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Goecha La Trek

Goecha La is a high mountain pass in the Himalayan range. The trek starts at the sleepy little town of Yuksom in West Sikkim. The town is very pretty with lush green surroundings and a salubrious weather to go with it. You can shop for all supplies at Yuksom before beginning the trek as this is the only place where you will get to buy all your necessary items.

Furthermore, before trekking the Goecha La, you will have to do two things, first make an entry at the local police station and second pay the permit fees at the forest check post. Usually the agencies take care of all these hassles and you will not have to bother about them.


The first phase of the trek to Goecha La will take you from Yuksom to Sachen. Yuksom is situated at an altitude of 5,700 feet and Sachen is situated at an elevation of 7, 200 feet. The trekking trail passes through a route of immense natural beauty. You will come across lush green fields, valley of the Rathong River and thick forests. From Sachen you will need to climb ahead to Tshoka which is at an altitude of 9,650 feet.

This trek is quite enjoyable in the initial phase but becomes tryingly steep towards the later phase. On reaching Bakhim, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Yuksom valley. As you trek on ahead, you pass through Dzongri and Phedang. You will also be able to enjoy the beauty of some of the densest rhododendron forests in India and get a breathtaking view of the highest mountains in the Himalayan range. You will pass through the beautiful Samiti Lake which will mesmerise you with its sparkling blue waters.

The entire journey from Yuksom to Goecha La is a treat to the eyes. Despite being a test of physical stamina, the route is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful routes that you can come across while trekking in the Himalayas.

Best Season: September- November & March-April
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging
Max. Elevation: 5002 m
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What You Should Know More About Sikkim

  • Travel Advice

    • Sikkim has a chilling weather. Pack heavy woollens to enjoy the beauty of Sikkim.

    • Sikkim is a peaceful and politically stable state. Not many cases of crimes are heard about. Still you need to be careful about your luggage and purse.

    • Being a small state, Sikkim does not have big pharmacies. Carry your medications accordingly.

    • Know the local laws thoroughly to avoid any issue.

    • Hire a taxi from any well-known agency. The roads out there are not smooth as plains. Special training is provided to the drivers to avoid road accidents.

    • If you wish to stay in a five star hotel room, hard luck, you won’t find any five star hotels in Sikkim. The small hotels and lodges are pretty comfortable.

    • Sikkim is a sparsely populated, calm & quiet state. Respect their culture.

    • You are not allowed to smoke in public there. Maintain this law to avoid legal issues.

    • Don’t visit Sikkim you want to party around. Visit Sikkim if you are looking forward to a peaceful vacation.

  • Drinking Laws

    Drinking is not allowed under the age of 21. If you are younger, avoid drinking in Sikkim. Smoking is also not permitted below 21 and in public.


  • Our Recommendations- Things you can’t afford to miss?

    Tsomgo Lake

    Popularly known as the Changu Lake, it is located at a height of around 3800 m. The view of the lake is divine. On the banks of the lake you will get hot momos served with a tangy sauce which will help you to warm up in the chilling cold weather.   You will also get tea and coffee to enjoy the numbing cool breeze. It is one of the most visited places in Sikkim. The other beautiful lakes worth visiting are Lampokari lake, Manmecho lake, Khecheopalri lake and Gurudongmar lake.

    Teesta River

    This beautiful river starts in Sikkim and flows to our neighbour Bangladesh. You must have heard controversies between India and Bangladesh regarding the water of Teesta River. It originates in the Himalayas and runs down through Rangpo, Sikkim. This river offers a great rafting opportunity for the adventure seekers. At some places, the river calms down and at some places it turns wild giving the rafters an unmatched experience.

    Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple

    This temple is also known as Shiv Mandir. Situated on the banks of river Rangit, it is as beautiful Hindu Temple which can be reached by crossing a hanging foot-over bridge. Watch your steps.

    The four caves

    In Sikkim, you can visit the four holy caves which face the four directions. These caves are one of the five dhams of Sikkim.

    Pelling

    Pelling is a small and beautiful town. The places to visit in Pelling include beautiful monasteries, rock garden, Rimbi river waterfalls, the holy Khecheopalri lake, Dzongri, Rinchenpong and Hee Burmiok.

    Gangtok

    Gangtok is the capital town of Sikkim. It is a lovely small town with the maximum visiting places in Sikkim. The places of attraction are Nathula Pass, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Tashi View Point,  and Himalayan Zoological Park. MG Marg, the market for buying really interesting stuffs, is there in Gangtok.

    Hot springs

    Sikkim owns many hot springs. Few examples of hot springs you must pay a visit are Yume Samdong Hot Spring, Reshi Hot Spring, Yumthang Hot Spring, Borong Hot Spring and Ralong Hot Spring.

    Monasteries

    There are around 200 monasteries in Sikkim. You must visit few of them to achieve inner peace as the monasteries are calm and quiet. The ones you should visit are Rumtek, Phodang, Tashiding, Phesang, and Dubdi.

  • What you will like there?

    Culture: one of the main revenues in Sikkim comes from the tourism industry, which makes a very tourist friendly culture out there. The locals are simple and helpful. There are a lot of travel agencies to help you out to enjoy your trip completely.

