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Finn on Imja Tse. Photo supplied

Back in 2017, nine-year-old local boy, Finn Marshall-Rosato, became the youngest Australian to trek to Everest Base Camp, unaided and carrying all his own gear. 

Seven years on, 16-year-old Finn has just become one of the youngest Australians to summit Imja Tse, in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Imja Tse, commonly known as Island Peak, is a 6,165-metre mountain in Sagarmatha National Park in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal.

Imja Tse is located in the Khumbu Region, between Mount Lhotse and Ama Dablam, and is known as one of the training mountains for Everest summiteers. 

Finn worked and saved for the trip for two years and at the end of April, Finn and his father, Mikey, set off for Nepal.

Finn summited Imja Tse on May 11, accompanied only by mountaineering guide, Chetan Sherpa. In total, their trek lasted 23 days. On top of the four months of training before they left Australia, they summited a couple of mountains over 5,000m for additional training and to acclimatise. 

The father and son duo will return home at the end of the month, and will be holding a fundraiser at Made in Mullum, 22 Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby, where they will be selling prayer flags and Tibetan incense made at Boudhanath Stupa, Katmandu.

One hundred per cent of proceeds will be donated to the Mullumbimby Community Centre and Médecins San Frontières.

♦ Lally Marshall is Finn’s proud mum.

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