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"Mustang: A Lost Tibetan Kingdom" by Michel Peissel

The Frenchman Michel Peissel was 1964 the first foreigner, who obtained permission to visit Mustang, a small independent kingdom in Nepal. In this book he reports of his experiences and his encounter on the hike from Pokhara to and through Mustang and back again.

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"Göttin auf Zeit" by Gerhard Haase-Hindenberg

In Kathmandu Kumaris, incarnations of the Hindu goddess Durga, are revered as living goddesses. They are selected from the Shakya caste at the age of three or four years and are in duty until their first menstruation. This book tells the story of Amita, who was the Kumari of Kathmandu from 1991 to 2001.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Aama in America: A Pilgrimage of the Heart" by Broughton Coburn

The American author worked in a Nepali village and met Aama, an old peasant woman who has hardly left her village in her life. The 84-year-old Aama has to prepare spiritually for her death with a pilgrimage and make this journey together with the author through the US.

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"Kumari: Meine Tochter aus Nepal" by Trees van Rijsewijk

The author travels by bike through India, China, Tibet and Nepal. She experienced the loving warmth and the helpfulness of the women and met in Nepal the orphan Kumari. A deep bond between her and the girl started.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Am Pipalbaum werden wir uns wiedersehen" by Pál Nagyiván

The author tells six encounters of different people, local people and foreigners, who coincide by chance in Nepal. The story about a young boy, who was hired as a porter for a tourist, who wants to climb the Mount Everest has impressed me most.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Himalaya. Menschen und Mythen" compiled by Alice Grünfelder

Alice Grünfelder has compiled stories from twenty authors from the Himalayan countries. They tell about spirituality, everyday life and life in remote mountain regions, political upheavals and religious myths.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Lo Mantang: Königreich am Rande der Einsamkeit" by Bernhard Müller

Lo Mantang, also called Mustang, is north of the Himalayan mountain range with the over 8,000 m high mountains Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. For a long time foreigners are not allowed to travel to this kingdom. A visit is now possible bu tonly on foot or by helicopter. The author returned to Mustang and describes his multiday trekking in the book.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Mustang - Das Land der Lo-pa" by Michael Beck

This is a very detailed guide through the former kingdom of Mustang in the northwestern of Nepal. For those who are not only interested in trekking to Lo Mantang, but also at the monasteries and caves, this book is an absolute must.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Adventures af a Nepali frog" by Kanak Mani Dixit

A very nice and informative children's book. Bhaktes is a frog who turns from tadpole to frog in the rice fields near Kathmandu, and he is curious about what's behind the rice fields. As soon as his tail falls off and he is a real frog, he starts his journey through Nepal: to the Terai, to the Chitwan National Park, to Pokhara, Mustang and Dolpo. He meets other animals and nice people and gets to know his country.

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"A Place Beneath the Pipal Tree" by Greta Rana

The sherpa girl Ang Maya grows up well protected, becomes pregnant by a monk and gets married to a wealthy senior Sherpa man to cover up the shame. The marriage is happy. Her daughter Diksung expects an adventurous life. An interesting family saga with lots of information about Sherpa and Rana life in Nepal in the first half of the 20th century.

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"Rot: Menschen in Kathmandu" by Milda Drüke

The author had the opportunity to spend several weeks in a Nepalese family. She describes the family life and the rituals that characterize everyday life, eloquent, but above all, without any rating. It gives us a glimpse into the Nepalese life, which is usually not possible. Absolutely worth reading.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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Movie recommendations

"Toni Hagen - The Ring of the Buddha"

Swiss Toni Hagen, born in 1917, came to Nepal in 1950 as part of the first Swiss development assistance mission and became in 1952 an employee of the Nepali government. He explored the geological conditions of Nepal and during this work he walked 14,000 km in 9 years through the country. He made this film about his life in 1999. Toni Hagen died in 2003.

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"Himalaya"

The Dolpo-Pa live on a mountain plateau in the Himalayas. They have brought salt for centuries from Tibet with their yaks and exchanged grain for salt south of the Himalayas. The ways over the passes of the Himalayas are dangerous, so the caravans need experienced guides.

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