About the Book
In terms of the natural environment the route to the Annapurna Base Camp goes through a variety of landscapes that have evolved to cope with greatly differing temperatures and precipitation by responding to their varying elevations ranging from the spectacular rhododendron and bamboo forests at beginning of the trek to alpine forests when you near the Annapurna Base Camp at 13,546 feet.
Hiking through such a variety of mountain landscapes, and becoming acquainted with the mountain people of Nepal rivaled my past treks on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada of California, hikes to villages in the Sierra Norte de Puebla of Mexico where they cultivate maize as their ancestors did a thousand years ago, and getting to know Swiss farmers living in the Bernese Oberland who cultivate crops and graze cattle on the high alps near Engelberg like their ancestors before and after the retreat of the Roman Empire to the south.
A trek to the Annapurna Base Camp is not just a hike in the mountains to test your endurance, prove your strength, and practice your landscape photography. The subtle impact of the people, and the changing environment can combine to move the focus of one’s life in new direction.
Lawrence G. Desmond received a PhD in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Colorado-Boulder; an MA in anthropology from the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Mexico, and carried-out archaeological research in Mexico and Guatemala for more than 40 years. He taught at the University of Minnesota and San Francisco State University. His books, "A Dream of Maya" and "Yucatán through her eyes," are about the 1870s photography and studies of the ancient Maya by Alice and Augustus Le Plongeon. His photos of Mexico and Guatemala are at Harvard University's Peabody Museum, photos of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project are at the Getty Research Institute, archaeology project photos and research materials at Tulane University, earliest photos at the Bancroft Library at UC-Berkeley. He is a senior research fellow in archaeology with the MMARP at Harvard University, and a research associate with the Dept. of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences.