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Thamserku at 6623m tall was the first great Himalayan mountain I saw on the Everest Base Camp trek. It was seen on the second day of trekking from Lukla on the day we ascended the steep trail to Namche Bazaar. This beautiful mountain dominated the view for a couple of days until it was replaced by the bigger mountains including Ama Dablam and Mt. Everest. At these elevations in the valley, at about 2,800-3000m above sea level, there grew pleasant forest of conifers inhabited by Musk Deer and Danphe Pheasants. This was soon to be replaced by more alpine foliage including juniper shrubs and more cold tolerant species. It was strange to walk back this way 14 days later and consider this peak to be 'small' after being in the company of the world's tallest, when in fact this peak alone is 3 times taller than any peak back home in Australia.

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