Landing in the Himalayas

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We flew into Paro, Bhutan this morning.

Landing at this airport is extremely difficult because the pilots have to land in a very steep valley.

They have to fly on sight, can’t rely on their instruments to bring them in for a safe landing.

So when it’s foggy or rainy, planes can’t land at Paro international airport.

As you fly in to Paro, you see mountain ranges to your left and right on both sides of the plane.

The plane descends slowly, following every turn of the valley, and you feel like you can almost reach out and touch the houses and trees outside your airplane window.

No wonder pilots claim that this is the most difficult airport to land a plane safely.

Written by Thorsten

September 25, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Posted in observations, travel

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  1. Na, dann möchte ich da lieber nicht hin. Well, I think I wouldn’t like to go there.


    September 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm

  2. I guess landing in Paro isn’t for the faint-hearted: the airport is situated at the end of the valley, which is shaped like a U. I think if the pilot doesn’t make the landing the first time round, there’s no chance for him to bring the plane up again and try a second time, because there’s a wall of mountains right at the end of the runway…
    But once you’ve touched down safely, Bhutan is really great. Beautiful landscape, ancient traditions, wonderful people. It’s worth the trip!


    September 27, 2008 at 2:35 pm

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