Goechala Temperature & Weather Guide - 2021
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!
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Season wise Goechala Temperature and Weather

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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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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20 November 2018
Excellent
About the operators: Thrillophilia ties up with trek operators for this amazing trek. The team that carries the group is well trained, well versed and allows the trekkers to focus on their trekking. To provide service at such altitude with smile on face is bliss. They also have some hidden gems planned during the trek for people to be pleasantly surprised. Our trek guide Premtuk is an old hand and lives in Yaksum region. His ability to guide the team as well as captain the support staff was fantastic. He also made sure that trekkers were absolutely taken care off. He had excellent support staff and 12 horses to make sure that we had a glitch-free day’s and nights. Tenzing, vijay and others who worked tirelessly and with laughter all the time made the time memorable. About the trek: this trek offers variety for a serious trekker. The trails and paths are not the same throughout or even different times of the year. It has varied degree of difficulty and hence one needs to be physically and mentally prepared to harness the strength. One connects to self and nature throughout and comes back rejuvenated. It’s not just the moments of seeing sunrise or the summit from various points or watching Mt Pantim alone that takes your breath away but also the journey. It’s a pilgrimage to your own inner self that one ends up discovering. Finally few words of suggestions: for city dwellers who come for this trek, it’s a great idea to come and stay In yuksam few days in advance and do some of other amazing treks. Not only it helps in acclimatisation but also allows you to soak in local culture and food.
"The beauty of this trek is all about the landscape. You start of the trek from dense forest with fresh streams and then to Rhododendron trees when you gain altitude , later which you would come across a beautiful valley overlooking Mt Kanchenjunga. Try out the local cuisine in Yuksom. Thukpa and Chang are two things you need to try out. Although the trek is not recommended for first time trekkers you can still give it a shot provided you are fit and have taken all the items in checklist. "
23 November 2019
Excellent
This was my first trip with Thrillophilia as well as with complete strangers. I must say that Thrillophilia did not disappoint me ( nobody is perfect, so be flexible to accept minute glitches) . The whole trip went so smooth , starting from the pick up from airport, the hotels we got, arrangement of permits, site seeing and drop at the airport. Special thanks to Deep ( trip coordinator from tour angle) and Ammu ( my cab driver) . P. S. : if you want to see the flower calf yumthang valley and the frozen Tsomgo and Gurudongmar lake , then the ideal time to visit north Sikkim is March-April. November is the ideal time to witness the pleasant winter of sikkim along with its untouched beauty. Looking forward to travel more with Thrillophilia. P.S: the only problem which we faced was two co- passengers who used to get late for everything and because of them we had to rush from each location because of time constraint ( I totally understand that this things isn’t in the hand of Thrillophilia)
16 October 2015
Excellent
Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that you would not gain from trekking in any other part of India. The Indian Himalayas trek in Sikkim is awesome and a must take. What we enjoyed the most were the mountains, the trek trails, the people and their unique culture. This was a sharp contrast to our habits and culture. The trek is not that difficult and it is in fact very much feasible to be taken even by a first timer as well. The trekking was very nicely planned and organized with perfect budget. Do try this trek.
01 July 2015
Excellent
Located in the state of Sikkim, this Goecha La trek is my dream and desire come true. This trek is a treat to all the adventure lovers who are in our country or visit our country. This place is nestled midst colourful, unique, and vibrant flora and fauna. This trek also paves way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park that can be visited in a day. This trek is an opulent beauty as it opens doors to murky valleys, snow clad mountain peaks, astonishing lakes, and lovely rivers in Sikkim. I was just marvelled at the spectacular beauty of this place.
