There is good news for the trekkers who want to trek to the Everest region. There used to be Kathmandu to Jiri and Kathmandu to Phaplu or Salleri bus service to reach Lukla, or you have to take Kathmandu to Lukla flight in order to continue your trek to Everest region. Due to the bad weather, there is a history of flight delay or even cancellation which leads trekkers to be stranded around Lukla for a day or even more until the weather clears up.
The bus will take you to the point where you have to walk for more than 5-6 hours to reach Lukla which is tiresome adding an extra day for the trek. This leads trekkers to walk for more hours, but recently there is a newly constructed road that will take you further near to the Everest Trekking Region, let’s say to the doorstep of Everest. This newly constructed road will take you to the Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality in the Solukhumbu region. The road further connects from Salleri which is a district headquarter to Kharikhola; is near the Khumbu Region.
We are Seeing the Possibility that Road Trail will link to Lukla by 2022-2023, even after the global pandemic of Covid-19. This helps you to skip Lukla even in Bad Weather, which is the most important benefit of Road at the Door Step of Mt. Everest.
This newly constructed road is expected to boost the flow of domestic as well as international tourists. This will help to enhance the lifestyle of the local people living in this area financially. With the completion of this newly constructed road, it is likely that there will be more lodges, hotels as well as tea houses, enhancing the local economy as well as living standards. This will also be easier for the trekkers and expedition team to travel via road in case of flight obstruction or delay due to the bad weather in Lukla. After the construction of this road, it is likely that the cost of the food and other daily requirements will be reduced compared to before as it was transported via air or carried all the way to Lukla by porters or on an animal back.
If we borrow the words of Mr. Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, Wea re desperately trying everything possible to operate all the construction work for the road to the Everest Region. Construction is getting slow, but our focus how to complete the project in time and operate the smooth work on site. We are cooperating with all related sectors to make sure that all resources get available on time, especially construction material, fuels, manpower, and their other necessity. Harkapur Sun Koshi Bridge was completed and the track was completed till Tham Danda he proudly mentions this. As the report of March 20, 2021, only 24 Km is left to open the track which connects the road to Lukla.
We understand how difficult the terrain is from Tham Danda to Chaurikharak ( where the Lukla Airport is). The distance of 277 km from Kathmandu to Lukla airport sounds easy. But we have to remember that we are dring in the High Way of the Himalayas. It is better to make a smooth and better road between Kathmandu and Lukla, before opening the track towards Everest Base Camp or Namche.
We understand the value of the Everest Trekking Region as well development of infrastructure. Everest only makes over 200 million Nepalese rupees just from tourism activities. We can not compete with the Tibetan side and try to make the road to Everest Base Camp as they do. Road to Lukla is better for all than the Road at The Doorstep of Everest aka Base Camp.