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Lukla Flight Inconsistencies - Beware and Plan Better for Everest Base Camp Trek

 

 

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Lukla Flight Inconsistency is a major problem for all those planning the Everest Base Camp Trek and other treks that starts from Lukla and the Solukhumbhu region of Nepal. Lukla is one of the most Dangerous airport in the World and the flight schedule is very much affected by the weather conditions. Often it happens that the flights might not take off due to turbulent weather and visibility conditions for which your plan may fall out of schedule. It affects not just your schedule but also the tea-house bookings and the local bookings that you might have made for guide an porters.

I have listed the below important pointers to keep in mind while you plan to take this flight to start your trek.

  1. The flights to Lukla is not a simple one and is not always guaranteed to fly on time and reach on time. It is governed by the Weather Gods and that's not under the control of your trek operator or the airlines. Understandably, for safety reasons, on a bad weather day, the flights do not take off. This is a serious problem and your entire planning will fall apart if you do not make a note of this. Including buffer days for this particular uncertainty is very much advised. 
  2. A good travel planner will always consult and check out weather alerts before scheduling their travel.
  3. Sometime flights do not fly on consecutive days.
  4. Mostly, the first flights take off, so make it a point to book your flights very early to be assured a first flight. 
  5. If you miss a flight, do not cancel it as the airlines will try its best to put you on the next flight, next day, without any cost. If you cancel your tickets, they will charge you cancellation charge. However, the flights for next day will not be empty either, so you might not get the tickets for the next or you might not get the tickets on the first or second flight. If you are time bound, do check with other airlines as well if they can book you a seat in their first or second flight. If they can, cancel you previous tickets.
  6. The delay in a day, or sometimes couple of days might affect your schedule and bookings of the tea houses. These things are out of your control. So plan in a manner which is for the best interest of everyone involved in your plan - i.e. the guides, porters, travel agent, tea houses etc. Usually everyone understands this problem and tries to co-operate. You too need to co-operate on this matter.
  7. This problem of the flight not flying can also create a problem managing your stay in Kathmandu, as you might not find suitable hotels during a peak season, or might have to put up in a expensive hotels because of your unplanned return. Do keep this in your mind.
  8. We suggest including atleast 2 buffer days in your travel plan and booking first flights to Lukla to overcome this uncertainty.
  9. Usually while flying back from Lukla, the airlines can pre-pone your tickets without any cost if they have a seat flying without a passenger. You may keep this in mind while booking your return flight.

A Better Hope:

The Government in Nepal is on plan to connect Lukla easily by road from Jiri and onwards. The roadhead now gets closer and can be driven till Salleri. Once thats complete, we can definitely get off with the Lukla Flight Inconsistencies Problem while planning our treks and expeditions to the Solukhumbhu region.

Checkout the different treks that start from this region.

