Annapurna Circuit in Nepal Is a Rich Topic for Writers
Travel writing has long since been a rich genre, whether it be the ‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac, ‘A Walk in the Woods’ by Bill Bryson, or ‘Patagonia Express’ by Bruce Chatwin. In the last several years, I have learned why, as I have written and published four outdoor narratives. Besides the fact that the sales have been surprisingly good, there is another attractive aspect to writing about one’s farflung forays. It allows the author to observe in detail foreign cultures and opine on a variety of topics, as opposed to just a daily recitation of facts.
For these reasons, I enthusiastically undertook writing an adventure narrative on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Speaking of foreign cultures, wow. You couldn’t imagine a place more different than 21st century America, than Nepal. It is one of the poorest countries in the world with an annual average income of $490. The topography of the country is famous–ten of the sixteen highest peaks in the world reside in this thin sliver of geography, surrounded by the two colossi, China and India. Added to this exotic milieu, trekkers from literally all over the world dotted the slopes of this circuit, which reaches 17,768 feet. Of course, that brings in another issue altogether, altitude and acclimatization, which so many of us have read about, but now got to experience. If you aske me, the best single thing about the Annapurna Circuit is that it allows the average person to experience the world’s greatest mountain range, and get to a fairly serious elevation without ever seriously endangering your life (although you never completely know).
This all made it a delightful topic to write about, and I invite you to consider this outdoor adventure narrative, ‘Getting High–The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal’.
Bill Walker is also the author of ‘Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail’, ‘Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail‘, and ‘The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago‘. Walker, who is 7-feet tall, is currently working on a whimsical book on the subject of height.