I am arriving in Kathmandu In May 2019 and hoping to do EBC. I contacted an TAAN agent that told me he booked direct flights from Katmandu to Lukla for myself and my son. He asked for 100USD to be sent to him by Western Union as a deposit. I understand domestic flights may fly out after 8am depending on weather. When I asked the agent to confirm it was a direct flight from Kathmandu (not Manthali, we don't want to the long drive) he double checked and admitted it was from Manthali not Katmandu. Tara airlines are showing online direct flights on select dates from KAT to Lukla at 8am.
Has anyone had any success on direct flights (not via Manthali)? Is the experience with the agent the "norm" in Katmandu?
Thank you in advance for opinions and/or suggestions.