Siachen Glacier: The Battle of Roses
ISBN 978-81-291-1687-1, 2010 | Pp. 228 + 37 photographs + 5 maps | Rs. 495
Rupa Publications, New Delhi [ www.rupapublications.com ]
SIACHEN, the longest glacier in the world outside the polar regions, is a virtual high altitude paradise. Roses are found on the glacier giving its name- Sia, the rose. However for the past 26 years it has seen bloody warfare on its heights. Indian and Pakistan armies have been battling it out for its control, paying a heavy price in terms of human lives, financial resources and environmental devastation. The glacier, being part of the state of Jammu & Kashmir has defied all attempts at finding a peaceful solution to the conflict.
The Shimla Agreement of 1972, marked the Line of Control till a point, known as NJ9842. And it mentioned that the border ahead shall follow ‘thence north to the glaciers’, the ill-fated five words. Pakistan sponsored foreign mountaineering expeditions to the glacier. To prevent occupation by Pakistan, the Indian army landed on the glacier on 13th April 1984. This was the start of the conflict.
The book narrates the history of exploration of the Siachen, the political developments, stories of battles, state of the environment and plight of soldiers living at heights above 20,000 ft where temperatures drops to -40 degrees in winter. During his several visits to the Siachen glacier for climbing peaks and exploring different valleys, the author had the opportunity to interact with simple soldiers, officers and local people, and witness the conflict first hand. He speaks of those encounters too.
The War of Roses, between two neighbours locked in a long lasting violent conflict with constant one-upmanship has led to unprecedented destruction of the finest mountain area. The book offers a suggestion to establish the ‘Siachen Peace Park’ to end this war and allow Nature to regenerate.
SPITI: Adventures in The Trans-Himalaya
Third Revised and Updated Edition
Foreword by JIMMY ROBERTS
ISBN 81-7387-093-4, 2009 | Pp. 239 + 59 Col. & B/W plates & 10 maps | Rs. 600
Spiti, which literally means the ‘middle land’, is a grey and barren landscape situated to the north of Shimla, in the State of Himachal Pradesh. It is the trans-Himalayan land with Tibet to its east, Ladakh to its north, Kullu to its west and Kinnaur guarding the south. Due to restrictions of inner line and difficulties of travel not many have visited this fascinating land. Now with all the restrictions removed, Spiti is the most sought-after tourist destination. There are many a mountains to be climbed, valleys to be trekked and passes to be crossed.
This book is based on author’s several visits to Spiti, exploring its valleys and climbing peaks. It concentrates most valuably on the wealth of extremely rewarding summits, unknown passes and remote valleys, which have been hitherto neglected due to lack of information or difficulty of access. There is interaction with people, their traditions, and details about their history. Complete with several maps, illustrated with over a hundred photographs, tables of road distances and trek routes, this book is the only available reference work on this area. The book will be an essential reading for all travellers, trekkers, mountaineers and historians interested in Spiti.
Exploring The Hidden Himalaya
Third Revised and Updated Edition
Soli Mehta Harish Kapadia
ISBN 978-81-7387-208-2, 2008 | Pp. 224 + 20 maps + 68 plates | Rs. 500 Hard back
The purpose of this book is to excite and inspire the climber and trekker to take advantage of the vast possibilities the Himalaya has to offer. it draws attention to the less familiar and more challenging aspects of the known 7000 and 6000-metre peaks. It concentrates most valuably on the wealth of minor but still extremely rewarding summits, many of them unclimbed and some of them quite unknown, which have been hitherto neglected due to simple ignorance or the difficulty of access. Each region is backed up by photographs and sketch maps, supported by a brief outline of the history of exploration and climbing in that area. It attempts to answer two questions that an enthusiastic climber would want to ask. Where shall I go? What should I climb? All this adds up to an immensely valuable source of reference to the range upon range of named and unnamed peaks crying out for attention.
First published by Hodder & Stoughton, London.
Trek The Sahyadris
Fifth Revised and Updated Edition
ISBN 81-7387-151-5, 2011 | Pp. 110 + 10 maps, 110 photos + 11 sketches | Rs. 250
The fifth edition of this popular book “Trek The Sahyadris” in print since 1977. The present edition is thoroughly revised, includes many new places and update on information.
The Sahyadris with their rugged topography, historic hills, rocky mountains and pinnacle, huge lakes and extensive forest regions are a virtual paradise for trekking, climbing and camping. Trek The Sahyadris contains practical directions to hundreds of routes in the Western Ghats. It guides one about travel routes, treks, climbing passes, camping places and walks.
This guide will be of great help to all the lovers of outdoor like. This is the only book of its kind on the Western Ghats, based on experience of the author.
