Cockpit Flight Challenge – Paro to Kathmandu over Himalayas

I’m in the airport and I just want to show
you how beautiful this check in counter is. Every check in counter is decorated with what
I believe is the local art here. Look at all of this! Incredible! These have to be the most unique airport check
in counters. [Woman speaks quietly] [Sam] Thank you – bye bye. This is actually a cool airport. You can just walk on the tarmac and board
your plane. [Sam] Hi there, hello.
[Man] Hello. Can I help you with the bags, sir? [Sam] Yeah, please. Thank you very much. – Good morning, sir. [Sam] Good morning. – Would you like a hot towel?
– Thank you. [Over public speaker] About two minutes ago,
we just crossed the border between Nepal and India and passengers on the right, if you
look now you will be able to see Kangchenjunga which is the third highest mountain on Earth. Mountain Kangchenjunga is 8,586 metres or
28,150 feet above sea level. [Indistinct chatter on radio] [Pilot] One hour confirmed? [Radio Reply Indistinct]… Depending on the availability of… [Pilot] Oh, roger that, we would request that we can pick up in the taxi ways until parking becomes available. [Indistinct reply on Radio] [Pilot] We would
appreciate that… [Indistinct] Thank you. [Pilot] One, two, three traffic ahead of us. [Sam] Three. [Pilot] Yep, that’s it. [Sam] We are already through 43 minutes – in
fifty more minutes, we will be approaching Kathmandu. [Pilot Announcing] Ladies and gentlemen, the
captain from the flight deck. We are at this point in time… about fifty kilometres south of the Kathmandu valley… being held due
to traffic congestion and a parking space being unavailable for us to land in. We are being told to hold – we have been given
a tentative time of about 35 minutes from now but I have requested for another approach
and I will keep you informed should we get delayed more than 30 minutes or so – if there
is a further delay of that sort, I will keep you updated. Otherwise, the weather at Kathmandu is still
fine and six kilometers visibility and light winds from… …The temperature at this point in time is 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The Kathmandu viewer is a non-precision approach
and the required visibility at Kathmandu should be a minimum of 3000 feet or more. So, the only time we will be able to shoot
the Kathmandu viewer approach… So, during the winter season, starting from
December until mid-February, we have a lot of this radiation in Kathmandu valley. So, the visibility really reduces and a lot
of airlines suffer because if you just stick with the viewer approach, visibility stays
at about 1000 to 1500 metres until midday and a lot of operations are disrupted. So we, with Paro restrictions on top of the
Kathmandu restrictions are… [Indistinct]. But with the RNP approach, what they do is… It’s an approach by itself but we can do it… It’s quite like a precision approach. We can come down to a lower altitude with
low visibility so that we can make this approach. For example, with Kathmandu, for a non-precision
approach, the viewer’s required visibility is 2,800 metres. For the RNP, we just need 1,000 metres of
visibility. So that is a lot better and it’s almost like
a precision approach on the RNP and then we do the AR, so it’s an even better approach
in that sense. It takes a little longer, the RNP approach
as opposed to the viewer approach but it’s a precision approach, so it’s much better. [Sam] In clear weather days or generally good
conditions? [Pilot] If you just do the viewer approach
or you can even ask for a visual approach if they give it to us, yeah but now, with
so much traffic in to Kathmandu, we are holding right now just for parking space so… [Sam] They are also holding you fifty miles
outside. [Pilot] Yeah, we are south of the valley. [Sam] South of the valley? [Pilot] Yeah. So, along the valley, on the periphery, there
are mountains, yeah. So, we are just past that south of the mountains,
so we are holding about fifty kilometres south of Kathmandu at this time. [Pilot] This is a VOR. [Sam] VOR, yes. [Pilot] So… This is the map, this is the let down, yeah. And this is the RNP. [Sam] Ah, I see. So, like a step landing. [Pilot] Yeah. [Sam] Step approach. [Pilot talks over radio] These are the heights
of the mountains. The white ones are the low ground. This is a valley. You know, we went in to the Kathmandu valley
so the RNP follows the valley, yeah. [Computer] Minimum. 200. 50, 40, 30, 20. Retard, retard, retard!

100 Replies to “Cockpit Flight Challenge – Paro to Kathmandu over Himalayas”

  1. Rajiv Chakravarti says:

    Where was the external camera located on this plane!? I mean at takeoff.

    Shame on Nepal for the lack of facilities. Horrible runway as well.

