Traveling is always an adventure. And if you’re a thrill-seeker, you’ve likely discovered plenty of the world’s most incredible sights and heart-pounding destinations. But here’s something many world travelers don’t realize: some of the most thrilling destinations are actually located at airports.
That’s right — simply hopping on a plane and landing at a different airport can be a thrilling adventure. While cities and countries around the world have plenty of unique and exciting things to offer, there are quite a few international and regional airports that are sure to stun any traveler. From jaw-dropping views and stunning, one-of-a-kind sights to frightening yet exhilarating takeoffs and landings, certain airports can offer a serious trip. And some will even give you a thrill as they put you at risk.
If you’re looking for something that’ll get your pulse racing, something that’s dangerous and death-defying, you need to visit the world’s most dangerous airports. These airports, with challenging runways, difficult landing spaces, and unique geographical features, all offer incredible takeoffs and landings that you need to experience for yourself. As a passenger, they’ll have you gripping your seat’s armrests as you feel what it’s like to explore the world’s most thrilling airports.
Lukla Airport, Nepal
Located near Mt. Everest through freezing terrain, the Lukla Airport in Nepal is the prime airport for anyone who is visiting Mt. Everest. Positioned between mountains with a very short runway, the landing can be as dramatic as the ascent to the famed mountain. Sometimes there is no electric power at the airport and the pilots need to be in constant communication with the air controllers throughout the landing.
Positioned in the Himalayan mountains, the 9,325 feet high Tenzing airport was named after the first two climbers that scaled Mt. Everest and is the most popular stop for trekkers to the region. The airport is built on the side of a mountain with a small one direction runway that is only 1,600 feet long with serious slopes and angles. At one end of the runway is a mountain wall and the other end is a dramatic 2,000-foot plunge into the valley.