Always best used as a sightseeing companion or background reading material, the Insight guides are less useful for logistical information or finding accommodation. Focuses on cultural sights, activities and Kathmandu, accompanied by full-page colour photographs. We do recommend, however, that you buy a more specific guidebook for trekking.
As well as the most comprehensive information on trekking, with 27 detailed route maps, this compact yet comprehensive guide also includes a section on Nepal and Kathmandu with maps, accommodation listings and historical and cultural information.
This decent guide covers eastern and western Nepal, Kathmandu, the Everest and Annapurna regions, and Langtang and Helambu. Also includes a section on Himalayan wildlife, 22 contour maps and detailed notes on treks including less visited alternative routes. Less reliable and detailed, however, than the Trailblazer series.
Fully illustrated with colour photographs, this guide is a good sightseer's companion with strong cultural and historical information. Frustratingly, the listings for hotels and restaurants are limited so it may be a good idea to take along a more practical guide for those.
One of the only detailed guides on Seoul, this is good for hotel listings and practical advice with excellent maps. It is not, however, more extensive than the section found in the Lonely Planet's guide to Korea.
A recently-updated, photographic guide from Dorling Kindersley. Wonderful colour photographs, bird's eye graphics and good cultural and historical information make this the perfect sightseer's companion.
A vital guidebook for anyone exploring Japan by train, with excellent advice on how to get the best out of its world-class rail system. Includes useful city guides with hotel and restaurant recommendations too.