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Airports in Nepal - 50 Places That Connect the Country to the World

  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Tue Dec 22, 2020
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Nepal has both domestic and international airports that offer you a journey to exotic destinations. Nepal is a beautiful country in South Asia popular for its own natural and cultural beauty. Attractions such as the Mt Everest itself lure thousands of people every day to Nepal.

Nepal is a budget-friendly airport that is one of the best destinations for travelers. The trekking routes, wildlife and stunning views of the Himalayas are what bring everybody from all over the world to this beautiful country. 

Here is a list of 50 airports in Nepal, few are under construction and not in operations but these are great domestic and international airports that connect the country to the World.


1. Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal that is situated in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. It is only 5 km from the city center of the valley. The airport is the main gateway where people from all over the world come to explore the rich culture and the natural beauty of Nepal. Kathmandu welcomes tourists with open arms and offers the best of Nepal’s art, culture, economy and history.

The airport was inaugurated by King Mahindra in the year of 1955. The name it got now was actually made in the year 1964. It was initially named Gaucher Airport but was renamed to Tribhuvan International Airport a few years later in the memory of King Mahindra's father.

The airport has only one domestic and international terminal. There are 30 airlines that land to the airport and flies to Asia and the Middle East. It might be the only international airport, but there are several ongoing projects for the establishment of new international airports such as Pokhara International Airport and Gautam Buddha Airport.

2. Pokhara Airport

Pokhara Airport

Pokhara Airport is another airport in Nepal situated in the Pokhara region of Nepal. Pokhara is the second largest city and is also called the City of Seven Lakes. It is bounded by mountains due to which during your flight, you can enjoy the Himalayan range. Pokhara is the gateway for trekkers and tourists who come here to visit the mountain ranges or take on mountaineering.

It is controlled by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal which offers a regular connection from Kathmandu, Jomsom and Manang. The airport is smaller and can accommodate only 8 planes at a time. Nevertheless, it is a big diversional airport for the main airport in Kathmandu during bad weather conditions.

2.1 Pokhara International Airport (upcoming)

There are other projects going on such as the construction of a new international airport in Pokhara which will be in operation in the near future which will dramatically reduce the air traffic at Tribhuvan International Airport. Pokhara International Airport is situated 3km east of the domestic airport at Majheri Patan. The construction started in early 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2021. This airport is expected to board one million passengers per year. The airport has 2500m runway with a concrete runway and jet bridges. There are two terminals- domestic and international with 1200-meter-long and 23-meter wide taxi way. The international terminal building is 10,000 square meters and 4,000 square meters.

3. Gautam Buddha Airport

Gautam Buddha Airport is also known as Bhairahawa Airport which is a domestic airport in the Rupandehi district of Nepal. It is located only 2 km from Bhairahawa. Bhairahawa is the second-largest trading route after Birgunj.

The airport was established in 1958 with a runway area of 5000ft which is paved with concrete. The airport is 250 km away from the capital city, Kathmandu at the elevation of 358 feet. You can find major airlines flying daily and direct flight to Bhairahawa or fly to Pokhara and to Bhairahawa. Bhairahawa is the entry way to Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

3.1 Gautam Buddha International Airport (upcoming)

This airport is expanded as Gautam Buddha International Airport which began in 2015. The airport will have 3000 meters runway and 16 international parking bays. The construction was expected to be completed by 2017 but due to the 2015 earthquake, the deadline was extended. The airport is at an altitude of 358 feet and has one runway with an asphalt surface measuring 3000 by 45 meters.

4. Nijgadh International Airport (Upcoming)

Nijgadh International Airport is a proposed airport situated 68 km to the south of Kathmandu at Kolhabi in Bara District of Nepal. It is an on-going project expected to be completed by 2025 which would be the largest airport in South Asia. The project was halted in 2019 because of environmental restrictions. The airport will have 8000 hectares of land which borders Mahendra Highway in the north, Bakaiya River in the east and Pasaha River in the west. The two parallel runways is capable of accommodating 15 million passengers annually.

5. Lukla Airport

Lukla Airport

Lukla is a small town in the lap of the Himalayas located at 2860 meters altitude above sea level. It is a popular airport for tourists and trekkers visiting the Everest Region.

