Travel to Manthali Airport
JEEP FROM KTM
Distance:132km approx. Time : 4hrs drive.
Pick Up :5hrs prior to flight time.Flight time: 6:00am from RCH to 10:00am
If your kathmandu to lukla flight has already confimed and falls in the duration of April 1sttill June 30th then your flight is to be diverted from Ramechhap to Lukla instead of kathmandu.Journey start from kathmandu almost 5hrs prior to flight time, almost around 1-2am to 4 am in the morning from kathamdu to reach manthali airport depending on the departure of your flight from RCH-LUA.
Pick up from Hotel / Pickup location would be selected from where the journey start to the airport. It would take 30min to reach Bhaktapur and almost an hour to reach Dhulikhel from where you would head towards BP highway famously known as Sindhuli road. On your way is the Bhakundebesi which is mostly know for brick manufacturing. You can have a tea break in either Mulkot or Manthali if there are any option available.
OVERNIGHT STAY : Only standard hotel available at Mulkot,Khurkot and Manthali.Do not expect much & almost are overbooked.
If you like to avoid the midnight transfer to Airport then overnight stay at Mulkot, Khurkot or even Manthali seems to be the better choices. Mulkot has one of the best accomodation among all three ranging from $25- $45 per room without B&B plan. Manthali has least hotel with less facilities so its best to avoid the stay in Manthali. Some tent might be availble if requested earlier but let us remind it really hot during day-time in Manthali, since its just arround 450m elevation from sea level.
From Manthali Bazzar it would take 15min to reach airport.Airport is not that managed and has less occupancy rate as well. Keep in mind you have to get adjusted even for waiting in line.Since its located in lap of mountains, you can see each airlines flying in & out.
Due to runway maintenance in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, all flights to/from Lukla is being diverted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhapfrom April 1, 2019, to July 30, 2019.
A formal statement to that effect has already been circulated by the airlines. The Airport remains closed from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am starting from 1st april 2019. Lukla being the STOL sector and almost all flight scheduled from 6:00am, if operated after the opening of airport would also cause the heavy air traffic and we never can count on lukla weather so all the flights has been routed from Manthali Airport ramechapp instead of Kathmandu.
The date and time of the flights will remain the same as per the tickets confirmed. However, this will require you to travel to Ramechhap from Kathmandu on your way to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
Everything you need to know regarding the changes:
For passenger who have booked your flights with Nepflights,this is what we are planning to do:
The flight cost of USD 180 that you have paid for Kathmandu to Lukla flight through Nepflights will include:
About Manthali Airport
Manthali Airport is located in the Tamakoshi River Valley in Manthali, the capital of Ramechhap District at an altitude of 474 m. It is located 132 kms east of Kathmandu and it takes 4.5 hours to get there from Kathmandu by road.
It is a small town that doesn’t see many visitors ordinarily. Hence, accommodation facilities available are limited and the service level is not very high. With the large number of trekkers who will come here to catch their flights, it is highly likely that you not find accommodation in Manthali during the peak season of April- May.
Getting to Manthali, Ramechhap
This option will require you to stay overnight in Manthali.
Everest Base Camp is an ideal trek in the foothills of peaks above 8,000 meters. And is dream trek for many as they want to enjoy the close-up views of Mount Everest(8,848 meters)- the highest peak in the world.
This is a popular and achievable trek. You do not have to be trekking expert for this trek.With proper information about the weather, accommodations, and the landscapes of the region you will have the memorable trek of the Everest Base Camp.
When it comes to the mountain weather you can never predict the exact weather condition. The morning may be sunny and bright. While the afternoon cloud may block the mountain views and bring winds too. So if you plan for the Everest Base Camp trek better prepare for the weather change.
It is better you carry sleeping bags, warm clothes, sunscreen, waterproof trousers, trekking shoes, and the like. These are the general things you need to pack whenever you go for this trek. But, for specific seasons you have to pack special as the weather varies with the seasons.
Along with your backpacks, it is wonderful if you carry garbage bag along. Many trekkers leave their wastes in the route. This has increased pollution in the route. It affects the beauty of the place. So, if you carry a garbage bag, it will be helpful to reduce the wastage you have produced on the trek route.
