Nepalese Government has recently announced to build a 65 miles (100 km) long tarmac road to Everest region to help ease transportation of supplies from cities to the mountain region of Nepal.
~Highway from Jiri to Lukla~
The proposed highway will connect Jiri to Surkhe village in Lukla, couple of hours away from Tenzing-Hillary Airport. The new road shall primarily facilitate the transport of goods and supplies from cities to Khumbu region. The other important purpose the road will serve is to cater trekkers in distress, who couldn’t fly out of the region for bad weather or are stuck in Khumbu.
A gas cylinder for cooking costs Rs. 10,000 (£60) and a cup of tea at least Rs. 250 (£1.50). Flying goods by air from Kathmandu to the airport at Lukla – known as the gateway to the Everest region – costs Rs. 50 (90 pence) a kilogram.
It’s almost impossible to commence flights during bad weather, therefore, flights to and from Lukla tend to get delayed or cancelled often. Those who can afford to escape the hassle pay $500 for a helicopter ride from Lukla to Kathmandu.
The government has earmarked funds for the project, and the construction will begin by this fiscal year.
Purna Chandra Bhattarai, Joint Secretary of the Ministry
Everest Base Camp Trek
Trek to Everest base camp is one of the most desired treks the world. Leading to the base camp of Everest through the ethnic villages of popular Sherpa inhabitants, it receives more than 35,000 trekkers in a year.
Everest base camp trek via Jiri tends to take 4 more days to reach Lukla from Jiri, and the entire length is covered by foot. Although a transportable road demeans the authenticity of trekking region, with the availability of tarmac road now one can choose to drive to Surkhe village, Lukla from Jiri.