Lukla has a lot to offer the tourists from western-style meals to various amenities. Lukla Airport is named Tenzing-Hillary Airport after the famous mountaineers Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary. It will take around 40 minutes to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. There are regular flights, however, due to erratic weather in the Himalayas; there could be flight delays or cancellations.

6. Ramechhap Airport

Ramechhap airport is situated in the Bagmati Province in Ramechhap district. It is around 127 km away from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. It is also called as Manthali airport. The airport is at an elevation of 474 meters and has a warmer climate all-round the year. However, winter can be relatively colder. The total length is around 530meters and has a concrete surface. The runway was further upgraded in 2015. The surface of the runway is clay and grass. The airport was established in 1979 and there are regular flights to and from Kathmandu. You can also fly to Lukla from this airport.

7. Jomsom Airport

Jomsom Airport

Jomsom Airport is located in Jomsom of Mustang district. The airport is a small domestic airport sitting on the top of the Kali Gandaki River canyon. It is the entryway to major tourist destination such as Kagbeni, Tangbe, Jomsom and Muktinath which is a main pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. During your flight to Jomsom Airport, you can enjoy the sights of the Himalayan range. There are daily flights from Pokhara airport and is takes around 20 minutes to reach the airport.

The airport is paved with asphalt which is about 2400 feet long and is 66 feet wide. Located at an elevation of 8979 feet, the airport is amidst the tallest mountains and deepest gorge. Jomsom valley is a tourist destination of Nepal due to which you can get from 1 to 5 flights per day. There is a blacktopped runway in the airport which a dimension of 739m x 20m with a brilliant view of the Nilgiri Mountain.

8. Bharatpur Airport

Bharatpur Airport

Bharatpur Airport was built in 1958 and is situated southwest of Bharatpur city (Chitwan District). The airport has been ranked the fourth busiest airport and has a major domestic airline that is operating here. It was built with help from the United States of America. Today, it is one of the most connected airports in Nepal.

The airport is at an elevation of 650 feet above sea level with one departure, one operation terminal and one arrival terminal shed. The airport can accommodate bigger planes. The airport only welcomed domestic flights on the grass runway but with local pestering and lobbying, the airport was expanded. Now, there are new terminals and the runway is paved to handle medium-sized aircraft.

9. Dolpa Airport

Dolpa Airport, also known as Juphal Airport, is a domestic airport in Juphal, Thuli Bheri in the Dolpa district. The airport is the only domestic airport in the Dolpa region and is the main hub for the tourists and people visiting to the area. It was established in 1978 which operated on a gravel runway. The airport is the main center for business, education, healthcare and services for local people.

You can visit Phoksundo Lake which is the deepest lake in Nepal. The region has a Tibetan culture and filled with natural beauty. There are local airplanes that fly to Dolpa Airport regularly. The airport is at an elevation of 8200 feet above sea level with a runway of 663m x 30m.

10. Bhadrapur Airport

Bhadrapur Airport is a domestic airport in Jhapa district and is also known as Chandragadi Airport. It is only 4-5 km away from the city center of Bhadrapur. Bhadrapur is the oldest municipalities of Nepal. The closest city of Bhadrapur is Ilam which is the tea city of Nepal.

The airport was built in 1963 with a runway surface of asphalt and length of 5000 feet.  It is at an elevation of 300 feet and is 450 km away from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. The domestic airlines operate daily to Bhadrapur. Bhadrapur is the main entry point for the trekkers visiting to Mt Kanchenjunga, the third tallest mountain in the world. You can also visit Makalu Barun National Park and Siliguri.

11. Biratnagar Airport

Biratnagar Airport is a domestic airport situated in the Morang district of Nepal. It is also known as the Gograha Airport which is only 5km away from Biratnagar. Biratnagar Airport was built in 1958 and the runway surface of 5000 feet in length is paved with concrete.

Major domestic airlines operate a direct flight to this airport. You can find a direct flight from Kathmandu or take a flight from Tumglingtar to Biratnagar. Biratnagar is the entry way to explore eastern Nepal and other tourist destinations. The airport is expected to be built as a regional international airport in the near future.

