Lukla is a popular trekking hub for adventure lovers who want to view Top of the world – Mt. Everest. It is also the gateway to the Khumbu region which has a vibrant Sherpa community.
To reach Lukla, you will have two options. One option is to take a morning Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The other option is to take a bus or jeep from Kathmandu to Salleri (7-8 hours) then trek for 2-3 days to reach Lukla. In this post, we will be more focusing on a flight to Lukla rather than overland.
In peak season, more than 400 trekkers plan an exciting trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and other Everest trek route. What even more exciting and adventurous is the 30 minutes Kathmandu to Lukla flight. As you know, Lukla airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
If you got lucky to find the left window seat then you can have a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Gauri Shankar and other mountain regions which will blow your mind.
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Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Schedule
In peak season, there are an average, 25 flights to Lukla daily. While in low season, there are only few numbers of flights (2-3). The first-morning flight starts from 6 AM to noon. Sometimes, in good weather, flight schedule can extend to 3 PM.
Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Cost
The one-way flight from Kathmandu to Lukla cost for International travelers is USD 180 per person. Whereas, the round-trip flight cost USD 360 per person.
Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Cost for Indian
For Indian citizen, one-way flight from Kathmandu to Lukla cost INR 9250 per person and INR 18500 per person for a round-trip.
Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Airlines
In total, there are three domestic airlines, which are operating currently. To name – Sita Air, Tara Air, and Summit Air.
Sita airlines have three Dornier DO 228 aircraft model. It can carry 13 passengers. Whereas, Tara airlines have three Dornier DO 228 aircraft model and two Twin Otter DHC 6/300 aircraft model. It can also carry 13 passengers.
Lastly, Summit airlines have three Turbolet LET L-410 aircraft model. It can carry 19 passengers.
Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Safety
Lukla airport is considered as dangerous due to its short runway (475m). Due to its geographical locations, weather changes quickly. While landing and take-off, you can feel the thrilling adventure.
For further, kindly have a look at following safety instructions card issued by Sita Air.
Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Baggage Allowance
You can carry maximum 10Kg of luggage (two pieces) and maximum 5kg of hand-carry. If you want to carry more than 15kg, you have to pay USD 1 per kg extra.
Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Distance
The total distance from Kathmandu to Lukla is 140km or 87 miles.
- Make sure to book a first flight ticket to Lukla. It is because due to a less chance of flight cancellation on a first flight
- In aircraft, there is not any seat number (first come, first basis). Try to get a left seat to view incredible mountains
- Use cotton wool for an ear (provided by air hostess)
- Carry some snacks, chocolate bars, and water (in case of a flight delay)
- If you buy a flight ticket from an agency. In case of a flight cancel, your money will be refunded fully
- In peak season (Spring and Autumn), buy a Lukla ticket prior to one month
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