  2. Mr Sporty says:

    Nice report from mountain's 🌻🌄

  3. rhad Ybanez says:

    Love all your videos 😊😊👍👍👍

  4. Krishna Sagar Pandit says:

    How the plane know there direction or pilot please tell me

  5. Journey begin says:

    Nice journey

  6. vtdl88 says:

    Sam. Do they fly in/out of Paro Airport at night or in bad weather?

  7. Hartistco Id says:

    Paro is so dangeroues I am so scard

  8. Vandana Dutt says:

    Can you please try air India first class

  9. H & A says:

    Amazing 👍

  10. Akiko M. says:

    The view from the airplane is so beautiful. And the cockpit is so cool. ✈️

  11. System 86 says:

    45min too much

  12. We love Traveling says:

    Respekt! Cool

  13. Alaska to Africa says:

    Quality video. Really enjoyed it. Cheers!

  14. Dave Lau says:

    Hey Sam, You are featured at Stephen Colbert Late Show 4:58

  15. Scorpio Rose says:

    are we going to ignore the fact that the pilot even allow Sam to install his go pro on the front desk of the cockpit? Im impressed! 😊😍😍😍

  16. vasily202 says:

    Wow! One hour holding? I have flown a lot (nothing compared to Sam) but I have never heard of 1 hour holding…

  17. Bader H 2005 says:

    hey sam can you do the Kuwait airways first class (long haul) especially with the new Kuwait airways terminal 4

  18. Hong Hui Ng says:

    Why don’t you try a flight simulator?

  19. Bjorn says:

    wow airport in paro is so beautiful,our airport in kathmandu is a complete shithole

  20. Himu Jung Bahadur Singh says:


  21. Tom Nylund says:

    Sam, you are so the best aviation youtuber/vlogger ever. Greetings from Finland🇫🇮, any chance you’re coming to Finland in the nearest future?

  22. black knight says:

    Sam my daughter is traving next week on emerites from San Francisco to Lahore Pakistan airline in economy . I see your videos my. Question is how can shed get a free upgrade??

  23. Travelogue Time says: watch this video

  24. Karan Gadani says:

    Thye're using Navblue Charts for IACs and STAR procedures…!! I think RNP Approach is quite best for such weather condition!!

  25. sus says:

    What an awesome captain he is…taking time to explain in detail !!

  26. Nang says:

    Thanks for letting us sit in the cockpit with you! ☺

  27. gr84x4 says:

    Are you back in Hong Kong? I could have sworn I just saw you at the IFC mall!

  28. Magnar Nordal says:

    Great video! Here are some other demanding airports. In Norway: Sandane (SDN), Ørsta-Volda (HOV), Mo i Rana (MQN) and Svolvær (SVJ). In Thailand: Mae Hong Son (HGN).

  29. Hamza Khan says:

    Can you please make a video of qatar airways please please

  30. Jaal Maroo says:

    What’s your problem man! Every time you do good reviews for rich airlines and bad reviews for developing airlines! Why?????? Look I love the way you present your videos out of all boring YouTubers but you started with new idea early in your first row videos afterwards you focused on your aviation ads as well as keep nailing opponents based on your payments made with rich airliners boom 💥!! Now your videos way like confusing! Sometimes you tried to promote a millions billions dollars luxury planes with unknown brand ie you make a deal or promotion it’s ok but at the same time you discriminated or indirectly forced on your live video in front of airline employees like just thank me because I am Sam chui who travelled with you mo… kr!!! So you laugh and hugging people in a plane and have a picture whatever so finally you keep recording lonely like this is bullshit and I never had experience on such compacted planes, service were horrible, look at the engines, economy seats horrible and so on! By the way I have enough experience on aviation business but we don’t see you in our business because we don’t wanna pay you for good reviews ! We already know how to handle scammers like you!!!!

  31. LEXA MIKOFF says:

    Hi, guy! You are cool. Hello from Russia)

  32. Chetan Singh says:

    Is it leagal to talk to pilot during flight?

  33. xxLOLxxXD RBLX says:

    1:51 james charles started a new career

  34. Abdul Hadi Yazid says:

    These pilots must be among the most skilled flying crews

  35. Domiokke says:

    1:38 James Charles copy…

  36. Xingjian Jiang says:

    Amazing view out of Paro!!
    Thanks Sam for sharing, kudos for all your hard work to make alll these happen!!
    I also found that the capitain seemed to leave their APU on during the departure, unusual bu very intersting.

  37. VMC Aviation Videos says:

    I would love to know the weather limits flying in and out of Paro

  38. Tenzack YOGI says:

    Tribhuvan International Airport is under construction for expansion 3.0 version.

