Photographer Daryl Hawk will give an audiovisual presentation, "Ladakh: Land of High Passes," at Tuesday's meeting of the Appalachian Mountain Club in Westport.

The program, which will take place at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers and wine, and the presentation starts at 7:30.

Hawk in April traveled 3,200 miles across Ladakh in northern India, as well as the Kashmir region.

Ladakh is a remote area separating the western Himalaya range from the Tibetan plateau. It is one of the highest and driest regions in the world, cut off by snow for six months.

The program is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers (pay at the door only). For more information and directions, visit or email Eleanor Sasso at

Hawk traveled from the Pakistan border in the west to the Tibet border in the east. He crossed the Khardung-la Pass, which at 18,380 feet is the highest roads for vehicles in the world, according to a press release on the program.

Hawk took the trek to shoot a documentary for magazines and television, and will recount his experiences -- such as his quest to glimpse the rare snow leopard -- during the Westport program.

He also will show photographs of rarely seen landscapes, ancient Buddhist monasteries and fortresses, sacred lakes, nomads, recently discovered petroglyphs in caves, the Ladakh royal palace and meeting with the king, and the natives' lifestyles.

"This was a story of great spiritual adventures. Explorers all have stories to tell and mine is told through the lens of a camera. It is the great beauty and timeless quality of the Himalayas and Ladakh that attracted me," Hawk said in a release about the program. "It is my hope that this body of work captured its magical essence and will inspire people worldwide to protect the wilderness and fragile cultures that still exist there."

Hawk is the author of four photography books. "Distant Journeys" includes 150 color images from the Arctic, the Andes, Patagonia, Antarctica, Bhutan, New Zealand and other locales. "Quiet Moments" features his favorite 120 black-and-white photographs taken over the past 25 years.

He is also the former host and producer of the television show, "The Unconventional Traveler."

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The program is open to both AMC members and the public. Tickets cost $10 for members and $15 for non-members (pay at the door only). For more information and directions go to or email Eleanor Sasso at