Lukla Bazar : Exciting Lukla
The highest peak, Mount Everest, is considered the gateway to Lukla, Solukhumbu. For climbing Mt. Everest, Lukka is the gateway, the base camp and the surrounding area is also the same route to walk. Lukla Bazar is also the gateway for internal and external tourists to reach Namche. It is crowded with internal and external tourists, Lukla. There are many foreign faces in it. Locals say that domestic tourists have started declining due to rising prices.
A veil of fog
It is spread over a small plain area surrounded by hills, Lukla Bazaar. Here is Lukla Airport. Lukla is the first destination for everyone leaving Kathmandu. Foreign and domestic tourists must visit Lukla Bazar to visit Khumbu area. That is why Lukla is called the gateway to the Everest region. At an altitude of 2,860 meters, the weather in Lukla Bazar changes momentarily. The weather is relatively clear till 11 o’clock in the morning. As the day progresses, the fog covers Lukla. Sometimes Lukla is looted in the fog from the morning.
Expensive food and accommodation
There is no inconvenience of living in Lukla Bazar. Not only sound education but his alertness and dedication too are most required. The hotel has been run by the locals to accommodate the tourists going to Khumbu area and their helpers and porters. According to Rapke Chhiring Sherpa, manager of Hotel Everest View, businessmen from outside Solukhumbu are also doing hotel business along with locals from Lukla to Namche. According to the pressure of tourists, the rate of food and accommodation has been declining. It is more expensive than elsewhere. Food of choice is available. There are around 100 hotels here, said Nimdorje Sherpa, chairman of Pasang Lhamu village municipality.
Lukla, full of natural beauty, not only plays hide-and-seek with the ever-changing weather, but also makes the viewers thrilled by the view of the mountain range.
Exciting air travel
The only way to reach Lukla Bazar is by air. Air service is available from Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu and Manthali Airport in Ramechhap. Due to the bad weather, the flight is usually in the morning. Kathmandu-Lukla Bazar flight is full of thrills. It is one of the 10 most risky airports in the world. This route has 19 seats. As the ship flies close to the mountain and through a ravine, the passenger’s mind gets cold and scared. Ships also move according to wind speed and weather. If there is any change in the weather in Lukla and the plane cannot land, the ship will return to Kathmandu. Normally Kathmandu-Lukla flight is 40 minutes. From Manthali, you can reach Ukla in 20 minutes.
If you are going to visit Lukla Bazar, you should prepare thinking that you are going on a journey in the Himalayas. There is always snow on the hills around Lukla Bazaar. So the weather gets cold. Don’t forget to wear thick clothes, sports shoes or trekking shoes, trousers, hats, thick socks to wear on the body. Also, if you have regular medication, you must carry it. Not only that, it is beneficial to take medicines for common types like headache, diarrhea, painkillers, Vix, gastric reduction.
It is difficult to return from Lukla Bazar at the pre-determined time. In some cases, there may be no flight for weeks. So you have to save extra for the trip to Lukla. At the same time, clothes and other items must be carried in sufficient quantity. So you have to be mentally ready.