12. Dhangadhi Airport

Dhangadhi Airport

Dhangadhi Airport is a domestic airport in the Kailali district, the far western province of Nepal. The airport is only 3km away from Dhangadhi. It was established on 1958 with a runway surface of 5000 feet, paved with concrete. The airport is at an elevation of 600 feet and is only 650 km away from Kathmandu. Major domestic airlines operate a direct and daily flights to Dhangadhi. The major places you could go to are Tikapur National Park, Ghodaghodi Lake and Karnali Bridge from Dhangadhi. The airport is now on the process of upgrading to international standards.

13. Simikot Airport

Simikot Airport

Situated at Simikot Rural Municipality of Humla district, Simikot Airport was established on 18th March 1977. It is the entry point to Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. There are inflows of domestic airlines and chartered flights flown in priority which is expected to grow in the future. The roadways are yet to be completed so the airport is the major means of transport in this area. The runway surface is of asphalt concrete and has a dimension of 650m x 20m.

14. Bajura Airport

Bajura airport is in the Bajura district of Nepal and is a domestic airport. It was established in October 1, 1984. The runway has asphalt concrete with the runway dimension of 530m x 20m. The air service from Dhangadhi-Bajura has been withdrawn for 20 years but has now been resumed. You can find Summit Air flying weekly from Dhangadhi to Kolti Aiport in Bajura.

15. Bhojpur Airport

Bhojpur Airport is located at Bhojpur Municipality of Bhojpur district. It is a town in eastern Nepal. Bhojpur is famous for Khukuri  (A craft such as a knife). The airport is at an altitude of 4000 feet and only takes 45 minutes to reach from Kathmandu. The surface of the runway has asphalt concrete with a dimension of 540m x 20m.

16. Dang Airport (Tulsipur Airport)

Dang is a town in the Rapti Zone of Nepal which is 413 km west of Kathmandu. The administrative headquarter is Ghorahi, the biggest city in the west. It is the major trading route for Nepal-India Border. You can visit various sites such as Kali Mai Temple, Hanuman Temple, and Shiva Mandir, and so on.

Dang Airport is a small domestic airport at an altitude of 640 meters and 832 meters of runway length. The airport is also called as Tulsipur or Tarigaun Airport. You can easily board from Kathmandu or Nepalgunj to reach Dang Airport. It will take around 1 hour and can be flown from the domestic airlines too.

17. Doti Airport

Doti Airport is also known as Silgadhi Airport is a domestic airport in the Doti district of Nepal. The airport was established on 24 September 1973 with the blacktopped runway which was upgraded recently in 2020. The airport is at an altitude of 1893feet and has a runway of 490 meters in length.

18. Janakpur Airport

Janakpur Airport

Janakpur Airport is a domestic airport in Janakpur, a city in the Mithila region of Nepal at Dhanusa district. It is controlled under the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal which offers regular flights to Kathmandu. Janakpur is a tourist destination famous for Hindu pilgrimage and is the birthplace of Sita.

It was established in 1960 and handles medium-sized aircraft. The airport is planning to introduce a night operation. The installation of runway lights has aided in night landing. There are major domestic airlines that operate daily. You can travel from Janakpur to Jaleshwor and Dhanusha Dham where you can explore the cultural sites.

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19. Jumla Airport

Jumla Airport is the high altitude part at an elevation of 2347 meters at the Jumla District.  The airport has an asphalt paved runway which measures 670m x 25m. Due to the elevation, the climate around the airport is cold all-round the year. There are regular flights to Nepalgunj, Dolpa, Simikot, Humla and Mugu from Jumla. You can visit amazing places like Mt Kanjirowa, Apple Gardens, Sinja Valley, Tatopani and Jumla Bazar.

20. Lamidanda Airport

It is the oldest airport of the Khotang district located in Ruwabesi. It is under the control of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and is the gateway to Khotang. It is a small airport and connects directly to Kathmandu and Biratnagar. You can take local flights that operate daily. The airport is located at an altitude of 4100 feet above sea level and has a total length of 518 meters runway.

