Goechala Temperature & Weather Guide - 2020
Looking to go on a trek this year? Your best bet is to go on the Goecha La Trek in Sikkim. This trek, which boasts of pleasant weather all year round, is a haven for trekkers and adventure junkies. At Goecha La, the general temperatures tend to range anywhere between 5 to 15 degrees Celsius, with the weather either being cold or remaining pleasant.

The Goecha La Trek best time is between the months of April to June and September to November, when the weather here is at its absolute best and the landscapes quite stunning, offering views of vibrant flowers, meadows and forests. During this time, the temperatures tend to vary between 8 to 17 degrees Celsius, which makes the trek quite feasible and enjoyable as well.  

Goecha La is a place where trekkers from all over the country tend to come throughout the year. The average Goecha La temperature ranges from 15 to 22 degrees during the days, while sometimes falling to -1 degree Celsius at nights during the summer months.

The Goecha La trek is also known for being one of the few treks which is accessible for a major part of the year. Alternatively, during the winters, the days experience temperatures between 7 to 15 degrees Celsius, while the nights are particularly cold, going to almost -5 degrees Celsius. 

The Goechala weather remains clear and pleasant throughout the year. The only exceptions here are the monsoon and pre-monsoon seasons, wherein the region experiences heavy torrential downpours and fog. However, it is the months following the monsoon season when GoechaLa is the prettiest ever.

During this period of time, the skies are completely clear and you can enjoy scintillating views of the sunrise and sunsets along with the spectacular natural landscapes. So, what are you waiting for? Get your trekking gears ready and visit GoechaLa soon!

Season wise Goechala Temperature and Weather

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Goechala Temperature and Weather in Summer (Last week of March to May)

Goechala Temperature and Weather in Summer (Last week of March to May)
Summers in Goecha La start from the last week of March and last until the month of May. This is one of the best times for the Goecha La trek. It is during this time that the snow in the region melts, and the vivid bright flowers begin to bloom. Additionally, summers are the best time to pay a visit to the famous Kanchenjunga National Park.

Also, it is in the summers when you can catch glimpses of the various indigenous bird species which Goecha La is home to. The higher regions of the valley remain covered in layers of snow even during the summers, due to which tourists generally enjoy a lot in the lower altitudes. The days in the summer season remain bright and sunny, with the nights being really cold.  

Average Temperature During Summers:
The average temperature in GoechaLa during summers ranges from 11 to 19 degrees Celsius during the days and fall between 2 to 10 degrees Celsius at night.
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Goechala Temperature and Weather in Monsoon (June to August)

Goechala Temperature and Weather in Monsoon (June to August)
Following summers, the months of June, July and August in Goecha La experience monsoons, with heavy rainfalls and landslides. Trekking in the region is usually avoided during monsoons due to the high risks of roadblocks and landslides owing to the south-west monsoon which make their way to Sikkim. 

As a result, the trails become quite slippery and the mud becomes loose, which can prove to be risky and dangerous. Regardless, the mountains look their absolute best during the mornings, owing to the magical touch of the mist. Trekking in GoechaLa during the monsoon season is also difficult since the forests tend to become the breeding grounds for mosquitos and other insects like leeches. 

Average Temperature During Monsoon:
The Goecha La temperature during the monsoon season varies between 15 to 22 degrees Celsius during the days and between 7 to -1 degrees Celsius during night-time.
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Goechala Temperature and Weather in Autumn (September to November)

Goechala Temperature and Weather in Autumn (September to November)
The Autumn season, from the months of September to November, is the best time for the goechala trek. Most trekkers start their treks during this time, mostly because these months offer the most panoramic scenes of the stunning mountains and ice-capped peaks. Just like most treks, the Goecha La trek is clear during autumn, with the preceding monsoon season taking away all the dust from the hills. 

With vivid and bright mornings painting the autumn sky, a trek to Goecha La during this season is nothing short of mesmerising. Along with being less crowded, the trek also offers trekkers clear views of the surrounding peaks, such as the Kanchenjunga. And with the weather being pleasant, trekkers can reach the summit without any difficulty. 

Average Temperature During Autumn:
The average temperature in GoechaLa during the autumn season ranges from 6 to 12 degrees Celsius during the daytime. It then falls between 5 and -3 degrees Celsius at night.
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Goechala Temperature and Weather in Winter (December to February)

Goechala Temperature and Weather in Winter (December to February)
The Goecha La weather during the winter months of December to February are quite extreme. This season makes the Goecha La trek extremely difficult, in turn making the entire expedition to the top much more challenging and strenuous.

