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Holy Mount Thamserku

Holy mountain Thamserku lies in Nepal's Khumbu valley as a subtle Himalayan peak sitting aside the trail leading to Mount Everest. It can go unnoticed due to its lesser height among the other towering giants. Except to a few intrepid mountaineers, Thamserku is largely unknown. The Khumbu, which trekkers and climbers pass through to their higher destinations, is the home of the Sherpas, Buddhists who consider Thamserku a holy mountain. It rises above 21000 feet (6600 meters) and is a wonder in its own right while other mountains along the trail push past heights of 26, 27, and 29000 feet for Everest itself.

Two views capture Thamserku in its glory at different times of the day. No wonder the local believe that sacred deities inhabit its summit. WHB

 Thaumserku and stupa, Khumbu, Nepal   (credit: SWP Media)

 Thamserku, iridescent clouds, Nepal  (credit: NASA/Bartunov)


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