Simikot Airport

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Simikot Airport
Humla airport.JPG
Tara Air Twin Otter at Simikot
Airport type Public
Serves Simikot, Nepal
Elevation AMSL 9,246 ft / 2,818 m
Coordinates 29°58′16″N 081°49′08″E / 29.97111°N 81.81889°E / 29.97111; 81.81889Coordinates: 29°58′16″N 081°49′08″E / 29.97111°N 81.81889°E / 29.97111; 81.81889
VNST is located in Nepal
Location in Nepal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
549 1,801 Black Topped
Source: Great Circle Mapper[1]

Simikot Airport (IATA: IMKICAO: VNST) is an airport serving Simikot,[1] a town in the Humla district of the Karnali zone in Nepal. This airport has recently been surfaced.


The airport resides at an elevation of 9,246 ft (2,818 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway which is 549 m (1,801 ft) in length.[1] The runway has recently been improved and extended with more infrastructure being built. As a result of this construction the parking facilities and terminals also have seen some improvement.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Nepal Airlines Nepalgunj [2]
Tara Air Nepalgunj [3]
Goma Air Nepalgunj

Pilgrims and Trekkers bound for Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash in China's Tibet Autonomous Region fly into Simikot and proceed to the international border at Hilsa on foot[4] or by helicopter. [5]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 23 June 2011, Tara Air Dornier Do 228 9N-AGQ was substantially damaged in a heavy landing and runway excursion. The aircraft was operating a cargo flight from Nepalgunj Airport, Nepal.[6]

See also[edit]

List of airports in Nepal


  1. ^ a b c Airport information for Simikot, Nepal (VNST / IMK) at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ "Schedule Effective from 15 May, 2010 to 30 October, 2010". Nepal Airlines. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Thubron, Colin (2011). To a Mountain in Tibet. New York: Harper Collins. Retrieved Dec 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mount Kailash Yatra by Helicopter Via Nepalgunj/Simikot/Hilsa/Taklakot". LantangRi Trekking. Retrieved Dec 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Tara D228 at Simikot on Jun 23rd 2011, hard landing results in runway excursion and gear collapse". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 

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