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Stephen Alter was raised by American missionary parents in the hill station of Mussoorie, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he and his wife Ameeta, now live. Their idyllic existence was brutally interrupted when four armed intruders invaded their house and viciously attacked them, leaving them for dead. The violent assault and the trauma of almost dying left him questioning assumptions he had lived by since childhood. For the first time, he encountered the face of evil and the terror of the unknown. He felt like a foreigner in the land of his birth.

This audiobook is his account of a series of treks he took in the high Himalayas following his convalescence - to Bandar Punch (the monkey's tail), Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India, and Mt. Kailash in Tibet. He set himself this goal to prove that he had healed mentally as well as physically and to re-knit his connection to his homeland. Undertaken out of sorrow, the treks become a moving soul journey, a way to rediscover mountains in his inner landscape.

Weaving together observations of the natural world, Himalayan history, folklore, and mythology, as well as encounters with other pilgrims along the way, Stephen Alter has given us a moving meditation on the solace of high places, and on the hidden meanings and enduring mystery of mountains.

©2014 Stephen Alter; First North American Edition 2015 (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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Absolutely loved this book, from start to finish it was gripping, informative and moving. Author displays the relationship between man and mountain not only from his own spiritual stand point, but also touches on the way in which the Himalaya has influenced and conjugated other spiritual pathways. Explaining the likes of Bön shamanism, Buddhism and Hinduism with a perfect equilibrium of respect, skepticism and wonder. The perfect book for anyone interested in mountains, trekking, philosophy and of course, the tantalising reading any book of the Himalaya will provide!

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  • 07-05-21

Great Visual Account

The book is not an adrenaline packed sit on the edge of your chair thriller. It is a beautifully written and excellently narrated. It is an account of nature including some history of climbers and travelers in the Himalayan Mountains.