Syangboche Airport

Syangboche Airport
Airport type Public
Serves Namche Bazaar, Solukhumbu, Nepal
Elevation AMSL 12,402 ft / 3,780 m
Coordinates 27°48′40.4″N 086°42′44.2″E / 27.811222°N 86.712278°E / 27.811222; 86.712278Coordinates: 27°48′40.4″N 086°42′44.2″E / 27.811222°N 86.712278°E / 27.811222; 86.712278

Location of airport in Nepal

Direction Length Surface
ft m
1,312 400 unpaved

Syangboche Airport also known as Syangboche Airstrip (IATA: SYH, ICAO: VNSB) is an unpaved airstrip serving the village of Namche Bazaar, in Solukhumbu district, Nepal.[1]

The airstrip is the closest airstrip to Mount Everest and Everest Base Camp. However, it is not often used by those going to either (or any other place significantly higher than Syangboche's 3780 meter elevation) as this is generally not viewed as consistent with safe, reasonably paced elevation acclimatization. Rather, typical users of this airstrip are tourists who plan on visiting a nearby hotel and going no higher or those who plan only on going to Namche Bazaar.

The airstrip is not licensed for commercial operations and has few facilities. There are no scheduled services and most aircraft landing and departing at Syangboche are helicopters and STOL aircraft making chartered flights from Kathmandu or Lukla. The flight from Lukla to Syangboche takes between 7 and 11 minutes by helicopter. Lukla is the farthest point served by scheduled flights on the way to Mount Everest.

Helicopters do fly further, and higher, up to Everest Base Camp, but only for picking up exhausted or injured mountaineers or dropping critical supplies. Without altitude acclimatization, Syangboche is the highest point it is advisable to reach by aircraft. It is not uncommon for people visiting Syangboche to be out of breath, due to the high altitude.

See also

List of airports in Nepal


  1. Syangboche Airport accessed December 27, 2011
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