The airport is at Lamidanda of Khotang and is a gateway to famous tourist destinations. You can visit Halesi Mahadev Cave which is the Pashupatinath of eastern Nepal. You can enjoy a moderate climate in all the months of the year but is slightly colder with dense fog in the winter season.

21. Khanidanda Airport

Khanidanda airport, also known as Man Maya Airport is a small domestic airport in the Khotang district which was established in 2060 BS. The airport plays a major role for the development of the local people which aids in movements. The elevation of the airport is 1358 meters due to which the temperature is moderate throughout the year. The runway length is 520 meters and is covered with asphalt. The runway is suitable to handle small size aircraft. There are flights from Biratnagar and Kathmandu that operate directly to the airport few times a week. You can visit places such as Halesi-Maratika Caves, Diktel Rupakot Majhuwagadhi, Barah Pokhari as they are near to the airport.

22. Nepalgunj Airport

Nepalgunj Airport is a domestic airport situated in the Banke district which is only 8 km away from Nepalgunj. It is one of the developed city and the major city for trading. Nepalgunj Airport was established in 1961 with a runway surface of 5000 feet and built with concrete pavement. You can find major domestic airlines that fly daily to Nepalgunj. You can explore Bardia National Park and Bageshwori Temple from Nepalgunj.

23. Rukum Chaurjahari Airport

Located in the Karnali Province of western Rukum in Chaurjahari, Rukum Chaurjahari Airport is a small domestic airport. It is open all round the year due to its location. The airport has a warmer climate except for the chilly cold winters. Located at an elevation of 742 meters, the runway length is 600 meters and covered in asphalt. It was established in the year 1973 and was closed for a decade. There are local airlines that fly from Kathmandu and Nepalgunj to the airport.

24. Rukum Salle Airport

Rukum Salle Airport is one of the two domestic airports in Rukum District. The airport plays a major means of transport for the locals and tourists. It is situated at the western part of Nepal in Karnali Province. Located at an altitude of 1580 meters, the temperature is moderate here except for the chilly winters. The length of the runway is 580 meters and is covered with Asphalt. It is suitable to handle small size aircraft. There is only one airline, Nepal Airline that operates to and from Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. It is the entry point to major tourist destinations such as Sisne Himal and Rukum Lake.

25. Rumjatar Airport

Rumjatar Airport is at Siddhi Charan Municipality of Okhaldhunga District established in September 1972. It is situated at an altitude of 4462 feet and has an asphalt concrete runway of 548m x 30m dimension. Rumjatar Airport has been out of function since 2016. However, the flight operating from Kathmandu-Rumjatar-Biratnagar ran weekly from 2019.

26. Sanphebagar Airport

It is a small domestic airport at an elevation of 596 meters in the Achham district of far western province. The airport is near to Kamal Bazaar Airport. The airport was established in 1975 but due to civil war destruction in 2001, the operation had been stopped since 2001.

The airport is now functioning from 2018. The airport has salubrious temperature all-round the year. The runway is 530 meters in length and is made of asphalt. The airport is suitable enough for small size airplane landings. There are regular flights to and from Dhangadhi and Nepalgunj and major local airlines operate in this route. The airport is entry point to destinations like Baidhyanath, Khaptad, Ramaroshan, Bannigadhi and Badimalika.

27. Simara Airport

Simara Airport is nearly 18 kilometers from Birgunj, the fifth largest city of Nepal. It is the trading route between India and Nepal. Simara Airport was established in July 4 1958 and is under the control of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. It is the entry way from Calcutta and Patna. The airport is relatively smaller with the runway of 1192 meters at the altitude of 450 ft.

Simara Airport has a runway surface paved with asphalt. The airport is 115km away from the capital city, Kathmandu. There are local flights that operates its flight directly and daily to Simara.

28. Surkhet Airport

Surkhet Airport is the domestic airport which is also known as Birendranagar airport at Surkhet district of Nepal. It is only 5km from Birendranagar city and is a major hub for the remote areas such as Kalikot, Mugu, Jumla, Humla and so on. Surkhet Airport was established in 1966 with the runway length of 4118 feet and paved with asphalt. It is at the elevation of 7395 feet and is only 550 km away from the capital city, Kathmandu. There are local airlines that fly daily to Surkhet. You can explore places near to Surkhet such as River Bheri, Kakrebihar, Bulbule Taal.

