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As per the new notice from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal(CAAN), flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are diverted to Lukla in peak season. Therefore, you need to reach Ramechhap Airport first and then take a flight to Lukla. In this blog, we will provide you with detailed information regarding transportation options to reach Manthali Airport, including costs, flight details, and more.

Manthali Airport Location

Ramechhap Airport commonly called Manthali Airport is right in the Ramechhap District of Nepal. It functions as either a backup airport for the Lukla flights or as an emergency airport for flights departing from Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu.

Manthali Airport Road Distance from Kathmandu

The road distance from Kathmandu to Ramechhap Airport is about 132 km (82 miles). This is normally a 4 to 5-hour drive by road, depending on traffic and road conditions. The way runs through picturesque landscapes, narrow mountainous roads, and tiny towns on its way.


Ramechhap Airport can be reached by road from Kathmandu. The travellers can rent cars, take buses or call cars to take them to the airport. Besides this, some airlines may offer shuttle service or transport options for passengers who are travelling between the Ramechhap Airport and Kathmandu, particularly in chain peak seasons when flights to Lukla are in high demand. Overall, the Ramechhap Airport is a crucial gateway for those travelling to Lukla and other locations in the Everest area and acts as a vital link between tourism and trekking.

Kathmandu to Ramechhap by Tourist Bus

  • Seat Capacity: 20-30
  • Departure Place: Kesharmahal 
  • Departure Time: 1.30 am( this is the only available time)
  • Driving hours: 4.5-5 hours
  • Cost: 30 $
  • Service: Shared transportation with other passengers

Kathmandu to Ramechhap By Private Car

  • Seat Capacity: Up to 4 persons
  • Duration: 4.30 hours
  • Cost: 150$
  • Service: Pick-up and drop-off included

Kathmandu to Ramechhap By Private Jeep 

  • Seat Capacity: Up to 7 persons
  • Duration: 4.30 hours
  • Cost: 220$
  • Service: Pick-up and drop-off included

Kathmandu to Ramechhap By Hiace

  • Seat Capacity: Up to 14 persons
  • Duration: 4.30 hours
  • Cost: 300$
  • Service: Pick-up and drop-off included

Airlines operating Lukla flight from Ramechhap

Three airlines operate daily flights to Lukla from Ramechhap. These airlines are listed below:

  • Sita Airline
  • Tara Airline
  • Summit Airline

Accommodation in Ramechhap Manthali

Since there’s a chance of Lukla flights being affected by climatic conditions, travellers may need to stay in hotels or guesthouses when flights are delayed or cancelled. Therefore, comfortable accommodations near Manthali Airport can be arranged for travellers’ stays. Since there are not many hotels and guest houses you need to book in advance. Also, remember last-hour booking is almost impossible during the peak seasons.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Is private transport available from Kathmandu to Ramechhap Airport?

Yes, we have private vehicles available, including cars, jeeps, Hiace vans, and mini-buses.

How long does it take to travel from Kathmandu to Ramechhap Airport?

The duration from Kathmandu to Ramechhap Airport is typically around 4 hours and 30 minutes by private transport.

Do you arrange transportation from Kathmandu to Ramechhap Airport?

Yes, we will arrange transportation for you.

Is there an Alternative Route to Enter the Everest Region?

Yes, the alternative to reach the Everest region is via Salleri. It will take approximately 275 kilometres to reach Salleri from Kathmandu. From Salleri, it will take 2 days to reach Lukla.

How much is the flight fare from Manthali to Lukla airport?

The flight fare from Manthali to Lukla airport is around 180$USD

Final Say

If you are heading for trekking in the Everest region then Lukla is the main gateway. Due to overcrowding in the peak season, you may not get the seat and as per new rules, you cannot get the direct flight to Lukla. So to reach Lukla you must reach first Manthlai Airport. 

While booking the package confirm the flight details and transportation for the safe and comfortable journey. Also, carry the required permit for the trek. Trekking in the Everest Region means you will get the opportunity to see the highest mountain in the World i.e. Everest(8848m) and many other peaks.

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