Lukla Airport aka Tenzing-Hillary Airport
. The infamous airport tops many polls as one of the world’s most dangerous airports. Since Lukla, Nepal is the place most people start their Mount Everest trek (including the LCS gang) this Himalayan strip gets quite a bit of traffic--mostly to and from Kathmandu. The airport was renamed Tenzing-Hillary Airport in 2008 in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the first two people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, who were also key contributors to the landing strip’s construction.
Sirens inform folks for miles when an airplane is landing here, and as you would suspect, only helicopters and Twin Otter type planes can handle the 2,000 foot, uphill runway that is fenced off at the end, to protect you from the edge of a mountain cliff.
When you take off, you go downhill and then the runway just disappears into the valley down below. If you don't get enough speed, you drop until you get lift and then (hopefully) get back up again.