Garbage issue is a serious problem on the trek route, why not contribute from our side???
Walking in the higher altitudes is a bit challenging than what you may have expected. Proper acclimatization is a must for walking better the next day. There’s a high risk of altitude sickness where you will not even realize you are falling sick.
So, for this trek instead of running in a hurry, you need to take proper rest. Get familiar with the place and the weather. Also, collecting some pieces of information about the symptoms, prevention, and treatment will keep you alive high in the mountains. With this, you have two benefits, one you will have fewer risks of altitude sickness. And the other, you get to explore the landscapes around in leisure. Also, get insights into the daily life of the Himalayan Buddhists.
There are enough of places like Namche Bazar, Khumjung, Khunde, Dingboche and many such villages for your acclimatization.
While trekking at high altitudes, you need to keep yourself hydrated. Or you may feel lethargic and suffer altitude too. So, it is better to carry your water bottle whenever you walk.
But in many places, you may not get filtered water or you may have to drink water directly from local sources. So, it is better if you carry a water purifier or tablets. While in remote locations you can not risk your health. So, better be careful of your health and sanitation. You can buy the tablets in Kathmandu.
Also, if possible avoid junk food and meat products in the higher altitudes. It worsens your health conditions.
Walking in the completely rugged location, away from your comfort zone is not that easy. You never know what befalls upon you. You need to practice walking long distances, uphills, and the rugged roads before you go for this trek.
Although the trek routes are well managed and infrastructures developed, sometimes you may not get expected experience. When in times of bad weather, you may have to stay for more days in Lukla because of flight delays. Or, you may not get proper accommodation in peak seasons. In such cases, you have to prepare yourself to compromise with the situation.
If you travel in December, you may face heavy snowfall and extreme cold in high altitude. But you have to keep walking despite the cold. In that time you need to be physically fit and convince self emotionally too.
Travel insurance is a must if when traveling at the higher altitudes. For Everest Base Camp Trek you should get the insurance that covers you adequately. You can not take chances in such places where you may even lose your life.
Most of the travel insurance covers the insurance up to the height of 3,000 meters. But this insurance does not work if you are going for the Everest Base Camp. You need to take travel insurance that covers up to the height of 6,000 meters.
Also, you need to make sure that your insurance covers a wide variety of accidents and illness. Better choose the insurance that covers helicopter evacuation in case of a serious problem. So that you get treatment on time.
Sometimes, due to bad weather or some technical problems, the domestic flights to and from Lukla may cancel or get delayed. For such inconvenience, make sure your insurance policy covers flight cancellations and delays.
Trekking in Everest Region is not much difficult as the altitude suggests. With proper information and guidance, you can avoid many problems in the trek. If you want to trek with a travel company, you can feel free to contact us. We promise to plan the best itinerary to suit your expectations.
Finally new airlines Himalayan Airlines,First private Nepal-china joint venture company has arrived in Kathmandu. Intially, This airlines will operate international flights on Kathmandu-Delhi route with an 150-seater airbus A320. The company will launch its flights on Kathmandu-Delhi route after the approval by the Indian airport authority. Himalayan will be the sixth airlines to operate Kathmandu-Delhi flight after Nepal Airlines, Jet Airways, Air India, Druk Air and Indigo. Initially airlines had planned to operate Kathmandu-Lhasa flight but now they focusing on connecting Kathmandu to Delhi and Doha. The first flight on the Kathmandu–Doha route will launch on April 12 and airlines already opened advance booking on this sector through its general sales agent.
The airlines company plans to link various Asian and Middle East cities initially. It also plans to acquire 15 Airbus aircraft, including long-haul wide-body jets, to expand operations to Europe and other destinations in the next five years.
“Live like there`s no tomorrow”. There tons and tons of thing to do in this world but you have only one life time. The right time to do anything is now, there`s never a better time afterwards. If you crave for a once in a life time experience, then no doubt Bungee could be the best option for you. With its history dating back to April 1st1979, Bungee is among the most preferred adventure sport.
Bungee simply involves jumping from structures like building, bridge, cranes etc. which are at a significant height, being tied to an elastic rope. The thrill that comes from the free fall is enough to trigger your senses to neuron level. Bungee are also practiced from aircrafts flying at significant height.
With the highest Bungee location in the world, Bungee is getting immense popularity in Nepal. The blend of natural beauties and the thrill of adventure sports makes Nepal an ideal adventure location. Having deep Canyons, George and high hills and mountains, Bungee is no doubt best suited for Nepal.With Bhotekoshi Bungee, being the first of its type to operate bungee in Nepal, the immense popularity of Bungee has attracted investors to operate Bungees in various locations within Nepal. At present the Bungee location creating much buzz is Pokhara Bungee location. Operated by Highground Adventures, the organization takes pride in itself on being the Nepal`s First and only tower Bungee. With The bungee location being situated at an easily accessible location, much nearer to Pokhara Lakeside, the delight of mountains and the view of nature with the thrill of Bungee are the key reason towards its increasing popularity.
Time and research has made Bungee the safest adventure sports, with no records of fatal accidents till this date. Pokhara Highground Bungee has left no stones unturned in case of safety and luxury of their customers. Being set-upped and operated by highly trained and professional Jump masters, Pokhara Bungee has the best technology and optimum quality cords used.
Get set for Pokhara cause the thrill of your life is waiting for you.
Here’s listing the top 5, you just have to try while you are in Chitwan. Let your senses sink in these ultimate experiences.
Elephant Safari, travel through open grassland and dense forests on elephant back in search of rare animals.The elephant safari is one of the best ways to spot wildlife from up close. Because the elephants can come close to other animals without them noticing that there are people on the elephant’s back, you can come up to 1 meter from other animals. Be on the look out for the great one horned rhino, four species of deer, wild boar, sloth bear, leopard, bison and the big one, The Royal Bengal Tiger. After the ride you can also visit the elephant breeding centre where you can play with elephants babies.
Do you know how to save yourself if you are being chased by one-horned rhino while going for a jungle walk? The answer is- It is zig zag back back and forth every four meters. Chitwan National Park, the natural World Heritage SIte, encompases sight of crocodiles, great one-horned rhinos, deer, and tigers while you are out for a jungle safari.Nepal is one of the few places in the world where you can actually walk in jungle or rent a jeep for safari. There are special itineraries for jungle safari itself i.e 3 days and 2 nights to 5 days and 4 nights especially for great one horned rhinos. If you are lucky enough chitwan is one of the place for sighting Royal Bengal tiger on foot.
Canoeing, a traditional dugout canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view birds, crocodiles and the animals of the river bank. During the trip you are accompanied by a guide who will tell you about the animals. Off course you don’t have to peddle yourself as a boatman joins the ride.It is also a relaxing way to watch birds and wildlife species that frequently come to drink water and bath.
Cycling is the best eco-friendly way to rome around the national park as well others places. Being in a cycle you would not scare away the animals around you as well.Cycling around the forest of chitwan is the best way to spots one horned rhinos, gharial crocodile in the shore of river, and bird watching as well.Often tourist ride to twenty thousand lake in cycle since it the place to go for. Just be assured not to wear bright color since they would scare the animals off. Cycling is the best way for observing the typical tharu villages.
For ornithologists and amature bird-watchers, the Chitwan National Park offers excellent possibilities with more than 564 species recorded. If you are a bird watcher then chitwan is the best place to fly from kathmandu.An early morning walk along the Rapti river is the must for the birds lover in Chitwan. There are many species of parakeets. Other birds include Blue-Throat (thrush), Long-tailed Nightjar, Indian Peafowl, Great Barbet, red-billed blue magpie and Tickell’s red-breasted blue flycatcher. And if you miss some of these then a lot of ponds are present within the reserve and park. Around such ponds you can a lot of extraordinary species like the Crested Serpent-eagle and Grey-headed Fish-eagle.
Do you consider yourself an adventure enthusiast? Are you travelling to Pokhara? If yes, then you are in luck! Pokhara is the place to go in nepal to indulge in some of the most exciting and thrilling activities, some of which, we have listed for you below.
Here’s listing the top 5, you just have to try while you are in Pokhara. Let your senses sink in these ultimate experiences.
