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Lukla Airport

Tenzing - Hillary Airport is a tiny airport at the base of Mt. Everest, in Lukla, Eastern Nepal. The Lukla Airport offers basic facilities and is devoid of fancy conveniences. It was renamed in 2008 to honor Sir Edmund Hillary & Sherpa Tenzing, the first people to reach the peak of Mt. Everest.

lukla Airport Information

Tenzing–Hillary Airport Address

Enquiries Number: 977 981-5946280

Tenzing–Hillary Airport, lukla

Tenzing–Hillary Airport, which is popularly known as Lukla Airport, is a very small airport. It is located in the town of Lukla, which is a part of Khumbu in eastern Nepal. Sir Edmund Hillary built this airport in 1965, in order to help the local Sherpas by developing this poverty-stricken area. The airport was renamed in honor of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, in January 2008.

This airport is popular, because Lukla is the place from where people start the climb to Mount Everest Base Camp. It was rated as the most dangerous airport in the world for over 20 years by a program called Most Extreme Airports, which broadcasted on The History Channel. The runway is inclined and clear skies are very important for landing on the cliff top runway.

Terminals Trivia

Lukla Airport is a small airport with very basic amenities. During peak seasons, about 80 to 90 flights operate in a day with three to four flights at a given time. Most of the flights operate during morning hours. The terminals get busy with people and there are no specific announcements.

The landing strip is built on a steep hillside and the runway has an incline of 12%, making it very dangerous for flights to take off and land. It is very important to have clear skies in order to operate flights from this airport.

Shop, Eat, and Relax

If you are looking for fancy amenities or facilities at Lukla Airport, then you will surely be disheartened. Tenzing-Hillary Airport is a small airport, which caters to people who are traveling to the base camp of Mount Everest. It has only the basic facilities required for travelling, such as public toilets and departure and arrival gates. Lack of proper announcement facilities make it difficult for passengers to reach their gate.

There are no airport lounges or Wi-Fi facilities at this airport.

Transport Facilities

It is hard to find any transportation facilities from the airport. You have to make your own arrangements.

Are you looking for a place to stay?

There are not many options to stay in Lukla because of the terrain. Some hotels such as Everest Summit Lodge, Yeti Mountain Home, Khumbu Resort, and Hotel Everest View are decent places to stay in Lukla. If you are looking for some basic lodging, you can try Lama Lodge and Restaurant, which is also located in this region.

Explore Lukla!

Lukla is a small town in the Khumbu region, which is a part of the Solukhumbu district in the north-eastern part of Nepal. It is 2860 m above sea level. This town is popular for visitors who are on their way to the Mount Everest Base Camp. There are a number of shops which provide the travelers with western meals and supplies for travelling through the trail.

It is hard to find any modes of modern transportation or proper road in Lukla. You have to walk on foot to get around this beautiful mountain town. There is not much to do in this small town. You can visit the Everest Museum or take a scenic trek to the Everest Base Camp.


Q. What are the most popular airlines that operate from Lukla airport?
A. Smirk Airlines and Yeti Airlines are the most popular airlines operating from Lukla Airport.

Q. Which are the cheap flights - domestic and international- that operate from Lukla airport?
A. Simrik and Yeti are the airlines which offer cheap flights to Lukla Airport.

Q. What is the airport code for Lukla airport?
A. The airport code for Lukla airport is LUA.

Q. Which is the most frequent route from Lukla airport? 
A. Lukla to Kathmandu is the most frequent route from this airport.

Q. Which is the first flight from Lukla airport?
A. The first flight from Lukla Airport is Simrik Airlines RMK21, which departs to Kathmandu at 6:50 AM.

Q. Which is the last flight from Lukla airport?
A. The last flight from Lukla Airport is Simrik Airlines 25, which departs to Kathmandu at 9:20 AM.

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