GOECHA LA TREK, SIKKIM

12999

Description

Goecha La trek is a dream and desire for thousands of adventure lovers throughout the country and ranks high on the list if not a chart topper. It takes you an inch closer to the legendary Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world and the combination of other big summits around it. While Sikkim is a perfect balance between the natural beauty of its flora and fauna, trekking in Sikkim, especially on the Goecha la trek, covers up for the adrenaline rush which is much needed for the wander lusting and nature loving souls. One of the most satisfying moments of the Goecha La trek is the glorious Mt. Pandim which will leave you hypnotized and enthralled. The trek splits in two parts with former attained the highest point of Dzongri which offers amazing panorama of high peaks in Sikkim and Nepal. Later part of trek takes you to scenic wide-open valleys and finally ends up in moraine ridge at Goecha La. The route has very abundant vegetation, along with hundreds of bird species, butterflies and wildflowers, especially different varieties of Rhododendrons. The perfect time to hit the hiking trails of Goecha la is in the summer season between the months of April to June or much later in Autumn during September and October.

Base Camp Yuksom, Sikkim
Duration 10 days
Altitude 16,200 ft
Distance 90 kms
Difficulty Level Challenging
Temperature Range April – June: 15 to 22 Degrees (Days); -1 to 7 Degrees (Nights) September – Nov: 10 to 15 Degrees (Days); -5 to 5 Degrees (Nights)
ATM availability There are no ATMs in yuksom, so don’t forget to get your cash in Pelling, Gangtok or Geyzing
Medicines There is a small shop in Yuksom which has the most common medicines

GOECHA LA TREK, SIKKIM

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  • 1
    Drive from Bagdogra Airport/NJP to Yuksom (5,670ft) (7-8 Hours)

    New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP), located in the Jalpaiguri District which is considered to be the entrance to the Northeast. All major towns and cities are connected to NJP via the Indian Railways. The closest airport is Bagdogra Airport which is about 16 kms from NJP. From NJP, take a taxi to Yuksom in Sikkim. This journey will take approximately 6 hrs. The drive will take you along the gushing Teesta River and continuing uphill, you will be crossing a bridge to reach Yuksom. Arriving within the city, check-in into a hotel and retire for the day.

  • 2
    Trek from Yuksom (5,800 ft) – Sachen (7,200 ft) (6 hrs)

    This is the first day of the splendid Goecha la Trek! Waking up in the morning, start ascending uphill and make you way towards the beautiful valley of the Rathong river where one can appreciate ancient Oak, Conifer, Bamboo forests, the lush ferns and delicate orchids that line the trail. Yuksom (1760m) bangs the entrance bells to the Kanchenjunga National Park. After leaving the village, you can encounter Bakhim on a ridge high above the confluence of the Rathong and Prek Rivers, which will give you an idea of how to pace yourself for the day. Though folks like to trek from Yuksom to Tshoka in day, it is advised to begin the trek slowly and retain the energy for forthcoming days. Taking one through luxuriant environs, and dense forests, travelers will have a surprise encounter with the ancient bridges of Pha Khola, Tshushay Khola waterfalls, and the Mentogang Khola River before reaching their destination of Sachen. Sachen is situated at about 7200 feet above sea level. At Sachen we will find a lot of wooden huts where we will spend the night.

  • 3
    Trek from Sachen (7,200 ft) – Tshoka (9,650 ft) via Bakhim (8,600 ft) (5 hrs)

    The trek from Sachen to Tshoka involves quite appreciable attitude gain. We proceed taking walks until we reach the bridge over the river, Perk. Prayer flags in the distance are an indication of the begin of the Goecha la trail. This part of the trek will open the clear skies that will lead you ahead. We trek through Oak and later Rhododendron forests. On the way we pass through Bakhim. Bakhim features a forest rest house and a tea and snack stall. We can stop and rest for a while and cherish the view of the Yuksom Valley. Later, at the end of the trail, arrive at Tshoka which an altitude of 9,700 ft. and treat your eyes to the majestic views of Mt. Pandim and Mt. Tenzinkhay. From Bakhim, Tshoka, is about an hour. From a distance you will see a trekkers hut on a highland. This is Tshoka where we will stay overnight.

