Pathibhara is one of the most significant temples in Nepal, located on the hill of Taplejung. It is also considered as one of the holy places for the Limbu people. Worshippers from different parts of Nepal and India flock to the temple during special occasions, as it is believed that a pilgrimage to the temple ensures fulfillment of the pilgrims' wishes. The devotees of Pathibhara also include members of the Royal family from Nepal. The pilgrims sacrifice animals and bring gold and silver as offerings to the Pathibhara Devi.
The temple is located at 19.4 North East from Phungling municipality at an elevation of 3,794 m (12,444.32 ft). It serves as a secondary route of Kanchenjunga trek. The list of devotees includes the ex-Royal family of Nepal. The pilgrims offer animal sacrifices, gold and silver to please the goddess. After the Gorkha (Khas) invasion of Limbuwan the holy temple of the Limbu people (Manghim in Limbu language) was also included into the mainstream Hinduism and is worshiped as one of the Hindu Shaktipeeths without changing the earlier belief or the practices of the Limbu people. Pilgrims can also visit monasteries situated in Olangchung Gola and Lungchung. The waterfall at Sawa and the pond of Timbung, during autumn and spring are worth visiting every year. The forest ecosystem along the trial offers diversity of wildlife, birds, flowers and butterflies. The whole of the Kanchanjunga range can be seen in this trek.
For tourists other than pilgrims, the Limbu Cultural Trek in the region is considered equally enthralling. A week-long trek passes through ethnic villages of Taplejung, such as; Phurunga (or Phurumbu), Limkhim, Khewang, Tellok, PhawaKhola and Mamankhe . There are 28 different kinds of Rhododendrons (Laligurans) including valuable organic variety along with lakes and waterfalls are becoming an attractive and fascinating destination for cultural/domestic and international tourists.
DAY 1 – Early morning drive from from Kathmandu to Ilam. Overnight in Ilam.
DAY 2 – Drive from Ilam to Thulo Phedi. Overnight in Thulo Phedi.
DAY 3 – Walk/Trek from Thulo Phedi to Pathivara Devi Temple (2 hours comfortable walk). Trek/walk back to Thulo Phedi and drive to Phidim . Overnight at Phidim.
DAY 4 – Drive from Phidim to Dharan or Bhedetar. Overnight in Dharan or Bhedetar.
DAY 5 – Drive from Dharan or Bhedetar to Kathmandu.
☛ Grounded Transportation.
☛ Hotel Rooms/Accommodation.
☛ Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast.