Nepal, the land of culture, beautiful mountains, and snow-capped peaks, is an abode for the lovers of adventures and peace. Nepal offers wildlife forests, lakes in Pokhara, and temples in Kathmandu. Another small town in the land of Nepal is Lukla. Located in the Khumbu Pasanglhamu rural municipality, it’s in the northeastern part of Nepal. Lukla, at an elevation of 9383 feet above sea level, is a very tiny settlement. The main reason why the place is extremely famous is that it acts as the contact place for the climbers of Everest. Lukla has an airport known as Tenzing Hillary Airport, which sees small flights take off and descend. For anyone who wants to scale up the Everest needs to land at this place, followed by a two-day journey to Namche Bazaar. It is where people halt for a day or two for acclimatization. In 2014, the Government of Nepal lay provisions to open roads from Kathmandu to Lukla.
Lukla airport, often referred to as the most dangerous airport in the world, has an extremely steep airstrip along with extreme weather leading to frequent accidents and fatalities. The weather permits twin-engine Dornier Do 228s and Havilland Canada Twin Otters that take up several flights each day. Owing to the mountains surrounding the short runway adding to the low pressure in the region, which makes it extremely difficult a zone to fly in. There is no round around process, either that makes it even more difficult to take advantage of a missed approach. The visibility, mist, and snow in the area are highly unpredictable, and flight time changes without any certainty. Many of the flight accidents in the zone have been caught on camera as well. One of the worst incidents was in 2008, in which Yeti Airlines Flight 103 dashed against the mountains just a little away from the runway owing to dense fog. All the 18 people on board expect the pilot was killed. Owing to such incidents, the government has set high standards for the pilots citing certain norms that need to be fulfilled before flying one. The airport is fenced and protected by the Nepal armed police or civil police. Built-in 1964 under Sir Edmund Hillary’s supervision, it was flat farmland earlier.
Lukla was once only a small farming community but has grown to be a land for trekkers. There are numerous shops selling yak hair and other daily essentials. To have a local tour of Lukla, one can also travel on foot. With no modern roads or means of transport, one can only soak in the peace while exploring this mini town. The impressive mountains give you a view in itself. Over the years, there have been numerous accidents in the area, but the importance of place in terms of connectivity to Everest cannot be ignored. A beautiful, heavenly town with warm people is what makes Lukla amazing.