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One of the last written accounts of the lower Annapurna Circuit before it was changed forever by road development. In 2007 Dan Thompson, an Iraq War veteran turned magazine editor, accepted an unexpected invitation from a family friend to visit Nepal. The opportunity to realize a boyhood dream first inspired on the pages of National Geographic Magazine becomes reality when he and his wife Nora arrive in Kathmandu comically over-prepared. Despite his military and travel experience, the out-of-shape traveler finds himself disoriented and dependent on the kindness of complete strangers, including two young men who guide him along the famous Annapurna Circuit. Together, they explore holy temples high in the Himalayas, compete with donkey trains for precious space along the world's deepest ravine, and save a woman from the brink of death. Along the way, they meet emaciated medicine men, colorful grandmas on pilgrimage, and an unfortunate series of frostbitten and aloof western tourists like refugees among the peaks.
From laugh-out-loud misadventures with a parasite, to insightful discussions about Nepal's future, Thompson weaves themes of globalization, religion, development aid, and friendship into what is part adventure story, and part coming to terms with post-Iraq War life. In the end, he finds the answers to questions he has been searching for all along while following the beckoning whispers of his heart. Includes over 20 photos, recipes of traditional foods mentioned in the book, maps, and more.
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