Trekkers who brave the weather to enjoy the trek during this time are required to use professional trekking equipment, such as pole, trekking shoes as well as other gear, since the whole trail gets covered in several metres of snow.

Therefore, it is advisable that only experienced trekkers who have proper physical training should avail this trek during the winters. One can also find frozen streams, snow as well as slippery slopes during these months. 

Average Temperature During Winters:
Goecha La temperatures in winters range from 4 to 7 degrees Celsius during the day and fall as low as 4 to -5 degrees Celsius at night.

Month wise Goechala Temperature and Weather

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Goechala Trek in January

Goechala Trek in January
The goechala trek in January is best for experienced trekkers who are physically fit. The month of January is the peak winter season in GoechaLa. With snowfall, landslides and harsh climates, the trek during this month is quite dangerous.

Trekkers can also experience sub-zero temperatures in January. The average temperatures during the daytime range between 4 to 8 degrees Celsius, and fall down to almost -5 degrees Celsius during the night. When there is heavy snowfall, the temperatures can drop to as low as -10 degrees Celsius.
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Goechala trek in February

Goechala trek in February
February is another difficult month for a trek to Goecha La. With the ongoing winters, the region continues to experience harsh climates with possibilities of snowfall. The Goechala temperature during this month rises a little, but remains below 10 degrees Celsius during the day.

During the nights, however, the temperatures drop down and vary between 0 to -5 degrees Celsius. Goecha La trekking in February is still quite difficult, just like it is in the other winter months. The slopes during these months are quite slippery due to ice, and you need proper equipment to trek to Goecha La.
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Goechala trek in March

Goechala trek in March
With winters bidding goodbye to the region in Mid-March, Goecha La welcomes the warm, yet pleasant summer months in March. This is amongst the best times to go for the Goecha La trek. With the snow melting everywhere, the valley gives way to the bright blooming flowers, such as the red rhododendrons.

The entire valley is painted with vivid flowers and this is also the best time to visit the Kanchenjunga National Park to catch glimpses of various rare species of birds and animals. Goecha La experiences an average temperature of 10 to 15 degrees Celsius during the days and 0 to 8 degrees Celsius during the nights in March.
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Goechala trek in April

Goechala trek in April
Following the month of March, April experiences the complete onset of summer in Goecha La and the neighbouring regions. With possibilities of snowfall, April is one of the very few times in the year where trekkers can enjoy snow as well as trek easily up to Goecha La.

This is also the month when many rare and exotic flowers bloom in the valley, setting the trekking trails alight with bright colours. The average temperatures in Goecha La during the month of April varies between 12 to 18 degrees in the daytime and between 2 to 10 degrees Celsius at night.
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Goechala trek in May

Goechala trek in May
The Goecha La trek in May is the best time to enjoy this adventurous trek. With the exotic flora and fauna flourishing in the region during this time of the year, the lower altitudes become a great place to enjoy a wide range of activities. Additionally, the month of May is also great for visiting the famous Kanchenjunga National Park.

From the Red Panda and the Musk Deer, to the red rhododendrons and the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, you can also enjoy seeing various different rare flowers, birds and animals in the region during this time. The average temperature in GoechaLa during the month of May ranges from 11 to 20 degrees Celsius during the day and falls between 5 to 10 degrees Celsius at night.
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Goechala trek in June

Goechala trek in June
The month of June is also the onset of the monsoon season in Goecha La. During this month, the entire region experiences heavy downpours as well as extreme fog, in addition to slippery trails and landslides. It is because of this that a trek to Goecha La is a complete no during June. The average temperature during June is between 15 to 20 degrees Celsius during daytime and between 7 to 0 degrees Celsius at night.
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Goechala trek in July

Goechala trek in July
The month of July in Goecha La is a continuation of the heavy monsoon season. With heavy fog and torrential rains, there is also a risk of landslides due to the loose mud in the trails during this time. Additionally, mosquitoes and leeches start breeding in the forests and trails of Goecha La during the monsoons.

