Nepal's Lukla airport is one of the worlds highest airports and the gateway to Mt. Everest.
The strip is at an elevation of 9380 ft (2800 m) with a an abrupt drop off down to a river valley below.
The approach is through a maze of spectacular mountain peaks and the air is often cluttered with clouds.
There is a big hill right behind the landing strip. You also need to clear a high ridge, bank left, descend steeply, straighten the airplane and land.
Navigation is by sight only and you need to negotiate several layers of clouds which can hang on the high hill or rise from the deep valley.
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