For many trekkers who fulfill their lifetime's ambition and walk the trail to Everest Base Camp in the Khumbu region of Nepal there is but a singular objective in the mind. But those of us who visit more than once or who have a discerning interest in the mountains and the region, it is obvious that there are numerous subsidiary peaks worthy of closer attention, and that they would receive such, if it were not for their taller and more illustrious neighbours.
The Khumbu might be the most popular and busiest region in Nepal, but I make no apology for admitting that it remains my favourite overseas trekking and climbing destination. Having walked the trail up into the Khumbu more times than I can remember, I have come to know the overlooking mountains so well that I regard them almost as personal friends.
One of the first mountains to reveal itself to the pale faced visitors fresh off the aircraft at Lukla is Thamserku. Whilst it is unquestionably seen at its very best from further up the trail at the village of Namche Bazaar where it rises high and in almost total isolation from the valley below, I have always been captivated by its first appearance from the lovely trail through the forest above the village of Phakdingma. Here the tall stands of conifer draw the eye up from the rushing waters of the Dudh Kosi River far below to the glistening ice fluted ridge almost four thousand metres above.
During my most recent expedition to Nepal, and with the 36 mega-pixel Nikon in hand, I was determind to capture a very special image of Thamserku from this preferred location. It is not the easiest of shots to take given that room to set up camera and tripod is limited on a fairly busy trail and the best light is early in the morning when the steep sided valley walls are in deep shadow and in sharp contrast to the brightly lit summits above.
Thankfully, protected from passing trekkers by my Sirdar Nima Dorje, and with assistance from some lovely stands of tall conifers that provided a kindly lit foreground, I was able to obtain an image with balanced lighting without the use of corrective filters and which was an accurate representation of this this stunningly magnificent section of the trail.
Photographic Details :-
Time of Year : Early November
Location : West bank of the Dudh Kosi Valley, north of Phakdingma Village. Time : 0805 Local Nepal Time
Equipment : Nikon D810 Camera, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 G AF-S ED Lens @ 70mm, Gitzo Systematic tripod, RRS BH-55-PCPRO head.
Camera Settings : Shutter 1/320 sec, Aperture f11, ISO 100.