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Early trekking map of central Nepal, focused on the vicinity of Kathmandu and extending to the Tibetan border.

The map shows the region in extremely fine detail, with contours, rivers, roads, towns, and more shown. This map was produced locally, in Kathmandu, for the trekkers that started to arrive in the region to explore its natural beauty in the late 20th century. 

This map includes an inset in the lower left that shows a specific trek that can be down near Helambu, which remains one of the most popular treks in the country.


This map was used by the botanist Oleg Polunin on his travels to the region. Educated at Magdalen, Oxford, and having taught at Charterhouse, he wrote several important texts for students of botany. His early work focused on European flowers, but later he started studying wild flowers in the Himalaya. He was awarded the Linnean Society's H. H. Bloomer Award in 1983, shortly after the publication of this map. He died in 1985.

Condition Description
Cyanotype map. Strong fold toning otherwise VG. Stamp reading "Oleg Polunin 2 Lockwood Court Knoll Rd. Godalming."