With the hectic lifestyles we're all leading, taking a vacation is no longer a luxury, but a necessity! There are scores of different travel destinations across the globe, however, not all may be economically feasible. Then again, each ones likes and dislikes are different. In this comprehensive guide, you will find information on various exotic destinations. Peruse through them before you make your decision.
The Lukla flight is considered by many as one of the most dramatic flight journeys in the world. The Lukla Airport is also located on a cliff and has a single runway that is capable of taking in only one plane at a time. The runway also drops off to the gaping valley below towards its end. Lukla is the first major small town of the Khumbu and because it is the starting point of many trekking journeys, it has many guesthouses and lodges that cater to tourists and trekkers.
The change in the terrain and the environment is immediately felt upon landing at Lukla because the town is surrounded by tall green forest-covered hills and views of distant mountain peaks can be seen. Trekkers can stay overnight here, but most prefer to hike further out to the next village of Phakding and stay there.
Phakding lies approximately about 8 kilometers away from Lukla and it takes about 3 hours of hiking through beautiful trekking trail and smaller villages and settlements to reach. The view of Mount Khumbila from Phakding is spectacular! After getting a good night’s sleep, the trekking journey continues on to the next town of Namche Bazaar. Sagarmatha National Park is entered en route to Namche. The entrance to the park lies at Monjo and it is a pleasant hike through the wide woods and forests of the national park to the celebrated town of Namche.
Also famously known as the “Gateway to the High Himalayas”- Namche Bazaar is considered the commercial hub of the Khumbu region. It is extremely popular all over Nepal and is a great place to acclimatize. Trekkers spend at least a day in the town for acclimatization. Namche lies on a side face of a hill and presents a terrace-like topography. Houses and huts are situated at different levels of the terrace on the hill and standing at the bottom flat ground of the town is like standing on an amphitheatre.