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The best books about trekking

Trekking Everest Base Camp with Earth's Edge

If you’re looking for last minute Christmas gifts for an outdoorsy friend, or want some reading inspiration for the festive break, we have you covered. While we may not be able to go off on far-flung adventures right now, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream about it! Here are some of the best books about trekking to get you excited for future adventures.

5 of the best books about trekking

A Walk in the Woods book by Bill Bryson, best books about trekking

A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson

One of the best from the undisputed king of travel writing, this book follows Bryson as he attempts to hike the Appalachian Trail in America. This one may not have been a high octane adventure, but is hilarious all the same. If you’ve ever been anxious about encountering bears, you’ll relate hard to Bryson’s anecdotes.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed, best books about trekking

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

Another one set in the States, this one definitely goes down as one of the best books about trekking. A story of self discovery, this one follows Strayed as she hikes 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Things I learned from falling, best books about trekking

Things I Learned From Falling, by Claire Nelson

While this is ostensibly about hiking, it’s also about (spoiler alert) falling. Nelson slipped and fell off a boulder while hiking alone in the Lost Palms Oasis. There she lay, with a shattered pelvis in the desert, with no phone signal and only one water bottle. This book is an incredible tale of endurance (with more than a few lessons to be learned).

Into thin air, best books about trekking

Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer

While we’re on the topic of disasters, this book is a personal account of the Mount Everest tragedy.

Beyond Possible, best books about trekking

Beyond Possible, by Nimsdai Purja

Get ready to feel lazy – this book tells the story of Purja climbing 14 mountains in 7 months. These mountains all stand at over 8,000m above sea level, and the previous record for climbing them all was 8 years. So to do so in seven months? Extraordinary.

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