Due to runway maintenance in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, all flights to/from Lukla is being rerouted from Kathmandu to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap (RCH) from April 1, 2019, to June 30, 2019.SPECIAL NOTE:
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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:
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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