Jan 24 - Jan 30, 2020 | Change

Overland Start side trek (7 days)
Everest Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Junbesi

Difficulty: challenging
Overland Start

With roads being extended further into the region there are now a few options for those who want to trek in rather than fly. Starting from Dhap allows you to take in the famed views of Pikey Peak on the trek in before joining the main trail at Junbesi. For the traditionalist, with bus service now extending to Bhandar the classic Jiri start can now be reduced by a day. Starting from Bhandar allows you to follow the route of early climbing expeditions into the Khumbu. While not that high by Himalayan standards, the trekking routes into the Khumbu are surprisingly strenuous. Since the path cuts across the valleys that descend from the high Himalayas, there is a lot of up and down climbing as you climb out of one valley and descend down to a river only to climb out the other side. This area sees far fewer trekkers than the trails above Lukla, but still has a pretty good lodge infrastructure.

Weather Conditions in January

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January is one of the coldest and driest months, which makes it good for Himalayan views while wearing lots of layers. While there is little rain, skies in the hills and valleys further from the high mountains can be hazy from dust and pollution. The days are short and the nights long, so you can finally catch up on War and Peace while hiking the Himalayas. Now that’s something to be proud of! Go with the e-book version, your back or your porter’s back will thank you for it. At high altitudes, temperatures can drop to well below freezing. Even during the day, temperatures may not rise much above freezing, if at all, and the snow that does fall doesn’t melt and can become hard and icy. This can make crossing high passes more difficult. During this season it may be wise to bring crampons or at a minimum a good trekking pole.

At a glance
On average there are 2 days with precipitation in January. The highest point on the trek is Lamjura La at 3530 m. During January, expect high temperatures of around 6.2°C (43°F) and lows down to -10.8°C (13°F) at Lamjura La.

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Fri Jan 24 (day 1)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.4°C (67°F) and lows of about 2.4°C (36°F) in January.

Kathmandu

Highlights: Pikey Peak

Sir Edmund Hillary is said to have declared Pikey Peak is favorite trekking view point in Nepal. On a clear day it is possible to see as far as Dhaulagiri to the west and Kanchenjunga to the East.

Difficulty: moderate
The closest road head to the Everest Region, this route gets you to Lukla from Kathmandu in about 3 days overland.

Shared vehicle from Kathmandu to Bhandar (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $15.00
Travel time: about 10 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Bhandar (2190 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.3°C (58°F) and lows of about -2.7°C (27°F) in January.

Sat Jan 25 (day 2)

Chaulakharka (1460 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.6°C (65°F) and lows of about 1.6°C (35°F) in January.

Kinja (1630 m)

About 2.5-3 hours from Bhandar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.6°C (64°F) and lows of about 0.6°C (33°F) in January.

Sete (2600 m)

About 2-2.5 hours from Kinja or about 5-6 hours from Bhandar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.8°C (53°F) and lows of about -5.2°C (23°F) in January.

Sun Jan 26 (day 3)

Dakchu (2985 m)

About 1 hour from Sete
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.5°C (49°F) and lows of about -7.5°C (19°F) in January.

Goyam (3220 m)

About an 1 hour from Dakchu or 2 hours from Sete.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.1°C (47°F) and lows of about -8.9°C (16°F) in January.

Goyam

Lamjura La (3530 m)

About 1 hour from Goyam or 3-3.5 hours from Sete
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.2°C (43°F) and lows of about -10.8°C (13°F) in January.

Junbesi (2700 m)

About 6 to 7 hours from Sete
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -5.8°C (22°F) in January.

Junbesi
Mon Jan 27 (day 4)

Salung (2953 m)

About 2 hours from Junbesi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.7°C (49°F) and lows of about -7.3°C (19°F) in January.

Ringmu (2805 m)

About 1.5-2 hours from Salung or about 3.5-4 hours from Junbesi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.6°C (51°F) and lows of about -6.4°C (20°F) in January.

Ringmu

Taksindu La (3071 m)

About 1 hour from Ringmu or about 4.5-5 hours from Junbesi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.0°C (48°F) and lows of about -8.0°C (18°F) in January.

Taksindu (2930 m)

About 15-20 min from the Taksindu La or about 5-5.5 hours form Junbesi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.8°C (50°F) and lows of about -7.2°C (19°F) in January.

Nunthala (Manidingma) (2194 m)

About 1-1.5 hours from Taksindu or about 6-7 hours from Junbesi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.2°C (58°F) and lows of about -2.8°C (27°F) in January.

Tue Jan 28 (day 5)

Jubing (1676 m)

About 2-3 hours from Nunthala
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.3°C (63°F) and lows of about 0.3°C (33°F) in January.

Kharikola (2072 m)

About 2 hours from Jubing or about 4-4.5 hours from Nunthala
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.0°C (59°F) and lows of about -2.0°C (28°F) in January.

Bupsa (2350 m)

About 1-1.5 hours from Kharikola
Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.3°C (56°F) and lows of about -3.7°C (25°F) in January.

Bupsa
Wed Jan 29 (day 6)

Chaurikharka (2600 m)

About 7 hours from Bupsa or about 8 hours from Kharikola
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.8°C (53°F) and lows of about -5.2°C (23°F) in January.

Cheplung (2660 m)

About 30 min from Chaurikarka
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.4°C (53°F) and lows of about -5.6°C (22°F) in January.

Phakding (2860 m)

About 1.5-2 hours from Cheplung
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.2°C (50°F) and lows of about -6.8°C (20°F) in January.

Phakding
Thu Jan 30 (day 7)

by Andrew (United Kingdom) on Nov 5, 2018

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