The Everest Politics Show: Sorrow and strife on the world’s highest mountain (Footsteps on the Mountain Travel Diaries)

The Everest Politics Show: Sorrow and strife on the world's highest mountain (Footsteps on the Mountain Travel Diaries)

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In April 2014 Mark Horrell went on a mountaineering expedition to Nepal, hoping to climb Lhotse, the fourth-highest mountain in the world, which shares a base camp and climbing route with Mount Everest.

He dreamed of following in the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, by climbing through the infamous ice maze of the Khumbu Icefall, and he yearned to sleep in the grand amphitheatre of Everest Base Camp, surrounded by towering peaks.

He was also intrigued by the media publicity surrounding commercial expeditions to Everest. He wanted to discover for himself whether it had become the circus that everybody described.

But when a devastating avalanche swept across the Khumbu Icefall, he got more than he bargained for. Suddenly he found himself witnessing the greatest natural disaster Everest had ever seen.

And that was just the start. Everest Sherpas came out in protest, issuing a list of demands to the Government of Nepal. What happened next left his team shocked, bewildered and fearing for their safety.

Praise for Mark Horrell’s other books:

“This account, of his attempt to climb Everest from the North side, has elevated him and his writing to a whole new level … Every gasp of thin air, every ankle-wrenching pain, is included in Horrell’s narrative.” – Amazon.co.uk review, The Chomolungma Diaries

“Mark is a very engaging writer: honest, humorous, with wonderful descriptions of the environment and captivating tales of the trails.” – Amazon.com review, The Chomolungma Diaries

“A compelling read with no smoke and mirrors, just a whole lot of truth, hard work, and humility. Great book!” – Amazon.com review, The Chomolungma Diaries

“Breathtaking, fascinating, insightful and honest. He has a fantastic attitude towards his climbing, the most important point being, it’s not getting to the top, it’s living to try it again, and enjoying the amazing privilege of being able to do it in the first place.” – Amazon.co.uk review, Thieves, Liars and Mountaineers

“Dry wit and sharp observation made this an excellent read. Lovely descriptions of the mountains. Looking forward to the next one.” – Amazon.co.uk review, Thieves, Liars and Mountaineers

“Horrell is a very descriptive, self-deprecating, witty writer … The prose is breezy and light and the story moves along briskly. Highly recommended.” – Amazon.com review, Thieves, Liars and Mountaineers

“Mark’s books are beautifully written, very humorous and you feel like you are there experiencing the mountain.” – Amazon.co.uk review, Denali Nights

“As usual Mark’s writing manages to be both lively and down-to-earth. Strongly recommended! ” – Amazon.co.uk review, Denali Nights

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