This is really a great narrative. Essentially, this is the story of author Tristan Higbee's treks through the Himalayan highlands with his various travelling companions. If you are a would be, wannabe, or already has been trekker, this is a must read. The writing is crisp, clear, and descriptive and I'm not exaggerating when I say that as I read the book it essentially felt like I was participating in the treks in my head the entire time. You can see the faces, taste the food, and sometimes feel the exhaustion. That in and of itself makes the book worth reading, and you feel a real sense of accomplishment with the author at the end, the same way you do at the end of a long hike. Besides the way the book carries you through the foothills of the Himalayas, though, it's full of practical advice, Dharma Bum-esque tidbits of wisdom, and the kind of humor that carries you through a long and difficult journey. There's also a very helpful appendix at the end listing prices and travel times for the treks for those who are interested in doing something similar.
In conclusion, I'll say this: if reading this book doesn't make you want to pack your bags right now and buy a plane ticket to Nepal, I'll eat my hat. And isn't that what a great adventure narrative is supposed to do?
I started reading this around 10:00 PM and ended up reading the whole book in one sitting. I will never trek in Nepal ( too old..bad back...bad knees) but with this book I get to understand some idea of how such a trip might be. The commentary and pictures are first rate and highly recommended!
This book takes you on a journey with the author. It is hard not to share his emotions as he goes through his literal and physical ups and downs. There are times I found myself envious I wasn't actually in Nepal, and other times I was so very grateful to be in my own home with attached bathrooms. But the adventure is more then worth the read.
My first ever review on a book and oh how I love reading your books. So interesting and encapturung. It is a life long dream to visit the places you have been and also Bhutan. I am now off to read your third book Annapurna Pilgrim.