

India: A Million Mutinies Now – V.S. Naipaul

A House for Mr Biswas – V.S. Naipaul

India: A History - John Keay

India Discovered: The Recovery of a Lost Civilization - John Keay

The Honorable Company - John Keay

Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India - William Dalrymple

White Mughals – William Dalrymple

The Last Mughal - William Dalrymple

City of Djinns - William Dalrymple

The Age of Kali - William Dalrymple

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

Family Matters - Rohinton Mistry

Such a Long Journey - Rohinton Mistry

A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

Delhi - Khushwant Singh

Partitions - Amit Majmudar (India + Pakistan)

Ibis Trilogy (Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke, Flood of Fire) - Amitav Ghosh

The Glass Palace - Amitav Ghosh (India + Burma)

The Hungry Tide - Amitav Ghosh

The Circle of Reason - Amitav Ghosh

Shadow Lines - Amitav Ghosh

In an Antique Land - Amitav Ghosh

The Taj Mahal Trilogy (The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses, Shadow Princess) - Indu Sundaresan

In the Convent of Little Flowers (Short Stories) - Indu Sundaresan

Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo

The Alchemy of Desire - Tarun J Tejpal

The House of Blue Mangoes - David Davidar

Slowly Down the Ganges – Eric Newby

Chasing the Monsoon – Alexander Frater

The Great Indian Novel – Shashi Taroor

Plain Tales from the Raj – Charles Allen

May You be the Mother of a Hundred Sons - Elisbeth Bumiller

Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri

Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo

Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts

The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga

The Death of Vishnu – Manil Suri

The Space Between Us: A Novel - Thrity Umrigar

The Twentieth Wife - Indu Sundaresan

The Hindi-Bindi Club - Monica Pradham

English, August - Upamanyu Chatttergee

The Dowry Bride - Shobhan Bantwal

A Good Indian Wife - Anne Cherian

Desirable Daughters - Bharati Mukherjee

The Raj Quartet - Paul Scott

Philosophies of India - Heinrich Zimmer (edited Joseph Campbell)

First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood - Thrity Umrigar

Transition - Meghan Joshi

Imaginary Men - Anjali Banerjee

Sister of My Heart: A Novel - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Mango Season - Amulya Malladi

Ladies Coupe - Anita Nair

Indian Himalaya

Trekking and Climbing in the Indian Himalaya - Harish Kapadia

Trekking in the Himalayas – Tomoya Iozawa

Trekking in India & Pakistan – Hugh Swift

When Men & Mountains Meet - John Keay

Ancient Futures – Helena Norberg Hodge

Ladakh: Crossroads of High Asia - Janet Rizvi

Trans-Himalayan Caravans: Peasant Traders & Merchants - Janet Rizvi

Zanskar: The Hidden Kingdom – Michael Peissel

Being a Buddhist Nun: The Struggle for Enlightenment in the Himalayas - Kim Gutschow

Peaks and Lamas: A Classic Book on Mountaineering, Buddhism and Tibet - Marco Pallis

Tibetan Foothold - Dervla Murphy

A Journey in Ladakh - Andrew Harvey

Zanskar, From Earth to Sky - Oliver Folmi

Wonders of the Himalaya – Francis Younghusband

Kulu: The End of the Hospitable World – Penelope Chetwoode

Man-Eaters of Kumaon - Jim Corbett

Kashmir | Srinagar

Curfewed Night - Basharat Peer

In the Valley of Mist – Justine Hardy

Kashmir - The Case for Freedom - Arundhati Roy + Various Authors

A Street in Srinagar - Chandra Kanta

Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits - Rahul Pandita

The Collaborator - Mirza Waheed



Trekking in Tibet – Gary McCue

Mapping the Tibetan World - Atsushi Kanamaru

The Great Game – Peter Hopkirk

Trespassers on the Roof of the World – Peter Hopkirk

The Way of the White Clouds - Lama Anagarika Govinda

The Tibet Guide - Central & Western Tibet - Stephen Batchelor

Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land - Patrick French

Freedom in Exile & The Art of Happiness – HH the Dalai Lama

The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Places - Ian Baker

From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang & Tibet - Vikram Seth