This was my first paragliding experience and I was so thrilled and scared both at the same time. This March I was going to Gangtok and came to know about the paragliding activity there and booked the same with Thrillophilia and made the most of the thrills and spills of Paragliding. After heading to the paragliding spot in Ranka at Gangtok. I was accompanied by a trained pilot throughout the entire activity when we soared at a height of 1300- 2200 meters. The best thing about Thrillophilia is that it not only gives you an option to choose between medium and high fly but regardless of the package you choose, the ride from the landing site to the take-off point is all included. I chose the high fly package where I and my certified pilot rose at a height of 2200 meters, marveling at nature’s beauty underneath. After this paragliding trip, I must say that this has been my best so far, given the whole safety protocols that Thrillophilia adhered to besides arranging a trip to the Ranka monastery. Thus, I recommend Thrillophilia with all my heart, for such out-of-the-box experiences!
26 January 2021
Excellent
Who does not dream of a farmhouse stay amidst the rolling Himalayan Mountains and an emerald green forest? Yes, I am no different because I have craved for such an experience all my life and I am extremely glad that Thrillophilia came on board to grant all that I desired. My 2 days one night experiential stay at a Farmhouse in Gangtok not just let me have a perfect getaway but so much more. I learnt about terrace farming, plucked ripe fruits from the trees, enjoyed picnics along the streams, and tried my hands on organic farming. I still miss my bedroom in the homestay that had a skylight right above the bed to let me stargaze endlessly. Thank you Thrillophilia for such a splendid experience!
19 January 2021
Superb
A tour of Sikkim and Darjeeling was always on my mind having heard so much about the Yumthang (valley of flowers), the Batasia loop and the mighty tiger hill to catch a scenic sunrise. As a solo traveler I decided to book with Thrillophilia for a 8-day trip to set forth a Sikkim Darjeeling tour that would include all these places. I am extremely elated I did as the teams ensured hassle free travel in air-conditioned vehicles besides stays and dinner at the most hygienic hotels. I am back at Pune after the trip in March but I feel I am back with a piece of Tibet and North Bengal in my heart. I still cherish going to this picturesque hamlet of Chungthang, the stunning Kanchenjunga National Park, and the pristine Gurudongmar Lake. I have absolutely loved my stopover at Kyongnosla and a visit to the Baba Harbhajan dham besides of course the scenic sunrise at Tiger hill, and candlelight dinner at the most unexpected locations. Thanks a ton Thrillophilia for the most wholesome experience there could be!
17 February 2021
Excellent
My partner got hold of a Thrillophilia voucher for a Sikkim homestay that initially I was not that keen on using. However, I went ahead and set off for this Traveler’s paradise homestay for 2 days and one night. And, I am so glad I did because it was one of the nicest stay experiences. Our homestay was perched on a hilltop’s edge and offered sweeping views of the Himalayan foothills, the snowy Nathula peaks, and the snaking Teesta River. A special thanks to thrillophilia for giving tripping a whole new spin as we could go for forest picnics, nature walks, and practice angling at the Kaleej Khola. To this day, I keep telling my partner as to how we need another trip soonish. Only, to try the roast chicken with thumba, under a starlit sky of the Traveler’s paradise homestay, with the chilling mountain wind for company.
09 February 2021
Excellent
Every year me and my 4 friends plan a trek to some of the treacherous places. This year was no different, especially after a long spell of staying and working from home. We went ahead with the idea but this time we booked with Thrillophilia for a luxurious camping experience. And, trust me when I say this, we had a spectacular trekking experience from the minute we arrived in Darjeeling. We had an adventurous drive to Yuksom, trespassing the Teesta river. We continued uphill and crossed the Legship bridge only to reach a Yuksom hotel where Thrillophilia had booked our stays. The minute I checked in we could not believe we could get such a place for just a day of our stay as the hotel was clean, with staff ensuring sanitization at every cost. I was amazed at how it was arranged- overnight staying in tents, camps and huts even at remote locations of Tshoka, Samiti lake, Thangshing, and Dzongri. We did share out tents but an expert team ensured safety by having a first-aid-kit in hand at all times. A big thanks to Thrillophilia for arranging all the necessary permits and managing the entry fee at places required. Totally recommend Thrillophilia if you desire a mix of sightseeing, camping, trekking and not just hiking!

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