Drift gracefully from take-off at Sarangkot (1592m). Enjoy as you glide over Monasteries, the beautiful Phewa Lake and lush green forest. More than 250flights are conducted in a day during the peak season.A reserve chute is provided to you adding to the safety factor. However, it being an extreme adventure sport, some risks are involved. The biggest risk is the sudden change in the wind during takeoff and landing.
Highground Adventures hosts the one and only tower bungee located in pokhara. It can be reached by a 20 minutes drive from lakeside. The bungee has a vertical height of 70 meters which allows 3 seconds of free fall. The bungee experience is complemented by the spectacular Himalayan scenery.
Its here! The tallest, the longest and the steepest zipflyer in the world. Your adventure trip to nepal will not be complete without experiencing this 1.8 km long zipflyer. You will experience speed upto 120 kmph during the 2 minutes descend. The zipflyer has an incline of 56 Degree and a vertical drop of 600 meters. If you love adventure and thrill you can’t go wrong with this.
The Ultra light flight is a great way to see spectacular mountain peaks, Giant lake and sceneries of pokhara.Ultra Light Aircraft is a small light weight airplane with an engine. Once you have taken off into the air, this aircraft, in the right conditions can switch off its engine and glide through the air almost like a hand glider. The cockpit can be either enclosed or open depending on the aircraft. It gets its name for its lightweight frame. The Ultra light flight gives you thrill and excitement of being in the air dependent on the wind, yet it does not involve any risk or danger.The cockpit has enough room for you and the pilot.
Pokhara is the home to some of the most interesting cave in nepal.If you are adventurous enough and you are not afraid of dark or bats then you should definitely go for some cave exploring in pokhara. There are numbers of caves in pokhara among which Mahendra cave, chamero cave and Gupteshwar cave are the known ones. Mahendra cave now do not have exit gate so you need to return back the same entrance you went through. If you are afraid of dark also there are some lights inside of mahendra cave. Another thrilling cave is chamero cave, as the name suggests there are the places for bats, so if you are afraid of bat then this is not the place for you unless you are Batman. Another cave from where you can view the majestic waterfall of Davis fall is Gupteshwar cave. Inside this cave you would feel the breezes of water from davis fall.
Although Chitwan is a modern city, many parts of it are still in rural areas. Most of the part of chitwan is covered with dense forest. When you visit Chitwan, you are in Rural Tourism arena, for you have a direct affect on the lives of many villagers and rural folks. The food served there, consist of their own traditional taste. Dal bhat is the staple food of the area.
The food served in most of resort and hotels of Chitwan, geared toward the Chitwan wildlife viewers, is mix of local and western food. You would get Nepalese, Continental, Indian, Thai, himalayan Chinese etc cuisine. you probably won’t belive that the chefs are able to satisfy your taste, since it is a rural area. But it is incredible to learn that the chefs are 100% ready to experience with every dishes listed. Momo, Sukuti Khaja Set and other Newa Cuisine also available here. Indian and traditional dishes are super tasty.
Chitwan itself an amazing district of Nepal with lots of diversity and culture from every part of Nepal, anything you want you can grab there at Chitwan, hance called 76th district of Nepal. Beside of this here are the some best local food served and special at Chitwan.
1. Local Nepalease Terai/Tharu Style food
There is a whole range of river side restaurant in sauraha which serve local Nepalese terai style food. Tharu, one of the largest group of people lived in terai, are ready to serve you their mouth watering traditional food with a great hospitality.
2. Ghonghi , Delicacy of Snail
One of the most common foods in the Tharu community of Nepal, Ghonghi is often catered as delicacy, just the way others serve chicken or mutton. Known as escargot in France, where it is served as a delicacy too, this species of snail is served with the ground linseed soup. Usually, this dish is eaten by sucking the snail from its shell and is available all over the market place in Terai where the Tharu community resides.
3. TAAS ( Spicy fried goat-meat lunch dish served with Bhujia or Cheura)
“Tass” a well known dish in the Nepalese Restaurant industry and a great compliment snack for the drink. It is the spicy fried goat-meat dish. It has been our favorite snacks since ages. Chitwan is known for the tasty, fresh “Taas” they served. You would never forget the taste of spicy “Tass”, served with Bhuja or Cheura, you tasted there.
