Pathivara Darshan by Helicopter

Pathivara Darshan by Helicopter

The Pathivara Temple is a significant pilgrimage site in Nepal. Located at an altitude of 3794 m (12444 ft.) in eastern Nepal, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Pathivara Devi. This incredible temple is also known as “Mukkumlung” in the local language.

A helicopter ride to Pathivara temple provides you breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and another natural vista. You can observe Kanchenjunga and other mountains of the Kumbhakarna Himalayan range. Pathivara temple is a famous “Shakti Peeth” worshipped by Hindus and Kirats alike.

Moreover, the Pathivara Mai is also known as the goddess of wealth and energy. The pilgrims believe that worshipping in the temple fulfills their desire and wishes. It takes quite an extended hiking journey to arrive at the temple. Not many pilgrims can make this uphill hike in remote terrain.

Therefore, this helicopter tour comes as a blessing for these pilgrims. Many senior citizens and older adults make this helicopter tour their first choice of travel. After arriving at the temple, you can perform puja rituals, and animal sacrifices. You can also donate gold and silver to the Goddess Pathivara.

Besides that, there are beautiful surroundings in the region including snow-capped mountains, green meadows, and deep valleys. Sawa and Timbung Pokhari make this region even more beautiful. Read further for a detailed description of Pathivara Darshan by Helicopter and other relevant information.

Highlights of the Trip

  • Breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains, including Kanchanjunga and other mountains of the Kumbhakarna range
  • Exploring the culture, heritage, and lifestyle of the local community
  • Pilgrimage of Pathivara temple
  • Beautiful sightseeing opportunities of various landmarks of the region including Sawa and Timbung Pokhari.
  • Performing puja (havan) and other rituals in Pathivara temple
  • Exploring beautiful diverse landscapes from top of the helicopter

Pathivara Darshan by Helicopter - Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Phase 1: Transfer to Airport in Kathmandu from hotel

The Pathivara darshan tour starts from Kathmandu. After picking you up at the hotel, you will get transferred to the airport. The airport in Kathmandu or the Tribhuvan International Airport is where you will board the helicopter flight.

Phase 2: Kathmandu to Pathivara helicopter flight

You will then board the flight to Pathivara temple. There you can observe the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and other natural beauties of the region. After arriving at the temple, you will explore around and celebrate the incredible beauty.

Phase 3: Worship in the temple and perform puja rituals

After arriving at the temple, you can start your worship and perform “havan” and other puja rituals. You can continue to do so for about an hour. You can also climb the view tower and observe the inspiring views of snow-capped mountains.

Phase 4: Fly back to Kathmandu

After performing your puja rituals, you can board the flight back to Kathmandu. You will complete your tour and arrive in Kathmandu after a trip of around an hour.

Phase 5: Return from Airport to Hotel

We also provide a facility for airport transfers to hotels after arrival. You can then rest in a hotel or stroll around the streets of Kathmandu in the evening.

Pathivara Darshan by Helicopter Price Details

  • Helicopter ride to Pathivara temple
  • Bottle water
  • Pickup from the hotel
  • Transfer to the hotel

Cost Excludes

  • Items not mentioned
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many passengers can be generally accommodated during Pathivara Darshan Tours?

A maximum of 5 passengers can get accommodated on this helicopter tour. Hence, if you are planning your trip with family or friends, you should plan accordingly. The total helicopter travel cost from Kathmandu to Pathivara can get shared among all the passengers.

What is the duration of the Pathivara darshan by helicopter tour?

The Kathmandu to Pathivara helicopter tour lasts around 4 hours. It takes only an hour to arrive at Pathivara temple from Kathmandu while observing beautiful snow-capped mountains. After arriving at the temple, you can perform your puja rituals, including “Havan”, and others for around an hour. The stunning views of the Himalayan vista of the eastern region will spell bind you.

What are the facilities in case of emergencies?

There are medical aid and first aid facilities in case of any emergencies. You can also get supplemental oxygen, but you need to mention your health background in advance. There are facilities for evacuation if necessary as well.

Is travel insurance essential for this Pathivara darshan by Helicopter Tour?

