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  Solu-Khumbu: The Trek to Everest


Tim Hauf ,a professional photographer with a passion for travel and the environment, has a new book out that might interest many of you. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Islands, Sunset, Explore, Terre Sauvage, Dove, and others. Other books by Tim Hauf are Channel Islands National Park - A Photographic Interpretation (pub 1996), Little Trees, Big Sky: Portrait of a Northern Wilderness (pub 2000), and Ventura County - A Photographic Perspective (pub 2001).

Book Description: A candid and unsparing account of a great outdoor adventure as experienced and recorded by photographer Tim Hauf. In both pictures and words, he conveys what it's actually like to walk the arduous Solu-Khumbu trail - step by step, day by day - along the steep, terraced slopes of central Nepal to the icy elevations of Kala Patthar and the remarkable Gokyo Lakes. This book offers a stunning vision of a legendary destination. Award-winning author Conger Beasley Jr. contributes an illuminating introduction to the history and culture of Nepal.

Excerpted from Solu-Khumbu: The Trek to Everest by Tim Hauf. Copyright ©Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Day 6 We depart at 7:00 and walk downhill for three and a half hours for lunch at the village of Kenja (5,348 ft./ 1,630m). We drop past countless terraces, through several villages, into a steep, scenic valley with a river (Kenja Khola) threading the bottom. The scale of the landscape is grandiose beyond my wildest imaginings. At one point we encounter a "trucker" on the trail, a porter carrying over 200 pounds on his back -- mostly kerosene and beer -- all the way from Jiri to Namche. We then climb four hours to another village called Sete (8,464 ft./2,580m) where we camp at the edge of an overlook. The view is incredible -- terraced mountains cloaked in a veil of soft, puffy clouds drifting up from the canyons far below. A hard day, up and down, in a torrid sun. I am frazzled.

 
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