Mountaineers have been climbing in the Himalayas for years, and without the assistance of the guides and porters–men from many ethnicities in the region including Pakistanis, Bhote and most famously, the Sherpas–climbers would be unable to carry the equipment and items necessary to summit the tallest peaks in the world. The term sherpa has now come to identify any person who acts as a guide for the groups hoping to “bag a summit” such as Everest or K2, and many sherpas have climbed Everest many times as part of western expeditions–fixing rope on routes, carrying oxygen and guiding climbers in trouble. Buried in the Sky tells the story of a disastrous day in 2008 on K2 when 11 climbers perished on the mountain, several of whom were sherpas who, after making it back to base camp exhausted and freezing after a long day of climbing, returned to the slopes to attempt to rescue others in the climbing party. The book details the history of the attempts to conquer K2 as well as the history and culture of the indigenous people of the region. The authors chronicle the series of events of that day in 2008 that resulted in the highest death toll ever on the mountain, detailing the ambition and choices that resulted in life or death. Portraits of the sherpa guides provide an insight into their culture, beliefs and courage, despite their knowledge and experience being discounted by many of the climbers in the group. Research is thorough and writing is clear and factual while remaining exciting and suspenseful–this is an enthralling book for anyone interested in extreme sports or mountaineering. If you enjoyed Into Thin Air, you will find this book equally fascinating.