Book Review: Walking The Himalayas by Levison Wood

Walking The Himalayas
by Levison Wood

Publication date: 5th January 2015
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 291


Summary:

Following in the footsteps of the great explorers, WALKING THE HIMALAYAS is Levison Wood’s enthralling account of crossing the Himalayas on foot. His journey of discovery along the path of the ancient trade route of the Silk Road to the forgotten kingdom of Bhutan led him beyond the safety of the tourist trail. There lies the real world of the Himalayas, where ex-paratrooper Levison Wood encountered natural disasters, extremists, nomadic goat herders, shamans (and the Dalai Lama) in is 1,700-mile trek across the roof of the world.

WALKING THE HIMALAYAS is a tale of courage, stamina and the kindness of strangers that will appeal to the adventurer in us all.

Source: Goodreads


Thoughts:

This is not a book I would instantly pick up for a day at the pool. Worlds apart, Levison Wood walked through The Himalayas while I drank tequila sunrises on a sunlounger. But I enjoyed reading about his journey, the adventures he had and the people he met along the way.

Walking 1,700 miles from Afghanistan to Bhutan, Wood details everything he comes across, including historical, cultural and political information about the places he passes through. As someone with little travel behind them, I was fascinated to learn about these places, however gritty. These are not places people tend to go on holiday to, not those we see much about on TV and certainly not ones that we are taught about in school so the vast majority of the facts I read were new to me. Beyond the cities, Wood and his varying companions went to small villages and towns that I’m sure I will never reach myself so a small insight into these was eye opening and kept the pages turning.

The trip is well written, gripping in parts and extremely honest. Wood’s anecdotes were surprising and unexpected; from finding tiger footprints in the jungle to a being involved in a devastating car crash in the dark of night. The pictures helped visualise each scenario but a few more scattered about would have been appreciated too.

Overall rating: A quick informative read of a man’s adventure through The Himalayas. Honest, interesting and raw, author Levison Wood gives a detailed account of the places he sees and the people he meets which leads me to score “Walking The Himalayas” a good 4 stars.


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