Lukla Flight divert to Manthali Airport (Ramechap)

  • Sanjay Lamsal
  • Last Updated on Jul 24, 2023

Ramechhap to Lukla flight is the best alternative to Kathmandu to Lukla flight as the domestic airport is under construction. The ongoing maintenance process is from the 1st of April to the 30th of July (10 P.M to 8 A.M) but again CAAN decides to operate ktm-Lukla regular flight from the Ramechap for upcoming season. Kathmandu to Lukla flight was the direct flight to Lukla. But due to some maintenance process, the flight to Lukla is closed for next seasons. So, various airlines operators updated their flight schedules. And as per the new schedules, flight for Lukla takes off from Ramechhap Airport.

Besides, the ongoing construction process, flight to Lukla from Kathmandu is rerouted to Ramechhap airport due to traffic congestion and jams as informed by the airlines authorities

Among the top STOL flights in Nepal, Lukla flight is the most popular and busiest flight trip. As these STOL flights highly affected the International as well as domestic flights as it causes more traffic congestion and jams. Hence, to reduce and control the overall traffic congestion, or jams and under construction. the original flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is diverted to Ramechhap to Lukla flight.

Usually, Kathmandu to Lukla flight is early morning so due to new scschedule. it is not possible. Daytime flight to Lukla is possible but there is high risks as the weather in Lukla changes rapidly thus Tribhuvan International Airlines Authority rejected this unsafe day flight to Lukla and rerouted the flight from Ramechhap Airport (Manthali Airport).

All the travelers visiting Lukla is transferred to Ramechhap first which takes 4 to 5 hours drive and then fly to Lukla. Hence, also considered Ramechhap to Lukla flight as the shortest and safest flight trip to Lukla.

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About Ramechhap and Ramechhap Airport (also Manthali Airport)

Ramechhap is one of the districts of Nepal that covers an area of 1,546 km and highly populated by ethnic groups of Brahmin, Chhetri, and Tamang. Ramechhap is rich in natural resources and cultural/religious heritage. Some of the natural resources include rivers like Sun Kosi, Tama Kosi and Khimti, peaks like Pathibhara, Likhu Khola Glacier and more. Similarly, cultural/religious heritages like Thodung Gumba, Panch Pokhari, Khau Gumba and so on.

And the airport of Ramechhap resides at the headquarters of Ramechhap, Manthali (near the banks of Tamakoshi river). The name Manthali comes from two native words of Majhi people( the fisherman tribes of Nepal) which means the place of eating Mun.

You can have 1 day Kathmandu City Tourbefore heading towards Ramechhap and then to Lukla. The roadway distance from Kathmandu to Ramechhap (Manthali Airport) is 132.1 kilometers which takes 3 hours 53 minutes to reach the destination. You can drive by a local bus or hire a vehicle to reach there which is the cheapest way to reach there (Manthali Airport).

And for those who want to avoid road travel for them, there is Kathmandu to Ramechhap flight too which is the easiest and shortest way to reach there.

Some of the airlines provide the full package from the Kathmandu. They will manage transport to Ramechap to their customers. and then flight to lukla.

Accommodation in Ramechhap (Manthali)

Basically, Manthali is a small town of Ramechhap district of Nepal which has limited accommodation facilities as compared to major cities of Nepal. So, trekkers  must make up their minds as they won’t have quality services as expected.

Manthali (Ramechhap) is a recent popular destination among visitors who come for a short and safe flight to Lukla. Hence, it does not have voluminous hotels and lacks high facilities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Rooms must be pre-booked through phone calls, email or the internet as there is less number of hotels.

And for more details related to hotel booking; Please do contact our managing director Mr. Bishnu Lamsal at +9779851087391, or mails us at [email protected].

Ramechhap to Lukla Flight Time

The flight takes 20 minutes from Manthali to Lukla which is a very safe and scenic journey to the gateway of Everest Base Camp Trek as well as other Everest Region Trekking which is Tenzing Norgay Airport (also Lukla Airport).

Active Airlines from Ramechhap to Lukla

Airlines like Sita Airlines, Tara Airlines, and Summit Airlines are active for a flight from Ramechhap-Lukla-Kathmandu and their time schedule are mentioned below:

Alternative to Kathmandu Ramechhap Lukla Flight

For those who want to escape road travel or a direct flight to Lukla. So, for them there is an option of a helicopter ride. Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight costs $2200 USD per flight which accommodates 5 people in it.  The helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes 40 to 50 minutes to reach the Tenzing Norgay Airport, Lukla (2,860m). Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing flight is the most popular flight trips of this region.

How can we “Nepal Everest Base Camp” Help You?

Nepal Everest base camp is a certified touring and trekking agency which is a team of skillful crew members who have a decade of experience in the field of tourism.

We, Nepal Everest Base Camp has contacts and links to well-known airlines and hotels at Ramechhap to serve you. We can pre-book best-priced hotels so you don’t have to waste time searching for hotels and to avoid the situation of room unavailability. Besides that, we offer safe Ramechhap to Lukla flight services at an affordable price with discount offers on groups.

I hope this post by Nepal Everest base camp helps you in many ways for your wonderful trip to Everest. And for any queries please feel free to contact us at +977 9851087391 or [email protected].

Sanjay Lamsal

Sanjay Lamsal

Hello, Namaste from Nepal. I am Sanjay Lamsal and I was born in Nilkantha-11, Dhading, Nepal. I have been in since I finished high schooling at age of 18, I have been working in travel and tourism, since 2015, in the beginning, worked as a trekking porter, trekking Guide, and City Tourist guide. I did all of the major trekking and tour trail all over the Nepal Himalayas. I often remember my past days and think about future. Whenever I remember past events of my life it gives me power to work a hard. I will be working on this in my future. I do challenging with if any problems in the mountains/Himalayas. After long years working with different guests from different countries, I have good experiences about traveling. I completed a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies.

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