LUKLA – a small town in Nepal is the gateway for Everest Base Camp. Lukla airport is the main access point for trekkers and travelers starting their Everest journey and over 50 flights operates per day during the climbing season,. However with a length of just over 500 metres and a gradient of 12 degrees Lukla is a pilot’s worst nightmare.
A program titled Most Extreme Airports, broadcast on The History Channel in 2010, rated Lukla Airport as the most dangerous airport in the world for over 20 years. The weather is formidable, winds capricious and once committed to the landing there is literally no chance of a successful go-around or aborted takeoff at Lukla. At Southwest end of the runway there is a 2000 ft drop into the valley and at the opposite end is the rugged terrain. Not surprisingly, accidents are not unknown at this airport but it is still a popular destination for tourists and aviation enthusiasts alike.