  39. Goose Sting says:

    Service looks nice

  40. Anu Rai says:

    Plz check spelling of kanchanjunga..

  41. Daniel Sadjadian says:

    Wow incredible footage.

  42. incyphe says:

    thumbs up to Bhutan airlines for letting Sam take amazing video. they made a smart call.

  43. sagar adhikari says:

    wow Mount Everest in Nepal looks so astonishing !!

  44. sagar adhikari says:

    Sam, next time you should try mountain flight in Nepal

  45. Shirantha Samarappuli says:

    Superb video !

  46. Yubraj Devkota says:

    Sam Chui why dont you try Nepal Airlines new A330 business class?

  47. Randy Porter says:

    Yet another “see Sam Sam Sam video.. LOVE Sam video !” Safe skies and thank you for a beautiful ride. Many thanks to the Captain for his gracious and informative information. Love the cockpit views ! 🛫

  48. Dzoni 93 says:

    Come to Serbia Sam! 😎

  49. sailaab says:

    the first officer and Captain Sir, throughout ascent and final descent, landing looked more relaxed than a baby who just pooped in her/his diaper.
    hats off to their level of expertise and calm.

    sorry about the bad anology but they were completely in command yet pretty relaxed.
    the PA /tone of voice and then the communication with ATC without any headset (trying to expedite holding/ reducing wait time) ..all showed that it was all familiar territory and he knows everything like the back of his palm.

  50. Alwi Husin Assegaf Musician says:

    very enjoy
    this trip of Cockpit Flight Challenge video

  51. Sano Ray says:

    What is "holding"?

  52. Sriv says:

    @sam Chui – Clearly distracting a captain from carrying out his duty. Not sure if this is even permitted to film in the cockpit while in the air. Druk Air has compromised safety over POPULARITY

  53. S K says:

    Kathmandu is definitely the worst international airport in South Asia
    Such an embarrassment
    Sorry for the inconvenience

  54. Bismat Shrestha says:

    Far better than Nepal’s TIA

  55. Bsth sth says:

    Two International Airports are under construction in Nepal which will be completed within two years. This will reduce the traffic congestion of Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Extension of parking Areas has also been completed and now 12 International Airplanes can be parked in this airport. About the bumpy concrete runway, it is under construction that is why airport these days only opens for 12-14 hours a day and construction in undergoing at night shift which will be completed within 3 months from the starting date of construction.
    Talking about the bumpy ride, not only Kathmandu Airport, you can also see a bumpy ride in Paro Airport while taking off. You can give advice but should not only concentrate to raise negativity about only one airport while comparing two airports of two different countries. And also there are so many international flights in Kathmandu Airport which began to start its operation in 1950, there is no comaprison with the Paro Airport as the international flights are very less. That is why there is no traffic congestion in Paro Airport comparing to Kathmandu Airport while Paro Airport is very small than Kathmandu Airport.
    Can Sam Chui be with the cabin crew to take a video and held a discussion with them for a personal vlog while airplane is in the air, neglecting the safety of passenger? is the biggest concern here than traffic congestion of Kathmandu Airport.

  56. Bijaya Online Tv says:

    Love from Nepal

  57. surendra Adhikari says:

    Please fly in Nepal airlines as well

  58. Praveen Koorg says:

    Spr experience brother nice video 😍

  59. ma says:

    Paro airport looks beautiful but TIA looks fucking junk, because our airport runs by the same group of people who runs and ruined the country.

  60. haris punnakkal says:


  61. wemblyratnayake says:

    When are you going to show us the Nepal Airlines A330

  62. Mark K says:

    Never fails to amaze how many wonderful and passionate people work in aviation. Captain Sangay being a perfect example. So generous with his knowledge.

  63. Kierce Liu says:

    that flight attendant guy is like James Charles

  64. zapfanzapfan says:

    Who is the plane calling "retard"? Someone could take offense 🙂

  65. Hikari Inaoka says:

    Sam, how did you get into the cockpit while in the air?

  66. Gautam Tube says:

    I went to Kathmandu by Air indias A320 neo

  67. Lobo das Estepes says:

    Nice video, great work. Congratulations to Sam, and to the flightcrew.

    I would like to know the soundtrack name on the begin of the video, until 2:33. Someone can tel me?

    Thanks in advance.

  68. Renato Maccagni says:

    What an impressive flight, thanks for this great video dear Sam 🤩

  69. Tanvir Anik says:

    Nice sam

  70. Pramod Khadgi says:

    Nice video ❤

  71. Bimal Rai says:

    In my opinion, Kathmandu should have been at the forefront of aviation in SE Asia…especially due to the challenges that Nepali Aviators faced then…..and are still facing now. Despite Bhutan's very recent induction into aviation ( Give or take 15 to 20 plus years )…..they have made substantial gains.

