Looking across the township of Lukla, with the air strip of Lukla Airport in the foreground
|Elevation||2,860 m (9,380 ft)|
|Time zone||Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)|
Lukla is a town in the Khumbu area of the Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. Situated at 2,860 metres (9,383 ft), it is a popular place for visitors to the Himalayas near Mount Everest to arrive. Although Lukla means place with many goats and sheep, few are found in the area these days.
Lukla contains a small airport servicing the region, and a variety of shops and lodges catering to tourists and trekkers, providing western-style meals and trail supplies.
In August 2014, the Nepalese government announced plans to open the first tarmac road from Kathmandu to Lukla.
Lukla is served by the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Weather permitting, twin-engined Dornier and Twin Otters make frequent daylight flights between Lukla and Kathmandu. The airport in Lukla — a strip of tarmac perched at a steep angle jutting uphill — is often cited as the most dangerous on the planet. This is a myth. While there have been crashes, the airport is as safe as many major airports around the world.
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- Hiking Everest from Lukla, GoNOMAD feature article
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-  Lukla Travel Guide
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