Beneath Blossom Rain: Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World

Beneath Blossom Rain: Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World

by Kevin Grange
     
 

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In a remote kingdom hidden in the Himalayas, there is a trail said to be the toughest trek in the world—twenty-four days, 216 miles, eleven mountain passes, and enough ghost stories to scare an exorcist.
 
In 2007 Kevin Grange decided to acquaint himself with the country of Bhutan by taking on this infamous trail, the Snowman Trek. He was

Overview


In a remote kingdom hidden in the Himalayas, there is a trail said to be the toughest trek in the world—twenty-four days, 216 miles, eleven mountain passes, and enough ghost stories to scare an exorcist.
 
In 2007 Kevin Grange decided to acquaint himself with the country of Bhutan by taking on this infamous trail, the Snowman Trek. He was thirty-three, at a turning point in life, and figured the best way to go at a crossroad was up. Against a backdrop of Buddhist monasteries and soaring mountains, Grange ventured beyond the mapped world to visit time-lost villages and sacred valleys. In the process, recounted here with a blend of laugh-out-loud humor, heartfelt insight, and acute observation, he tested the limits of physical endurance, met a fascinating assortment of characters, and discovered truths about faith, hope, and the shrouded secret of blossom rain.

 
Beneath Blossom Rain, Grange’s account of his journey, packs an adventure story, a romantic twist, and a celebration of group travel into a single entertaining book. The result is the ultimate journey for any traveler, armchair or otherwise. Along with high adventure, it delivers an engaging look at Bhutan—a country that governs by a policy of Gross National Happiness and that many regard as the last Shangri-La.

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Editorial Reviews

Mike Leonard

“A powerfully descriptive account of what it takes to survive the world’s toughest hike. With each page and each step, Kevin Grange had me clinging to his backpack on this epic search for adventure and meaning.”—Mike Leonard, author of The Ride of Our Lives and NBC Today Show correspondent

Tony D'Souza

“Following Grange through the high Himalayas is a pleasure page by page. Beneath Blossom Rain has left me longing to stand at the top of the world.”—Tony D’Souza, travel writer and author of Whiteman

Randy Sue Coburn

“Kevin Grange’s dramatic journey across Bhutan’s treacherous, mystical landscape is an enthralling adventure in the art of living questions rather than seeking answers.”—Randy Sue Coburn, author of A Better View of Paradise

Wall Street Journal

“Entertaining. . . . [Grange] writes well of the beauty he encounters.”—Michael J. Ybarra, Wall Street Journal

— Michael J. Ybarra

Blogcritics.org

"Beneath Blossom Rain succeeds in merging travelogue with personal contemplation, allowing the armchair traveler to share both the physical and personal journey and taking them beyond a geographic place to a more philosophical one."—Tim Gebhart, blogcritics.org

— Tim Gebhart

Everett Potter's Travel Report

"For an immersion in many things Bhutanese, this is the book for you, part of the University of Nebraska Press's excellent Outdoor Lives Series."—Richard West, Everett Potter's Travel Report

— Richard West

Rain Taxi

"The lure of legends and the allure of mountains have possessed the human race for eons. Kevin Grange's remarkable debut, Beneath Blossom Rain: Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World, merges the myth of the Yeti and the tangible Himalayan mountains into a tension-filled journey through Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon."—Barb Teed, Rain Taxi

— Barb Teed

Monsters and Critics

"Beneath Blossom Rain, Grange's account of his journey, packs an adventure story, a romantic twist, and a celebration of group travel into a single entertaining book. The result is the ultimate journey for any traveler, armchair or otherwise."—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics

— Sandy Amazeen

Wall Street Journal - Michael J. Ybarra

“Entertaining. . . . [Grange] writes well of the beauty he encounters.”—Michael J. Ybarra, Wall Street Journal
Rain Taxi - Barb Teed

"The lure of legends and the allure of mountains have possessed the human race for eons. Kevin Grange's remarkable debut, Beneath Blossom Rain: Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World, merges the myth of the Yeti and the tangible Himalayan mountains into a tension-filled journey through Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon."—Barb Teed, Rain Taxi
Blogcritics.org - Tim Gebhart

"Beneath Blossom Rain succeeds in merging travelogue with personal contemplation, allowing the armchair traveler to share both the physical and personal journey and taking them beyond a geographic place to a more philosophical one."—Tim Gebhart, blogcritics.org
Everett Potter’s Travel Report - Richard West

"For an immersion in many things Bhutanese, this is the book for you, part of the University of Nebraska Press's excellent Outdoor Lives Series."—Richard West, Everett Potter's Travel Report
Monsters and Critics - Sandy Amazeen

"Beneath Blossom Rain, Grange's account of his journey, packs an adventure story, a romantic twist, and a celebration of group travel into a single entertaining book. The result is the ultimate journey for any traveler, armchair or otherwise."—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803234338
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Series:
Outdoor Lives
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,267,964
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Kevin Grange is an award-winning freelance writer who has written for Backpacker Magazine, National Parks Magazine, and the Orange County Register, among others. He has been to Bhutan four times and has completed the Snowman Trek three times, including twice as a guide. A native of New Hampshire, he currently lives in California.

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