  72. mero maya beylght ko khaire ho ra bolamaya amar 6 says:

    i am from Nepal love

  73. drm lodi says:

    Sir, what is the Name of the background music?

  74. Pawan Adhikari says:

    TIA runway is very thirdworld to say the least. I can almost hear my balls cracking.

  75. Sjn says:

    We would like to apologize to every foreigners suffering the delays because of our money minded and corrupted government officials who give zero damn about the nation.

    So many years have passed and this poor airport does not get upgraded with proper facilities. I have no words to describe the pathetic and filthy acts of these officials that are running the airport…

  76. Surya Prasad says:

    wow mr sam.. you are great.. I feel visiting nepal myself… love and respect from 🇳🇵🙏

  77. Filipe Tenorio says:

    I did this flight twice in the same day! We couldn’t land in Kathmandu due to dense fog, so we were sent back to Paro. After 1 hour waiting in the airplane, we took off again to Kathmandu, and this time we landed successfully. Very nice video! Congrats!
    Btw, we had a free upgrade to business class because we were the first to check in for the flight. The flight attendants were very polite and caring.

  78. Minimalist says:

    Why is Kathmandu airport so bumpy?

  79. Aman Sachetak says:

    Holding aircraft, just because of no parking?😐️😐️ हाम्रो नेपालको समस्यै यहि छ यार!! क्षमता भन्दा दसौं गुणा धेरै flights हुन्छ।🇳🇵🇧🇹🇳🇵🇧🇹

  80. shrikanth v h shri says:

    I appreciate captain cause he is so humble and explained factors correctly…..Even we must appreciate his skills…..

  81. AviAeroAsis says:

    A good video.

  82. reshma gurung says:

    nepal ko airport maa ramro sanga pitch garna ni sakdaina ki kaso nepal airport aauna sath kati halleko, aruko herw kati majjako

  83. Shiv Kawan says:

    welcome to Nepal !!!

  84. Raouf says:

    Should these kinds of cockpit interviews be held just for the sake of promoting a channel? Putting lives in danger? Where are the regulatory bodies?

  85. Sita Sharma says:

    I just hated that you said kathmandus airport was bumpy and i was okay. But when i saw this runway too being bumpy and you didnt mention it, i juat hated. You criticized a Country almost as same as Bhutan . Disliked from UK

  86. krishnan says:

    East or West Sam is the best. Excellent filming. What a humble Captain. Skilled professional

  87. toxing123 says:

    hey i saw you at durbarmarg (yak and yeti hotel gate) the day before yesterday.. Is that really you sam?

  88. Euro Trucker says:

    The Captain is awesome explained everything related landing…

  89. Ceejay Lacson says:

    “200.. 50.40,30,20 retard retard retard”

    damn, that machine is so savage.

  90. sivadan nandakumar says:

    At end of video the flight crew says "may be thanks"..but all r least bothered…. anyway nice video

  91. vivek shahi says:

    because at this time airport is in maintenance so

  92. Rabin Timsina says:

    VisitNepal#2020 🇳🇵🇳🇵🇳🇵🇳🇵

  93. themaestromusician says:

    Sam – how did you manage to get the video of the front camera? can the airline share the recording with general public? or you asked them to fix your camera on the windshield (which is again I guess against the policy)?

  94. Tirtha Bhattarai says:

    I would like to fly a airplane ✈️ one day …

  95. Zombie Boy says:

    Was the fight assistant who carry ur luggage Saroj Tamang..?😂😂😂😂

  96. Leo Knightus says:

    Spectacular. I am jealous of any capt who gets to fly a route so nice.

  97. Haren Russel Samson Makaea says:

    Rough as guts landing lol 😂 safe landing all the same. I love these videos. Thanks everyone 💕 💐 Safe flying.

  98. Ankit Bam says:

    Hello world Nepal is celebrating year 2020 as visit Nepal 🇳🇵 2020 . Their is new runway constructed in t ribhuwan international airport , 2 international airport of Nepal are under construction and construction of Gautam Buddha international airport will be finished by end of 2019 there are many beautiful destination in nepal so I request all to visit Nepal 🇳🇵 #visitnepal2020

  99. Saurav Kc says:

    What a gentleman pilot.Hats off ..both the pilots..

  100. Ali Abbas Agha says:

    I enjoyed it very much.

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