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Summary

Winner of the Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book of the Year 2016.

From the best-selling author of Walking the Nile, explorer Levison Wood begins his next challenging adventure - walking the length of the Himalayas.

Levison Wood's most challenging expedition yet begins along the Silk Road route of Afghanistan and travels through five countries. Following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Levison walks the entire length of the Himalayas in an adventure of survival and endurance.

A personal story of discovery, Levison forges strong bonds with local guides, porters, mountain men, soldiers, farmers, smugglers and shepherds. By travelling on foot, and following the same footpaths that locals use, he uncovers stories that might otherwise remain hidden. Along the way he also reveals the history of the Himalayas and two millennia of exploration, and examines a continent in crisis in the 21st century.

Packed with action and emotion, more than anything Walking the Himalayas is a story of personal adventure and striving beyond the limits of convention.

©2016 Levison Wood (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Critic reviews

"Bestselling author of Walking the Nile Levison Wood is "bewildered" by being called a sex symbol, as a death-defying trek through the Himalayas is set to have fans' pulses racing." ( Daily Mail)
"Britain's best-loved adventurer... he looks like a man who will stare danger in the face and soak up a lot of pain without complaint." ( The Times)

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Grrrreattt audio book

Got this book the hear about the Himalayas but got so much more. The story was fascinating and the author was a superb reader making my daily commute to work and back very enjoyable. Loved it!

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Even better than the TV series!

A funny, compelling and beautifully descriptive story of an awe inspiring expedition! Informative and inspirational.

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Crap

50 years ago this book would have had a captive audience. Self indulgent Indiana Jones wannabe....we’ve all travelled before so this just doesn’t keep your interest....like a backpacker on return home having a slideshow evening for his friends. Wasted purchase.

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brilliant

Whether you have been to the Himalaya or not, this will certainly make you want to head there. It brought back many memories for me and has me excited to venture wider and further into its raw beauty.

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Lev has a great spirit

Listened to the whole thing in less than two days!

I would recommend watching the TV show before this..

The urgency in the narration needs to be more select, the mundane parts of the journey feel a bit too epic and in turn takes away from the epic events!

Defo worth it. I've bought the book, also.

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Great story

Great story and very well performed. Inspires wanderlust and adventureous spirits. Wood has a great writing style

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Walking the Nile was really enjoyable. It was clearer long in the planning, and the book was well written and interesting. This was just contrived to set up another book, but the writing was also much much poorer and amateurish. It feels rushed and badly edited.

The narration also didn't help. I generally enjoy authors reading their own books as they have an extra spark, but this was not good. Everything is exciting and stressed, it's exhausting.

Really sad after enjoying Levison's first book, but this is no where near.

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Exceptional!

I highly recommend it! Great storytelling, fantastic narration and an amazing journey! I will DEFINITELY listen to the author's other books as well 😊

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brilliant

I loved every second of it. I felt like I was on the journey myself

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Fantastic story

Great story, full of a nice anecdotes and very well written. Really enjoyed this book and motivated myself to travel this part of the world.

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  • 08-03-20

Pure Adventure

Very exciting trip. Never stop walking. On to Arabia for the next tale. Then who knows

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  • 29-02-20

Great Adventure Read

I really enjoyed looking up the cities along his journey to enhance the visual experience.

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  • 26-07-19

Inspiring book

Levison has a grasp of language quite like no one else I have ever listened to or read. Dry English wit, a great story and a lovely pace and flow to the whole thing. Wonderfully written and the fact that Levison Wood narrated it himself made it that much better.

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  • 05-09-21

Walking in the foothills just below the Himalayas

With 8 years in the Indian and Nepali Himalayas spread out over 26 years myself I found this story interesting. I had spent those years at higher altitude than the author so I was interested to hear about the ground he covered. The author is a great story teller but very British. If you enjoy a well crafted tale of an interesting adventure you will find it here.

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  • 27-08-20

What a journey !

Wood’s wit, heart, and enthusiasm make for a treat for trekkers, mountain lovers, and anyone for whom much time has passed since their last foray into the Himalaya

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  • alan hosch
  • 28-02-20

Fascinating.

Excellent performance; it's a fascinating study of cultures and of the universality of man. I didn't want it to end.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-10-19

Loved it!

Had it's funny and heart stopping moments, and everything in between. Makes you fall in love with the Himalayas even more.