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"Nepal visit by air transit/stopover" Top 5 Page for this destination Airplane Tip by Saagar

Airplane, Nepal: 67 reviews and 70 photos

  Sic transit!
by Saagar

Nepal is a bit difficult to reach by plane; the country is off the main air routes, and there are few intercontinental flights there. Due to this the cost of flying to Nepal is significantly higher than flying to neigbouring Delhi. You are forced to detouring to reach Nepal. It may even be hard to find seats on these shorter, regional flights connecting KTM. The reasons are that Nepalese guest workers pack the planes, and that travel agents book early en block in the expectation of good travel seasons. Another reason is that one-runway Kathmandu Airport - the infamous Tribhuvan International Airport/TIA among friends, has extremely high landing fees and high cost of fuel (all being transported up from India by small tanker trucks). The seasonality of tourism also makes it weird, with seasonal air operations. You have a good number of flights during September-November, and again a peak in February-March. I have described elsewhere what airlines fly there and from where.
As of now, there are no scheduled flights to Nepal from Europe, and few hubs to recon with: The Gulf countries (Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Qatar especially), Delhi, Hong Kong or Bangkok. Going to Nepal involves either a side track or a change of airlines and complicated ticketing. There are some interesting options, going from West Asia to East Asia via Kathmandu (Korean, Air China, Dragon, Thai). It may pay off to find a travel agent in Kathmandu who can prepare your exit travels from Nepal.
An interesting option is flying Druk Air (Bhutan) from Delhi to Kathmandu, and after a transit of as long as you wish, proceed by Druk to Paro in Bhutan. From there you can go back to India (Calcutta, Delhi) or to Bangkok, still by Druk. This segment shouldn't cost a whole lot.


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  • Updated Mar 1, 2011
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