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Goecha La Trek

 
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    Goecha La Trek

    Goecha La Trek starts from Darjeeling hills have tea plantations every where, as far as your eyes can see.

    An ancient Himalayan kingdom of Tibetan culture is set there.

    You stop at Bakkhim, Tshoka, Phedang, Dzongri, Kokchurong and Lambi.

    Trek on easy narrow paths along the Indo-Nepal border, where you will sometimes trek at the edge of the jungle, or you may pass through magnificent rhododendron forests.

    Reach to the village of Tshoka, quite a sharp scale above Tshoka which will transport you to thick rhododendron forests.

    Continue trekking uphill to Phedang.

    The visit of the main Sikkim monasteries like Pemayangtse, Tashiding, Rumtek provide a touch of culture and make of this journey a rare endeavor!

    The Singalila range is one of the typical spots on earth where the view embraces five summits rising above 8000 meters, amongst them Everest, Makalu and Lhotse are prominent.

    This track offers fantastic views of the Mt Everest in Nepal to Mt Chomolhari in Bhutan and passes through spotless and remote rhododendron forests & mountain lakes.

    The panorama of the east flank of Khangchendzonga, lofty mountains and valleys in the remote areas are unlike from Samiti Lake.

    Samiti Lake is the place where the trek ends.

    Trek grade is Moderate to Strenuous.

    Major Attractions

    Pemayangtse Monastery: Located in west Sikkim, at Gyalshing and dominates striking and impressive view of Mt. Kanchendzonga. 

    This monastery houses many religious idols; these idols are valuable due to its antiquity.

    The 108 monks of Pemayangtse belong to the Bhutia families in Sikkim.

    There is a wooden sculpture revealing the Maha Gurus Heavenly Palace SanghthokpalriĀ¯.

    Tashiding Monastery: A significant monastery, 40 km from Gyalshing, it belonged to the Nyingmapa.

    It Ngadak Sempa Chembo built it in 1717.

    Several chortans are deciated to Chogyals here.

    Rumtek Monastery: Rumtek monastery is set around 24 km from Gangtok.

    A must visit for every tourist; this monastery was built by the fourth Chogyal.

    You can find some of the worlds most unusual art objects.

    How to get there

    By Air: Although Sikkim doesnt have any airport, the nearest airport is located near Siliguri in Bagdogra. 

    West Bengal. Lying 125 km away from Gangtok the capital of Sikkim, Bagdogra is linked with Delhi and Kolkata.

    By Road: Sikkim is reachable through northern areas of West Bengal.

    Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Siliguri are directly connected to Gangtok and other cities of the state.

    Avoid traveling during monsoons as there might be several road blocks.

    By Rail: The nearest Railways Station is New Jalpaiguri (near Siliguri), which is linked with Gangtok.

    Gangtok has an extensive rail network with major railway stations in India, such as Kolkata, Delhi.

    It is also linked with the cities of Northeastern India like, Guwahati.

    Best time to visit: March to May - October to December

    Suggestions

    • Altitude sickness is quite common.
    • If you are a victim make sure you drink lots of water and rest at intervals.
    • Maintain cleanliness in the surroundings.
    • All the waste should be gathered and disposed off away from the camping site.
    • Avoid walking too fast, do not exert much and maintain silence.
    • Keep energy drinks, snacks and water bottle during trek with you all along.
    • You need to be physically fit due to its difficult routes.
    • Highest altitude of this trek is 4940m/16207ft.

    Things to Carry

    • Walking stick
    • Binoculars and camera
    • Sleeping bag
    • Hiking shoes
    • Woolen clothes
    • Electric torch
    • Medical kit
    • A good compass
    • An extra pair of clothes

    Other Information

    Thangu: Set at high altitude, Thangu is covered in snow most of the times.

    The forest of alpine is praised for its natural beauty.

    The green valley of Thangu is crossed by a number of streams and rivulets.

    The most significant of them are Chopta Chu, Thangu Chu and Lassur Chu.

    Talham village: Talham village comprises of very ancient houses.

    You can walk for a half day to Deothang to explore the meditation caves of the monks.