Simikot Airport keeps on inviting heavy air traffic following rapid flow of Kailash Mansarover Pilgrims

June 8, 2017

Simikot Airport located on Hilsa region has been encountering heavy air traffic in its airspace these days due to the rapid flow of pilgrims to the journey to Kailash Mansarover, one of the best trekking destinations in the remote western part of Nepal.

Mount Kailash tour began from 5th of May this year and till now the tour is rocketing with a huge number of pilgrims contributing in congestion of air traffic at Simikot. According to the information from Simikot Airport, a total of 235 flights operated today (June 8, 2017) out of which 118 were takeoffs and 117 were landings. Goma Air, Tara Air, Sita Air and Simrik Air conducted their flights to Simikot from Nepalgunj and Surkhet. Likewise, Simikot-Hilsa-Simikot flights were conducted by heli-operators: Mountain Helicopters, Simrik Air, Fishtail Air, Shree Air and Air Dynasty.

Mt. Kailash (22028 Feet), considered to be a physical embodiment of the mythical Mt. Meru, is believed to be the most sacred mountain in the world. Its snow dusted rock pyramid is located in the scenically rich area of western Tibet, which lies between the Himalayas and Karakurum ranges. From its peak, one can enjoy the views of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. It is considered most auspicious to make a religious pilgrimage around its fifty-three kilometres circuit (32 miles parikrama). Mount Kailash is highly revered for the being the abode of Lord Shiva. Every year, hundreds of devotees embark on the treacherous journey to this peak for seeking the blessings of the Lord and take a dip in the holy Mansarover Lake.

Simikot airport is located at an elevation of 9,751 ft (2,971 m) above mean sea level. The airport has Single asphalt runway of a length of 650 meters aligned to 0100 degrees and 280 degrees serving as one of the country’s busiest domestic airport these days.
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