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Domestic Airline Services in Nepal

There are eight domestic flight carriers operating scheduled flights to almost 44 districts of the Kingdom. Today it is possible to reach to most of the tourist destinations in Nepal, from the remote airfields to major hub cities by air and this facility has greatly enhanced the tourism industry. The step taken by the Government of Nepal by adopting an open sky policy allowing the private airlines to step in the domestic air service front has strengthened the development of at least the tourism sector.

Pokhara, Jomsom, Bharatpur, Lukla, Nepalgunj - these are some of the major tourist destinations in Nepal easily accessible by domestic flights.

POKHARA, 35 minutes flight away from Kathmandu is the second popular tourist destination in Nepal which is also known as Nepal's adventurous center. It is the gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary and most of the popular trekking and rafting destination starts from this very scenic and enchanting city. All the tourists simply fall in love at first sight with Pokhara that offers every beautiful thing in its most natural form from the magnificent mountains to the serene lakes.

JOMSOM, the remote village of Sherchans is 20 minutes flight away from Pokhara. Jomsom is also a gateway to Mustang. Jomsom trek is quite popular amongst the tourists. It begins with an elevation of 900m from Pokhara through Kali Gandaki river to an altitude of 3800m, the pilgrim site of Muktinath temple where people from both Buddhist and Hindu religion gather to take a holy bath in the ice cold water. Kagbeni is another popular trekking destination which is linked with Mustang region. Like in any other trekking areas, a tourist requires to obtain a special permit to trek around this region too.

BHARATPUR is just 20 minutes flight away from Kathmandu. It is the nearest access point from Royal Chitwan National Park, the reserve of endangered Royal Bengal Tiger and Great One-Horned Rhinoceros. Chitwan, which means "in the heart of the jungle", used to be a Royal hunting region and it became Nepal's first national park in 1973 and the park was declared World Heritage site in 1984 by UNESCO.

LUKLA that lies in the heart of the Everest trekking areas is just 35 minutes flight away from Kathmandu. Not only the Mt. Everest but Lukla is a gateway to Sagarmatha National Park and starting point to many other famous Himalayan peaks. Lukla with an altitude of 9,000 feet (2743m) lies in the khumbu region. The moment you land up in Lukla, you will smell Everest as you feel every other tourist following the trekking route are about to scale the Mt. Everest and you will be simply carried away by the mesmerizing views of snow clad peaks welcoming you.

NEPALGUNJ situated 65 minutes flight away from Kathmandu is the gateway to west Nepal. It also falls on route to Royal Bardia National Park and Dolpo/Phuksundo National Park. Nepalgunj is the major commercial city in the western region and popular treks to Dolpa, Jumla, Rara Lake and Mount Kailash beings from here. Summer is quite dry with flies and leeches and winter is cold with snowfall in the western region of Nepal.

Please find the telephone numbers of domestic airline offices in Kathmandu below

Note: Country code for Nepal is 977 and Kathmandu City code is 1. (977-1-)

Domestic Airlines
Asian Airlines (Thamel)
Air Ananya (Tripureswor)
Avia Club (Maharajgunj)
Ballon Sunrise (Lazimpat)
Buddha Air (Hattisar)
Dynasty Aviation (Panipokhari)
Fishtail Air (Tinkune)
Flight Care
Gorkha Airlines (New Baneswori)
Lumbini Airways (New Baneswor)
Manang Air (Tinkune)
Mountain Air (Lazimpat)
Necon Air (Sinamangal)
Karnali Air (Kalimati Tole)
Royal Nepal Airlines (New Road)
Shangrila Air (Kamalpokhari)
Skyline Airways (Tinkune)
Yeti Airways (Lazimpat)

See also: Helicopter Services