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Himalayan odyssey : the perilous trek to western Nepal
Antin, Parker.
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New York, N.Y. : D.I. Fine, [1990]

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xii, 291 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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DS493.53 .A55 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A travel adventure about one man's confrontation with nature and an alien culture in the remote mountains of Nepal. Includes color and b&w photographs. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In early April 1984, Antin and his party--a Nepalese guide and two porters--reached a 20,200-foot pass in the Himalaya. There was no trail and they were running short of food in the most inaccessible area of Western Nepal. Antin, a research biologist at UC-San Francisco, had started out with a friend who returned to Kathmandu after two weeks, leaving him to pursue his dream of trekking up and down mountains and immersing himself in exotic cultures. Antin met danger and adventure in plenty: Tibetan thieves, inhospitable villagers, perilous river crossings, rock slides. But he also found remarkable beauty in the stark landscape and a spiritual awakening. There was a bittersweet love affair as well. With freelance travel writer Weiss, Antin presents an engrossing tale of an odyssey on the thin edge of survival. Photos. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In 1984, Antin set off with a guide and two porters to traverse the forbidden territory of Dolpo in western Nepal, an area made famous by Peter Matthiessen's best seller The Snow Leopard ( LJ 7/78) . Like Matthiessen, Antin's journey through dangerous physical terrain, beset by bandits, disease, unwelcoming authorities, lack of food, and the threat of death, gradually becomes a spiritual odyssey. He learns the humbling truth of the statement, ``There are no conquerors--only survivors.'' This well written and gripping adventure story about a still-mysterious, starkly beautiful part of the world will be most welcome in public libraries. Color photographs by the author vividly enhance the text.-- Kathleen Hirooka, Stanford Univ. Libs., Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-- In 1984, two Americans set out to trek through western Nepal. One was injured in the early part of the route and returned to Kathmandu, while Antin went on with only a translator guide and three porters. Since their clearances were not in order, they skirted large towns and sometimes walked at night. They encountered friendly and hostile natives, blizzards, patrols, and at one point, they nearly lost their lives. Through all this, Antin kept his journal, which provides readers with remarkable insights into his feelings and emotions. His enlightenment and spiritual renewal were a surprise to him, but he emerged with an appreciation of a world stripped of its pretenses, where man must co-exist with nature. The plentiful photographs, both black-and-white and color, give glimpses of the terrain and the people. Antin's lively writing style keeps readers turning the pages.-- Dorothy Addison, Woodlawn School, Fairfax County, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.