All the flights Kathmandu to Lukla has been changed into the Manthali Airport at Ramechhap to Lukla, due to maintenance the runways at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on 1st of April to 30th-June 2019. As TIA is only one international airport of Nepal, the airport remains closed at 22:00 to 08:00 AM every day during these dates. According the TIA, the project will complete in time.
After conducting Flight From Ramechhap to Lukla, the result shows that fly from the Manthali airport to Lukla is a better option than Kathmandu, to avoid the air traffic at ITA airport, which often caused to delay the flight for one hour to two hours and latter the weather of Lukla not permitted to fly. As Lukla is the gateway to the Mt. Everest “Top of the World 8,848m” that’s why many trekkers (about 400 people every day during peak season) all over the world visit the Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Short trek, Everest 3 Passes Trek, Gokyo Lakes Trek, Gokyo Chola Pass Trek, Everest Expeditions and other expedition and trekking. Fly to Lukla is the most popular destination for the trekkers in Khumbu region.
According to the TIA, domestic airline companies have been conducting almost fifty flight to Lukla every day during trekking high season. So, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) requested to all airlines to conduct more Lukla flights from Ramechhap airport incoming Autumn 2019 trekking season also. But it is not comfortable for the trekkers fly from the Ramechhap due to lack of basic fundamental of tourism and quite long distance from Kathmandu. All the trekking and travel entrepreneurs have been raising voice to keep on the Lukla flight from Kathmandu after client feedback and our own experience.We hope the Government of Nepal will consider public voice and carry on Lukla flight from Kathmandu afterward to make successful Tourism Vision 2020 (Two Million Tourist in 2020) campaign.
Here are some most important questions regarding Manthali airport and Flight From Ramechhap to Lukla.
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Q. Why Change Lukla Flight from Ramechhap?
This is mostly concerned questions, Why Fly to Lukla from Ramechhap? Since Nepal has only one international airport at capital city Kathmandu so far (Pokhara International Airport, Gautam Buddha International Airport at Bhairawa almost ready for conducting and Nijgadh International Airport under construction). There are more than 50 flights conduct only in Lukla during trekking peak season, meanwhile several domestic flights in various sector and as well as international flight also operating from TIA. So, the flight becomes delayed almost couple hours due to air traffic, afterward the weather of Lukla not permitted to fly. As a result, your all plan will affected by flight. But if you are flying from the Manthali Airport at Ramechhap, there won’t be any air traffic and can fly to Lukla any time without interrupt. Ramechhap to Lukla is just 20 minutes scenic flight by Dornier small aircraft. To fly in time it is recommended fly to Lukla from Manathali airport.
About Manthali Airport:
Manthali is located 132km northeast of Kathmandu, in the headquarter of the Ramechhap District. The Airport situated 474 meters above the sea level in the Tamakoshi River Valley. It was established in October 1979 to link Ramechhap stream of development to the Kathmandu and was renovated upgraded to concrete runway with 518 meters length in 2015.
Q. How can we get to the Manthali Airport for Lukla flight?
As all the flight to Lukla has conducted from Kathmandu in pervious time, so you are wondering why don’t fly from Kathmandu airport to Lukla direct? And how far is Ramechhap Airport from Kathmandu? Well, Manthali Airport lies in Ramechhap District, 132 km north east of Kathmandu, taking 4 to 5 hours drive by public bus or private vehicles.
Q. Do we need to stay overnight at Manthali before fly to Lukla?
This is the most important question, it depends on your flight time. If your flight is before 7:00 O’clock in the morning, then you need to get in Manthali a day head, then your flight and for the later flight you can drive at the same day from Kathmandu. As Manthali Airport is 132 km from Kathmandu, and it takes four to five hours drive to get in, so you need to drive super early in the morning at 3:00 AM from Kathmandu. It depends on your choice also, to drive such as early in the morning is not fun, but there is not any other option beside the drive to fly Lukla.
Q. Are there lodges and Guest Houses available at Manthali?
Manthali is the headquarter of Ramechhap districts, so there are basic lodges and Guest houses in few numbers, focus on official and administration activities. But you can’t expect much more facilities and services such as cities and hotels in the Everest area. Therefore, during the trekking peak season (March, April, May and September, October and November) is it very difficult to find accommodation due to numbers of trekkers come to Ramechhap for Lukla flight. So, there are buses or vehicle services available from Kathmandu to Ramechhap to catch your same day Lukla flight.
