Lukla is one of the Gateway to Everest. Most of the travelers visiting Everest do take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
The Kathmandu to Lukla flight is scheduled every morning. It is a most thrilling experience to take a flight to Lukla as Lukla airport is considered one of the most dangerous airports with a unique runway on hilly terrain.
How do I get to Lukla?
Few options are getting to Lukla. The most popular way to enter the Lukla is taking a Flight to Lukla, of course, there are other options too which are stated below
- Take a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
- Heli Ride to Lukla
- By Jeep till Salleri and then to Lukla (3 days hike extra)
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is about 30 minutes. There are daily flights to Lukla. In season time most of the flights to Lukla are prebooked so you need to book it earlier.
Heli Ride to Lukla
We have a daily helicopter service from Kathmandu to Lukla. Getting a heli ride to Lukla is fun. It is about a 1-hour ride to Lukla Airport. The price for a Heli ride to Lukla is about 500 USD per person.
Heli Ride to Lukla is a better option for you too as it can fly even if a flight to Lukla gets canceled.
By Jeep till Salleri
By Jeep till Salleri is a good option if you are traveling on a budget. The cost for a Salleri jeep is on a shared basis. The cost per person is about 35 USD. After reaching Salleri, you still need to hike for about 3 days to reach Lukla.
Kinds of flights flying to Lukla
There are daily flights to Lukla on a Small Twin otter Plane with around 20 seats. Currently, there are three airlines flying to Lukla every day.
- Summit Air
- Sita Air
- Tara Air
All these airlines are similar and the pilot flying these planes are highly skilled with a minimum of 10 years of experience in Kathmandu Lukla flights.
Lukla Airport safety standard
Lukla Airport also known as Tenzing Hillary Airport is considered the world’s top dangerous airport. But should you be worried about the safety standard of the flight flying to Lukla? The runway is in Hill and due to that, it is difficult to Land the flight at Lukla Airport which is why it is recognized as the most dangerous airport in the world.
Were there any accidents at Lukla Airport in the Past?
There is rarely any airport in the world without any accidents in the past. Till now there have been 11 accidents in the past and the total fatality was around 40 people. But seeing there extreme runway of the Lukla Airport and the frequently changing weather in the Lukla it is literally nothing.
Pilots flying to Lukla Airport
Due to the short runway, hilly terrain, and the 2800m elevation the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has set high standards for skills for the Pilots flying to Lukla. The pilots must complete at least 100 stol flights.
Moreover, they need to have years of experience flying in the Himalayan region Airport. And should have completed 11 flights to Lukla successfully.
If pilots pass these requirements then they are eligible to fly to Lukla.
Weather Conditions in Lukla
The weather in Lukla is changing all the time. You are lucky that on the day you are flying to Lukla have good weather. Normally the weather in Lukla is mostly foggy, but in high trekking season time, Spring and Autumn the weather in Lukla is very much clear.
On a foggy day flights to Lukla get delayed and visitors have to wait hours at the airport due to the flight delay.
Kathmandu to Lukla flight tickets cost
Kathmandu to Lukla flight is not that cheaper. If you expect to get to Lukla in just a few minutes then you have to pay specific amounts.
Price per person: 195 USD
NOTE: We have an Airport Car drop service too and that costs 20 USD extra.
Ramechhap Manthali Airport to Lukla
In high season time, the Air Traffic in Kathmandu is very high, and because of this, there is flight diversion from Manthali Airport to Lukla. Manthali is in the Ramechhap district of Nepal. So you need to drive 140 km to the Ramechhap Manthali Airport for Kathmandu to Lukla Flight.
It is around 15 minutes Aeroplane ride to Lukla Airport. So Ramcehhap Airport is the best diversion.
Flight ticket price from Ramechhap Manthali to Lukla Airport is 157 USD, if including Shared transportation to Manthali then the total cost with the Manthali transportation would be 195 USD.
Hiring Guide/Porter from Lukla
Being a Trekking agency we have solutions to your problems. People might get a little scared to do Trekking on their own, so we do provide you Guide/ Porter services from Lukla.
This will reduce your Trekking stress so that you won’t need to worry in case something bad happens to you on the mountain. Sometimes visitors get confused in finding trails. With Guide/Porter, it will be easier for you in any scenario. At least there will be a companion and person to care for you in these extreme Mountain Adventures.