29. Talcha Airport (Rara Airport)

Talcha Airport, also known as Rara Airport is a domestic airport in the Mugu district of Nepal. Situated at 2735 meters, it acts as a major entry point to Rara Lake, one of the famous tourist destinations of Nepal. Landing at the Talcha airport is enthralling experience because of its location in the higher elevation. You can also expect alpine climate during the year and heavy snowfall in the winters. The airport was built in 1975 and was later upgraded in 2015. The runway length is of 570 meters with breadth of 20 meters and handles small aircrafts. The airport offers flights to and from Birendranagar and Nepalgunj. You can find local airplanes connecting to the airport.

30. Taplejung Airport

Taplejung Airport

Taplejung Airport is located in Phungling at Taplejung district of Nepal. It is also called Suketar Airport and is a small domestic airport in northeastern Nepal. You can explore the stunning views of eastern Nepal.

The airport is a major tourist entry way for Mt Kanchanjunga, the third tallest peak in the world and Pathibhara Devi temple. It was built in 1976 and is situated at the elevation of 7936 feet. There are local airplanes that connect to the airport on daily basis. You can visit places like Olangchun-Gola Lelep, Yangma, Ghunsa, Lungthung which were isolated area of Taplejung district.

31. Thamkharka Airport

Thamkharka Airport is a domestic airport in Khotehang of Khotang district, Nepal. The airport plays an important role for places like Khotehang, Bahrapokhari and Jantedhunga. The airport is one of three airports which is Lamidanda and Khanidanda airport. It was established in 1999 and but came into operation after 2 years in 2001.

The airport connects the district with Kathmandu and Biratnagar. It has a runway with permanent tar and a concrete surface. It is situated at an elevation of 1579m above sea level. With a runway of 630 meters, the airport can accommodate small aircraft. You can visit nearby places such as the Dudh Koshi River, Sahadeu Gadi, Baraha Pokhari, Maratika Cave, Hills like Maiyu, Majhuwa Gadi, Halesi Mahadev, Tyameke, Merung, Malathumki.

32. Kangeldanda Airport

Kangeldanda Airport is located at the Solukhumbu district and is a major hub for entry to the trekking area of Nepal. The airport was established in 2003 on March 27.  The runway surface is earthen with a dimension of 520m x 26m. It is a small airport but is not operating currently due to the absence of people.  There used to be flights running every day in the morning. There is a short runway which makes the landing experience enthralling. The airport is at an elevation of 2096 meters with a runway of 580 meters in length. The airport is suitable to handle small size aircraft. The airport is soon to be restarted running in the near future with adequate standards.

33. Mahendranagar Airport

Mahendranagar Airport, also known as Bhimdatta Airport, is a small airport in the far western province of Nepal. It was established in 1973 and lies at an elevation of 198 meters. With such elevation, the airport has intense heat and precipitation. The length of the runway is 884 meters but has no concrete structure. However, the airport is going to be upgraded and will open soon. There are destinations near to the airport such as Shuklaphanta National Park which has varied flora and fauna.

34. Langtang Airport

Langtang Airport is a domestic airport in the higher elevation of Nepal and serves the remote area. However, the airport is out of function currently. The airport is situated in the Bagmati Province at an elevation of 3657 meters. Due to the elevation, the area has cold climate throughout the year. While you are at the Langtang Airport, you can visit places like Gosainkunda Lake, Langtang Village, Langtang National Park and Kyanjin Gompa.

35. Manang Airport

Manang Airport

Manang Airport is a domestic airport in Manang built in February 28, 1981. It is located in the Marshyangdi River valley to the north of the Annapurna range. The airport is also called as Humde Airport but is not functional since 2012. The airport was later re-established with the blacktopped runway in 2015. The airport is in high altitude due to which there might be cold climate. The airport offers emergency services and chartered flights even though the airport is not in operation.

It is situated at 11000 feet above sea level and is one of the higher elevated airports in the world. The airline came into a halt because of the lesser number of passengers. Manang is the major hub of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking route. The district lures a large number of tourists.

