Beneath Blossom Rain

  • by Kevin Grange
  • Narrated by Kevin Grange
  • 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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 33, at a turning point in life, and figured the best way to go when 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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Good insight into the Snowman Trek

A great account of the world's toughest trek in the mountains of Bhutan. If you are planning on a trip to the land that measures Gross National Happiness, this is well worth a read/listen.

I've done a lot of group tours, including several multi-day hikes, and I found the group accounts somewhat amateur and annoying. Although the author had to do the trek in a group, and they were an integral part of the trek, in places the book felt like it was written for the group members as a momento of the trek, rather than for a broader audience. The author's voice is a little grating when listening to long sections, but his descriptions of the people he met and landscape are worth the perseverance.

And whatever happened to Ingrid?
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- Katie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-01-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios