Paro Airport, Bhutan
At 1.5 miles above sea level, this airport is so extreme that there are only 8 pilots in the world allowed to fly here. Bhutan Airport is nestled in the Himalayan mountains, a destination only visited by the brave and adventurous.
Locals living in the houses dotted on the mountainside are used to planes coming unsettlingly close to their rooftops as they weave through the mountain tops on their descent. The mountain peaks surrounding the airport reach up to 18,000 feet, so pilots can only see fleeting glimpses of the landing strip as they approach. To top it off, there is no radar system to guide planes into the airport. Pilots have to rely on their skills alone and land completely manually.
Passengers landing here need to have a strong stomach. The runway lies in a valley that, on windy days, acts as a wind tunnel that causes stomach-churning turbulence. But if you’re brave enough, the bird’s-eye view of the Himalayas might just be worth it.
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