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28 December 2020

Nangpa La and Nup La, Mount Everest Region are snow free through December 2020

Nangpa La (NPL) and Nup La  (NL)  in Landsat images from 10-13-2020 and 12-16-2020, CO=Cho Oyu Peak and purple dots indicate the snowline. Both passes can be crossed without traversing snow on December 16. The winter monsoon for the Nepal Himalaya is a dry cold period with limited precipitation or new snow accumulation.  Mount Everest region glaciers are summer accumulation type glaciers with ~75% of annual precipitation occurring during the …

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