Lukla to Kathmandu

April 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The final day is arguably the most scary – flying out of Lukla Airport. The runway is just 460 metres long and slopes downwards ending in a massive cliff. We got up at around 5 am to be at the airport by 6 am.

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The sun just emerging on the peaks by Lukla.

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The view from the airport. Planes turn left and head down the sloped runway over the cliff!

We had to wait two hours for our plane (which is about normal) but fortunately it took off with no problems. You achieve lift off around 20 metres before the runway ends, which is somewhat terrifying.

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We got back to Guest House. They have an outdoor library which is a great way to relax in the afternoon.

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Kathmandu Guest House is in the busy Thamel area, but despite that has some real solitude to it.

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In the afternoon, I popped into the Garden of Dreams which is a nice little attraction around ten minutes walk away.

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Quite a few people come here just to enjoy the sun or have a bite or drink.

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The following day decided to head out to Swayambhunath . It’s around a 30 minute walk. Navigating your way out of Thamel can be a bit confusing but once you’re out, it’s very easy to spot!

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Lots of statues and artwork on the way up to the temple.

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But it is a long way up. Around 350 steps.

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A good view of Kathmandu from the top, marred somewhat by the smog.

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The main temple.

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Had a drink at a roof top cafe up there, which also got a good view of the nice parts of Kathmandu. One can even see a swimming pool below!

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And of course there are monkeys.

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Lots of monkeys.

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Walking home, came across these pigs, penned in next to the river.

Have one more day in Kathmandu, before we fly home via Malaysia.

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6 Responses to “Lukla to Kathmandu”

  1. martinh (1,257 comments) says:

    Yes its being called the most dangerous.
    I wonder how safe those pilots are too.
    Sit near the middle as id say with a down sloping runway they are more likely to hit the tail into the ground

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  2. Reid (16,230 comments) says:

    Well done DPF. Admirable to see the way you’ve obviously set yourself a goal (of getting fit), combined that with what you enjoy (walking and travel) and ticked them off, one by one. What’s next, after the election busy period, I wonder. Have you done Kathmandu?

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  3. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    More great photos and commentary – thanks DPF!

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  4. Rob Hosking (77 comments) says:

    Kathmandu Guest House is lovely. I still dream about that place.

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  5. Nostradamus (3,216 comments) says:

    Reid:

    Have you done Kathmandu?

    Er, Reid, I think you missed the title of DPF’s post (“Lukla to Kathmandu”) and also the final line (“Have one more day in Kathmandu, before we fly home via Malaysia”) :)

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  6. 3-coil (1,215 comments) says:

    Excellent travelogue – thankyou David.

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