The Land of the Thunder Dragon

Flight Info:

Departure Airport: Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (VNKT)
Arrival Airport: Paro International Airport (VQPR)
Aircraft: Druk Air A319
Flight Time: 48 minutes
Cruise Altitude: 33,000 feet
Server: Expert

Today, I decided to fly to the Land of the Thunder Dragon - Bhutan. The small country nestled amongst the peaks of the Himalayas is known for many things, perhaps none more (in the aviation community at least) their sole commercial airport, in the nation’s biggest city, Paro.

Paro is legendary for its extremely tricky approaches, requiring special certification that only a handful of highly skilled pilots have.

On stand in Kathmandu

Pushing back for our short hop to Paro 🇧🇹

Bye, Nepal! 🇳🇵

Getting closer to the Himalayas, the world’s highest mountain range. The entire flight was extremly turbulent, typical in this part of the world

Mount Everest, Earth’s tallest (or second tallest, depending how you look at it) mountain, reaching 29,032 feet (8,848 meters) into the sky

Not far from Lukla, another airport in the region known for it’s difficult operating conditions

Crossing a little bit of India 🇮🇳 before moving into Bhutan. We’re on approach now

After 2 go arounds, we made a firm touch down in Paro followed up with a healthy dose of reverse thrust

Welcome to Bhutan!

Parked and letting the (slightly shaky) passengers off in the world’s highest country

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great shots!

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Great Pictures! I love this flight!

@United403 Summon


Great shots and impressive landing

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@Prestoni your summon has summoned me 😈😈😈

@Mort did you have to go around?


United needs to learn to read


That is quite true 😑


I think the A319 is underrated in IF.

@United403 I NEED MY BISON



Thank you! I have to agree. Goes by quick.

After 2 go arounds, yes. As I was doing the approach for the first time, this song was playing in my head.

This is true.


Unless your at lukla….

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Here is your bison 🦬

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THANK YOU @United403

Nice job @Mort

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I tried that with my friend, i failed to land on paro, and crashed lol

Photo 3 reminds me of that 1 scene in Sully.