Meeting The Mountains
Third Revised and Updated Edition
Foreword by BILL AITKEN
978-81-7387-219-8, 2009 | Pp. 232 + 51 photographs + 18 maps | Rs. 600
The book covers major regions of the Himalaya where author has trekked and climbed. These trips were undertaken in the sixties and nineties (the middle years are covered in author’s other books). This allows for an comparison of how it was ‘then’ and how it is ‘now’. It is an in valuable reference to all the regions of the Himalayan.
The second part of the books covers author’s experiences as an editor of the Himalayan Journal and working for the international body like the Himalayan Club. Interactions with many leading mountaineers of the world are also mentioned.
Into the Untravelled Himalaya
Travels, treks and Climbs
ISBN 81-7387-181-7, 2005 | Pp. 256 + 49 photographs + 20 maps | Rs. 400
Harish Kapadia’ treks and explorations, continuing the life of an explorer after the book Meeting the Mountains.
A collection of articles on explorations, treks and travels in the Himalaya. It covers three forays in to Tibet, travel across Bhutan, rare explorations in Tawang and the Tsangpo areas in Arunachal Pradesh, small and enjoyable treks and climbs in many unknown parts of the Himalaya like Pangi, Sainj, Kumaun and Pabar in the Himachal Pradesh. Many photos both colour and black and white and several maps.
Exploring the Highlands of Himalaya
ISBN 81-7387-188-4, 2006 | Pp. 248 + 77 photographs + 10 maps | Rs. 650
Other Aspects of the Himalayan – other than peaks and passes! Covering people, places, travels, historical place. Explorers for each region and quotation from books about each region.
The Himalayan range offers more than mountains. This covers these aspects of Himalaya. Shepherds, legends, flora, fauna, exploration, war history in the range, influence of Himalayan on Indian history, Himalayan railways, people, travel and much more. This book completes the knowledge of the Indian Himalaya as companion to Exploring The Hidden Himalaya covering the mountaineering history of the range.
Across Peaks and Passes series
Across Peaks and Passes in Kumaun
Across Peaks and Passes in Himachal Pradesh
Across Peaks and Passes in Sikkim and Darjeeling (two editions)
Across Peaks and Passes in Ladakh, Zanskar and East Karakoram
A series of books covering the entire Indian Himalayan range. These books include mountaineering history of each area, treks and climbs by the author, road distances, routes, rules for climbing, passes, rivers, bibliography, with many photographs and sketch maps. Published by Indus publications, New Delhi in 1999.
The following books are currently out of print, expected soon.
High Himalaya Unknown Valleys
This book was published by Indus Publication, New Delhi in 1993. It contains many explorations and climbs undertaken by Harish Kapadia with 29 maps. The book is a major reference for mountaineers, travellers and people with general interest in the Himalaya.
The fourth edition, published by Indus publications, New Delhi in 2000.
Across Peaks & Passes in Garhwal Himalaya
Part of series of books covering the entire Indian Himalayan range. These books include mountaineering history of each area, treks and climbs by the author, road distances, routes, rules for climbing, passes, rivers, bibliography, with many photographs and sketch maps.
Published by Indus publications, New Delhi in 1999.
A Passage to Himalaya
A collection of best writings in the past 55 volumes of the Himalayan Journals (1929 to 2000), selected and edited by Harish Kapadia. Contains photos, sketch maps, book reviews, obituaries and letters with comments by the editor.
Published by the Oxford University Press, Bombay. Published in February 2001.
Trekking and Climbing in Indian Himalaya
Published by Globetrotter (New Holland Publishers) (UK) as the first adventure Guide on the Indian Himalaya , the book covers introduction to the Indian Himalaya, 25 specially selected routes in the range covering Sikkim, Kumaun, Garhwal, Himachal Pradesh, Zanskar and Ladakh range. Each trek is supported by sketch map and graph. Every region has a special directory giving useful information. 10 peaks are suggested with routes and approaches to climb. Complete with bibliography, environment considerations, photography suggestions and medical list.
Published simultaneously in UK and USA. Published in July 2001.
Such A Long Journey
A special CD-Rom edited by Harish Kapadia for the Himalayan Club on its 75th Anniversary. It contains history of the Himalayan Club (1928-2003), and detailed articles on the Himalayan Journals Vol. 1 to 58, historical photographs.
Harish has written more than 60 articles about Himalayan travel, trekking, and climbing. These have been published in the Himalayan Journal, The Indian Mountaineer and The Alpine Journal over many years. A synopsis of the entire Indian climbing scene for the Alpine Journal, as ‘Area Notes’, has been contributed by him since 1987. Several contributions were made to the American Alpine Journal for almost a decade covering the news and aspects of the Himalaya.
Several book reviews on mountaineering books written by Harish have been published in various journals in India and abroad. He has also contributed chapters and articles to many books published in Europe and England.