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
IMK is located in Nepal
Location in Nepal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 650 2,133 Asphalt Concrete
Source: Great Circle Mapper[1][2]

Simikot Airport (IATA: IMK, ICAO: VNST) is an airport serving Simikot,[1] headquarter of Humla district of Karnali Pradesh in Nepal. It is the main tourist gateway on the Nepalese side to the Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.[3] As road access in this area of Nepal is weak, the airport facilitates travel in the whole district of Humla.[2]


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. 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]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Nepal Airlines Nepalgunj[6]
Tara Air Nepalgunj[7]
Sita Air Nepalgunj[8]
Summit Air Nepalgunj[9]
Air Kasthamandap Nepalgunj[citation needed]

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.[10]

See also[edit]

List of airports in Nepal


  1. ^ a b c Airport information for Simikot, Nepal (VNST / IMK) at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ a b "Simikot Airport" (PDF). Civil Aviation authority of Nepal. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Simikot airport packed with Kailash travelers". Aviation Nepal. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  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. Archived from the original on 2013-12-30. Retrieved Dec 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Domestic Schedule". Nepal Airlines. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  7. ^ "Flight Schedule". Tara Air. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  8. ^ "Flight Schedule". Sita Air. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  9. ^ "Flight Schedule". Summit Air. Archived from the original on 8 July 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  10. ^ 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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