Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Lukla Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
The fact that it is 2850m (or 9,350 ft) high is one thing, the fact that it has a drop landing strip off a cliff is another. – Shan
LUA Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Lukla Tenzing Hillary Airport.
What to Expect
Lukla Airport (code: LUA) has a tiny terminal that handles flights to Kathmandu. There’s never a dull moment at “the world’s most dangerous airport”. Its setting high in the Himalayas offers great panoramas but white-knuckled take-offs and landings. Most travellers here are beginning or ending a Mount Everest expedition. Expect basic facilities, as we are unable to confirm the availability of eateries, shops, or WiFi.
Where to Sleep
We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are in walking distance. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Lukla Airport does not appeal to you, there are no hotels at the airport. Fortunately, Lukla is a small town and you can walk to a nearby hotel:
- Everest Summit Lodge – (3 minute walk to the airport) » Check Rates
- Yeti Mountain Home – (15 minute walk to the airport) » Check Rates
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Lukla Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
There are no pay-per-use lounges in the airport.
As of this update we were unable to confirm whether internet access is available. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide and we will update this airport guide.
Lukla airport is served by the following airlines: Nepal Airlines • Sita Air • Summit Air • Tara Air.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Information currently unavailable.
Last updated: 2019-01-03
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.