Pathibhara Trail Trek
Pathibhara Devi shrine (3,794m), located at Tapethok VDC, 19km from Phungling, the district headquarters of Taplejung district is a popular pilgrimage destination of both Hindus and Buddhists. Both the Hindus and Buddhists worship the animist deity at Pathibhara with equal reverence. The Buddhists of the surrounding area light lamps at the temple on full-moon nights, while the Hindus pack the temple during special celebrations. The Goddess at Pathibhara is believed to fulfill the long-cherished dreams of her devotees. Whatever is wished with good will, will be provided to the devotees.
It is generally believed that when hundreds of sheep were disappeared from the place where the temple stands today, the shepherds prayed to get their sheep back. Surprisingly they had a vision of the Devi herself who asked them to sacrifice a few of the sheep to get back their lost ones. It is said that when they sacrificed the demanded sheep as they were asked by the Devi, the lost sheep were found, and from then onwards people started to worship Pathibhara Devi.
It may take 4-5 days to visit the place. The best time to visit the temple is from March to June and September to November. Pilgrims can also have an opportunity to visit monasteries situated in Olangchungola and Lungchung, the waterfall at Sawa and the pond of Timbuk, during autumn and spring every year. The thick forest ecosystem along the trail offers diversity of wildlife, birds, flowers and butterflies. Most of the Kanchenjunga range can also be seen from this point. The journey to Pathibhara starts from Suketar (2840m) which takes about 2-hours walk to reach from Phungling Bazaar. Pathibhara Devi is about 8-10 hours from Suketar. The airport at Suketar is the only airport of Taplejung district (a STOL airport). Suketar is connected to Kathmandu and Biratnagar by scheduled flights. Beautiful views of Kanchenjunga and Kumbhakarna can be seen from Suketar. From Suketar the trail passes through Deurali, Ramitedada, Chhatedunga, Bhalugauda, Phedi and finally to Pathibhara.
Day 01: Kathmandu (1,300m)
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu- Suketar (2,420m) - Deurali (2,430m)
We take flight from Kathmandu either to Suketar or to Biratnagar and then to Suketar and we trek up to Deurali from the airport. Along the trail, we would observe the surroundings and the local lifestyle. Overnight in a local lodge.
Day 04: Deurali – Phedi (3,190m)
We would go to Phedi from Deurali. It would be our privilege to watch different varieties of birds. Besides, we also view the panoramic views of the mountains.
Day 05: Phedi –Pathibhara (3,794)- Phedi
Trekking from Phedi, we reach Pathibhara and perform pooja. We would see different types of birds and on the way. In addition to this, we would also view mountain ranges. From Pathibhara, we would trek down to Phedi for accommodation
Day 06: Phedi – Suketar
We commence our trek from Phedi and reach Suketar. It is the last day of our trek. In the evening, we would dine with the local people. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 07: Suketar – Kathmandu.
We take early flight from Suketar to either Biratnagar and then to Kathmandu or directly to Kathmandu. In the evening farewell dinner will be served. Overnight in the hotel
All ground transportation, all meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee), Camping equipments (tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, sleeping bags, mattresses), a guide, a cook, cook helper, porter, entry permits, all necessary requirements for Nepalese staff (meals, insurance, equipments, ground transportation etc.
Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes, clients personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc.
- Flight ticket for guest Kathmandu-Suketar- Kathmandu.
- Flight ticket for guide Kathmandu-Suketar- Kathmandu.
Note: Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay.
Trekking Region: Eastern part of Nepal
Destination: Pathibhara Trail
Best Season: Sept. to mid of Dec. and late March to May (Sept. to Dec. best season)
Attractions: Tea garden, mixed culture & ethnicity, Sub tropical climate, clear view of majestic mountains including Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in the world.
Trekking Type: Tea-house or camping trek
Maximum Altitude: 3,794m.
Duration: 5-6 Days