Travel insurance is an ideal part of any adventure. It is essential to get proper travel insurance to be safe from any hassles. An adequate travel insurance package must cover all details like injuries, medical emergencies, property loss, thefts, flight delays and cancelations, and others. Therefore, even though it’s not compulsory, you should get travel insurance.

Do travelers need to take any medical precautions during this tour?

Travelers will gain a lot of altitudes quickly. Hence, altitude sickness is quite common among travelers. Headache, nausea, breathing difficulty, dizziness, and others are some altitude sickness symptoms. There is low air pressure and low oxygen levels in the region, making altitude sickness a challenge for travelers.

Since acclimatization is not possible, travelers should ensure that they remain fit. They should rest well, and have lighter meals before this tour. You can also take anti-nausea tablets like Diamox tablets during this tour.

How experienced are pilots of this helicopter tour?

This Pathivara darshan tour has experienced pilots and crew members. These pilots are well equipped to handle emergencies and undergo rigorous training. This allows them to fly helicopters in high altitude hilly landscapes. The passenger’s safety is our prime concern to our crew. Hence, you will be able to travel comfortably.

What are clothing and gear for the tour?

The clothes for the tour should be according to the season. Since Pathivara temple lies atop a hill, it remains cold most of the time. Hence, you should wear warm clothes during this tour.

High winds, freezing temperatures, and others are pretty common. Hence, you should pack well for the tour. A down jacket and other warm clothes is another requirement for this tour.

How long did the helicopter land in Pathivara temple?

The Helicopter lands for approximately 2 hours. You can perform havan and other puja rituals during this time. You can also climb the view tower to observe the beautiful mountain vista. Hence, this helicopter tour is ideal for you.

Can children and pets join this Pathivara darshan by helicopter tour?

Children can join the helicopter tour. However, they should not cause a nuisance. You should look after them, and they should remain calm during the tour. However, you cannot take pets on these helicopter tours.

When is the Best Time for Pathivara Darshan by Helicopter?

The helicopter tour is ideal only in stable weather and clear conditions. Hence, you must choose the best time for your tour. This will mean that you will have fewer delays and other weather-related challenges during your trip.

Autumn and spring are perfect for any kinds of travel and trekking in Nepal. These seasons provide beautiful weather and a soothing climate for any type of adventure.

Spring (March-May)

The Spring season (March-May) is the best time to take this tour. The beautiful spring weather means that there are colorful hills full of wildflowers like juniper and Rhododendron. The moderate temperatures and pleasant atmosphere make your trip worthwhile.

Moreover, the blue sky remains clear, and you will have unobstructed views of the region’s snow-capped mountains. There are fewer delays and cancellations as the weather remains clear with almost no rainfall. Hence it is a safe time to travel in the high altitude region of eastern Nepal by helicopter.

Furthermore, the average temperatures around the region are 18-25 Degree Celsius in Spring. The awe-inspiring views of snow-capped mountains in clear blue skies are a highlight in the spring season.

Autumn (September-November)

Autumn is ideal for all kinds of travel in Nepal. Temperatures range around 19 to 30 Degree Celsius. Autumn provides travelers with stable weather and mild temperatures. The mornings and nights remain cold, so you must pack well for the trip.

Moreover, there are many religious festivals and cultural events in the region in the Autumn. If you love to explore the culture of the area, Autumn is the best time for travel. Therefore, you can take this trip in Autumn as it is a great time for beautiful Pathivara Darshan.

Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures make travel in winter a challenge. Helicopter flights are prone to get canceled in such conditions. Similarly, in the monsoon season, there is heavy rainfall with overcast conditions. Besides that, the weather needs to get cleared early in the morning for the helicopter flight to resume. Autumn and Spring are therefore perfect for Pathivara darshan tours.

Some Difficulties of the Helicopter Tour

This Pathivara darshan by helicopter tour comes with few challenges of its own. Some of them are as follows:

Altitude sickness

Pathivara temple is in the mountainous region. Travelers will gain a lot of elevation in a small amount of time. Hence, travelers are prone to acute mountain sickness which is a common problem. Since acclimatization is not possible on this tour. Therefore, to avoid these problems, you can rest well and eat light.

