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Getting High: The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal [Kindle Edition]

Bill Walker
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Book Description

What is the best way for the average person to authentically experience the world's greatest mountain range--the Himalayas? Fortunately, there is now a good answer. The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is the most popular footpath in Asia. Its genius lies in its design. Trekkers wind their way around and along some of the world's greatest peaks, ultimately getting near 18,000 feet, without ever having to do any 'technical climbing'. This Circuit is widely considered one of the world's great treks, and mortals from all around the world are coming to Nepal for the unique chance to 'get high'. Bill Walker ('Skywalker') struggled his way through the Annapurna Circuit in 2012. He has written this entertaining tale of his journey in this land of Sherpas, cold, altitude, and rushing water.

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Another highly enjoyable book by Bill Walker (Skywalker). As with all his books, he's always entertaining but also informative. In some parts - such as the section where he's attempting to make it to Thorung La Pass - it reads like an enjoyable suspense novel. I couldn't wait to see if he made it through the pass!  Patty Graham

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The genius of the Annapurna Circuit is that allows an average person to reach a very high elevation without having to do any technical climbing. You cannot completely eliminate all risk at such altitude (17,768 feet), but mortal danger is not an especially prominent feature of this great trek. At various points, the trekker is within clear sight of some of the world's most prominent peaks. For all of these reasons, the Circuit is the most popular footpath in Asia, drawing trekkers from all over the world.

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  • File Size: 944 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482598507
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CGMZ1O0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully expressed narration September 18, 2013
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Getting High: The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal by Bill Walker is, in my opinion, his best book to date. Mr. Walker's style makes it easy to read; I felt as if I were sitting in conversation with him about his Annapurna adventure. This is not a travel guide; it is a wonderfully expressed narration about Bill Walker's experiences, how he felt while trekking in Nepal, why he made the decision he did, and the resulting consequences. It is a wonderfully story and I recommend this book.

The only things that would have made this book better are color photos for the Kindle reader and a copy editor.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of Strange September 16, 2013
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I bought this book because I am considering an Annapurna trek. I learned a little from it but not much was new because I had done a Nepal trek 3 years ago so I have a pretty good idea of what it entails. This book was mostly about all the problems he created for himself by doing so much against good advice and then his altitude sickness problems which really is a different subject not specific to Annapurna trek. It was as if he created problems so he could write a book about it. Somewhat interesting, not dull, but a forgettable book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed more of a chore than anything else March 25, 2014
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Let me begin by saying I like his books. I've read three others and wholly enjoyed them. This one left me a bit flat. It read like it was written more as a publishers commitment than sharing a journey. Walkers other books brought me along on the trip. This one was lacking the detail and feel of the others and left me wanting more in terms of what the experience was really like.

It's not a bad book, it just wasn't what I hoped it would be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book! November 12, 2013
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Because the book was awesome and I like the way Skywalker writes. Keep doing cool hikes and writing about them, Skywalker!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Reading September 30, 2013
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I love Bill's books. He combines his experiences in outdoor trecking with bits of history on whichever place he is trecking. I just finished his last book and I am hoping he is writing another. I read all of his books so far and hope for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When is the next hike? August 23, 2013
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Thank you so much for sharing your travels, Bill. I am a fan for sure. My 4th Skywalker book. Hoping your next hike and book are in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Read From Skywalker August 11, 2013
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I own every book Bill has written, and that is because he knows how to pull out the best from his extensive trips and distill it into a narrative that keeps you up at night turning the pages to find out what happens next.

I now have another item on my Bucket List, thanks to Bill!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bill moans about everything, in book form. June 25, 2014
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Bill arrives in Nepal. Bill pays what seems to be the going rate for a porter. Bill thinks he's been ripped off. Bill then complains about his porter, the food, the transport, the cold, the weather, other trekkers, and the altitude. Bill pauses occasionally to creep female trekkers out. Meanwhile the poor reader learns very little about the trek, and more about Bill's various insecurities. I'm a voracious reader of hiking and mountaineering books, but this one I gave up on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Read this if you like listening to someone complain
As mentioned by other reviewers, the author spends most of the book complaining about his porter and altitude sickness/headaches. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Tigerlily
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice job!
I've read all of Bill's books, and as always, this was an enjoyable read. While not a "how to" guide, the book relays in a conversational tone the trials and joys of hiking... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jimreader
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book Among Bill's Many !
I have read all of Bill Walker's books. They are all great and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Thank you Bill ! I cannot wait for the next one.
Published 1 month ago by David B. Gillespie
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Hire a Porter!
Maybe a three-and-a-half star rating would be better, but it's not available. Overall, this isn't a bad book and I'm glad I read it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Engaging and candidly refreshing - an easy and pleasant read. A must for anyone considering the Annapurna Circuit.
Published 2 months ago by Liisa White
5.0 out of 5 stars Feels like i trekked the Circuit with Bill
I was invited to join a trek to Everest basecamp in Nepal so I read Bill's narrative to find out about trekking in the Himalayas. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrea
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay if you don't mind reading about the author getting ripped off...
I read The Best Way and Skywalker before this one. This one was my least favorite, probably because of some of the negatives of his experience dealing with the Nepalese, such as... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Melia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book That Shares Great Adventure Most Will Never Experiece.
Bill Walker writes better with each book he creates. I will never trek across Nepal, but Bill has graciously invited all of us along for the trip of a lifetime. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lensviewphoto
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really great read!!!!
Published 5 months ago by Kevin R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed
Started this book when finishing a volunteer project in Kathmandu and finished it when having a bit of a rest in Gorepani before heading to Poon Hill for sunrise tomorrow. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Barbara Fox
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More About the Author

Bill Walker attended the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Accounting. He spent the two most boring years of his life as a tax accountant at Arthur Andersen in Atlanta.

Walker then became a commodities broker for the next fourteen years, first at the Chicago Board of Trade, then at the London International Financial Futures Exchange. That was anything but boring. But in 2001, the entire business was computerized. It was again time to sharply change course.

Walker became a VISTA volunteer and was the welfare-reform coordinator for the South Texas region. He then moved to Latin America where he taught English as a Second Language in five different countries.

In 2005, he thru-hiked the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail. Upon completion, he wrote Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail. This book has sold steadily on In 2009, Walker hiked the 2,663 mile Pacific Crest Trail. He recently published a narrative of that journey called, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, which is the number one selling book on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Walker, who is 6'11", is currently working on a book on the subject of height. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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