36. Dolpa Masinechaur Airport

Masinechaur Airport is located in the Karnali province in the northwestern part of Nepal. The airport was established in 2014 and is situated a six-hour a working distance from Dunai. It is at an elevation of 2480 meters and you can experience an alpine climate. The runway is of 600 meters in length and 30 meters in breadth with a surface of clay and grass. The airport is good enough to handle small size aircraft. The airport is under construction due to which there are no airplanes flying to the airport. There are places near to the airport such as Sisne Himal, Shey Phoksundo National Park, Dhaulagiri Range, and others.

37. Rajbiraj Airport

Rajbiraj Airport is located at Bisangapur Municipality of Saptari district which plays a major role in connecting Kathmandu to the Terai region in case of emergencies. It was established in 20 February 1960 with the runway surface of asphalt concrete and 1500m x 30m dimension. The airport had stopped its operation for 8 years in the initial phase but resumed operation in 2018 but have again shut down due to lack of passengers.

38. Bajhang Airport

Bajhang Airport is a domestic airport and is located in Jayaprithivi in the Bajhang district of the far-western zone of Nepal. It was established in 2035 BS and Nepal Airlines used to fly on a weekly basis. After 30 years of operation, the service was closed because of a lesser number of passengers. However, the Civil Aviation has given the possibility that Dhangadhi-Bajhang route flight can be operating.

The Bajhang Airport is at an elevation of 1250 meters and has a clay/grass runway surface. The airport has been helpful for the tourism promotion of the district.

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39. Meghauli Airport

Meghauli Airport is the domestic airport in the Chitwan Districk. The airport was established in 1961 but was halted for years. It resumed in 2016. The climate of the area is subtropical with chilly winters and hot summers due to the elevation of 183meters. The runway length is 1085 meters covered in grass surfaces. You can visit places like Chitwan National Park, Narayani River, Rapti River and so on.

40. Palungtar Airport

Palungtar Airport is located in Palungtar Municipality of Gorkha district. However, the airport is not in operation currently. It was initially established in October 1960 with the runway surface of clay/grass and a dimension of 1067m x 30m. The airport has been closed for almost 4 decades due to the establishment of the Prithivi Highway connecting Gorkha and Pokhara. The runway length of the airport was 1097 meters and is at an elevation of 457 meters.

41. Phaplu Airport

Phaplu Airport is a domestic airport in the Phaplu village in Solu Dudhkunda at Solukhumbu district. This airport is only 280 km away from Kathmandu city and lies closer to Lukla airport. Situated at an elevation of 2413 meters, you can enjoy alpine climate all-round the year. The runway is 671 meters in length with a blacktopped surface which was paved in 2013. The airport was established in 1976 and there are several airlines flying to and from Kathmandu and Biratnagar. The airport is the second busy airport after Lukla where chartered flights are available. You can explore destinations near Phaplu which is Renjo Pass, Halesi Mahadev temple Tengboche Monastery, Sagarmatha National Park, and others.

42. Rolpa Airport

Rolpa Airport is located at Bodachaur Municipality of Rolpa district and was established in 6 November 1980. The runway is earthen and has the dimension of 457m x 30m. It is only 285 km from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. The elevation of the airport is at 1250 meters due to which the area has moderate climate with chilly winters. The airport is not in function right now due to lesser passengers. While you are here, you can visit places like Durga Bhawani, Chaturbhuj Panchayan, Gari Lake, Devi and Khadga Temple, Baraha Khetra Badachaur, and others.

43. Syangboche Airport

Syangboche Airport

Syangboche Airport is also known as Syangboche Airstrip which is the unpaved runway in the village of Namche Bazaar in Solukhumbu District. The airport is in near proximity to Mt Everest and thus is an entryway for the trekkers who wish to climb the Everest Base Camp. Syangboche is at the tallest point and is recommended to reach by airplane. There are no scheduled services and mostly helicopters are used for the service. You can fly from Syangboche to Lukla within 10 minutes by helicopter.

The runway surface is made of grass or clay and has a dimension of 405m x30m. However, the airport is not in operation for commercial use. But helicopters and porter flights chartered services operate often. It is situated at an altitude of 12297 feet from the sea level. The helicopters are used to take passengers to the Everest Base Camp and even for emergency evacuation and air ambulance services.