Q. Is the Flight From Ramechhap to Lukla guaranteed after 4 to 5 hours drive to the Manthali Airport from Kathmandu?
Well, we are sure you are choosing Everest Trek after a lot research, feedback and coming here one of the best time. We Nepal Mother House do everything for best result. After 4 to 5 hours drive such early in the morning, you are curious about Lukla flight conducting in time or not. Normally, it is 100 percent guarantee fly to Lukla from Ramechhap, except some exceptional cases. It depends on following day’s weather conditions also, sometime the weather in the Highlander especially at Lukla change unexpectedly. If in case the weather not permitted to fly, there is not anything rather than be patient and waiting for a flight or change the trekking destination. We manage everything from our side properly except beyond our hand (weather, technical, etc.). Let's think positive everything will come in our favor.
It takes 20 to 25 minutes by airplane from Manathali Airport to Lukla crossing 73.4 kilometers crow flies distance. Ramechhap to Lukla is a scenic flight by Dornier 19 seater aircraft. It is best to choose the left hand side seat for the amazing view.
Q. What is the luggage allowance for the Lukla flight?
Regarding the flight weight while flying to Lukla; Weight limit: 10 kg main baggage and 5 kg hand per passenger each flight. This is the same rule for any other mountain sector flight as well fly by Dornier 19 seater aircraft. If you have more than this weight, they will charge USD 1 to 3 per kilogram as additional.
Q. Do I need to print my air ticket for Ramechhap to Lukla Flight?
Now a day you can get air tickets as e-tickets, normally you don’t need to print out. Simply, you can keep it in your mobile or tablets via email or any media apps. Nevertheless, to make sure batter to download the tickets, if there is no internet access and battery issue while on the spot. We at Nepal Mother House provide you a copy of Air tickets before the start trek as well.
Q. How early should I check in the Airport for catching my Lukla Flights From Ramechhap?
It is advised to get to the Airport at least one hour before from your flight time for ever domestic flight. So, please be ready and drive from your hotel accordingly.
Q. Do I need to manage transport to the Manthali Airport on my own? If so how much does it cost?
If you sign up trekking program with Nepal Mother House Trek, then you don’t need to hassle for transport, we will organize all transportation to the Manthali and return to Kathmandu after the trek will provided public bus or jeep. There are daily transport services available .
Tourist Buses Depart: 2:00 am t o3:00 am - NPR. 900 to 1,500 per person for one way. To avoid the hassle of staying overnight in Manthali, drive early in the morning is best.
Hire a Car/ Jeep/ Haice/ Coaster depend on your group size and requirements (to hire a private will be additional cost for clients). The cost of car, Landcruser/ Jeep/ Scorpio, Microbus/ Hiace bus and Coster with AC will be US$ 90-100, US$ 140-150, US$ 160-170 and US$ 230-250 respectively for one way.
If you are staying overnight in Manthali, you have an option:
Get a cab to Koteshwor from your hotel. Catch a local bus or regular jeep from Koteshwor Bus station to Manthali. The vehicles depart in the morning 6:30 am to until 1 pm every day.
Q. What happened, if I have already booked Kathmandu to Lukla flight, but changed all the flight from Manthali?
If you have already booked flights Kathmandu to Lukla and change Lukla flight from Ramechhap, in this situation you don’t need to do anything, we provide Lukla flight from Ramechhap at the same cost and public transportation from Kathmandu to Ramewchhap. If you wish much more comfort drive, then you may hire a private car, Jeep or van according to your requirements and group size, as additional cost.
Q. Is it safe to fly from Ramechhap to Lukla?
Sure, Manthali airport has full of basic fundamental whatever needed for the airport. So, it is safe fly from Ramechhap to Lukla and back to Ramechhap.
Q. Is there any option fly by Helicopter to the Lukla?
If you are looking for comfort Trek to Everest Base Camp, hassle free drive to Manthali such early morning. Then you have option fly Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu by helicopter. But the cost is quite high, for this you need to pay USD 500 an additional payment per person for one way. There will be 5 passengers in a craft.
If you require any more information regarding Lukla flights rerouted to Ramechhap and Everest Trek, please fell free to contact Nepal Mother House Treks. We here for your assistance.