When people read or hear about the Nepal airport they they are often hearing about Lukla airport, actually named the Tenzing Hillary Airport. This 460m section of runway lies at 2800m and services the bustling Sherpa village of Lukla. Lukla is gateway to the Everest region of Nepal and Lukla airport is the starting and finishing point for the majority of trekkers and climbers that visit this Himalayan region. If you’ve decided on an Everest Base Camp trek or perhaps a Mera Peak climb, then Lukla airport will almost certainly be your start and finish point in the mountains.
On busy days and in good weather, this tiny Nepal airport is capable of servicing 60 flights in and out. Often the turn around time will be 10 minutes or less. It’s an incredible sight witnessing the small Dornier 228’s and Twin Otter aircraft flying in and out of this remote airstrip. Given Lukla’s mountain location, it is not uncommon for this small Nepal airport to close regularly due to weather and visibility issues. The locals eagerly await the first aircraft arrival everyday and when the first plane leaves Kathmandu bound for Lukla each day, an alarm sounds right across Lukla so everyone can prepare for that initial wave of tourists.
Watch the action at Lukla Nepal airport
This small Nepal airport has also earned itself 3rd place on an unofficial list of the world’s most dangerous airports. But rest assured, whenever the weather is bad or the planes aren’t flying, Trek Climb Ski Nepal is quick to offer our guests the option of helicopter transport to Lukla. Helicopters are seen by many as a safer option in high mountain areas prone to uncertain weather and poor visibility. Watch this classic video of one of our groups flying from Kathmandu to Lukla by chopper.