The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla is closest to the Sagarmatha National Park, but since it is not an international airport, travellers first need to reach the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, which offers flights to Lukla which take no longer than around half an hour to reach the terminal. From Lukla, visitors can reach Sagarmatha by trekking for about two days. In case one wishes to trek for a longer period, they can choose to catch a flight to Phaplu or Tumlingtar and then trek to Sagarmatha, which would take around five days from Phaplu and ten days from Tumlingtar.
Helicopter rides from Kathmandu to Sagarmatha are available for those who do not wish to trek, which land at the Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar and Namche Bazaar within the Sagarmatha National Park. Visitors cannot reach Sagarmatha National Park directly by road, although they can opt to take a bus from Kathmandu to Jiri, which is about 100 kms away from the National Park, which can be covered by a trek of around ten days. One can also choose to go to Salleri by bus, which is in close proximity to Phaplu, and can then trek for around five days to reach the Park.
Local transport in Sagarmatha National Park
The only way to get around in Sagarmatha National Park is on foot as there is no public transportation available. Since there is a lot of endemic wildlife present in the Park, it is advisable to go for hiking and trekking around the place before sunset, as it can get dangerous in the dark.
Visitors should ideally travel light and carry edibles and water during the day, although food stalls and markets are available, it is best to keep some handy as the trek can get tiring and the routes might lead away from the populated areas. Sagarmatha National Park is mostly visited by those who are interested in and are physically competent enough to hike and trek through the stay, so it is best advised for people who do not enjoy such activities or might face some health hazards to not take the risk of doing the same.