I left the aircraft recommendation blank on purpose for this one, because that's part of what I found so hard about making this trip. I crashed two times before perfecting the route you see here. Your plane, whatever its make and model, will need to accomplish each of the following in turn:
- Take off from a tiny gravel air strip at high elevation (hint: back up to the grass to give yourself extra room).
- Quickly climb to at least 20,000 feet.
- Be able to cruise at around 25,000 feet.
- Deftly navigate within the narrow canyon of Lukla (elevation 9,400 feet) to figure out how to land there.
A couple of obvious hints about aircraft selection: I doubt a jet will work (I saw one guy try and he hilariously failed at Lukla). A Cessna 172 only has a 14,000 foot ceiling so obviously that won't work either. It's gotta be something in between.
The views are obviously spectacular, from A to Z. The route is hard enough in clear weather, so I suggest choosing clear skies, but take on harder weather if you wish. I would not bet on your survival though. :)