44. Tikapur Airport

Tikapur Airport is a domestic airport at Tikapur Municipality of Kailali district in the far-western province. The airport is however not in function. It has been out of operation for more than 2 decades. The airport has stopped operating since 1998 because of the Maoist insurgency period. The locals have been requesting for restarting the operation for the last seven years. The airport was fenced and has 600 meters runway. The surface of the runway is gravel and has a dimension of 573m x 30m.

45. Tumlingtar Airport

Tumlingtar Airport is a domestic airport in Tumlingtar operating in the Sankhuwasabha district. It is the entryway to Makalu-Barun National Park famous for its beauty.  It was established in 1972 and is situated in the deepest valley in Nepal amongst Arun and Sabha Rivers. It is 550 km away from Kathmandu and is the longest tar in Nepal.

There are local flights connecting to Tumglingtar. There are helicopter companies providing service by chartered flights to and from the airport. The airport is at an altitude of 1700 feet and has an asphalt concrete runway of 1200 meters. The airport is the entryway to Mt Makalu, Sabha Pokhari, Arun Valley and Barun National Park.

46. Baglung Airport (Balewa Airport)

Baglung Airport

Baglung Airport also known as Balewa Airport is located at Narayanthan Municipality of Baglung District. The airport is however not in function. It is located at an elevation of 990m and was established in 24 September 1973. The runway has a clay/grass surface with a dimension of 608m x 30m.

47. Baitadi Airport

Baitadi Aiport is in the Patan Municipality of Baitadi District of Far western province. The airport is not in operation. The surface of the runway is Asphalt Concrete with a dimension of 590m x 20m. If you want to find the nearest airport to Baitadi Airport, then you can fly to Darchula Airport which is only 16 km away from the airport.

48. Darchula Airport

Darchula Airport, also known as Gokuleshwor Airport is a domestic airport in the Darchula district of the far western province of Nepal. The airport is not in function now due to a lesser number of customers/passengers. The airport does not have a concrete runway as well. Situated at an elevation of 676 meters, the airport was established in 1986 and had the dimension of the runway as 590m x 30m. The climate in the airport is moderate and there were flights to and from Nepalgunj. However, it is not in function currently. You can explore places like Api Nampa Conservation Area, Ghusa village, Darchula Bazar, Sunsera, Huti, Domilla, as they are near to the airport.

49. Dhorpatan Airport

Dhorpatan is an eminent airport that lies in the northwestern part of Nepal. It is located in the Baglung district of Gandaki Province. The airport was established in 1973. However, the airport is not in operation. The airport is in a high elevated area i.e. 2728 meters and has an alpine climate. The airport has a runway length of 365 meters covered in grass and soil surface. You can visit Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve which is the hunting reserve of Nepal. Also, you can see the Dhaulagiri mountain range from the airport. It is the gateway for trekkers visiting the Dolpa region.

50. Jiri Airport

Jiri Airport is situated at Jiri Municipality of Dolakha district. This small domestic airport is located at an altitude of 1848 meters. It was in operation from the year 1976. Due to its altitude, the winter can be very chilling here. The airport is not in operation currently and thus there are no scheduled flights. The distance from Jiri to Kathmandu is 200 km. The airport has a runway of 368 meters in length and 18 meters in breadth. The surface is a grassy runway and is suitable to handle small size aircraft.


  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Tuesday Dec 22, 2020
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About Author - Naba Raj Amgai

Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996. He is Founder and Managing Director of Third Rock Adventures.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short time, he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on, he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

Travelling is his passion and he has been to many countries across the world – USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Holland, Germany, Austria and many parts of Asia.

His journeys to different parts of the world have enriched his travel experience and knowledge. This experience has been instrumental in planning and organizing successful trips for several clients.

As of today many reputed travel companies, hotels and restaurants are under his leadership. A dynamic and proactive leader, he continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.

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Marcella Moretti | Mon Mar 8, 2021

I explored Nepal in 20017, and again I am planning to visit Nepal to trek in the Himalayas. Came across this blog and scanned through every word, even read other blog. I am loving the blog section of this website.

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