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Amazing Facts About Lukla Airport (Tenzing Hillary Airport)

Monday, 04 October 2021

Amazing Facts About Lukla Airport (Tenzing Hillary Airport)

World Highest Airport Lukla Airport is situated at an elevation of 2860m at Khumbu Pashanglambhu Rural Municipality of Solukhumbu District of Nepal. Lukla is a small settlement at the base of Mount Everest. Lukla means a place with goats and sheep but due to the airport area at the top of the mountain and due to settlement there are no other animals in this region on large scale.

Lukla Airport is an extremely small and busiest airport with a very short runway and steep incline. This airport is renamed in 2008 in honour of Sir Eid Mud Hillary and Tenzing Norgay sherpa the first human to put foot on top of Mount Everest.

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Lukla Airport is the very first trekking point of Everest Base camp Trek. This is the most popular and famous Airport around the world because of its mesmerizing height and the uniqueness of its location and hearth warming and jaw opening landing and pickup. Before Lukla Airport it was a difficult and lengthy journey for trekkers as the only nearest point was Jiri and trekkers have to difficult walk to reach this starting point of Trekking.

This famous Lukla Airport lies in between mountains and hills with an elevation of 9000ft and a small runway of 1500ft long and 65ft width and only 12 per cent north-south gradient. The flight to Lukla from Kathmandu airport take place only in the morning usually because the weather condition of Lukla may affect the landing in the airport. It takes around 35 min to reach Lukla Airport from Kathmandu Airport. Due to the excessive flights from the International airport from Kathmandu the flight to Lukla is shifted to Manthali Airport of Ramachap District during pick seasons of September To November and March to May. It takes around 25 minutes to reach Lukla From Manthali.

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12 Things You Don't Know About Lukla Airport:
1:The name Lukla is famous for Sheep and Yak rearing grassland.
2:Lukla Airport was renamed Tenzing Hillary Airport in 2008 the first two-man ever to set foot on Mount Everest.
3:Famous mountaineer Sherpas involved in the construction of this Airport.
4:You can only carry 15 kg of luggage during your flight to Lukla.
5:Trekkers have to walk for 5 days to reach Lukla from Jiri before they started the flight.
6:It is the World Highest Elevations airport and is renowned for adventurous landing and pick up.
7:The flight to Lukla from Kathmandu Airport amaze you with the heartwarming scenery of mountains and their periphery.
8:There will be more than 60 flights per day from Kathmandu or manthali to Lukla Airport.
9:1500ft runway is only 65ft width which is supposed to be crucial for the passage.
10:There is no air navigation or Radar system in Lukla but there is the use of radio communication for landing and take off.
11:Only small planes or twineter carrying around 20 passengers per flight can land or pick up from this Lukla Airport.
12:The pilots who are experienced and usual to mountain areas like Sherpas are permitted to take a flight to Lukla.

Is Lukla Airport Dangerous?
It is a frequently asked question by many travellers about the risk of Lukla Flight. But Lukla airport is not dangerous at all but it is the most adventurous, thrilling and jaw opening lifetime experience during take-off and landing in this Lukla Airport. Due to the height and location of the airport which is at the base of giant Mount Everest and the runway is between to massive landmass there is a real thrill of travelling to Lukla Airport. It is worth it to attempt to fly to Lukla because of heartwarming satisfaction and it is also a getaway to flight Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Gokyo Ri Trek, Everest Three Pass Trek, Everest Base Camp Helicopter Day Tour and Other Everest Region Trek in Nepal.


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