Flight From Kathmandu to Lukla

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About Lukla Flight

Lukla is the preferred gateway to the Everest Region, and the only way to get there is to take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is a short half an hour flight that passes pretty close to the mighty Himalayas and as you get close to Lukla, you will also get a beautiful view of Everest. Once on the ground, you will have to wait till you get to Kalapathar or Gokyo Ri for a comparable view!! So buckle your seat belts and get ready for Lukla!!

However, make sure to hand carry a fleece as the elevation gain from Kathmandu to Lukla is around 1,500 meters or 5000 feet. This translates to a drop of 15 degree centigrade in temperature.

Here are some things you might find relevant:

How much does a flight to Lukla cost?

While USD 180 is the standard fare, if you buy flights directly from HoneyGuide or airlines, the price is USD 168. On the other hand, if you buy from your hotel or one of the travel agents in Thamel, you are looking to pay USD 185-200.

They will justify this inflated prices by saying they have a ‘man’ at the airport who will make sure that you get the earliest flight possible. We will leave it to you to decide the truth value of such claims. :)

How long is the flight to Lukla?

25 minutes. Lukla is 140 kilometers from Kathmandu as the crow flies.

Make sure to book the earliest flight you can get. As the day progresses, the weather in the mountains gets unstable which increases the chance of flight cancellations. This will mainly be an issue during the October peak season.

How do I get a free mountain flight when I book a flight to Lukla?

Simply sit on the mountainside when you board. :) Since there are no seat numbers in the flight to Lukla, you can sit anywhere. This means you need the first person off the bus which takes you to the plane. And you will have to make sure to sit on the left side of the plane when going to Lukla from Kathmandu to see the beautiful mountains. We will leave it to you to guess which side you need to sit on when flying from Lukla to Kathmandu.

What is the baggage allowance for a flight to Lukla?

Check-in Baggage: 10 kilograms. Or for the metrically challenged citizens, 22 lbs. 2 pieces tops.
Hand Carry: 5 kilograms. 11 lbs.
Excess baggage is charged at the rate of USD 1 per kg.

Read more about Getting to Lukla

Find out Other ways to get to Everest Base Camp

Also a little secret, you can now book lodges all the way to Everest Base Camp through HoneyGuide. Check out the Everest Base Camp Trek

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Putting the HoneyGuide app ahead of its competitors, maps and trail descriptions can be used offline, so you can dip in and out of reception as you drop into mountain valleys without losing functionality

The number of trekkers is close to fifty thousand per year, but only a handful know the fact that Phuraputi also runs a small kitchen garden and serves organic vegetables to her guests.

Digital entrepreneurs often talk excitedly about disrupting industries, but rarely do you find such excitement when talking about guidebooks. Ashish Shrestha, one of the founders of Honeyguide, wants to give travelers to Nepal a better all-around experience, from booking their travel to navigating the trails and learning about the local culture.

Guidebooks are dead!! Millennial travelers have no patience with its format or content. They want the technology to bend around their needs. While they are trekking, they don’t want a guidebook, they want a trekking app. And they want the technology to make them instant experts. HoneyGuide’s Trekking in Nepal provides just that through its features like Mountain Finder, context sensitive Placecards, Deviation Alerts, complete lodge info in a small offline package.

HoneyGuide is Nepal's first trekking guide app. Pick your trek, then select categories of interest (mountains, flowers, animals, culture, etc.) so that you can preview and learn about what you'll come across.

Putting the HoneyGuide app ahead of its competitors, maps and trail descriptions can be used offline, so you can dip in and out of reception as you drop into mountain valleys without losing functionality

The number of trekkers is close to fifty thousand per year, but only a handful know the fact that Phuraputi also runs a small kitchen garden and serves organic vegetables to her guests.

Digital entrepreneurs often talk excitedly about disrupting industries, but rarely do you find such excitement when talking about guidebooks. Ashish Shrestha, one of the founders of Honeyguide, wants to give travelers to Nepal a better all-around experience, from booking their travel to navigating the trails and learning about the local culture.

Guidebooks are dead!! Millennial travelers have no patience with its format or content. They want the technology to bend around their needs. While they are trekking, they don’t want a guidebook, they want a trekking app. And they want the technology to make them instant experts. HoneyGuide’s Trekking in Nepal provides just that through its features like Mountain Finder, context sensitive Placecards, Deviation Alerts, complete lodge info in a small offline package.

HoneyGuide is Nepal's first trekking guide app. Pick your trek, then select categories of interest (mountains, flowers, animals, culture, etc.) so that you can preview and learn about what you'll come across.

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men and mountains meet.’
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Going to the mountains
is going home.’
- John Muir
Great things are done when
men and mountains meet.’
- William Blake
There is no such thing as bad weather,
only inappropriate clothing.’
- Sir Ranulph Fiennes