Moreover, nausea, breathing difficulty, headaches, and tiredness are common symptoms of altitude sickness. Lack of oxygen, air pressure, and freezing weather make it even more difficult for travelers. You can also take Diamox, which is an anti-nausea tablet that will help you with these conditions.

Challenging weather

The Pathivara temple lies at the top of a hill, and there are various challenges related to altitude. The weather remains unpredictable at most times due to high elevation. Helicopter flights get regularly delayed or canceled due to foggy and overcast conditions.

Besides that, harsh winds, low oxygen, low air pressure, heavy snowfalls, freezing conditions, and unexpected storms. There is low visibility in high altitude conditions as well which adds to the difficulty of this tour. Helicopter flights cannot take off or land in such situations.

Backpack Weight

The backpack weight of your travel journey should be minimal and only contain necessary items. The total overall weight besides that of the passenger is 90 kg. Hence, it would help if you considered this aspect before making your trip weight.

The Legend of Pathivara

Pathivara Devi’s legend is quite popular among locals. It is often said that some local shepherds lost their herd of sheep while they were grazing. One of the shepherds had a dream where he saw the goddess Pathivara. In this dream she ordered them for a sacrifice of sheep and to build her a shrine in the area where they lost their sheep.

The lost herd returned after completing these rituals. Hence, the Pathivara temple was then established. The tradition of animal sacrifice also started in the temple. The Pathivara Devi is a fierce goddess who can fulfill your wish if you please her with prayer and sacrificial offerings. It is also known as sacrificing ego and greed in Hinduism.

Both Hindu and Kirat groups revere the Goddess Pathivara. The temple is also known as ‘Shakti Peeths.’ The “Shakti Peeths” is where parts of Goddess Sati fell while Lord Shiva was carrying her dead body. Hundreds of pilgrims from Nepal and India flock to the Pathivara temple on special occasions.

Major Attractions of Pathivara Region

Natural view tower

There is also a natural lookout tower or viewpoint in Pathivara hill. The snow-capped mountains and beautiful gorges to the north will spellbind you. Kanchenjunga, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and other peaks above 8000m are the highlight of this tour. Similarly, Sankhuwasabha, Solu, Panchthar and Ilam, Tehrathum, Fungling Bazar, Sikkim, West Bengal are also visible.

Other attractions

There is a monastery in Olangchung Gola and Lung Chung near the Pathivara temple premises. The Sawa waterfall and the Timbung Pokhari will provide you with a great atmosphere. Autumn and spring is a great time to visit these landmarks in the region.

Moreover, the forest, and wildlife around the region is the prime attraction of this trek. The Kumbhakarna mountain range including Mt. Kanchenjunga mountain peaks are visible from this viewpoint in Pathivara temple.

Safety Tips for Pathivara Darshan by Helicopter

  • You should not disturb the flight by throwing anything from the helicopter window.
  • Ask for permission before smoking on the flight.
  • Wear seat belts during the helicopter ride.
  • The rotor fan at the back of the helicopter is quite dangerous. It keeps moving even after stopping. Therefore you should stay away from them.
  • Exit helicopter one at a time after landing.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

There are some COVID-19 safety protocols that you must follow during this trip. These ensure safety among all passengers:

  • Wearing a mask is a must for all passengers.
  • Thermal screenings are compulsory before boarding the helicopter flight.
  • Passengers must maintain social distancing.
  • The use of Hand Sanitizers is essential.
  • These safety protocols also get applied to team members.

Some Essential Aspects of Helicopter Tour

  • Flight to Pathivara depends on weather conditions.
  • The weather must remain stable and suitable for helicopters to fly in the region.
  • This trip is also customizable and flexible.
  • The helicopter will land at the next favorable place if the weather remains unpredictable.
  • You can also reschedule if the flights get canceled due to weather and other conditions.
  • You can request your captain to provide you some extra time to view snow-capped mountains. However, it depends upon the captain and weather conditions.
  • You can schedule your trip based on your free time.

Pathivara Darshan by Helicopter Tour – Packing List

The Pathivara darshan tour is ideal as it is a short-duration trip. You should pack warm clothes as we will travel in high altitude conditions. Some of the essential items required for Pathivara Darshan by helicopter tour are as follows:

  • Insulating thermals
  • Gloves and socks
  • Camera
  • Wind/waterproof trousers and shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balms
  • Sunscreens
  • Bottled water
  • Fleece jacket
  • Light snacks like Dry fruits, Chocolates

Why To Take Pathivara Darshan by Helicopter Tour?

The trail to Pathivara temple is quite long and taxing. Pilgrims must take a long drive from Kathmandu and hike to a hilltop. There are various challenges like altitude sickness and unpredictable weather. A long uphill hike to Pathivara temple is a challenge for even the most experienced trekker.

The beautiful perspective and scenic vista along the trail makes this helicopter trip a perfect choice. It is a safe and comfortable option for those who cannot hike at the temple. We have listed below the reasons why should you take this stunning helicopter tour:

Opportunity to sightseeing

The Pathivara temple is on top of a hill. The surrounding landscapes of green hills, deep valleys, and gorgeous cliffs will enchant you. You can observe the beautiful mountain vista, which is one of the highlights of this tour. The enticing beauty of the region makes this trip worthwhile.

There is also a natural view tower in Pathivara hill. From there you can observe the awe-inspiring snow-capped mountains and gorges formed by them. Kanchenjunga, Mount Everest, Choyu, Lhotse, Makalu and others are some of the mountains you can observe from this tour.

You can also observe eastern Nepal’s various settlements, including Tehrathum, Panchthar, Ilam, Sankhuwasabha, and Solu. You can also observe some parts of India like Sikkim and West Bengal.

Short duration trip

The Pathivara darshan by helicopter is a short-duration trip. You will arrive at the temple just an hour after you leave from Kathmandu. This quick trip will help you skip the taxing journey by bus and then by foot.

Moreover, you will return from the trip the same day. You don’t have to look for accommodation and clear your schedule. You can complete this pilgrimage trip in a few hours. Hence, this quick and comfortable helicopter ride is ideal for you.

Incredible service

Experienced pilots and team members run the helicopter tour to Pathivara. We provide incredible service during the trip. You will get the best facilities for meals and drinks as well during this helicopter tour.

Moreover, the services provided are of high quality. The team members are also friendly and well trained to handle emergency facilities. You can also get first aid facilities if needed. You can trip around without any hassle in a relaxed manner. Hence, this Pathivara darshan by helicopter tour is ideal for you.

Pilgrimage of a lifetime

Pathivara temple is significant and revered by many Hindus and Kirats. Many people believe that worshiping and visiting this temple will fulfill all their wishes. Therefore, you can find people of all ages and even seniors making this pilgrimage of a lifetime.

Safe and convenient trip

The Pathivara darshan tour is a safe and convenient trip. This trip gets run by pilots and team members who have years of experience. The helicopter ride is a safe journey that provides you with a relaxing trip. Team members also are well equipped with first aid training and handling emergencies.


Privacy is an essential part of any travel journey. In a helicopter, you will have good privacy, and you can move stress-free. You will have better protection of your personal belongings, and you can enjoy your trip with ease. Therefore, this Pathivara darshan tour is ideal for all travelers.

The Final Say

Pathivara Devi is an important “Shakti Peeth” in Nepal. Located in the eastern region, this incredible temple welcomes hundreds of pilgrims every year. Goddess Pathivara Devi is a widely revered deity. The Helicopter ride to Pathivara temple provides you with majestic views of snow-capped mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and others of the Kumbhakarna Himalayan range.

Pathivara Devi is also known as the goddess of wealth and energy. It takes a long hike to arrive at the Hilltop of Pathivara temple. Since not all pilgrims can make this trip on a hike on rugged terrain. Therefore, this helicopter tour is ideal for all seniors and those who cannot talk their way to the top. Pilgrims can perform various puja rituals, including animal sacrifices and other puja rituals.

You can also offer gold and silver ornaments to the Goddess Pathivara. There are different viewpoints and other beautiful attractions in the region as well. We hope you learned about this Pathivara darshan by helicopter in detail. Contact us for the itinerary and other information about this trip. Happy traveling!

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Pathivara Darshan by Helicopter

Trip Facts

  • Helicopter
  • 5 People Max
  • 3,794 m
  • Fitness not Required
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu