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Beyond the summit: An Everest adventure and Romance [Kindle Edition]

Linda LeBlanc
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An American journalist in Nepal meets a young Sherpa porter and discovers beauty, love, danger, and tragedy in a cross cultural, mountain climbing drama. Beth and Dorje's worlds come together in a tender love story and high adventure as he follows his dream to reach the summit of Everest.
The novel has something for everyone: Sherpa culture, Buddhist rituals, mountaineering,avalanches and storms, conflict between generations and among friends as the modern world challenges centuries of tradition, the Chinese takeover of Tibet, an Everest expedition from the porter's point of view.


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News reports about Mount Everest always focus on Western climbers. Yet, the essential Sherpas remain conspicuously absent, as if they are lesser human beings. LeBlanc rights the balance with this gripping novel about Dorje, an ambitious young sherpa guide who falls in love with an American journalist. Both renounce their partners and brave disapproval of their cultures to pursue their love - while ultimately, the forbidding mountain itself determines the fate of these star-crossed lovers. Final word: LeBlanc's vivid depiction of the Himalayas and the climbing culture make this a powerful read --Rocky Mt News A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there. --USABooknews.com Beyond the Summit is a Himalayan adventure-romance set among the towering peaks of the Khumbu region, and it is both an informative and guilty pleasure. The novel follows Beth, an intrepid and comely young American journalist who travels to Nepal in the early days of tourism in the Himalayas once-forbidden kingdom. While there, she meets Dorje, a young Sherpa guide who exudes intelligent dignity and dreams of high summits. Dorje longs to join the modern world; Beth longs for the simplicity and authenticity Dorje s people represent; soon, they also long for each other. The two weather cultural misunderstandings, disapproval, jealousy, separation, self-seeking tourists, and deadly winter storms to find love across the cultures. The book is not only a traditional love story, it is also an ode to the humanity of the Sherpas, so often belittled and overlooked in Himalayan climbing dramas. And it is, furthermore, a darn good read. -Boulder Daily Camera --Boulder Daily Camera

This intelligently written adventure/romance novel details the lives of Sherpas in the Himalayas who earn a living as high-altitude porters for tourists who want to view Mt. Everest. Beth, an American journalist, has just arrived in Nepal to capture the never-before-told inside story of the Sherpas. She has brought along a top photographer, Eric, who is also her longtime boyfriend. Upon meeting Dorje, a handsome and virile young Sherpa who is one of the few who speaks English, Beth unexpectedly falls deeply in love with him, and he for her. However, harrowing mountain climbing expeditions and intricate family dramas complicate their hidden romance. This detailed look at the culture, beliefs, and traditions of the Sherpas and their difficult lifestyle is especially rich because it comes from one who knows it well. Adventure-traveler LeBlanc, who began working with Sherpas in the 1980s, was founder of the first hut-to-hut system in Nepal, helped establish 18 lodges in the Solo-Khumbu region and organized and led treks to the Everest Base Camp. A dramatic travelogue, this book successfully transports the reader into the rare air of a chilling, dangerous, terrifying and sometimes deadly way of life. --Blueinkreviews.com

Beyond the Summit is a Himalayan adventure-romance set among the towering peaks of the Khumbu region, and it is both an informative and guilty pleasure. The novel follows Beth, an intrepid and comely young American journalist who travels to Nepal in the early days of tourism in the Himalayas once-forbidden kingdom. While there, she meets Dorje, a young Sherpa guide who exudes intelligent dignity and dreams of high summits. Dorje longs to join the modern world; Beth longs for the simplicity and authenticity Dorje s people represent; soon, they also long for each other. The two weather cultural misunderstandings, disapproval, jealousy, separation, self-seeking tourists, and deadly winter storms to find love across the cultures. The book is not only a traditional love story, it is also an ode to the humanity of the Sherpas, so often belittled and overlooked in Himalayan climbing dramas. And it is, furthermore, a darn good read. --Kangri News

About the Author

Born in Denver, Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, Linda's love affair with mountains began as a young child. An adventure traveler to 35 countries on six continents, she first discovered the wonderful Nepalese people in 1986. Working with a group of Sherpas, she was a founder of the first hut-to-hut system in Nepal and helped establish 18 lodges in the Solo-Khumbu region. She began organizing and leading treks to the Everest Base Camp two years later. With a BA in literature and a Masters in Library Science, she combined her love of books, other cultures, and research skills to pen the first fiction written about Sherpas. High in the Himalayas during the worst storm in memory, she was appalled by world press coverage of the many foreigners who died but no mention of the Sherpas who also perished. She returned home to write their story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Ama Dablam, Inc.; 1 edition (May 29, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MZ0RFS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,151 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure on the roof of the world March 7, 2007
Format:Paperback
Author Linda LeBlanc, who began leading treks to Mt. Everest in Nepal 19 years ago, has captured the spirit of this remote Himalayan state and its Sherpa people in her novel "Beyond the Summit" with compassion, accuracy and fine prose.

When Beth flies into the Kathmandu Valley on a writing assignment in the first chapter, Le Blanc begins leading her readers into the high country of risk, romance and adventure with the assurance of an experienced guide.

As her plane lands, Beth shrieks, "Finally, after endless years of waiting, I'm here." Her dream: to see Nepal up close and personal while writing an article about the Sherpa people. Dorje, the young Sherpa who serves as her guide and translator, met Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay on their return from the summit of the "Mother Goddess of the World" years ago. His dream, since the age of five: to become the "Tenzing of the future" and climb the 29,028-foot (8,848-meter) Mt. Everest.

Dorje, already in a strained relationship with his proud, conservative father, increases family friction by working for the well-paying climbers and trekkers whose money and values threaten the Sherpa culture and traditions. The tension increases when Beth and Dorje become romantically involved even though each of them is promised to another.

The love of two people from diverse cultures is the fiery centerpiece of a novel that leads its readers on an exciting journey through harshly beautiful and dangerous territory to the roof of the world.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a novel of high adventure and romance August 6, 2006
Format:Paperback
I loved this book from beginning to end and couldn't put it down. The storms, the climb, the cultural conflicts, the Sherpa culture and Buddhism, the passionate love affair between an American and Sherpa guide gripped me. The author drew me into the lives of the characters so deeply that I rejoiced when they did and cried with them. Rarely have I felt such empathy. My husband read it too and had the same reaction. It speaks to both men and women.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Summit August 7, 2006
Format:Paperback
"Beyond the Summit" is a beautifully written story about a young Sherpa and an American woman. It vividly describes the often forgotten life and traditions of the Sherpa. There have been many books written about the Mount Everest trekkers, but we don't often hear about nor comprehend that without the Sherpa's support, there wouldn't be an ascent. "Beyond the Summit" goes beyond the Trek, it goes to the heart of a Sherpa's life.

Both Beth and Dorje have a dream. Beth, an American Journalist, is in Nepal to write a story about the life of a Sherpa. Dorje goes against tradition to pursue his dream of making it to the "Top of the World". Having met Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay when he was but 5 years old, he has held his dream of being another Tenzing.

Dorje and Beth's world come together in a beautifully written story of love and tenderness, tradition and adventure.

This book is filled with adventure that keeps you at the edge of your seat. I felt like I knew what Dorje was feeling and what his family was going through. I learned so much about the life of a Sherpa: their traditions, their food, their lifestyle. This heart wrenching novel gives life, understanding, and respect to the Sherpa. I cried for Dorje and Beth's happiness and I cried for their loss. Beyond the Summit is a `must read'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nepal Adventure and Romance June 20, 2006
By S. Hoey
Format:Paperback
This was a wonderful book to read. I've been to Nepal, and I recognize that Ms. LeBlanc has really done a great job of describing the people, the landscapes, the Buddhist religion, and the crazy tourists. The Sherpas are so special, and she did well explaining their love of their land and people. There is also the added delight of a fine romance between an American author and a Sherpa guide, overlying the tale. I don't think there are many books like this one that tell about the climbing from a Sherpa's perspective; usually the emphasis is on the climber, and I liked the way this book told its tale from both the woman's viewpoint as well as the Sherpa's. A good read, hard to put down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars adventure at its best June 10, 2006
Format:Paperback
This adventure about Sherpas of the Everest region is gripping from beginning to end. It has something for everyone. Sherpa culture and its changes, Buddhist practices, Everest climbs from a porter's point of view and a love affair between a Sherpa and an American are expertly woven throughout the story. This is a great read from a number of perspectives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A view from the top of the World January 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found Beyond the Summit: An Everest Adventure and Romance by Linda LeBlanc a great tale about a place and people I've always wanted to know more about. Ms. LeBlanc is well qualified to give an accurate view of life and conditions in Nepal, having been there many times and a guide to the Everest basecamp. She spins this knowledge into a wonderful story of adventure and romance.

