May 26, 2020

Most who walk to Lukla (rather than fly) do so from Jiri (1,905m), Nepal over 5-8 days of trekking.

The main downside is the terrible 10 hour bone rattling bus ride Kathmandu to Jiri.

Here’s a little known alternativeTumlingtar (460m) to Lukla. (8-12  days)

      • fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (avoiding the dangerous roads)
      • start lower. More time for acclimatizing to altitude.
      • very few hikers means few & rudimentary bhattis (teashops) with simple menus. Mostly dal bhat.
      • you can hike independently or hire a porter / guide en route as needed

Sue and Howard have hiked via Tumlingtar three times. Read one of their trip reports:

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