Beneath Blossom Rain by Kevin Grange
Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World

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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 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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About Kevin Grange

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Kevin Grange is an award-winning freelance writer who has written for Backpacker Magazine, National Parks Magazine, and the Orange County Register, among others.
 
Published April 1, 2011 by Bison Books. 352 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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In 2007, outdoors writer Grange began his 24-day journey along the “toughest trek in the world” by tying a string of prayer flags to some rocks, only to watch them flutter free, a setback representative of “all the loose ends in [his] life.

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BC Books

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More people have climbed Mount Everest than have completed the Snowman Trek, Fewer than 120 people a year attempt the trek;

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The Himalayan country of Bhutan is one of the most remote places in the world.

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Seattle PI

Beneath Blossom Rain becomes as much a journal of an internal trek as a Himalayan one, a tale in which we are even privy to Grange's ongoing debate with his "inner critic."

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Bookmarks Magazine

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.
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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 ...

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Lonely Planet

Subtitled Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World, Beneath Blossom Rain details Grange’s attempt at the Himalayan Kingdom’s Snowman Trek, which ‘traverses the Himalaya’ (though not end-to-end, that’s the much longer Great Himalaya Trail), scaling 11 passes above 4400m in 24 days.

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