The adventure and romance takes place in Nepal where the mightiest mountains in the world encompass the sky. This is a story of the Sherpas and their way of life in an environment few people understand or even read about. This is also the story of the main character, Dorje, and his dreams of a better life, finding love and fulfilling a dream of climbing Mount Everest.

As you read you'll go through Dorje's life and that of his father, Mingma- who clings to an old way of life and distances himself from the western climbers who are polluting the Nepalese people.

Dorje and a western woman, Beth, fall in love and that love is tested over and over by living conditions, beliefs and others interfering.
I enjoyed Beyond the Summit for all the elements Linda LeBlanc brings to this gripping tale. Come and see what it must be like to live with the people of Nepal and climb Mount Everest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
it was a bit predictable at times but overall it was an enjoyable and entertaining read. a nice escape from reality.
Published 8 months ago by yoda jazz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is a gripping tale that takes you to of the most exotic places in the world. It is well written with detailed descriptions that will make you feel like you are actually... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Carla H Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Do some living before it's too late
"Tell me that you haven't dreamed of walking in the quiet of the foothills of the Himalayas in the spring. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brian Tailer
5.0 out of 5 stars Experience Recreated
Linda LeBlanc has recreated the experience of climbing Everest by using personal experience plus extensive research. I treked in Nepal about 25 yrs. Read more
Published 11 months ago by renae dechter levin
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Summit
Beyond the Summit was a very entertaining and educational read. I was enthralled with the descriptions of the scenery, the Sherpas, the climbers and the overall atmosphere... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stella L. Baca
4.0 out of 5 stars A few holes in the scheme of logic.
I read this book while in Nepal for the first time several years ago. I am going back to Nepal for my annual 3 month stay and wanted to read it again. Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Truth
3.0 out of 5 stars Love and Trekking in Nepal
As an avid reader of nonfiction and fictional accounts of climbing in general and Everest in particular, I found the technical details of this book reasonably accurate. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ann Geiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful love and adventure story
I loved this book! What a beautiful story of love and adventure. I still have images in my mind from Nepal and the later chapters about climbing were truly incredible. Read more
Published 16 months ago by AEB (Wash DC)
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I enjoyed reading a bit about Nepal and about the life of a sherpa. The book got a little tedious at some points, but not overly so.
Published 16 months ago by SR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
It was a great story of adventure, conquest of climbing such a majestic mountain. I would recommend it for an entertaining read.
Published 18 months ago by Anita J Morris
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More About the Author

Born in Denver, CO, I've spent my life exploring the Rocky Mountains. The volunteer activity director of an adult outdoor club, I led trips 35 weekends a year for 13 years. I took between 25-50 people camping, hiking, mountain climbing, backpacking, canoeing, rafting, spelunking, downhill and cross country skiing.

International travel is my passion. I've visited 37 countries, many of them quite exotic. I was a founder of the first hut-to-hut system in Nepal. We had the only permission from the Nepali government to create such a system at that time. In 1990, we opened 18 lodges in the Everest region. Two years later, I began organizing and leading treks to the Everest Base Camp. Present during the worst storm in Nepal's history, I was appalled at world press coverage of the foreigners who died with little mention of the Sherpas who also perished. I returned home to write their story and told it in fiction in order to reach a larger audience. Everything in the book is based on actual events, interviews with Sherpas, my own experiences, and extensive research. I'm a reference librarian.



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