In April 2019 there will be disruptions to international and domestic flightsat Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), the main airport serving Kathmandu and the rest of Nepal. Reason for the interruptions is long due maintenance of the runway.
From April 1st to April 30th Tribhuvan will be closed between 10 PM and 8 AM. During these hours there will be maintenance carried out on the runway. Maintenance is necessary as the Nepal authorities are concerned with the frequent appearance of potholes and cracks. In the past, this has led to minor incidents on the runway. Despite the fact that the annual amount of passengers has doubled in the last 20 years, Tribhuvan only has one runway.
Flight disruptions are possible during this period. Especially domestic flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUK) in Lukla will be affected. Normally, flights to the gateway of the Everest Region leave as early as 6 in the morning. Because of the disruptions, flights will be leaving from Manthali Airport (RHP) in Ramechhap. According to Chhatra Karki, Managing Director of Nepal Eco Adventure, trekking in the Everest Region will not come to a halt: "Airlines will be transferring passengers from Tribhuvan to Manthali. Treks will be operated as per normal."
Because of the distance between Kathmandu, Tribuhvan and Manthali Airport, adventurers planning to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or other treks in the Khumbu Region, will have to get up earlier than normal. "Pickup from the hotel will be around 4 AM in the morning", says Karki. From May 2019 onwards Tribhuvan International Airport should be serving passengers as per normal.
If you have booked a trek for April, or you are planning to go trek in the Everest Region in April and you are feeling unsure, you can always get in touch with your trekking company or with the Bookatrekking.com support team.