Beneath Blossom Rain is 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, NBC Today Show correspondent
Debut memoir of a man’s discovery of spiritual rejuvenation while hiking Bhutan’s daunting Snowman Trek… A highly readable journey.”
– Kirkus Review
Entertaining… Grange writes well of the beauty he encounters.”
– The Wall Street Journal
In a remote kingdom hidden in the Himalayas, there is a trail said to be the toughest trek in the world. 24 days, 216 miles, 11 towering 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 epic 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 or staycationer. 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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Seattle Post Intelligencer
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Everett Potter’s Travel Blog
Seattle University Magazine
The Weekly Reader (Radio Interview)
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