Photo: Get ready for take-off!!

Culture | by Amber Mizerak
Posted: November 7th, 2012 | Updated: November 7th, 2012 | Comments

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Tenzing-Hillary Airport

This week's photo, courtesy of Dr. Jerome Boyd-Kirkup, is of Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal. Sitting at 2,860 m ( 9,383 ft) above sea level, this one-runway airport has been given the title of most dangerous airport in the world.

If you're afraid of flying you'll probably want to avoid the 460 by 20 m (1,510 by 66 ft) short runway with a cliff on one end and the town of Lukla on the other. Depending on the weather, small twin otter planes take-off and land here with up to 20 passengers ready for an up-close-and-personal look at the Himalayas. Since traveling to Everest through Tibet can be tricky for some, many trekkers use this as the starting point for their Everest Base Camp trek.

Read more about trekking in the Himalayas and stay tuned for our next installment on Everest Base Camp.

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