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"We're going to spend a few weeks exploring some remote parts of Nepal," said Mark Horrell's friend Tina when he met her at a restaurant in Kathmandu. "Why don't you join us?"

He'd just finished his job the previous week and didn't have anything better to do with his time, so when she invited him to join her and partner Siling as they went on a reconnaissance to obscure parts of Nepal gathering data for their trekking company, he didn't need very long to think about it.

When he returned to Kathmandu after a month in Tibet, they set out for the west of Nepal to look for wildlife in Bardia National Park, and a slightly bizarre set of escapades involving the Nepalese Army, a tame rhino, and a surreal rafting trip ensued, all the while carrying out a desperate crusade to see a tiger.

After returning to Kathmandu via Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, he set off trekking with Siling and his friend Maila in the Langtang and Helambu regions north of Kathmandu. The Nepali mountain boys set off at a brisk pace, determined to test Mark's fitness after his expedition to Everest. But could he keep up with them?

Tigers and Tamangs is Mark Horrell's travel diary from the reconnaissance and would be of interest to any fan of adventure travel, trekking and safari. It also features many of his photographs from the trip.

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