 
    Nandi Kund - Ghiya Vinayak Pass Trek
    Nandi Kund - Ghiya Vinayak Pass Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 10 Days, 9 Nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5250m
    • 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May End - June, Sep - Early October
    • 🚩 Starts From: Ransi
    • 🚩 Ends In: Urgum
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
    Bhyundar Khal Trek
    Bhyundar Khal Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 11 Da
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5100m
    • 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May End - June, Sep - Early October
    • 🚩 Starts From: Joshimath
    • 🚩 Ends In: Joshimath
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
    Mera Peak Trekking Expedition
    Mera Peak Trekking Expedition
    • 📅 Duration: 19 Da
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6476m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Apr, May, Sep - Nov
    • 🚩 Starts From: Lukla
    • 🚩 Ends In: Lukla
    • 🌏 Region: Nepal - Everest
    • 🎌 Country: Nepal
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Tenzing–Hillary Airport, Lukla, Solukhumbhu
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Jayanagar or Gorakhpur, Bihar
    Treks On Offer
    Pin Parvati Pass Trek
    Pin Parvati Pass Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 10 days 10 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5300m
    • 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: mid Jun, Sep
    • 🚩 Starts From: Manali
    • 🚩 Ends In: Manali
    • 🌏 Region: India - Himachal
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport (KUU), Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Chandigarh
    Treks On Offer
    Markha Valley Trek
    Markha Valley Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 9 days 8 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5130m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
    • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
    • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    Treks On Offer
    Kedarkantha Trek
    Kedarkantha Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 3 Days, 4 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3800m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
    Gangotri Vasuki Tal Trek
    Gangotri Vasuki Tal Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 10 days 10 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4810m
    • 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May, Jun, Sep, Oct
    • 🚩 Starts From: Gangotri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Gangotri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant, Dehradoon
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
    Everest Three Passes Trek
    Everest Three Passes Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 18 days 18 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5554m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
    • 🚩 Starts From: Lukla
    • 🚩 Ends In: Lukla
    • 🌏 Region: Nepal - Everest
    • 🎌 Country: Nepal
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Tenzing–Hillary Airport, Lukla, Solukhumbhu
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Jayanagar or Gorakhpur, Bihar
    Treks On Offer
    Island Peak Climbing Expedition
    Island Peak Climbing Expedition
    • 📅 Duration: 18 days 18 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6189m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
    • 🚩 Starts From: Lukla
    • 🚩 Ends In: Lukla
    • 🌏 Region: Nepal - Everest
    • 🎌 Country: Nepal
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Tenzing–Hillary Airport, Lukla, Solukhumbhu
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Jayanagar or Gorakhpur, Bihar
    Treks On Offer
    Bali Pass Trek
    Bali Pass Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4850m
    • 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May, Jun, Sep, Oct
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Hanuman Chatti
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
    Mayali Pass Trek
    Mayali Pass Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 9 days 8 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5300m
    • 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May, Jun, Sep, Oct
    • 🚩 Starts From: Ghuttu
    • 🚩 Ends In: Gaurikund
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
    Bagini Glacier Trek
    Bagini Glacier Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 8 days 7 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4600m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Apr to June, Sep to Nov
    • 🚩 Starts From: Joshimath
    • 🚩 Ends In: Joshimath
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
    EBC With Gokyo Lakes
    EBC With Gokyo Lakes
    • 📅 Duration: 18 days 18 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5554m
    • 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
    • 🚩 Starts From: Lukla
    • 🚩 Ends In: Lukla
    • 🌏 Region: Nepal - Everest
    • 🎌 Country: Nepal
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Tenzing–Hillary Airport, Lukla, Solukhumbhu
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Jayanagar or Gorakhpur, Bihar
    Treks On Offer
    Everest Base Camp Trek
    Everest Base Camp Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 14 days 14 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5554m
    • 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
    • 🚩 Starts From: Lukla
    • 🚩 Ends In: Lukla
    • 🌏 Region: Nepal - Everest
    • 🎌 Country: Nepal
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Tenzing–Hillary Airport, Lukla, Solukhumbhu
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Jayanagar or Gorakhpur, Bihar
    Treks On Offer
    Har Ki Dun Trek
    Har Ki Dun Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 7 Days, 6 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3600m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
    Kang Yatse 2 Trek
    Kang Yatse 2 Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 12 days 12 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6223m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
    • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
    • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    Treks On Offer
    Sandakphu Trek
    Sandakphu Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 7 Days 6 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3636m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Oct - May
    • 🚩 Starts From: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🚩 Ends In: Srikhola
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    Treks On Offer
    Goechala Trek
    Goechala Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 10 Days, 9 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5000m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Mar - May, Sep - Dec
    • 🚩 Starts From: Yuksom
    • 🚩 Ends In: Yuksom
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    Treks On Offer
    Phoktey Dara Trek
    Phoktey Dara Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 8 days 7 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3800m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
    • 🚩 Starts From: Hilley
    • 🚩 Ends In: Bhareng
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    Treks On Offer
    Dzongri La Trek
    Dzongri La Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 8 Days, 7 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4170m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
    • 🚩 Starts From: Yuksom
    • 🚩 Ends In: Yuksom
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    Treks On Offer
    Pangarchula Peak Trek
    Pangarchula Peak Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 7 days 6 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4575m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May June, Sep Oct Nov, Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
    • 🚩 Starts From: Joshimath
    • 🚩 Ends In: Joshimath
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
    Sandakphu 4 Day Trek
    Sandakphu 4 Day Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 4 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3636m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Oct - Dec
    • 🚩 Starts From: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🚩 Ends In: Srikhola
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    Treks On Offer
    Mentok Kangri Climbing Expedition
    Mentok Kangri Climbing Expedition
    • 📅 Duration: 11 Days, 10 Nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6230m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
    • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
    • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    Treks On Offer
    Kang Yatse 1 and 2 Climbing Expedition
    Kang Yatse 1 and 2 Climbing Expedition
    • 📅 Duration: 16 Da
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6401m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
    • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
    • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    Treks On Offer
    Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek
    Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 3 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3800m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
    Sandakphu Phalut In Land Rover
    Sandakphu Phalut In Land Rover
    • 📅 Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3636m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
    • 🚩 Starts From: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🚩 Ends In: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    Treks On Offer
    Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek
    Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 9 Days, 8 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4200m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
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Every day I keep learning new things, but as of now, I think I can describe myself as a Loyal Himalayan Lover, Avid Trekker, Student Of Mountaineering, Amateur Photographer and an Enthusiastic Anthropologist. I am a Computer Science Engineer by education and previously worked as a Software Developer for premium IT companies. However, I quit the luxury of a high-earning corporate job and left behind the herd to walk towards the spiritual path laid down by the Godly Himalayas. At the age of 27 with no savings at all and being the only son from a lower-middle-class family, it was too young to fight against the family who in turn had to fight against the rules laid down by society. However, with my determination and perseverance, everything became smooth by passing time.

It wasn't easy for me as I learnt the hard way from mistakes - my own and by observing others. I fought 2 major road accidents that broke my right tibia and femur. I underwent 7 surgeries that kept me away from the mountains, but I patiently fought them all to get back to trekking again in the Himalayas with rods and plates in my bones. Despite doctors saying I cannot walk properly ever again to getting back to trekking on the difficult routes again, Life made me understand very clearly what it wants out of me in this World. It wants me to serve the Himalayas and its community, live a peaceful, content and simple life. That's what I have dedicated my this life to. I am not religious, but spiritual. The Himalayas define my road.

The Himalayas today is spammed by mushrooming trek agencies and big companies who take pride in being India's Largest, biggest, oldest, etc. They are exploiting everything for the sake of profit. It is in dire need of regulation by credible Government authorities, Sustainable Tourism Practices needs to be forced upon every organisation, Small Group Sizes needs to be mandated, Fixed camping should be restricted in alpine zones and Negative Ecological Impact Trekking Protocols should be laid down immediately by governing bodies. With all these objectives, I founded Himalayan High in the year 2015. Learn more about Himalayan High on About Himalayan High

Posted by Suman Chowdhury Monday, March 13, 2017 6:18:00 AM

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