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.
Hong Kong – Online Domestic Flight Booking platform of Nepal, NepFlights.com has named as one of the winners of Red Herring’s Top 100 Asia Award. Red Herring announced its Top 100 award in recognition of the leading private companies from Asia, celebrating these startups’ innovations and technologies across their respective industries.
Red Herring’s Top 100 Asia is a prestigious list honoring the year´s most promising private technology ventures from the Asian business region. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Google, Facebook, Kakao, Twitter, Rakuten, Salesforce.com, Xiaomi and YouTube would change the way we live and work.
NepFlights, the award winning travel and tech startup, established the concept of online flight booking in Nepal, they brought major airlines in same platform to make the flight easy. Before it, people have to do by either sending an email for booking or walking to the travel agency office. Because of the technology solution and strong travel crises management facilities, NepFlights has successes to gain the height in very short period of time.
“Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across Asia to the Top 100 Winners. We believe NepFlights(http://nepflights.com) embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. NepFlights should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was as strong as ever.”
Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy, and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track record and standing of startups relative to their peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models in Asia.
Red Herring is a global media company, which unites the world’s best high technology innovators, venture investors and business decision makers in a variety of forums, including print, online and exclusive events worldwide. Red Herring provides an insider’s view and access to the global innovation economy, identifying new and innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs.
This is the 3rd question #ttot in discussion topic Nepal after Earthquake.
It’s not easy to convince the travellers to invite immediately on the place where disaster occurred. The reason they feel it might be troublesome to be affected people they don’t want to be there enjoying their moment. But another side, going those place will be the relief to the local people, they will get income.
So here is the list of concerns suggested by the people who participated on #ttot
1. Be aware of your surroundings, listen to your local guide and be sensible
2. Don’t pretend you are there to help if you are not. don’t take advantage of the people’s misfortunes!
3. The smallest of gestures can make the biggest impacts.
4. People will want to go on with their lives and not be constantly reminded of *that day* by all too curious visitors.
5. That the locals are more than their environmental disaster & respect, not pity, is probably what’s needed most.
6. This is where correct info is vital. Where is ‘off limits’ and where is ‘safe’. Last thing you want to do is hinder/annoy.
7. Be aware with the situation there, keep updating with the news and don’t worry, just go with tons of ideas to help them!
8. Be sensitive to the situation, employ a local guide and be guided by their wisdom, contribute only where/how appropriate
9. Be more aware than ever that you are a guest and should be open-minded and respectful at all times.
10. Post-disaster areas require a delicate and balanced approach to tourism. They need the money, but they also need time to rebuild
11. do your research before you go, and find out which areas to avoid and where you can help
12. Expect to be flexible. If infrastructure is damaged, you’ll need to change your plans. Take precautions & travel wisely.
13. Your own limits and abilities, and reasons for going. Be respectful, resourceful and well researched.
14. Soak up the beauty & take the time to talk to the locals. Relish the time you’re there.
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Nepal , where only few people supposed to travel using the airlines but the fact is amazing yearly near 50000 people use the air way as their first medium to travel around the Nepal.
This is the another question of #TTOT in discussion topic Nepal, which was held on 4th August of 2015.
If you missed last time, see this was the first question:
What are the concerns of tourist about travelling to Nepal Now after Earthquake http://nepflights.com/blog/what-are-the-concerns-of-tourist-about-travelling-to-nepal/
Nepal is always well supported by every country. Specially after earthquake, We all know thousands of people were on ground to help and also millions were supported remotely. Which is the significant reason how Nepal started recovering fast. But the tourism industry which likely to be the long term affected need more supports and more time.
If you are thinking how can you help Tourism of Nepal, here are the suggestion we got from lots of people, who were on #TTOT discussion.
1. Promote & support credible tour operators associations or organisations that we know to get the message out that “doors are open”
2. Show people it’s still beautiful and encourage clients not to be put off of travelling.
3. Travel with responsible tour operators like our friends and help the economy, stay & buy local.
4. Promote it. But responsibly. Talk about it. Spread the word! .
5. Promote for ex. Nepal Embassy in Singapore, Thailand and Laos “Nepal is Safe”.
6. Visit! Talk about Nepal! Write posts about Nepal! Promote aid organisations helping the rebuild and recovery
7. Share information, educate & find out what is needed by communicating with the tourism authorities in Nepal.
8. Ideally, book a holiday there! If, understandably, that’s not possible, write and talk about it; keep it in the public conscious.
