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Introducing Jeff Fuchs, Kensington's New Explorer in Residence

Kensington Tours is proud to present Jeff Fuchs, the newest addition to our admired and respected group of Explorers in Residence. Once described as a "languid hard man with a soft touch", Fuchs was the first westerner to have travelled by foot the legendary Tea Horse Road over the Himalayas – a journey that took over 7 months.

Jeff is an author who has lived most of the past decade in Asia where his work and research has centered on indigenous mountain cultures, oral histories and an obsessive interest in tea. He gained prominence in the realm of exploration for being the first westerner to trek the daunting Tea Horse Road, one of the world's greatest trade routes. His book 'The Ancient Tea Horse Road' documents this 8-month ground breaking expedition covering 6,000 kilometers through the rugged Himalayan Mountains to uncover the mysteries of this vital route that has been so critical to the lives of the remote Himalayan people.

Jeff is a current member of the Explorers Club fluent in several languages, most notably in Mandarin, and calls the Shangri La County his home. His passion for exploration can be seen through his powerful photo essays which have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, World Geographic, Kyoto Journal, The Spanish Expedition Society, The Earth, The China Post Newspaper, Silkwinds, Outpost, The Toronto Star and The South China Morning Post amongst others.

Say stay tuned for information on his upcoming expedition through the The Route of Wool and Wind. It is an expedition to trace one of the ancient world's long lost trade routes, through the desolate, daunting and stunning magnificence of the India Himalaya.

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