Pathibhara Limbu Cultural Trek
Pathibhara Limbu Cultural Trek leads you to the Pathibhara Temple through the villages of many ethnic groups. Hence, the trek is a pilgrimage trip to one of the holiest Hindu sites in Nepal.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
Pathibhara Limbu Cultural Trek offers a chance to learn the lifestyle of Kirat and Limbu people in Eastern Nepal. The main attraction of this trek is a visit to the Pathibhara Temple in Taplejung. Pathibhara Devi is a holy temple for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.
Trekkers head through different terrains and beautiful villages with beautiful views of the Himalayas. This trek lies in the Kanchenjunga conservation area that offers plenty of biodiversities and scenic beauty.
March to May during the spring season and September to November during the autumn season are the best times to do the trek. These seasons ensure that the trails are pleasant and visibility of the scenic vistas is also great. The trek is a fairly easy one as the trails are easy to walk on.
At Eternal Himalaya, we provide you the best transport and lodging services. Further, we have experienced guides and porters for this trek. We also organize other trips in Nepal, if you are interested.
- Airport picks up and drop by private vehicle.
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
- Kathmandu sightseeing by Private guide and private transportation
- Kathmandu – Biratnagar flight fare.
- Bhadrapur – Kathmandu flight fare
- All ground transportation by private vehicle.
- Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
- All necessary paper works, conservation area, and restricted area entry permits.
- All accommodations in hotels, lodges/tea houses during the trek.
- An experienced Government licensed guide and porters.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant
- All government taxes.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m), transfer to Hotel.
You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport where a company representative will come to greet you. Then, you will proceed to your hotel where you can rest. Later, you can also go around the block for explorations. You can go shop for souvenirs or go for experiencing the city atmosphere.
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Preparation Day for Trekking
Today we shall head out to explore the major UNESCO world heritage sites of the Kathmandu valley which includes Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. After visiting these sites, we shall have our lunch and then we will head out to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. These destinations have been a part of Nepalese culture and architecture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and drive to Basantapur
A quick morning flight awaits us today. Hop on a plane and head to Biratnagar. It is a major city in the Terai region and the temperature here is pretty high. Upon arrival in Biratnagar, collect your stuff and head out to Basantapur. The drive is short. Basantapur was once the starting point for Makalu Base camp trek. Overnight in Basantapur.
Trek from Basantapur to Chauki (2700m)
From Basantapur, we need to advance towards Chauki. The trek lasts for about 5 hours and on a clear day, we can see the looming Kanchenjunga mountain ranges. The trek heads northeast and passes Deurali. Next, the trail continues along the Tinjure Danda and rocky paths to reach Chauki. It is a small settlement where the inhabitants are mostly Chhetri people. Overnight in Chauki.
Trek from Chauki to Gupha Pokhari (2900m)
We shall head to one of the major highlights of this trek today. We will be heading towards the Gupha Pokhari along the Mangalbare Danda. There are a few pounds around the Gupha Pokhari which forms a lake system with Siddha Pokhari and Marga Pokhari. The lake has high religious and cultural importance as well. From the pond vicinity, we can see amazing views of Kanchenjunga and Everest ranges. There are several species of plants and animals inhabiting that area as well. Overnight in Gupha Pokhari.
Trek from Gupha Pokhari to Dobhan (645m)
The road from Gupha Pokhari sees a drastic decrease in altitude when it leads to Dobhan. Be ready for some downhill climbing as you pass Deurali Bhanjyang and Chitre. The trails initially stop at Gorja Gaon. Later, we need to walk on the banks of Dobhan River and arrive at Dobhan village. The people of Rai and Limbu community live in these parts. Overnight in Dobhan.
Trek from Dobhan to Suketar (2420m)
From Dobhan, the road goes to Suketar. As you walk, the Vegetation transcends from greenery to huge pastures. You cross the Tamor River and reach Nageshwari before reaching Phunglung. From here, you head to Taplejung and continue on a thickly inhabited trail to arrive at Suketar. As the trek will be relatively shorter one, you can explore around the area. Overnight in Suketar.
Trek from Suketar to Phedi (3190m)
Our objective for the day is to head towards Phedi which is a small settlement just south of the Pathibhara Temple. The trail sees a gradual increase in altitude along the forested trail. Leaving Suketar, the trek crosses the Deurali Pass (2600m), you head to Lalikharka. Further, you trek north towards Phedi. The people here are mostly Brahmin and Chhetri. Overnight in Phedi.
Trek from Phedi to Pathibhara Temple (3794m)
We shall visit the Pathibhara temple today. It is religious for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is considered as one of the Shakti Peeth and pilgrims flock this site annually. Pilgrims offer animal sacrifices and donate gold and silver to the Goddess. The Kanchenjunga range can be observed from here. You will explore the temple premise for the rest of the day and enjoy the surreal ambiance. Overnight in Pathibhara Temple.
Cross Cho La Pass (5,420m) and trek to Dzongla (4,830m).
We shall make our way from the Pathibhara temple to Gadidanda today. The road is a combination of numerous downhill twists so be sure to walk carefully. We arrive at Gadidanda during the day. The people here belong to Chhetri community and this village comprises of small teahouses and lodges. Overnight in Gadidanda.
Trek from Gadidanda to Suketar (2420m)
Heading out of Gadidanda, you head to Takure. Then, you continue along the ridgelines of the Birne Danda to settle at Lapsibote. The trail then heads southwest towards Taplejung. Continuing east along the paved road, you reach Suketar. At Suketar, you can enjoy the culture and traditions of the people inhabiting the village. Overnight in Suketar.
Drive from Suketar to Ilam
From Suketar, we shall now drive towards Ilam. The roads in Terai are straight and flat. Ilam is the tea capital of Nepal. You can see tea plantation in huge quantity there. Be sure to buy some local tea here. Here, you can choose to indulge in a short hike too. Overnight in Ilam.
Drive from Ilam to Bhadrapur and catch the late flight to Kathmandu |Farewell Dinner
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and catch a ride that takes you to Bhadrapur. It is a major city in Jhapa. It is quite hot here so be careful. From Bhadrapur, a quick plane ride takes us to Kathmandu. Be sure to shop for souvenirs and, at night, the company will host you a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today is your final day in Nepal and our representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. We hope that your adventure with us has been a memorable one and wish you all the luck.
Highlights of the Trek
Pathibhara Limbu Cultural Trek leads you to the Pathibhara Temple through the villages of many ethnic groups. The trek is a pilgrimage trip to one of the holiest Hindu sites in Nepal. In addition, you can enjoy the views of mountains including Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), the third highest mountain in the world. The other highlight of this trek is the exploration of the sub-tropical forests and low river valley.
Trek at a glance
Firstly, you visit the world heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley. Next, you fly to Biratnagar and drive to Basantapur. From here, you trek to Chauki. Next, you trek to Gupha Pokhari walking on easy trails. You head to Dobhan passing Deurali and Gurja. From Dobhan, you trek along the Tamor River to reach Suketar. Next, you head to Phedi as you pass through villages with mixed ethnicities and experience their culture. Finally, this day you head to Pathibhara Temple. You explore the temple and head to Gadi Danda. You retrace your way back to Suketar and drive to Ilam and then Bhadrapur. Lastly, you take a flight back to Kathmandu.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Duration of Trek: 14 days
Max Altitude: 3794 meters
Ethnic People : Chhetri/Brahmin/Limbu/Rai
Transportation: Tourist Bus/Private Vehicle
Minimum Pax : 2
- Exploring the major UNESCO world heritage sites of the Kathmandu valley
- Visit Gupha Pokhari and enjoy the serenity around the lake vicinity
- Observing the views of Kanchenjunga and Everest ranges
- Visit the holy Pathibhara temple and pray in its premises
Minimum Pax: 2
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