9. Support the communities by travelling in a Meaningful way. Stay in homestays, opt for eco treks, support local guides & porters.
10 Those who went recently can stress that there’s no reason not to go, show us the beautiful country & people.
11. Revive old blogs/posts we’ve written about Nepal to increase traveller’s desires/confidence to go
12. Be aware of issues, organisations working on relief & learn what we can do that will be effective to the Nepalese community.
13. If choosing to travel with a ‘voluntourism’ company, check their credentials/testimonials are they really contributing?
14. Continue talking, writing and spread the word to keep it in the public eye
15. Talking about it is a great start, as with Greece, but there is a real threat of confusion, misinformation and inaction.
16. Be one of the first to reopen the tourism industry in Nepal and just GO!
17. Pressure governments to attenuate and update the warnings of travelling to Nepal
18. Being a responsible traveller, do whatever we can. Explore the Nepal by exploring blog, places and many more
19. Bloggers are ideally placed to give realistic views of any area and dispel the media paranoia, misinformation and misapprehension.
If you are planning for domestic travel then it will be a great news to you that the Airlines Operators Association of Nepal has announced to reduce the air fare by Rs.170 to Rs 580 depending on the distance and will be on effect from 7th of august. With this reduction in air fares air passengers are supposed to be increased. Due to climbing fuel costs, airlines had frequently increased their fuel surcharge and its impact was visible on passenger occupancy. In the last two years, airfares have gone up by Rs 2,000-2,500 on long-haul routes and Rs 700-1,000 on stol sectors.
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When ever crises happened in any country, tourism always have a long term impact. The first downfall start from cancelled booking and for worst cost it may take long time to make it normal as earlier. There is no doubt 7.8 magnitude of earthquake happened on 25th April and aftershocks has badly hit the tourism sector of Nepal.
It passed more than 3 months, and it seems most of other industry seems almost back to normal. But the tourism of Nepal which depend on the foreigners at maximum still struggling to tell the world Tourism Activities is back to business in Nepal. And even good than ever, People are promoting a destination than their company and service.
It is going on positive way but it look like there need to work more to tell what Nepal is Now.
So on 4th August of 2015, Hjörtur Smárason, who was in Nepal for few days to train the NepalNow Task team, bloggors, reporters and Tour Operators on how to promote during this crises proposed Nepal as topic of discussion in #TTOT.
The first question was on what is the concerns of foreigner about travelling Nepal? And here is what people said:
1. I can’t go Nepal right now.
2. I don’t have any concerns, I’d go tomorrow, genuinely I would drop everything to return to a favourite place
3. I wouldn’t want to be seen as a “disaster tourist”. From a purely practical viewpoint: Getting anywhere might be troublesome now
4. I’d hate to think my requirements as a visitor took people or equipment away from rebuilding infrastructure
5. I worry that by going there, we may cause more hassle than benefit to the local communities who actually need to re-build.
6. People thinking it’s not safe anymore. Nepal is such an incredible place – definitely one of our favourite
7. Receiving accurate credible information. So many conflicting reports & warnings from governments & press
8. Worrying about being a hindrance. Most people want to help, but sometimes flocking to ‘help’ might not actually be helpful.
9. Maybe joining a enuine and useful NGO as a volunteer would be best. I’d be up for that too
10. Worried I would be getting in the way of relief efforts. An extra person in a country where I am not currently ‘wanted’
11. Taking valuable beds/accom from those who need them more would be my primary concern.
12. nothing to worry about, it’s actually your time to give hand or help to re-build. Why not travel and volunteer altogether?
13 If I was going right this minute then my own ignorance. I’ve caught the odd documentary over the years, but nothing encyclopedic.
14 Understanding the background of the current political and social conditions
15. We think tourism can only be a positive force for Nepal. The country is simply beautiful & its people so welcoming
16. While many tourists have good intentions, without informed guidance they can do more harm than good.
17. At times like this I am strikingly aware of my lack of any useful skills whatsoever. Best to leave it to the people who can help.
It looks like people are stuck with Earthquake incident only and they don’t know the changed after it. The news and the messages comes from the different media and INGO is making them confusing which means they need some evidence than just saying.
Are you agree with this? Or you have different concerns? Write the comments and help us to recover the Tourism of Nepal.