All the flights from Kathmandu to Lukla have been changed into the Manthali Airport at Ramechhap to Lukla, due to maintenance of the runways at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) from 1st of April to 30th-June 2019. As TIA is the only international airport in Nepal, the airport remains closed from 22:00 to 08:00 AM every day during these dates. According to 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 trekkers in the Khumbu region.
According to the TIA, domestic airline companies have been conducting almost fifty flights 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 to fly from the Ramechhap due to a lack of basic fundamentals of tourism and quite a 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 a 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 with questions, Why Fly to Lukla from Ramechhap? Since Nepal has only one international airport in the 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 sectors and as well as international flights also operating from TIA. So, the flight becomes delayed almost a couple of hours due to air traffic, afterward the weather of Lukla is not permitted to fly. As a result, your plan will be 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 interruption. Ramechhap to Lukla is just 20 minutes of scenic flight by Dornier small aircraft. To fly in the time it is recommended to fly to Lukla from Manathali airport.
About Manali Airport:
Manthali is located 132km northeast of Kathmandu, in the headquarter of the Ramechhap District. The Airport is situated 474 meters above sea level in the Tamakoshi River Valley. It was established in October 1979 to link the Ramechhap stream of development to Kathmandu and was renovated upgraded to a concrete runway with 518 meters length in 2015.
Q. How can we get to the Manthali Airport for the 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 northeast of Kathmandu, taking 4 to 5 hours drive by public bus or private vehicles.
Q. Do we need to stay overnight at Manthali before flying 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 ahead, then your flight and for the later flight, you can drive on 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 besides 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 Guesthouses 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 the number of trekkers who 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 a 4 to 5 hours drive to the Manthali Airport from Kathmandu?
Well, we are sure you are choosing Everest Trek after a lot of research, feedback, and coming here one of the best times. We Nepal Mother House do everything for the 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 a 100 percent guarantee to fly to Lukla from Ramechhap, except in some exceptional cases. It depends on the following day’s weather conditions also, sometimes 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 them out. Simply, you can keep it on 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 at the Airport for catching my Lukla Flights From Ramechhap?
It is advised to get to the airport at least one hour before your flight time for every domestic flight. So, please be ready and drive from your hotel accordingly.
Q. Do I need to manage transport to 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 with transport, we will organize all transportation to the Manthali and return to Kathmandu after the trek will provide a 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/ Hiace/ Coaster depend on your group size and requirements (to hire a private will be an additional cost for clients). The cost of the car, Landcruiser/ 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 from 6:30 am to 1 pm every day.
Q. What happened, if I have already booked Kathmandu to Lukla flight, but changed all the flights from Manthali?
If you have already booked flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and change Lukla flights from Ramechhap, in this situation you don’t need to do anything, we provide Lukla flights from Ramechhap at the same cost and public transportation from Kathmandu to Ramewchhap. If you wish a much more comfortable drive, then you may hire a private car, jeep, or van according to your requirements and group size, as an 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 to fly from Ramechhap to Lukla and back to Ramechhap.
Q. Is there any option to 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 the option to 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 feel free to contact Nepal Mother House Treks. We here for your assistance.
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I am Karna Rana Trekking Tour Operator and Mountain Guide, specializing in Trekking, Tour, Travel in Nepal, Hiking in the Himalayan and other Outdoor Activities including, Peak Climbing, Expedition, Adventure Trekking, Rafting, etc. applying my field expiring since 2000. Meanwhile, I have completed my Master’s degree in Rural Development (2016) from Tribhuvan University of Kathmandu, Nepal’s leading educational institution. Now, I have been applying my field experience in tourism, especially in remote areas of the country for sustainable eco-tourism for local empowerment. I enjoyed writing my blog own word sharing my travel experience in the Himalayan, aiming to provide the right information and help to the Nepal Traveler.
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