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KHUMBU Pathways to Kinship

A real life story about a unique and special place, experienced in a unique way, over a period that is unlikely to ever be the same again. 

View many more images of Khumbu and the wider Himalaya.  Also at Excio.

NZ$69.99 (includes gst and free postage within New Zealand) at batemanbooks.co.nz Available from 2 August 2021.

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First double page spread, Chapter 1
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Double page spread, Chapter 5

In brief Ever since Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Everest with Tenzing Norgay, New Zealanders have connected strongly with the mountainous Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. For over three decades, I repeatedly visited Khumbu, the Nepalese gateway to Mount Everest and home to the Sherpa people. On my second visit, a chance meeting with a Sherpa family sparked a friendship that grew stronger as I brought my three sons, each in turn, to trek through this enchanted region. Accompanying this unfolding story of kinship are my insights into Sherpa culture, the explosion of activity on Everest, and the changing nature of Khumbu as the area’s popularity grew. Throughout, my photographs convey the essence of this remarkable land and its people.

My book encompasses seven trekking journeys spanning more than thirty years. But trekking in the mighty Himalaya is just the entre. My story is also about a journey to kinship between a Kiwi family and a Sherpa family; a journey through tourism expansion, the emergence of guided climbs to the summit of Mount Everest, economic and technological development and environmental, cultural and political change; and a journey shared by a father and each of his three sons.

Format Hardcover, 220 pages, 270mm high by 300mm wide. Approx 43,000 word narrative, plus 224 colour photos with captions, 50 in panoramic format.

Edited by Shaun Barnett, foreword by Guy Cotter, published by Bateman Books, printed in Hong Kong and recognised and supported with grants from Federated Mountain Club’s Mountain and Forest Trust and New Zealand Alpine Club’s Dow Hall fund.

Price NZ$69.99 (includes gst and free postage within New Zealand) at batemanbooks.co.nz Available from 2 August 2021.