Lukla Airport, the gateway to the Everest Base Camp Trekking

Lukla airport was built in 1964 under the supervision of Sir. Edmund Hillary. It is situated at an elevation of 2845m above sea level. It lies in the eastern part of Nepal in the Solukhumbu district. It is a kind of small airport in Nepal.

The Lukla airport is also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. This airport is the common gateway to the Everest Base Camp trekking. Most of the trekking trail in the Khumbu region starts from the Lukla airport. However, there are other traditional gateways to the Everest region like from Jiri, Tumlingtar, and Salleri.

There are daily flight schedules from Lukla to Kathmandu and vice versa. But it depends on the weather condition as the rain occurs mostly in Lukla while it is sunny in Kathmandu. Besides, it takes almost 20 min to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. If bad weather occurs due to the cloudy sky, high winds, and changing visibility, the flight may be delayed or postponed to the next day.

Almost all of the airplanes of airline companies of Nepal have been to Lukla such as Nepal airlines, Tara airlines, Buddha airlines, and others. But only the highly expert pilots whose qualification meets the proposed conditions of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, are permitted to land the flight at Lukla airport.