Scam in Lukla
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Apr 25, 2013 8:57 AM Last Post By: everest47
Dec 12, 2012 2:44 AM
Dec 12, 2012 3:35 AM
1http://www.nepalmountainnews.com/cms/2012/12/12/flight-halted-after-poor-visibility/ - this happens every year...how would they fly you to ktm for $650 if there are no flights...my friends walked from Lukla to Jiri in 4 days and then they got a bus to kathmandu...this happened in October 2012.
Dec 12, 2012 4:03 AM
Dec 12, 2012 4:45 AM
Dec 12, 2012 4:59 AM
4A heli can hover and come in slowly while the pilot sees the landing H, a plane can't, it comes in at speed. Doesn't sound like a scam, sounds like a modern rescue for rich pricks who don't account for common variations in local weather. Walk out like everyone else had to do until a decade or two ago.
Dec 12, 2012 5:04 AM
5This is from the link, some scam ;-)
"Due to the lack of flight nearly two hundred travelers have been stranded and the airport has been facing loss of eighty thousand rupees each day. Likewise, airlines company have incurring 0.8 million loss within in two days."
With the safety records of Nepali Local Flights. I am always greatful, everytime they cancel a flight, be it because of weather or mechanical problems. Maybe they should do it more often ?
NEVER try to pressure them into flying anyway, instead reserve some more time for your trip.
Lukla is in the mountains and in Asia. RELAX!
Edited by: pbekkerh
Dec 12, 2012 5:12 AM
6Good reminder, I think Sir Edmund Hillary's wife and daughter were killed flying out of Lukla in a crash soon after takeoff.
Is this a ''First World Problem''? My flight was cancelled so my only option was an overpriced helicopter? Or walking. Like 99.999% of people who have ever been to Lukla have done.
Dec 12, 2012 6:35 AM
7I have walked twice from Lukla to Jiri, once because it did not even cross my mind to fly, once because I felt like walking and had plenty of time (I had come to Nepal to hike, no?).
I think flying to/from Lukla is a scam, or cheating, at least.
Dec 12, 2012 12:34 PM
Dec 12, 2012 8:54 PM
Dec 12, 2012 11:52 PM
Dec 13, 2012 2:25 AM
They are Nepal Air now but they never flew to Lukla :-)
I have flown with Yeti Air and Buddha Air but there are more.
Dec 13, 2012 4:59 AM
Dec 13, 2012 5:09 AM
13That must have been before the skies were freed in Nepal for free competition.
Dec 14, 2012 10:10 AM
14Not a scam, the pilot who doesnt fly into Lukla when the weather's bad is the safe pilot. Once we were half way up the Khumbu when the pilot realised he couldnt see and promptly swerved up and turned back. Disconcerting but knowing the approach I was grateful not annoyed. I have used a heli twice when flights were cancelled. Its not expensive for a service that is on demand from somewhere that remoteand I resent the implication that I am a rich prick....... What's wrong with using it if you can afford it? Thats like criticising those of us who stay in a middle class hotel instead of a fleapit. When I have money I use the former, when i dont, I use the latter. If you cannot afford it then do what you are supposed to do - leave sufficient days of grace to alow the flights to start, the problem is widely publicised, dont whinge when it happens. My record was 4 days at Lukla in Jan and 5 days trying to get there from KTM.........
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