Guge: Ages of Gold - Peter Van Ham

Hidden Himalayas - Caroll Dunham & Thomas Kelley

In Exile from the Land of Snows – John Avedon

My Journey to Lhasa – Alexandra David-Neel

Magic and Mystery in Tibet - Alexandra David-Neel

Dragon in the Land of Snows - Tsering Shakya

Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer - Patrick French

The Last Barbarians: The Discovery of the Source of the Mekong in Tibet - Michel Peissel

Sorrow Mountain: The Journey of a Tibetan Warrior Nun - Ani Pachen

Seven Years in Tibet - Heinrich Harrer

Tears of Blood - Mary Craig

Sky Burial - Xinran

Stick Out Your Tongue - Ma Jian

A Year in Tibet - Sun Shuyun

The Hotel On The Roof Of The World - Alec Le Sueur

Fire Under the Snow - Paldan Gyatso

Diary of a Journey Across Tibet - Captain Hamilton Bower

A Conquest of Tibet - Sven Anders Hedin

The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk - Palden Gyatso

Peaks and Lamas: A Classic Book on Mountaineering, Buddhism and Tibet - Marco Pallis

Civilised Shamans: Buddhism in Tibetan Societies - Geoffrey Samuel

The Sacred Life of Tibet - Keith Dowman

The Power Places of Central Tibet - Keith Dowman

Lost Horizon – James Hilton

Invading Tibet - Mark Frutkin

Danziger's Travels - Nick Danziger

High Road to Tibet - John Dwyer

Across the Top – Sorrel Wilby

Tibet Wild: A Naturalist's Journeys on the Roof of the World - George B. Schaller

Born in Tibet - Chogyam Trungpa


Pilgrim’s Guide to Tibet – Victor Chan

Circling the Sacred Mountain – Robert Thurman & Ted Wise

A Mountain in Tibet – Charles Allen

The Search for Shangri La – Charles Allen

John Snelling - The Sacred Mountain

To a Mountain in Tibet - Colin Thubron

Tibet's Sacred Mountain, The Extraordinary Pilbrimage to Mount Kailas - Russell Johnson & Kerry Moran



On the Trail of Ghengis Khan - Tip Cope

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - Jack Weatherford

Hearing Birds Fly: A Nomadic Year in Monglia - Louisa Waugh

Eagle Dreams: Searching for Legends in Wild Mongolia - Stephen Bodio

Walking the Gobi: 1,600 Mile-trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair - Helen Thayer

Mongolia: Nomad Empire of Eternal Blue Sky - Carl Robinson

(List below unread)

Bones of the Master: A Journey to Secret Mongolia - George Crane

Wolf Totem - Jiang Rong

Sky Shamans of Mongolia: Meetings with Remarkable Healers - Kevin Turner

A Hunt In Flight: Kazakh Eagle Hunters - Lisa A. Selner

The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son - Rupert Issacson

The Cave of the Yellow Dog - Byambasuren Davaa
(also a film)

Secret History of the Mongols - an adaption by Paul Kahn

Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan - Paula L.W. Sabloff

The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia - James Palmer

Across Mongolian Plains - Roy Chapman Andrews

In the Empire of Genghis Khan, A Journey Among Nomads - Stanley Stewart

Beasts, Men and Gods - Ferdinand Ossendowski

Gobi: Tracking the Desert - John Man

The Mongol Empire: Genghis Khan, His Heirs and the Founding of Modern China - John Man

Genghis Khan: Life, Death, and Resurrection - John Man

Dateline Mongolia, An American Journalist in Nomad's Land - Michael Kohn

Men & Gods in Mongolia - Henning Haslund

Mongolia: Travels in the Untamed Land - Jasper Becker

Travels in Northern Mongolia - Don Croner

Wild East, The New Mongolia - Jill Lawless

Mission Mongolia: Two Men, OneVan, No Turning Back - David Treanor

Edge of Blue Heaven: A Journey Through Mongolia - Benedict Allen

Modern Mongolia, From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists - Morris Rossabi