  • 4
    Trek from Tshoka (9,650 ft) – Dzongri (12,980 ft) via Phedang (12,050 ft) (7 hrs)

    A day, where we need to fasten our belts for steep climb. You will be surrounded by Rhododendron forests all around. After about half an hour into the trek the trail changes to a well laid out path with wooden logs amidst red rhododendrons which fill the heart with happiness. Especially if it is explored in spring season, the trail remains filled with red blossoms creating the way quite romantic and passionate. In a course of time, we reach Phedang (12,050 ft). Phedang is an absolute place to stop for lunch. We then continue for Dzongri. Please note, you will be reaching over 13,000 feet, so headaches are common due to the thin air and less atmospheric pressure. In about 5-6 hrs we reach Dzongri. Savor this experience of being surrounded by the mighty Himalayas in all directions. Be a little inquisitive and ask the names of all peaks to your guide. Camp overnight at Dzongri. Dzongri Trek is a short trek of approx. 7 days.

  • 5
    Trek from Dzongri (12,980 ft) – Dzongri Top (13,675 ft) (1 hr) and back to Dzongri and then to Thansing (12,930 ft) via Kokchurang (12,100 ft) (7-8 hrs)

    We start a steep climb to Dzongri top early in the morning, which will take us about an hour. From where we will get a 180-degree panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga range. If we start early at 4 am, we can reach the top just in time for the sunrise and experience the golden rays of the sun chatting with this magnificent mountain range. After capturing this overwhelming beauty, we retrace our steps to Dzongri. Have breakfast and start trekking for Thansing. We descend from Dzongri to Kokchurang and then climb to Thansing where one can enjoy spectacular views of the mighty mountains Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Simvo and Pandim peaks. The trail from Dzongri climbs down through the Rhododendron shrubs to grasslands.

  • 6
    Trek from Thansing (12,930 ft) – Lamuney (13,700 ft) (2 hrs)

    Cherish the most relaxed day of the Goecha la trek which takes around 2 hrs to reach Lamuney. About half an hour from Lamuney, over a steep rocky trail lies the beautiful Samiti Lake. There is a good chance of spotting mountain goats and blue birds on the lakeside. Camping is not permitted by the lake because of religious reasons. After losing ourselves at this scenic beauty, we head back to our camps at Lamuney. Overnight stays at Lamuney.

  • 7
    Trek from Lamuney (13,700 ft) – Goecha la (16,207 ft) and back to Kokchurang (12,100 ft) (10-12 hrs)

    This is the day which is bound to be full of rewards for all the hard work, time, and efforts that this trek has drawn out of you. The trek to the rarefied climes of the Goecha la is rewarded with unmatched views of the mighty East Ridge of Kanchenjunga high above the Talung Glacier as well as views of the high ridges and peaks that enclose the upper Prek Valley. Looking north, there is a giant mountain region yet to explore, but for now the Goecha la is as far as you are permitted to go. The pass is commonly shrouded in mist and cloud not long after sunrise, so an early start is necessary. The trail heads along the far side of the lake and through moraine before crossing a sandy section alongside the Unlashing Glacier. From here, you can see the pass at the head of the valley. However, the trek through the lateral earth is tiring – more so if there has been a recent snowfall. The Goecha la is marked with fluttering, colorful prayer flags, framing the peak of Kanchenjunga.

    Lead the same trek towards Lamuney and then move forwards to reach the destination for the day- Kokchurang. You can choose to set up your tent near the bank of the river or you can also reside in the trekkers hut.

  • 8
    Trek from Kokchurang (12,100 ft) – Tshoka (9,650 ft) via Phedang (12,050 ft) (6-7 hrs)

    From Kokchurang we trek back to Tshoka via Phedang the way we came. It is going to be downhill walk only, but you will be tired and happy at the same time as you have been to Goecha la. Rhododendron trees line your way all along and the Prekchu river flows below. Overnight stay in camps at Tshoka.

  • 9
    Trek from Tshoka (9,650 ft) – Yuksom (5,800 ft) via Bakhim (8,600 ft) and Sachen (7,200 ft) (6 hrs)

    We retrace our steps back to Yuksom via Bakhim and Sachen and reach Yuksom our base camp for Goecha la Trek. Next day we take a cab back to NJP.

