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The city of Lukla is located in the Khumbu area of the Solukhumbu district in the Sagarmatha zone in north-eastern Nepal. At 2,860 meters (9,383 feet), it is a favorite spot for Himalayan tourists near Mount Everest. Though Lukla is a place with many goesats and lambs, there are few left in the area today.
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Arrival and departure at Tenzing-Hillary International Airports. Asphalted runways at the Havilland International Airports are only available for small solid, fast take-off planes such as the De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, Dornier Do 228, L-410 Turbolet and Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter. 527 metres (1,729 ft) 30 metres (98 ft) with a gradient of 11.7% The height of the aerodrome is 2,845 metres (9,334 ft) The aerodrome is used not only for passengers, but also for the transport of most of the construction materials and freight to the city, as most of the rooftops of the Lukla buildings have to be carried by air.
Panorama photo of Lukla Airport and its area.
It'?s the most perilous airport in the world.
It is a 40-minute ride from Kathmandu, Nepal, to the Lukla town. This seems to be an easy journey until you consider that it is 40 min hiking, snow cuddling, air travel in a small airplane to the most hazardous airports in the canyon. Luklas only strip that was cobbled in 2001, although it was constructed in the 1960' by Kiwiberg climber Sir Edmund Hillary, is a heartbreaking 1,729-foot long miniscule one.
On the other hand, the famous lysh and picturesque St. Barth's beach strip in the Caribbean is 2,133 ft long and the lysh of New York-JFK is 8,400 ft long. To make things worse, Lukla is almost 9,500 ft above sea level and has little gradient before we land; I have only surmised our imminent approach and have adjusted to applying the brakes as the aircraft's undercarriage falls off.
Lukla is Nepal's most busy inland base and for those who want to visit Mount Everest, air travel is an integral part of the game. Everest is a small city of less than 500 inhabitants and is the most preferred base for the Everest Trail, whether it's a two-week hike to Everest Base Camp or a more than 45-day hike to Everest Peak.
But those who don't have the nerve to end up in Lukla have other options: either they take an 11-hour coach trip from Kathmandu to the city of Jiri and walk five consecutive day hikes up to Lukla, or they afford the four places for personal chopper transfer, which are often no less bad.
FriendlyPlanet Travel and their specialist in the Nepalese region, TWX, were commissioned to put together my complete route and tailor-made hike, with an additional tag reserved just for observing the hectic activities at Lukla International Airports.
An end of the airstrip borders a 2,000-foot gradient of cliffs. At the other end of the airstrip is a massive rock face and a precipitous path to a vantage point with a Buddha sanctuary. It is also about a gradient of 11 degrees to the take-off and landing strip, which is great for slowing down after landings and getting up at take-off, but also means that one end is almost 200 ft below the other.
The Aviation Safety Network is listing the most recent large loss in 2008, when a flying captain wrongly assessed the meteorological situation and the arrival. At Lukla Airport there are no navigational aid or overnight deployments, and the wheather is, to say the least, unforeseeable. In good weather, most of the air travel takes place between six and nine in the morning. When the day is poor, delay rolls with little information, and it's not unusual to wait three longer nights to get your iFlight.
Indeed, Lukla made news all over the globe in 2011 when hundreds of millions of trekkers were trapped for a whole weekend because of the relentless mist. Lukla can only be landed by certain small aircraft registered for STOL (short take-offs and landings), all of which are piloted by aircraft registered specifically for this area.
Older aeroplanes with no more than 16 seats will whip the hundred foot from the airport to the only air terminals for freight and passenger traffic on a normal days. At the moment, the major carriers in Lukla are Goma Air (with which I flew), Tara Air, Nepal Airlines, Sita Air and Simrik Air, and the return fares between Kathmandu and Lukla are an approximate 300 US dollars with a baggage allowance of 22 lbs per person.
In spite of the threat, Lukla Airport should be classified as one of the most attractive airport in the whole year. His location between crisp Himalaya summits, the strip surrounded by small lilac coloured blossoms and the noise of little jingling alarms on a yak in the near future have always caused reverence, even when no plane was in view.