4. Nepali Thali Set
Mixed Taste of Bhatmas sadeko( roasted soya bean), alu tareko(potato fried), suruwa(soup) ets are starter with Nepali Thali set. sada bhuja(rice), kala dal(lentils), gravy chicken, roasted wild boar, Saag(seasonal fresh leaves), vegetables, and achar(homemade pickle) are main course and in desert, sikarni(Thick yogurt, shipped and mixed with dry nuts and cinnamon powder).Thali, according to me is the best way to relish Nepali traditional meals as you get to taste a variety of dishes in one go and the added advantage of this is you pay less and taste more.
5. Tandoori Chicken
As a lover of Indian food, I searched and experimented for a long time before finally coming up with this recipe for genuine Indian restaurant-style tandoori chicken that you can make in your own home oven. Combination of roasted chicken with yogurt and spices adds the taste of the era and will be the unforgettable for you.
No matter where we go, where we travel, at some point, we will like to eat. the empty appetite will ruin all the excitement of the trip.I always look for the mouth watering food and the specialities of the place I visited, so that I can taste the new food and remember that throughout my life. I guess, the same for you too.
Pokhara serves different types of food as per your need. there are many national and international restaurant, serving you your desired food. For Korean food,Natsal Restaurant; for Chinese food,China Town Restaurant; for Italian,Caffe Concerto; for thai, Krishna’s Kitchen; for japanese,AoZoRa andKoto; for himalayan,Potala Tibetan Restaurant; for french,Metro; for indian,Marwadi Restaurant, and many more. some restaurant like Moondance Restaurant, serves international food.
With so many option and so little time to cover all the excitement in a city of adventure, pokhara, here are top 5 food you should not miss, no matter with your taste.
1. Fried trout Fish
As we all know summer and sea food go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whenever I reach lake side, Pokhara, only word that strike my mind is, fish. word cant describe the taste of fresh fish caught from phewa tal,and around the city, the attractive Newari design Restaurant with a bamboo porch draped in flower pots, of pokhara adds more on the taste. The food is served in reasonable price and in friendly environment.
2.”Yogurt in Love ” frozen yogurt
I prefer Frozen yogurt while i am walking in the lake side or boating. Frozen yoghurt is similar to ice-cream, but is made using yoghurt instead of cream. Like ice-cream, it is available in different flavors. Customers can add 20 different types of toppings like seasonal fresh fruits and dry fruits, chocolate chips, nuts and Oreo cookies crumbles, among others in the frozen yogurt as per their choice.If you are against ice cream, its the best way I could suggest you to make your summer cool.
3. Macchhapuchre Kiss
Thankfully for anyone having the sweet tooth like mine, Pokhara serve Machhapuchhre kiss. No word, just don’t know how to describe it… I guess you just have to try it. It is absolutely devine. for me, it is the best desert in the “world”.
4. Nepali Thali set
Bhatmas sadeko( roasted soya bean), alu tareko(potato fried), suruwa(soup) ets are starter. sada bhuja(rice), kala dal(lentils), gravy chicken, roasted wild boar, Saag(seasonal fresh leaves), vegetables, and achar(homemade pickle) are main course and in desert,sikarni(Thick yogurt, shipped and mixed with dry nuts and cinnamon powder).Thali, according to me is the best way to relish Nepali traditional meals as you get to taste a variety of dishes in one go and the added advantage of this is you pay less and taste more.
5. Homemade pasta and decent Pizzas
Fresh dough, sauce blended of vine ripened tomatoes and spices,hand tossed pasta with the freshest ingredients, is simple awesome.I will never again be able to enjoy “normal” pizza without dreaming about this. Yummy!!
Mountain flight in Nepal:Mountain flight/Everest Experience covers about 300 Kilometres with a duration of 60 minutes from Langtang in the central part to Everest to the east. On daily basis there are maximum 9 flights that are scheduled by 3 major airlines (Buddha Air, Simrik Air and Yeti airlines) but this number may change up to 24 flights on seasons. The lowest fare provided by major airlines of Nepal is NPR 10660. Book your Mountain flight and get maximum discount from Nepflights.
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