03 March 2019 | Arjun Rijal
Due to the maintenance in Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu, the Kathmandu airport remain closed from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am from 1st April, 2019, all the flights to and from Lukla are rerouted from and to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap District of Nepal. The official said the maintenance will go till 30th July, 2019 from the 1st April, 2019.
Lukla Airport, Nepal !
The maintenance of airport is necessary as the Nepal authorities are concerned with the frequent appearance of potholes and cracks which has led to minor incidents on the runway in the past. Despite the fact that the annual amount of passengers has doubled in the last 20 years and the Tribhuvan International airport has only one runway.
Cause of this maintenance work at airport, there will be disruptions on international and domestic flights so, most of the international flights are rescheduling their flight to and from Nepal so, and there may be some changes on your flight to and from Nepal if you have booked your flight to Nepal already so, please check with your airlines for the new flight times.
Manthali airport, Ramechhap, Nepal !
Furthermore, there will be much disruptions on flight to and from Lukla and as most of the flights to Lukla are scheduled in early morning so, all the flight to and from Lukla are rescheduled and rerouted from and to Manthali Airport of Ramechhap, District for those have booked Everest Base camp Trek with us as well.
Letter from Tara Air for Flight Shedule from Manthali-Lukla- Manthali !
The Manthali Airport:
The Manthali Airport is located in the Tamakoshi River Valley in Manthali, the capital of Ramechhap District at an altitude of 474 m and it is 132 km east of Kathmandu and it takes about 4-5 hours to drive. The Manthali is a small town that doesn’t really see much visitors so, the accommodation facilities available in Manthali are very limited and the service level is basic, with the large number of trekkers who will come here to catch their flights, it is highly likely that you not find accommodation in Manthali during the peak season of April- May So, we are arranging transfer from Kathmandu to Mantlai in the same day and catch the flight to Lukla.
Letter from summit air for flight schedule from Manthali-Lukla- Manthali !
The flight to and from Lukla are mostly in the morning So, I would like to inform to all our clients those already have booked Everest Base camp Trek with flying to Lukla that all your flight to and from Lukla are also rerouted to and from Manthali Airport and you have to drive to Manthali airport about 1:00 to 2:00 am (mid night) in the morning and you will fly to Manthali airport from Lukla at the end of the trek and need to drive to Kathmandu that takes about 4-5 hours.
What can be other Alternative?
There is another way to reach by Helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla as the Helicopter flights are operated regularly from the Kathmandu Airport however the cost of the Helicopter is expensive in Nepal and A private Helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla cost about 3000.00-3500.00 USD and maximum 5 passenger will fly per flight and the cost will be shared among 5 passenger so, contact us if you want to make further discussion and arrangement.