After a 3 hour flight, I arrived today from Thailand landing in the main airport in Paro. We arrived a bit early so we could avoid the arrival of the Bangalesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed who will be visiting Thimphu for the next few days. The airport is the sole international airport of the four airports in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The airport rests at about 1.5 miles (7,700 ft.) above sea level and is surrounded by summits of up to 18,000 ft. tall mountains. According to Boeing airlines, its the most most difficult airport for takeoffs and landings in the world.Today, Bhutan has only 2 airlines Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines.
Our approach was a winding path through a narrow valley, with scattered houses below (see video). Despite the variable conditions, the view of the forest of the Himalayas and crystal clear water of the Paro River were breathtaking. In the distance stood Sagarmāthā or Mt. Everest’s summit at more than 29,000 ft.