Lukla flight & weather

Lukla Aiport is a STOL airport (Short Take-off and Landing). STOLports can only accept certain types of aircraft, often only smaller propeller aircraft, often with limits on the amount of fuel that can be taken.
There is no fixed departure time on these routes really – it depends on the weather. Planes fly as early as possible.

Delayed in Kathmandu

If bad weather prevents your group from taking the flight to Lukla, Everest Marathon team will assist you to bring you back to hotel in Kathmandu. It may not be the usual Event hotel – as we cant pre book these nights, it will be where we can find availability. Beware that this could be lesser standard than Hotel Shanker and it could be outside of town. Everest Marathon will continue providing you and your group meals while still in Kathmandu.
Please liaise with your team leader to try to find out when your rescheduled flight will leave.
Sometimes it is possible to fly to Lukla by helicopter even when planes do not fly. If your group wants this option, THEY WILL HAVE TO PAY! This may or may not be covered by your insurance – please check with them before leaving.
It is Everest Marathon policy to try for a flight for 2 days each otherwise we will have to drive to Jiri – stay overnight and fly from helicopter (Or use alternative solutions).
If you are delayed by 1 or 2 days but make it up to Lukla, you will obviously have to adapt the itinerary. Note that you should never sacrifice days on the ascent. It may be necessary to have less time at high camps eg. Khumjung and Gorak Shep. Our itinerary are made in such a way that even 2/3 lost days can be covered.


Delayed in Lukla

We have noticed participants seem to get a bit stressed when it becomes apparent their Lukla flight may be delayed – your group leader will update you on all where communication is needed.
Everest Marthon has the fail-safe of 2 days to get back to KTM from Lukla built in to the schedule. If it seems that you may not be able to make it back in time to catch your international flight then you must make following clear:

1) Everest Marathon will continue to cover cost of meals and accommodation in Lukla until package services would usually end – after that participants should pay by themselves and can claim on their insurance later. Please note that there will be no refunds for unused hotel nights in Kathmandu.

2) Option to return to KTM is offered but participants have to be clear that they will have to cover costs of the helicopter. Everest Marathon is not legally responsible to cover the cost. However we will refund you the cost of return flight Lukla-KTM. You can make an insurance claim on this for which we will assist you with a letter from our company. Payment is not guaranteed as it depends on your insurance company.

3) Leader’s cost will be beared by Everest Marathon

4) If participants are not happy flying out in a helicopter, then they should wait in Lukla for next available flight. Everest Marathon will assist you to make arrangements to fly home at a later date, but will not cover for this. Please liaise with your team leader.

Management will do its best to come up with the best and most cost effective solution based on groups (decisions which benefit the group as a whole).

Key thing to remember is there is always a problem of how much it costs to evacuate people and change flights – please do keep these things in mind and do not panic.
1. It is advisable to carry extra cash for these kind of situations as a safety.
2.Always book your international flight for departure after the final package date.

Cost guideline
One way helicopter flight will cost approximately USD $ 500 per person if the helicopter is full. A helicopter has room for 5 people.

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4th March 2021


Dear Everest Marathon Runners, 


We are happy to announce that the Covid delayed Everest Marathon Event of 2020, will be organized this year on May 29, 2021, on our regular yearly Event date.


You are all requested to contact our Everest Marathon Desk with attention to Ms Sonika Bajracharya for an immediate update.

Cell / Whatsapp / Viber No: +977 9851 20 2233


The 2021 series will be held under the following conditions remaining convenient & safe :


1. That the Covid 19 situation will not further deteriorate for the month of May 2021
2. The Government of Nepal will not introduce more new restrictions for International Travelers to travel into Nepal
3. That you all carry 72hrs negative PCR test Report while arriving at Kathmandu Airport.
4. That you all carry an Insurance Package of US$5000 & over, stating that Covid-19 risk is covered.
5. That all International Flight will run smoothly for you to travel to Nepal.
6. That you all are able to take Nepalese visa from your respective countries through Nepalese Mission Abroad.
7. That Government will remove the present provision of quarantine time of 5 / 7 days by the start of May (Government is doing it soon anyway).


Thank you guys for bearing with us. Let's try to make this event possible this year, by running our Everest Marathon and paying tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. At the same time, this year, you will also be contributing to the fresh start-up of the Tourist Movement to Nepal, which has been dead for more than a year due to the Covid-19 Crisis.


Many thanks. Welcome Aboard.


Bikram Pandey KAAJI

Concept & the Creator of the Event

TenzingHillary Everest Marathon, May 29, 2021


PS : This year marks an especial year for all of us because Everest has gone Higher in Height to 8848.86m. Feel Proud that we gonna be there in New Mount Everest 8848.86m..