This can make the trek quite dangerous as one could get infected by these pests.  The temperature at Goecha La during July varies between 15 to 22 degrees Celsius during the days and between 7 to -1 degrees Celsius during night-time.
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Goechala trek in August

Goechala trek in August
With the arrival of August, the monsoon season takes a backseat in Goecha La, with less rainfall, yet a lot of mist and fog. A trek to Goecha La is still considerably difficult in August, especially since the trails are dangerously slippery, owing to the earlier torrential rainfalls.

The continuous rains of the previous months tend to loosen the mud slopes of the regions, giving way to landslides and eventual roadblocks. The temperature during the month of August ranges from 15 to 22 degrees Celsius during the day and between 8 to -1 degrees Celsius at night.
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Goechala trek in September

Goechala trek in September
The best time for the Goecha La trek is during the month of September, just after the monsoon season. September welcomes autumn in Goecha La, and with it, comes the most amazing and clear views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and mountain ranges.

With the monsoon washing away the dirt and dust, the trek becomes clear, easy and even more adventurous for trekkers, who can also capture stunning photographs of the scenic nature and landscapes around them. The average temperature in GoechaLa during the September ranges from 6 to 12 degrees Celsius during the daytime and drops down to 5 and -3 degrees Celsius at night.
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Goechala trek in October

Goechala trek in October
Following the month of September, October is yet another great time to do a trek in GoechaLa. Offering clear and spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga and other mountain ranges, the trail is also strewn with colourful flowers like rhododendrons and lilacs which add to the immense beauty of the place.

Most trekkers enjoy the trek during this time of the year, not just because the trails are easy to conquer, but also due to the panoramic beauty of the region as a whole. The Goecha La weather during the month of October varies between 5 to 10 degrees Celsius during the daytime and drops down to 5 and -5 degrees Celsius at night.
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Goechala trek in November

Goechala trek in November
By November, the region starts experiencing cold winds at night and cool weather during the daytime. Also, it is during this time that the flowers in the region are at full bloom, spreading their colours and fragrances throughout the valley.  A trek to Goecha La during this time of the year presents one with panoramic vistas of nature.

One gets to enjoy clear views of the surrounding mountain ranges. They also get to experience the mesmerising colours all around, with the rays of the sun painting the skies with vivid colours throughout the day. The temperatures during this month remain between 4 to 8 degrees Celsius during the daytime and can fall to as low as -3 degrees at night.
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Goechala trek in December

Goechala trek in December
The Goecha La Trek in December takes on an entirely different level of difficulty. Not for amateur trekkers, the trek during this month is not just challenging, but also quite strenuous. Only those who are experienced trekkers should go on the trek during this time of the year.

From professional gear and safety equipment to necessary medical equipment and training, one needs to be very prepared if they are doing the Goecha La trek in the month of December. The temperatures during this month range from 0 to 7 degrees Celsius in the daytime and call drop down as low as -20 degrees in the night.
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Best Time to Do Goechala Trek

Best Time to Do Goechala Trek
The best time to do the Goecha La trek is during the months of March to May. This 10-day strenuous trek takes you to the summit of the GoechaLa lake and peak. And it is from here where you can get a closer look at the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range. Since Goecha La is located at an elevation of over 16,000 feet above the sea level, the climatic conditions here keep fluctuating. 

When you decide to do the trek depends entirely upon the trekker. However, doing the Goecha La Trek in May, during the summer season, is one of the best times in the entire year. This is when the weather is pleasant and bearable for most people. Additionally, during this time, you can get to see some of the most beautiful views of the flora and fauna of the region, along with stunning views of the other peaks. 

Even the months from September to November, during autumn, are considered to be quite good to do the Goecha La trek. During this season, the region experiences pleasant and clear weather, with the trails being less crowded and enjoyable. And if you are lucky enough, you can also catch views of the Kanchenjunga mountain range from the summit. 

Different seasons offer different experiences for the trekkers. Regardless of the season, the Goecha La trek is a feast for the eyes, and offers the much-needed peace and tranquillity one needs. Doing the Goecha La trek in December, during the winters, is extremely difficult and risky, owing to the harsh climatic conditions and snowfall.

The same goes for trekkers doing the Goecha La trek in January, which is the continuation of the winters in the region. You need to be an experienced trekker if you wish to do the Goecha La trek during the winters. Doing the trek during monsoon is very risky, with the trails being prone to loose rocks and landslides.

Moreover, with the different kinds of pests and insects breeding in the forests, it is recommended to avoid the trek entirely during these rainy months.
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