Lukla (Nepali: लुक्ला [ˈlukla]) is a small town in the Khumbu Pasanglhamu rural municipality of the Solukhumbu District in the Province No. 1 of north-eastern Nepal. Situated at 2,860 metres (9,383 ft), it is a popular place for visitors to the Himalayas near Mount Everest to arrive. Although Lukla means place with many goats and sheep, few are found in the area nowadays.

Lukla
Looking across the township of Lukla, with the air strip of Lukla Airport in the foreground
Looking across the township of Lukla, with the air strip of Lukla Airport in the foreground
Lukla is located in Province No. 1
Lukla
Lukla
Location in Nepal
Lukla is located in Nepal
Lukla
Lukla
Lukla (Nepal)
Coordinates: 27°41′20″N 86°43′50″E / 27.68889°N 86.73056°E / 27.68889; 86.73056Coordinates: 27°41′20″N 86°43′50″E / 27.68889°N 86.73056°E / 27.68889; 86.73056
Country   Nepal
ProvinceProvince No. 1
DistrictSolukhumbu District
Rural municipalityKhumbu Pasanglhamu
Government
 • TypeWard division
Elevation
2,860 m (9,380 ft)
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (Nepal Time)
Postal code
56010
Area code(s)038

Lukla contains a small airport servicing the region, and a variety of shops and lodges catering to tourists and trekkers, providing western-style meals and trail supplies. From Lukla, travellers will take two days to reach the village Namche Bazaar, an altitude acclimatization stop for those continuing on.[1] In August 2014, the Nepalese government announced plans to open the first tarmac road from Kathmandu to Lukla.[2]

AirportEdit

 
One of the scariest and most dangerous landings in the world at Lukla Airport in Nepal[3]

Lukla is served by the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Weather permitting, twin-engined Dornier Do 228s and de Havilland Canada Twin Otters make frequent daylight flights between Lukla and Kathmandu. Lukla Airport has a very short and steep airstrip, often compounded by hazardous weather, resulting in several fatal accidents. It has been called the most dangerous airport in the world.[4][3]

ClimateEdit

Lukla has a subarctic climate (Köppen classification Dwc) with warm summers and very cold winters. There is high diurnal temperature variation, and temperatures can reach freezing even in the middle of summer.

Climate data for Lukla, Nepal
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.0
(33.8)
1.9
(35.4)
4.7
(40.5)
8.2
(46.8)
11.6
(52.9)
14.7
(58.5)
14.4
(57.9)
13.4
(56.1)
12.7
(54.9)
8.9
(48.0)
5.5
(41.9)
3.3
(37.9)
8.4
(47.0)
Daily mean °C (°F) −5.9
(21.4)
−4.8
(23.4)
−1.6
(29.1)
2.2
(36.0)
5.6
(42.1)
9.2
(48.6)
10.3
(50.5)
9.8
(49.6)
8.0
(46.4)
3.1
(37.6)
−1.2
(29.8)
−3.8
(25.2)
2.6
(36.6)
Average low °C (°F) −18.2
(−0.8)
−16.3
(2.7)
−12.1
(10.2)
−7.4
(18.7)
−3.4
(25.9)
1.6
(34.9)
3.9
(39.0)
3.5
(38.3)
0.8
(33.4)
−6.5
(20.3)
−12.5
(9.5)
−16.3
(2.7)
−6.9
(19.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 10.8
(0.43)
18.0
(0.71)
21.6
(0.85)
28.3
(1.11)
34.4
(1.35)
96.1
(3.78)
153.8
(6.06)
144.7
(5.70)
80.7
(3.18)
37.4
(1.47)
6.2
(0.24)
13.0
(0.51)
645
(25.39)
Average precipitation days 2.6 2.7 3.6 5.0 9.5 16.1 22 21.8 15.0 4.5 1.9 1.4 106.1
Source: weatherbase.com[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Muza, SR; Fulco, CS; Cymerman, A (2004). "Altitude Acclimatization Guide". US Army Research Inst. of Environmental Medicine Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division Technical Report (USARIEM–TN–04–05). Retrieved 2009-03-05.
  2. ^ Wright, Loveday (13 August 2014). "Highway to Everest: infrastructure at the expense of nature? | Asia | An in-depth look at news from across the continent". DW. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Which Everest Base Camp is Best:Tibet or Nepal?".
  4. ^ "World's Most Dangerous Airports". Retrieved 2011-03-25.
  5. ^ http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?s=603638

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