High Adventure:
Journey Through the Thunder Dragon Kingdom

By Daryl Hawk, The Unconventional Traveler

International documentary photographer Daryl Hawk’s presentation entitled High Adventure: Journey Through the Thunder Dragon Kingdom will leave audiences spellbound.

In the fall of 2004, Mr. Hawk spent a month alone traversing from west to east through the mythical and medieval kingdom of Bhutan which is hidden high away in the Himalayas. He was hired to shoot a film documentary and was given extraordinary access by the royal family.

The journey began in the unexplored far western Haa valley and culminated in the remote east near Tibet. Mr. Hawk, who is a member of the Explorers Club, had the distinct honor of carrying the Explorers Club flag with him on this expedition. A flag expedition must further the cause of exploration and field science.

Hawk will share his nonstop, day to day adventures, experiences, discoveries, and valuable lessons he learned on this incredibly spiritual journey through this last Shrangri-la in which the national motto is gros national happiness. Photographs of dramatic and rarely ever seen before landscapes, stunning Buddhist monasteries and fortresses, ancient secret religious ceremonies and festivals, the Kings birthday celebration and the lifestyles of the people who inhabit this kingdom will all be highlighted in this presentation.

This was undoubtedly the greatest adventure of my life. 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 Bhutan that attracted me. 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.

Daryl Hawk is a writer, photographer and adventurer whose articles and photographs often appear in numerous national magazines and publications. In addition to being a member of the Explorers Club, he is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

He is also the host and producer of the popular television show THE UNCONVENTIONAL TRAVELER which features some of the worlds leading explorers, travel photographers and filmmakers sharing their work from various expeditions and documentaries. THE UNCONVENTIONAL TRAVELER can be seen every Tuesday night at 9 P.M. on Channel 77.
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“On behalf of the Harvard Travellers Club I want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for your presentation of “Distant Journeys: Places Where Time Stands Still”. What a thoughtful and engaging presentation.

I’ve had so many members speak to me since the presentation saying things like, “wow that was just right”, or just superb, breathtaking photography; so many positive comments! I must say, at the outset, I was a little concerned about the number of images when we spoke and how this might work, you did a splendid job moving it along from beginning to end.

Your personal history intertwined in the story made it even more relevant for members and of course many recognized some of the images having travelled to those locations themselves.

I vey much appreciate your flexibility in rescheduling our evening due to the enormous snowstorm I am really glad we were all able to accommodate another date.

Thank you again, and we do hope that you will return for another presentation at some point in the future.”

Peter H. Creighton
Harvard Travellers Club

“Daryl Hawk’s presentations are some of the highest rated and well attended lectures we have. I highly encourage you to have him speak to your group. His speaking skills are superb, his travel images are compelling, and storytelling unforgettable! He energizes our audiences because he understands them so well. Our members always look at the world a little differently after experiencing a Daryl Hawk program.”

Kevin O’Brien
Public Lectures Coordinator
The Explorers Club

“Daryl Hawk has been presenting at the AMC for almost 10 years. He has a large following that comes to see his shows and that has increased our audience numbers considerably. His audio visual presentations are always fresh and filled with extraordinary images that demonstrate his skill as a superb adventure photojournalist. Daryl really connects with the soul of nature, idigenous cultures, and farwaway places and conveys that spirit to audiences who can be heard ‘ooing’ and ‘ahhing’ throughout his performance. He passes on the message that life is precious in all forms and carries a message of hope, exuberance and life lessons to all who are lucky enough to be present. Your decision to have Daryl Hawk present to your group would indeed be a wise one!”

Eleanor Sasso
Social and programs coordinator
Appalachian Mountain Club
Fairfield County, Connecticut chapter


  • The Explorers Club
  • Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Fairfield County Arts Association
  • The Learning Institute
  • Brandeis University Alumni Club
  • Connecticut College Alumni Association
  • The Discovery Museum
  • Y’s Men of Westport
  • Wilton Arts Council
  • The Connecticut Press Club
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Consulate of Argentina
  • Consulate of India
  • The Indo-American Press Club
  • Harvard Travellers Club
  • Lifetime Learners
  • Learning in Retirement
  • Vassar Brothers Institute
  • Many libraries throughout Connecticut

Contact us now to reserve your date with Daryl Hawk.

Telephone: 203.834.9595
Email: [email protected]
Website: darylhawk.com