Annapurna - Maurice Herzog, Nea Morin & Janet Adam Smith


By Maurice Herzog, Nea Morin & Janet Adam Smith

  • Release Date: 2011-07-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 65 Ratings


One of Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 Sports Books of All Time: A gripping firsthand account of one of the most daring climbing expeditions in history.

Annapurna I is the name given to the 8,100-meter mountain that ranks among the most forbidding in the Himalayan chain. Dangerous not just for its extreme height but for a long and treacherous approach, its summit proved unreachable until 1950, when a group of French mountaineers made a mad dash for its peak. They became the first men to accomplish the feat, doing so without oxygen tanks or any of the modern equipment that contemporary climbers use. The adventure nearly cost them their lives.

Maurice Herzog dictated this firsthand account of the remarkable trek from a hospital bed as he recovered from injuries sustained during the climb. An instant bestseller, it remains one of the most famous mountaineering books of all time, and an enduring testament to the power of the human spirit.



  • Great Book

    By AxGrV
    This is a great book. I highly recommend it. Unfortunately the iBook version does not contain any of the pictures, drawings and maps that the original has, which helps a lot in getting a clear picture and situational awareness of the accounts.
  • Awesome

    By GE Joe
    I was awed by this book. Highly recommended. One of the best adventure books ever written. Unbelievably, Herzog is still alive.
  • Annapurna

    By Jwlib
    Great mountaineering account, enjoyed it, especially given the era in which this expedition was mounted. Good read!