The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 29, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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In this stunning picture book, Steve Jenkins takes us to Mount Everest - exploring its history, geography, climate, and culture. This unique book takes readers on the ultimate adventure of climbing the great mountain. Travel along and learn what to pack for such a trek and the hardships one may suffer on the way to the top. Avalanches, frostbite, frigid temperatures, wind, and limited oxygen are just a few of the dangers that make scaling this peak one of the most extreme physical challenges one can experience. To stand on the top of Mount Everest is to stand on top of the world. With informative text and exquisitely detailed cut paper illustrations, Steve Jenkins brings this extreme journey alive for young adventurers.

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We did a 14 Trek to Everest Base Camp on the Nepal side of the mountain with Sanjib he is independent trekking guide from Nepal we recently start from Kathmandu. My girlfriend and I are not overly used to trekking so we didn't know how difficult it would be but our guide Sanjib made it very easy for us to reach our destination. He controlled our hiking and climbing, telling us when to stop, how much water to drink and when to rest... I had read that bring a guide was not necessary for the trek but we found him invaluable, especially for explaining simple basic things like what to eat in particular towns so as to avoid any food poisoning.
I'd definitely recommend our guide Sanjib to do the EBC hike. He is based in Thamel,
In March I traveled to Nepal to do a trek to Everest Base Camp. The scenery once you got away from Kathmandu was amazing (I was not a fan of Kathmandu). I hired the services of an absolutely fantastic guide named Sanjib Adhikari and would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to explore anywhere in Nepal. He is very friendly and very knowledgeable. He also has a great sense of humor. It is possible to do this trek without a guide but I can definitely tell you that I without our guide our group may have never even gotten out of the airport in Kathmandu to the starting point of Lukla because of weather and the large number of people wanting to get seats on the planes. As it was we were delayed for two days before we were able to secure seats on the planes which shortened out trek a bit. The domestic Kathmandu airport is a zoo and having Sanjib to deal with this instead of us was worth it for sure. I think having a guide made my experience a lot more interesting. I can now cross seeing Everest up close off of my bucket list!
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great book with great facts and admiring pictures. would like 2 buy it!!!!


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Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.

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