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Blizzard - on 29 Jan 2013
Planning a trip to the Himlaya. Yippee. I'm excited. Have a very old LP guide. Just wondering if anyone might be able to advise me as to what the weather is like in March/April.
chiz - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Blizzard: Whereabouts in the Himalaya? Its a rather large area! Specifically are you looking at east or west, and south of the watershed or north of it? Start of March may be very cold with snow and blocked passes, wheras the same spot at end of April may be cooking. HTH
seankenny - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Blizzard:
> Have a very old LP guide.

Weather might have changed a bit, but not that much. Monsoon is pretty much still the same time of year.

Damo on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Blizzard:

Unless you're planning a ski/sled journey, the only place that will be OK in March-Apri is Nepal. Partly because of the weather, partly because of the infrastructure of lodges/trails/transport for the main trekking areas.

March can be colder than January, according to some Sherpas, but there is a lot of annual variability. Some winters it doesn't snow much, or snows late. Sometimes the ground is bare in March, sometimes high passes are blocked through April. Some passes groups will force a track through (Thorung La), some stay blocked until they melt.
Al Evans on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Damo: Damo, I bow to your greater knowledge, but we were on the Tibet side of Everest from Feb to begining of June in 1988 and by the end of March it could get toasty somedays at Everest base camp.
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Blizzard - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to chiz:

The plan is to trek to EBC via Kongma La,Cho La and Renjo La. Route is via Namche Bazar, East, circular to EBC. Max elevation 5535m. Are the passes mentioned likely to be blocked with snow?

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