Gateway to Everest

Lukla is a town in Solukhumbu District, and the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, named for the first Everest summiteers, is the starting point for all treks and expeditions into the Everest region. The town is located at an altitude of 2,860 meters, and the small airport is quite famous for its short uphill landing strip.

Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla take off early in the morning when the weather is the clearest. If you are seated to the left, you will have amazing views of the Himalayas, including Gaurishanker and Everest. These flights are also the primary means of getting supplies to Lukla and areas beyond, so don’t be surprised if on arrival at Kathmandu, you are greeted with mountains of cargo, all ready to be loaded onto the plane.

Flying in and out of Lukla is an experience in itself. The weather is always changing and you are advised to exercise patience as flights might sometimes be cancelled for days. On clear days, there are as many as 40 flights in and out of Lukla. Flight distance is a short 20 minutes, and on a good day, you will soon be on your Everest adventure.

Lukla Airport

Lukla, Tenzing-Hillary Airport

Lukla,Tenzing-Hillary Airport map


 Airport Type 
 Lukla, Nepal 
9,380 ft / 2,860 m
27°41′N 86°43′E
Runway Length 
1,500 / ft 460m
Runway Type 
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