  • 10
    Drive back to NJP

    Board your vehicles early morning for the drive from Yuksom to NJP.

GOECHA LA TREK, SIKKIM

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Basic Gears

Backpack & Day Pack (50-60 litres) With comfortable shoulder and waist straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 litres (If hire a mule or porter)
Trekking pole with snow cap
Head Torch 1 No. with extra batteries
Water Bottle/ Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each. People who use hydration pack: 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter Carry at least one thermos flask.
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electoral/ORS
Personal Medical Kit Consult your Doctor

Wear

T-shirts 3 Quick Dry Tees (Non-Cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 No.
Fleece Jacket 1 No. (Alternative woolen sweater)
Down feather / Hollow fill jacket 1 No.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Nos. (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 No.
Floaters or Sandals 1 Pair (for easy movement while at the campsite)
Trekking Shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Cotton Socks 3 Pairs
Woolen Socks 2 Pairs
Woolen Gloves 1 Pairs
Waterproof Gloves Pairs (to be kept handy)
Sun caps & Balaclava 1 Pair
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected

Personal Utilities

Toothbrush & toothpaste
Hand Sanitizer
Quick dry tower
Toilet paper
Wipes and other toiletries
Moisturizer, Lip Balm & Sunscreen Cream (SPF 40+)

GOECHA LA TREK, SIKKIM

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Inclusions

Trek equipment’s: Sleeping bags, sleeping mattress, sleeping tents, kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils.
Basic First-Aid kit, Oxygen Cylinder & Oximeter
All trekking permits and park entrance fees
Qualified and experienced Trek Leader and support staff
Cook, kitchen assistant, porter, yak and horses to carry central equipment

Exclusions

Transportation from NJP – Yuksom – NJP
Any fees and permits for Non-Indians (A special permit is issued in Gangtok, thus foreigners need to arrive one day before in Yuksom)
Meals during transit or in Yuksom
Any personal expense
Cost incurred due to natural
Anything which is not a part of our inclusions

Stay

2 Nights Guest House/ Homestay accommodation in Yuksom on Sharing basis
7 Nights Tented accommodation while on trek on double/triple sharing basis

Meals/Snacks

Veg Meals from Day-2 Lunch till Day-9 Lunch while on Trek
Morning, evening tea/coffee served with light snacks while on trek

Advisory

Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; set aside sufficient time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
Pay heed to the tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.
Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the tour.
Avoid roaming during the nights.
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
The tour takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
Porters or helpers to carry Central Equipment’s

How to Reach Yuksom

Railways New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest railway station, which is 150 km away from Yuksom
Airport Bagdogra Airport which is 155 Kms from Yuksom
Road Tourist can reach Yuksom within 5 hours from Geyzing (44.9 km) using shared or private jeeps. Gangtok (145.9 km), Geyzing (41.2 km), Tashiding (23.3 km) and Pelling (35.9 km) are the other nearest places where you can arrive via buses or jeeps available at Yuksom.

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However, a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
  • Safarnama Travelers reserves the right to cancel a customer's booking with prior information and will process the full refund in case of Bad weather or not enough travelers to conduct a trip.
  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Goecha La Trek, Sikkim

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Reviews

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Sadhana Yadav

(18 Dec 2018) Reply
Travelled On : 25 March 2018

Have a trip with "Safarnama" Woo huuu, all got Ten on Ten completed. But there were something else too, which in wildest dream also I may have not thought like .. A team of travellers, giving one one sec moments, so energectic, knows how to fill one one sec, not a leaving a single 'Safari' in boredom. With these Safarnami's, you try to be silent and bored,....hell no you can't be. Even if you are a great introvert, your conscious will attract you to join their peacefull crezzies.

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Sadhana Yadav

(18 Dec 2018) Reply
Travelled On : 25 March 2018

Have a trip with "Safarnama" Woo huuu, all got Ten on Ten completed. But there were something else too, which in wildest dream also I may have not thought like .. A team of travellers, giving one one sec moments, so energectic, knows how to fill one one sec, not a leaving a single 'Safari' in boredom. With these Safarnami's, you try to be silent and bored,....hell no you can't be. Even if you are a great introvert, your conscious will attract you to join their peacefull crezzies.