Tea Journey role: Advisor
Award-winning Himalayan explorer Jeff Fuchs divides his time between the world of tea (particularly Puerhs) and exploring the Himalayan trade routes. Ten years of living in China’s Yunnan province kept Fuchs sourcing Pu-erhs and following some of the most remote trade pathways on the planet.
Voted one of Canada’s Greatest Explorers by the Canadian Geographic Society, 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. His subsequent book published by Viking-Penguin documented his journey. He has spent much of the last decade documenting Himalayan commodities: tea, salt, wool and won an ‘Explorer of the Year’ award for “sustainable exploration of the Himalayan Trade Routes”.
Fuchs’ work has centered on indigenous mountain cultures, oral histories and an obsessive interest in tea, including co-founding JalamTeas company which specializes in Puerh teas. His photos and stories have been published by The Financial Times, UNESCO, The Huffington Post, Outpost Magazine, Condè Nast, and The South China Morning Post amongst others. He has spoken on tea, the trade routes, and tea practices around the world.
Currently Fuchs is finishing up a documentary film on the Tea Horse Road filmed in Nepal, India and China’s Himalayas. Fuchs is a Scholar-in-Residence with the prestigious East-West Center in Hawaii.
He never travels without a stash of leaves.