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by Andrew Stevenson

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Author: Andrew Stevenson
ISBN: 0094769206
ISBN13: 978-0094769205
Language: English
Publisher: Constable Robinson; 1st edition (February 24, 1997)
Pages: 288
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as Andrew Stevenson in Annapurna Circuit.

A richly rewarding read on every level, Annapurna Circuit is a modern travel classic in the tradition of Peter Matthiesson's Snow Leopard and Andrew Harvey's Journey to Ladakh.

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ISBN13:9780094789807. Release Date:July 1998.

Stevenson, a Canadian, now living in Bermuda, is in love with the land and the people of Nepal, a love and honor depicted in. .If you've done the Annapurna Circuit, it's a poignant reminder of everything you experienced

Stevenson, a Canadian, now living in Bermuda, is in love with the land and the people of Nepal, a love and honor depicted in every word and photographic detail. The Nepalese - some 20 million of them - who live on dizzifying elevations, as well as dizzifying political conditions - survive in squalor, yet spiritual splendor. If you've done the Annapurna Circuit, it's a poignant reminder of everything you experienced. If you haven't done it, it'll entice you to go. Beautifully laid out, with plenty of explantory text it's a must for anyone planning on visiting Nepal.

Annapurna Circuit – Himalayan Journey (1998) -Andrew Stevenson. Annapurna – Maurice Herzog, 1950 first ascent, climbing classic. True Summit: What Really Happened on the Legendary Ascent of Annapurna (2002) – David Roberts, 2002. A trek for a group of two or more can start from any requisite date. Nepal TrekkingTravel (lplanettrek) says

Annapurna Circuit: Himalayan Journey. But like every travel book of real quality, this is also the result of a spiritual journey.

Annapurna Circuit: Himalayan Journey. A richly rewarding read on every level, Annapurna Circuit is a modern travel classic in the tradition of Peter Matthiesson's Snow Leopard and Andrew Harvey's Journey to Ladakh. More books by Andrew Stevenson. Beyond the Black Stump: Travels around Australia. Summer Light: A Walk cross Norway. The Envelope: Walking up to Everest Base Camp.

Himalaya Journey, Lalitpur, Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit trek takes you along numerous breathtaking landscapes at various altitudes and its ancient villages. Come for an experience that'll take you almost three weeks.

Many disenchanted Westerners have gone to the Himalayas in search of renewal, but few have written about the experience as personally as Andrew Stevenson.
Comments to eBook Annapurna Circuit: Himalayan Journey
ndup
This started off a bit shaky for me; I was uncomfortable with the author's use of present tense and some of the dialogue was really stilted at first. But either the writing improved or I got over it - not sure which. Because the thing is, Stevenson took me there on his 2.5 month trek through the Annapurnas of the 1990s. When he was struck by acute mountain sickness at Manang, I was feeling bilious with him, and when he was singing Edith Piaf at the top of his lungs in the rhododendron forest outside Ghorepani, I was there too. He made it possible for me to imagine something I haven't experienced.

"We follow behind a grey-haired porter who plods methodically up the trail, carrying a stack of five wooden crates full of Coca Cola on his back. Each crate holds twenty-four full bottles. Dominating his tiny, fragile-looking ankles and knobbly knees, his calf muscles swell like inflated balloons, pulsating veins criss-crossing the bulging calves with each step ascended."

Although this book recounted a return-visit to the region for Stevenson, he was still respectfully awestruck by the natural beauty surrounding him. "The immensity of the mountains is humbling. There are no man-made machines or structures to give a sense of self-importance. We are merely ants, crawling on the surface and wrinkles and folds of this earth, itself only a tiny fragment of the universe."

It's not just the natural environment, but also the characters Stevenson meets along the way, that make his journey so special. Here is one of my favourite scenes ('Easy' is the name of a fellow-trekker):

"He motions to ask Easy if he can look through the binoculars. Easy hands them to him and the old man peers through the lens, then lurches violently backwards as he recoils at the apparent nearness of the mountains.

Without removing the binoculars from his eyes, he corrects his stance and leans forward, balancing himself just before he falls on his face, then lurches just as far backwards, totally out of equilibrium. He pulls the glasses from his eyes to regain his sense of balance, laughs self-consciously, single stained tooth protruding, and sits down cross-legged, before looking through the binoculars again in relative safety, lurching backwards and forwards with less alarming effect.