Mongolian Buddhism, The Rise and Fall of the Sangh - Michael K Jerryson

The Adversary - Michael Walters

Genghis, Birth of an Empire - Conn Iggulden

Conqueror (Four Novels) - Conn Iggulden



China - John Keay

Life and Death in Shanghai - Nien Cheng

The Private Live of Chairman Mao - Li Zhisui

Wild Swans - Juan Chang

Empress Orchid + The Last Empress - Anchee Min

Becoming Madame Mao - Anchee Min

Wild Ginger - Anchee Min

Red Dust: A Path Through China - Ma Jian

The Noodle Maker - Ma Jian

Falling Leaves - Adeline Yen Mah

To Live - Yu Hua

Chronicle of a Blood Merchant - Yu Hua

The Bonesetter's Daughter - Amy Tan

Shanghai Girls + Dreams of Joy - Lisa See (sequels)

Snow Flower & the Secret Fan - Lisa See

Feathers in the Storm: A Childhood Lost in Chaos - Emily Wu & Larry Engelmann

To Live - Michael Berry

Red Sorghum - Howard Goldblatt

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze - Peter Hessler

Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China - Peter Hessler

Country Driving: A Chinese Road - Peter Hessler

The Bitter Sea: Coming of Age in a China Before Mao - Charles N Li

Bones of the Master: A Journey to Secret Mongolia - George Crane

Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution - Moying Li

The Garlic Ballads - Yen Mo

Crimson China - Betsy Tobin

Mao's Last Dancer - Li Cunxin

Empress Dowager Cixi + Mao - Jung Chang

The Rape of Nanking - Iris Chang

The Vagrants - Yiyun Li



So Close to Heaven - Barbara Crossette

Beyond the Sky and the Earth – Jamie Zepa

Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan - Ashi Dori Wangmo Wangchuck

Bhutan: Himalayan Mountain Kingdom (Odyssey Guide. Bhutan) - Françoise Pommaret

Dreams of the Peaceful Dragon: A Journey Through Bhutan - Katie Hickman

Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya - Britta Das

Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth - Lisa Napoli

Beneath Blossom Rains - Kevin Grange (Lunana Trek)

Bhutan a Trekker’s Guide – Bart Jordans


Myanmar | Burma

Letters from Burma - Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese Days - George Orwell

Finding George Orwell in Burma - Emma Larkin

Glass Palace - Amitav Ghosh

Elephant Bill - J. H. Williams

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Jan-Philipp Sendker

A Well-Tempered Heart - Jan-Philipp Sendker

Elephant Company - Vicki Croke

The Last Mughal - William Dalrymple

Burmese Lessons - Karen Connolly

The River of Lost Footsteps - Thant Myint-U

The Piano Tuner - Daniel Mason

The Trouser People: A Story of Burma in the Shadow of the Empire - Andrew Marshall

The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma - Thant Myint-U

Burma: Rivers of Flavor - Naomi Duguid

Burma Chronicles - Guy Delisle

Burma's Spring - Rosalind Russell


Sri Lanka

Anil's Ghost - Michael Ondaatje

Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon - Sir Samuel White Baker

The Story of Sigiriya - Senani Ponnamperuma

Great Railway Bazaar - Paul Theroux

Sri Lanka: Running in the Family - Michael Ondaatje

A Village in the Jungle - Leonard Woolf

Seeing Ceylon & Discovering Ceylon - RL Brohier

Woolf in Ceylon - Christopher Ondaatje

July - Karen Roberts

A Year in Green Tea & Tuk-Tuks - Rory Spowers

Vietnam + Cambodia

River of Time - Jon Swain

The Road of Lost Innocence - Somaly Mam



Other Important Reads


Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur - Hamila Bashir & Damien

Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A Woman Among Warloards - Malalai Joya


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