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Lukla

Lukla

Lukla is the gateway to the Everest Base Camp. Lukla is a small town of Sagarmatha Zone and lies in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 2860 m above sea level. The name ‘Lukla’ symbolizes a place with many goats and sheep’s, which are now available there in very few numbers. Lukla is a small town having one of the most dangerous airstrips in the world. Tenzing Hillary Airport popularly known as Lukla airport was renamed in 2008 in the honor of Tenziing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary who were the first people to reach the summit and built the airport under their supervision. The airport was rated as the most dangerous airport in the world for over 20 years. The population of Lukla is less than 500 people. It takes approximately 45 minutes to reach to Lukla from Kathmandu by air. In Lukla we can see numbers of hotels and guest houses providing varieties of meals and quality services. There is a hospital which is run by foreign donations and also provides free medical services to the poor people. Travelers trekking to Everest Base camp will move towards Phakding from Lukla. 

Why is Lukla airport so dangerous?


Short runways are a danger because a pilot has limited space both to get the plane off the ground and to land it safely. ... Beyond the perils of the runway and elevation, Lukla airport is precarious due to the harsh landscape that surrounds it. At the landing end of the runway lies a stone wall and a steep mountain.

How many planes have crashed at Lukla airport?

Three people have died in a plane crash in Nepal, at what is regarded as one of the world's most dangerous airports. The plane veered off the runway and hit a stationary helicopter at Lukla Airport, the main gateway to the Everest region.