Shay watches in amusement then concludes, ‘This is one of those moments in life that you remember years later, and would give anything to be able to relive.’"

But it's not all rosy. Stevenson is always quick to remind us that this is one of the poorest countries in the world, and that "just outside the photogenic trekking corridors, poverty lurks. The scenic appeal of simple lives in picturesque villages is contradicted by the appalling poverty lying beneath the surface, and just out of sight."

As for Stevenson himself - well, he's a bit of a mystery. He tells us he's there to 'take a break'. He's clearly wrestling with a problem throughout the entire trek and he frequently makes the same wish, without telling us what it is. As he relaxes into his day-to-day existence on the trail, his mood lightens and I guess this explains why I began to warm to him.

"There are many everyday sunshines of my life. They make me happy and I find I am smiling a lot, as I walk, or even at night as I drift off to sleep. The physical act of smiling, not only changes my countenance, but the way I feel inside."

The author biography at the end of the book indicates that he is married to a different woman, so presumably that was a big part of it.

Recommended for armchair travellers, young and old. I can imagine re-reading this one day.
Brightfury
I enjoyed this book, it gives you an insite into what Nepal used to be like -
Priotian
Loved this book for its descriptions of Nepal, the Annapurna circuit and the trekkers it was a primer on how to be a good trekker and visitor.
Taur
This is definitly THE BEST contemporary adventure travel book I have read to date. Outside of the more "classic" authors (i.e. Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, and even Matthiessen) most of the stuff put to print in the last 20 years is drek. But not this book. First, it is not pretentious and annoying like so many others. Stevenson is not condencing nor a know it all. He writes from the heart with great observations, humour and intellect. Let me tell you a little story. I was on the Annapurna circuit Feb. 1999, and saw his book at the bhaati he visited in Kagbeni. Inspite of my "bad" experiences reading recent advernture travel books I mustered the perseverence to set aside my Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness (specifically chosen as my literature accompaniment for this journey) and began reading. After spending a good hour with the book I made up my mind to pick up a copy when I return to Pokhara. Now at home, in Tel Aviv, I just finished the book: it helped me relive many of the same experiences, observatiosn and questions about life the author so pointedly brings to light. Highly recommended -:)
Malalrajas
This delightful travelogue explores a popular trekking route in Eastern Nepal that has rarely been written about. Stevenson relates a journey that is rich with colourful characters, and is seeped in exquisite descriptions of the countryside through which he travels. The book is personally written, as if reading a diary, and it is this intimacy which allows the author's personality to permeate the stories, drawing the reader in alongside him. Thus, the reader accompanies Stevenson, whilst encountering a lively engagement with both internal and external landscapes. "Annapurna Circuit: Himalayan Journey" is an extraordinary achievement, unique in its combination of geographical location and literary style. In particular, his incisive examination of the effects of tourism on the Himalayas makes this account a valuable record of a beautiful and archaic land that may soon be altered irrevocably by the insidious and pervasive influence of western capitalism.
CrazyDemon
Andrew Stevenson must have many happy memories of his Himalayan journeys, despite the tendency towards altitude sickness, which he overcame, and the hard strive to reach Thorong La, and leave the most difficult climbing behind. His memories will also be of his encounters with other trekkers and of the usually charming and friendly Nepalese people, especially the 12 year old Dipak who spent some days excitedly 'guiding' him. I am sure he would have found peace and much comfort in the environment of the Himalayas.
I followed the maps with intent as the journey progressed and eventually closed a book I have so enjoyed. I am delighted and proud to possess an attractive hard bound edition of Annapurne Circuit: Himalayan Journey. I am also pleased to see it is now available as a paperback - a wonderful gift, especially with Christmas and the new Millennium on the not too distant horizon.
Marr
Annapurna Circuit - Himalayan Journey is a book you remember. Andrew Stevenson takes you on a journey to the impressive Himals where you get to know the strong and beautiful people of the region and some entertaining companion travellers. The book is easy to read, but still full of depth. It is as much a journey within yourself and your spiritual/ religious side. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone on their way to Annapurna, and to all those just dreaming they where.
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