Lukla Flight Cancellations And Alternative Options

  • Apr 9, 2022
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

About Everest Region

Mt. Everest is the highest mountain in the world. To see this top of the world and visit the base camp of this mountain, there are thousands of adventure trekkers from all over the world every high trekking season. Everest region has a couple of trekking routes that offer scenic Everest Himalayas with unforgettable Himalayan trekking experiences.

Trekking through a natural world heritage site of UNESCO (Sagarmatha National Park), leads to the Everest base camp. Among several trekking itineraries from the Everest region, the Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular and has lots of trekkers than other routes. Although, all the trekking trails of this region are amazing.

Every trekking package on Everest starts with a scenic mountain flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. It is an airport with a short and small landing runway right above a cliff. This is a common entry point to the Everest base camp trek and many other treks in this region.

Everest base camp trek
Tenzing Hilary Airport Lukla

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Lukla - at the height of 2,860m above sea level, the airport here is a hub of trekking, climbing, and shipping activity all over the year. Almost all the trekkers, climbers and equipment come from this airport and it has been increasing visitors every year.

The Spectacular flight to Lukla from Kathmandu is a short mountain flight. It takes usually 30 minutes but sometimes it may take a bit longer if the regular route has clouds and need to take the southern route. You will enjoy the great view of Langtang, Gaurishankar, Everest and other massifs with beautiful landscapes and traditional villages while you will be flying.

Check the Packages:

  1. Everest Base Camp Trek
  2. Gokyo Lake Trek
  3. Everest View Trek

How Safe To Fly To Lula?

Lukla airport is known as one of the most dangerous airports in the world. It is because of the short runway, ridge at the end of the runway and unusual weather conditions. However, there are 20 – 30 aircraft that land every day during the peak trekking and climbing season. More than 30,000 trekkers get in through this airport yearly. Knowing as a more dangerous airport than other normal commercial airports, it is still pretty safe.

After a serious crash in October 2008 with passengers in it, aviation officials, airline companies and pilots have become more strict and careful about the applicable weather and flight condition. This has made great safety for the passengers. But still flying to Lukla can be nervous with the condition of the weather and wind.

To not suffer, we try to book the tickets to Lukla for our clients on the first flight. For this, we need to book the flight a couple of months earlier than the date of your arrival in Kathmandu. After the trip is booked with us and sending the booking amount with your passport copy, we immediately book the flight to Lukla.

Normally, if the clients book the Everest base case camp trek and other Everest trek packages with us a few months earlier than the departure, we manage the first flight. The first and second face flights have more chances to fly. These flights are less scary because usually, the visibility will be clear and no wind in the morning.

About Lukla Flight Delays

Due to the bad and unpredicted weather conditions, the flights Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu may delay for a few minutes and a couple of hours sometimes. It is mainly during the begging and end of the rainy season and according to the air traffic.

The runway of the Lukla airport is short with a cliff facing ahead at the end of the runway. There is a single runway with a narrow area so only a small aircraft like Dornier and twin otters or helicopters can fly. The weather condition and visibility can change rapidly in Lukla. These conditions make it difficult for the regular flight schedule. Even if the flight has been taken off from Kathmandu to Lukla, it has to turn back to Kathmandu sometimes because of the clouds lifting to Lukla airport.

Delaying fights to Lukla is very accepted. It may happen any time of the year but especially at the beginning and the end of the monsoon season (Late May and begging September).


  1. Everest Base Camp Trek
  2. Everest View Trek
  3. Gokyo Lake Trek

What Happen If The Flight Has Been Cancelled?

Everest base camp trek
Lukla flght alternative

After waiting a couple of hours at the airport, the airline companies may cancel the flight and have to book the next flight for the next day. It will be very little chance of getting the first and the second faces flights for the next day. There are scheduled booked flights by other passengers so you may get letter flights. So you have to wait for either the later flight or take a helicopter flight on the same day. Alternatively, you may change your trekking route to the Annapurna base camp or Langtang Gosainkunda lake trek if you are not ready to pay an extra amount for the helicopter flight to Lukla.

If you decide to take a helicopter flight, it cost an extra 300 – 500 USD with the regular flight ticket. This amount applies in a joining fight with other passengers. If you charter a flight, it may cost 2500 USD - 3000 USD.

We recommend having some spare days for the Everest trek so it makes it easier to reschedule your itinerary. And to not miss your international flight out from Kathmandu stocking in Lukla, always buy a changeable international flight ticket.

Weight Limit For The Flight To Lukla

Only 15 kg weight can fly with a passenger including the hand luggage. You may pay an extra amount charged but sometimes, you may reach Lukla but your luggage does not. The airline may put the bag on the next plane. If your flight flies to Lukla and the aircraft with your bag don’t, you will have no equipment. So take the most needed equipment with you to minimize the weight limit.

Options Getting Out From Lukla

In case of regular flights have been cancelled from Lukla, You might take a helicopter flight from Lukla or Surke. Surke is a place walking about 2 hrs downwards from Lukla. If you have a few more days, you may trek to Salleri which takes 2 more long days to trek from Lukla and drive 8 – 9 hrs with a jeep.

Does Travel Insurance Covers Emergency Flights?

Some insurance policies will cover emergency flights, cancellations or changing international flight fares with a problem by stocking in Lukla. You need to check all the insurance policies, terms, and conditions before buying travel insurance. Frolic Adventure will be able to provide the required documents to claim your insurance if you need to make a genuine claim.

Adventure Packages:

  1. Everest High Passes Trek
  2. Cho La Pass Trek
  3. Renjo La Pass Trek

Why Travel To Lukla With Frolic Adventure?

Getting a flight to Lukla is normally easy but it can be a serious problem when there is bad weather. We will do our best for you to make your journey to Lukla easier by booking the flights on the first or second face. If you are thinking to do a trek to the Everest region with Frolic Adventure or are already booked, you need to be sure of several things.

  1. We will book your Lukla flight before your arrival in Kathmandu. We book the first and the second faces flight which has better chances to fly. We need your passport copy and booking payment for the earlier booking.
  2. If your flight is delayed or cancelled, we have a higher priority to get as much as an earlier flight for the next following day because we have a good relationship with the airline companies.
  3. We regularly follow up on the condition of the weather with the airline and our airport representative of Lukla and Kathmandu and provide our best options to our valuable customers.

Lukla Leads To:

  1. Everest Base Camp Trek
  2. Gokyo Valley Trek
  3. Everest Panorama Trek

We want you to have a great Everest trek with us.

Your satisfaction and safety to Lukla and back home after a wonderful Everest journey is our goal.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, a Nepal travel blogger who provides Nepal travel tips to travellers who are planning to visit Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs, so it may make it a lot easier for you to travel to Nepal.

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