The Nepali Flat, by Gordon Alexander
286 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 12 reviews
Join Gordon Alexander in Nepal as he drags his ‘heavy ass’ over the Himalayas in this hilarious, adventure-soaked account of the Three Passes Trek, culminating in a visit to Everest Base Camp.
Together with guide Subash and porter Nima, Gordon tackles high passes in excess of 5400 metres (17700ft) and explains how high altitude affects a mildly-overweight road builder from sea level in the tropics. Each part of the journey brings new challenges including sub-freezing temperatures, almost falling into a crevasse, and alarmingly warm beer. Along the way he discovers the local Kukri Rum, traverses glaciers, interacts with eccentric and curious characters, and takes in the most beautiful views on the planet (pictures included).
10% of the profits from this book go to the continued rebuilding effort in Nepal, following the devastating earthquake in April, 2015. More information on www.gordonalexander.org.
Meet the Author
Born in the mid-1980s in Australia’s Top End, Gordon was plucked from his home at the age of 12 by his chicken-farming father and began moving around the world, from England to Saudi Arabia, Scotland, back to England, Jordan, Bahrain, before heading home to Australia at the age of 24 to reclaim his Aussie identity. He spent four years at boarding school in Scotland, partook in a brief yet unspectacular stint at the University of London, studying Arabic, before transferring to the University of Jordan to continue learning the language. Six months later he gained his first professional writing experience working as a sports journalist for Bahrain Tribune, a daily broadsheet newspaper in the Gulf. Gordon has travelled to nearly 30 countries in his lifetime, and will not rest until he has ticked every single one of them off his list. On his return to Australia, he attempted to hitchhike from Brisbane to Darwin, merely to see if it was possible, but hit Townsville where they didn’t like the look of his beard. He slept for three nights in the same spot, cosily nestled between a railway track and a main highway, being awoken intermittently by road trains and train trains. On the fourth day a man picked him up and offered him a job scooping dead barramundi out of a man-made dam. They had perished after heavy fog had suffocated all the fish on the farm. For days he toiled until the last, rotting fish had been removed. So impressed was the farmer with Gordon’s fish removing skills, that he offered him a job as a house relocator, picking houses up and moving them to different parts of the country. He accepted and spent the next year travelling Queensland extensively, rolling around under houses with spiders, snakes and toads. When the boss wouldn’t let him eat lunch one day, working in the aptly named Gordonvale, he cracked the shits and moved home to Darwin, literally found work in about 4 hours, and has been in the same job ever since, being paid to build roads and travel the Northern Territory from end to end. Gordon’s love of writing has never ceased following his exposure to it almost a decade ago, and has written of his adventures in remote areas of Australia, providing honest insight into some deeply troubled Aboriginal communities. In March 2014 he travelled to Nepal and was determined to write a travel book concerning the ‘Three Passes Trek’, which he eventually completed in February 2016. The book is called The Nepali Flat and it’s pretty good.