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Plants in the Wild: Everest Region in August

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Contribution from Susan Read 01 April 2010, 11:21top / bottom of page

Aster diplostephioides looks elegant in a breeze, though pehaps not as elegant as its name.

There were plenty of Pedicularis ?siphonantha. This with a Cremanthodium, possibly C. thomsonii

This is C. ?decaisnei and the rather common Parnassia ? nubicola.

Obviously above pic needs rotating. Geranium donianum was very eye cathing, being a very bright pink.

Another Cremanthodium ?C. pinnatifidum.

The famed Namche market.

Also around Namche there were small green orchids and purple ones, perhaps Galearis.

Also Euphorbias. I am not sure of its correct name.

Contribution from Susan Read 02 April 2010, 12:41top / bottom of page

On second thoughts the last cremanthodium-like plant is probably Gerbera nivea.

Moving on from Namche it is a fairly short walk to Thyangboche, at first on the level, where it is rather dry and looking for views of Everest is the main occupation.

Then across the river

Inspect the water driven prayer wheels and then ascend 2000ft to Thyangboche, passing notholirions along the way.

Contribution from Susan Read 02 April 2010, 15:35top / bottom of page

At Thyangboche a visit to the monastery is a 'must' and is the end point for the shorter treks on the Everest trail. All the stiff climbs seem to be done before this point. After, it seems less strenuous but altitude may take its toll.

The view from Thyangboche of, Everest on the left and Lhotse on the right. Later in the trek Lhotse is hidden behind Everest and Nuptse is seen.

The trail descends through the forest (see above). Flowers are few...unless the rhododendrons are out..but in lighter shade we had Pedicularis scullyana

Typical path side vegetation..halenia, androsace and ferns.

Contribution from Susan Read 02 April 2010, 16:00top / bottom of page

The next day was acclimatisation at Pheriche. Apart from plants already shown there was Saxifraga nutans

Pedicularis longiflora v.tubiformis

and sheets of Primula sikkimensis mostly gone to seed. Moving on to Lobuche we took a route to the west of the Lobuche Khola (to avoid the washed out bridge at Dughla) and used this bridge.

Now getting back to the higher altitude plants, Lamiophlomis rotata


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