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Whole books on the Himalayan region, some written way back in the past when the Himalayas were a trifle shorter!
Culled from open access material are a few COMPLETE books on the Himalayan region. Some of these are seminal works that have contributed significantly to our understanding of the Himalayan region and continue to direct enquiry and development action in the region.
Title: A Naturalist in Himalaya
Author: Richard William George Hingston
Year of Publication: 1920
Publisher: Boston, Small, Maynard
Language: English
Written in non-technical language, this book is a record of observations in natural science collected between the years 1914-1916 in the Himalayan valley of Hazara. The book starts with a general introduction to the valley gradually moving on the varied life forms present there.
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Title: A Sketch of the Geography and Geology of the Himalaya Mountains and Tibet
Author: Sir Sidney Gerald Burrard and Sir Henry Hubert Hayden
Year of Publication: 1907
Publisher: Superintendent government printing, India
Language: English
This reader-friendly book with minimum usage of technical language gives an account of Himalayan geography--the principal mountain ranges and peaks of Asia and the rivers of Himalaya and Tibet. A part of the book also describes the geology of the Himalayas supported with well-illustrated figures and maps.
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Title: Biodiversity Conservation in the Himalayas
Author: B.L. Kaul
Year of Publication: 2009 
Publisher: Vedams eBooks (P) Ltd., New Delhi
Language: English
The book is a compendium of articles written by experts and workers connected with Himalayan studies. The volume covers a wide range of topics having a direct bearing on the health and security of the mot outstanding yet fragile Himalayan ecosystems. The author has tried to analyze the causes of the degradation of the Himalayas and suggested measures to restore and regain the beauty and biodiversity of these mighty mountains.
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Title: Claiming the High Ground: Sherpas, Subsistence, and Environmental Change in The Highest Himalaya
Author: Stanley F. Stevens
Year of Publication: 1996 
Publisher: University of California Press
Language: English
In this book meant for geographers, anthropologists and conservationists, the author brings a new historical perspective to his well-researched study of the subsistent Khumbu Sherpas, famous for their mountaineering exploits and often depicted as victims of the world's highest-altitude tourist boom. He has studied their relationship with their environment and how it has been affected by the increasing tourist influx.
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Title: Climbing on the Himalayas and Other Mountain Ranges
Author: J. Norman Collie
Year of Publication: 1902 
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
Language: English (originally in German, 1938)
The book gives a detailed account of the author’s expedition to Nanga Parbat in 1895 with Mummery and Bruce, where one of his colleagues was lost in an avalanche. It also includes details of his pioneering climbs in the Canadian Rockies and other areas.
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Title: Gift of the Himalayas
Author: Anonymous
Year of Publication: 2007
Publisher: WWF, Nepal
Language: English
The Himalayas are a rich repository of flora with a large number of native plants and high value non-timber forest products. This book is a WWF Nepal's initiative to conserve these high value NTFPs of mountains by providing concise information of prioritized species in mountain program areas of the Sacred Himalayan Landscape.
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Title: Himalaya and Tibet: Mountain Roots to Mountain Tops 
Author: Allison Macfarlane, Rasoul B. Sorkhabi and Jay Quade
Year of Publication: 1999
Publisher: The Geological Society of America
Language: English
This book is a detailed account of the geology of the entire Himalaya—the sediments, structures and landforms. The book also contains some geologic maps of the region.
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