Jomsom Airport

Jomsom Airport
Airport type Public
Serves Jomsom, Nepal
Elevation AMSL 8,976 ft / 2,736 m
Coordinates 28°46′56″N 83°43′21″E / 28.78222°N 83.72250°E / 28.78222; 83.72250

Location of airport in Nepal

Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 739 2,424 Asphalt

Jomsom Airport (IATA: JMO, ICAO: VNJS) is an airport serving Jomsom,[1] a town in the Mustang District of Province No. 4 in Nepal, and the Mustang District. It serves as the gateway to the Mustang District that includes Jomsom, Kagbeni, Tangbe, and Lo Manthang, and to Muktinath temple, which is a popular pilgrimage for Nepalis and Indians.[4] The airport is capable of handling aircraft from the Nepalese Army Air Service.

There are daily flights between Pokhara and Jomsom during daylight hours in good weather. Although the flying distance is short and flight time just 20 minutes, very high mountains between Pokhara and Jomsom require planes to fly through the Kali Gandaki River gorge with major peaks that include Dhaulagiri (8,167 m or 26,795 ft) and Tukuche (6,920 m or 22,703 ft) on the west and Nilgiri Central (6,940 m or 22,769 ft) and Annapurna (8,091 m or 26,545 ft) on the east. With Jomsom airport located at the head of the gorge, high terrain surrounding the airport presents a hazard when a go-around is required and when, as is frequently necessary after mid-morning, a turn is required at Jomsom to land into southerly winds. Cloud may occur in Jomsom while it is fine in Pokhara, in Pokhara while it is fine in Jomsom, or between the two airports; and heat from the sun in the Mustang District causes strong southerly winds in the Kali Gandaki River gorge and at Jomsom after early morning. Cloud cover, changing visibility, and high winds, often mean flights are delayed or the airport closed.

Airlines schedule flights to Jomsom for the early morning when wind speeds are low. Aircraft are turned around as rapidly as possible at Jomsom and Pokhara to complete as many flights as possible before wind speeds at Jomsom become too high or visibility forces the suspension of flights.


The airport resides at an elevation of 8,976 feet (2,736 m) above mean sea level.[3][1] It has one asphalt paved runway designated 06/24 which measures 2,424 by 66 feet (739 m × 20 m).[3][2] There is a down slope of 1.75% up to about 418 feet (127 m) from the threshold of runway 06.[3]

Airlines and destinations

A Nepal Airlines plane at Jomsom airport.
Sita Air boards passengers at Jomsom airport.
Gorkha Airlines Pokhara[5]
Nepal Airlines Pokhara[6]
Simrik Airlines Pokhara[7]
Sita Air Kathmandu, Pokhara[8]
Tara Air Pokhara[9]
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See also

Sita Air boards passengers at Jomsom airport.


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  2. 1 2 Jomsom Airport at
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  22. Animation of 16 May 2013 incident
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