Challenging Airports - Lukla

When one scans the globe for challenging airports you can usually find landing strips that meet one or two of the criteria that might make them worthy to include in a list of exciting places to visit. You would be hard pressed to find one with as many challenges as those presented by the airport that serves as the doorway to the highest mountain on earth: the Mount Everest region’s Tenzing-Hillary Airport, otherwise known as Lukla.

A photograph of Lukla airport taken from atop the high rock wall perimeter fence. (Photo courtesy of Kurt Wedberg)

Located approximately 75 miles east of Kathmandu, Lukla is a short but exciting thirty-five minute flight that is riddled with challenges. Thousands of residents, porters, hikers, trekkers, and guides utilize the quick ferry service provided by airlines such as Yeti and Gorkha to shuttle in supplies during the compressed spring climbing season. So, let’s have a look at what makes this airport unique.

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