Tenzing-Hillary Airport (IATA: LUA, ICAO: VNLK)is located in eastern part of Nepal
Lukla Airport, also known as Tenzing-Hilary Airport, of Nepal is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. It was rated the most dangerous airport by a TV program Most Extreme Airports on The History Channel in 2010. The airport is located at an altitude of 2843m in the remote town Lukla in Khumbu, Solukhumbu district of eastern Nepal.
The name Tenzing-Hilary Airport was given in honor of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay from Nepal. They were the first two people who summit Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Lukla airport was renamed in 2008. It is where most people land to start their Mount Everest expedition. There are Lukla flights offering majestic views of mountains such as Mount Everest, Mt Pumori, Mt Lhotse, and Mt Nuptse.
Sir Edmund Hilary, the famous mountaineer, had dreamed of building an airport in Lukla. It was after 12 years of his summit on Mount Everest with his partner Norgay Tenzing Sherpa the dream became true.
Everyday a dozen of airplanes land and take off carrying hundreds of locals and tourists from Kathmandu airport. Sometimes the flights are delayed due to poor climate in Lukla. Due to high chances of low visibility and frequent weather change, the flight starts early from 6:30 AM till mid day.
Hotels and Restaurants are available in the area with decent meal for cheap price, but the price may hike up during season.
There are numerous lodges with modern amenities and tea houses in the region for accommodation.
Lukla has free Wifi Internet service.
Lukla has no means of vehicle transportation. The only way to go around is by foot.