    Nature: Sikkim is truly blessed with the best of nature. From mountains to lakes and rivers, Sikkim has it all. You won’t regret over your trip ever after visiting Sikkim.

    Flora and fauna: if you are fond of wildlife, Sikkim is your paradise. You will get to see red pandas in Sikkim. The breath-taking flowers in Sikkim will surely be a treat for your eyes. Orchids, mognolia, blue poppy, camellias, gladioli and so much more. Among the birds, the national bird of Sikkim, the Blood Pheasant is a must watch. The big bird is truly interesting to watch. You will also notice blue sheep in the national parks.

    Napali food: Nepali cuisine is delicious and full of distinct flavours. The flavours are totally different from Indian masalas. You will get a hint of black pepper in all their dishes. Don’t miss out steaming hot momos at the road-sides, which are small dumplings with meat or vegetable stuffed inside. You must have Sikkim’s speciality, Temi tea.

    Climate: Sikkim is your perfect destination during hot Indian summers. At the zero point in north Sikkim, the temperature is always below the freezing point. The monsoons receive heavy rainfall. You will witness heavy fog throughout the year.

    Locals: The locals of Sikkim are very simple, clear-hearted and shy. They live a really simple life close to nature. They are really friendly and helpful. There are basically three communities among the people of Sikkim, namely, the nepalis, the lepchas and the bhutias.

    Shopping: The markets of Sikkim are really fancy and colourful. You will get good quality woollen clothes and handlooms brought from Bhutan. The prime market area in Gangtok is the MG Marg. You must get your sikkimese cups from there. Make sure to bargain hard.

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  • What is the best time to visit Sikkim?

    • The summer months are the best time to visit Sikkim, which is March-June, if you want to enjoy the pleasant weather.
    • If you want to see snow clad mountains, then winters are the best time. You can go between the months of November-February

  • How to reach Sikkim?

    Sikkim can be reached by the below mentioned ways:

     

    • By air: Sikkim doesn’t have an airport at the moment. The Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal is the closest to Gangtok, being 130 kilometres away. You can go to Gangtok from Bagdogra by road.
    • By road: The best way to travel from Siliguri (closest railway station) or Bagdogra (closest airport) to Gangtok is by renting a car or taking a bus. You will find many shared jeeps that operate in Sikkim and are very safe and convenient to travel in.
    • By rail: Sikkim doesn’t have a railway network. The only way to get here is by taking a train to Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri, and then travelling from here to Gangtok by road.

  • What things can I do in Sikkim?

    Here are some of the things that you can do in Sikkim:

    • Kewzing: Bird watching

    The forests of Kewzing are home to more than two hundred species of birds. You can find Satyr Tragopan, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Red Faced Liochichla, Scarlet Finch, Cutia, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Sultan Tit, Puff-throated Babbler etc here. You can find even exotic birds like the Scaly Laughingthrush, Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler, and Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler here. Whether or not you have a keen interest in birds, Kewzing is a must visit.

    • Gangtok: Cable car ride

    The cable car ride in Gangtok that takes you from the highest point of the place gives you a stunning bird’s eye view of the city below. The ride takes up to seven minutes and covers a distance of one kilometre, but that’s all you need for this amazing experience.

    • Tsomgo Lake: Yak ride

    At a height of 12400 feet, Lake Tsomgo stands proud. You can find yaks here, which are decorated in colourful items and can be hired for a ride around the lake. The yaks look really adorable, and you will undoubtedly enjoy your ride.

    • Visiting the Rumtek Monastery

    For someone visiting Sikkim, going to a monastery should definitely be the first on your list. The Buddhist architecture is a beauty to marvel at, and the iconic Golden Stupa here that has the relics of the sixteenth Karmapa.

    • Flower exhibition at the White Hall

    A visit to the Flower exhibition at the White Hall is a must for you, especially if you have a keen interest in flowers. The White Hall houses several wild flowers and bright seasonal orchids, and seeing them will teach you a lot about them.

    • Gangtok to Rangpo: Mountain biking

    The longest mountain biking route in the state, the Gangtok to Rangpo route is frequented by bikers who love to experience the countryside of Sikkim and see the lifestyle of its people. If you are an avid biker and would love to try something adventurous, this road is a must to cycle on when in Sikkim.

    • Enjoying the Sikkimese nightlife

    The Sikkimese people certainly know how to have a great time with their live music clubs and comfortable lounges. While in Gangtok, instead of being cooped up in your hotel during the evenings, take a leisurely stroll through the markets and the city square, or visit a live music cafe or club. The Sikkimese nightlife is very different from the rest of the country’s and you will love it.

    • Have the Sikkimese Tongba

    The famous drink of Sikkim is a delight one must indulge in while in the state. Tongba is a fermented drink made from millet that’s is often served as an alcoholic beverage in Sikkim. It’s commonly made in households and can be served to you at a restaurant too. Make sure you try this special drink while in Sikkim, as you are unlikely to find it anywhere else.

    • Rinchenpong: Leisure walk

    Located about 40 kilometres to the west of Gangtok, Rinchenpong is a small town that’s best known for its tranquility. Visit Rinchenpong if you crave a quiet place to spend a few days in. You can go on long nature walks and see the sun shine bright upon the peaks of the Kanchenjunga. To explore more about complte.affordable tour package of sikkim click here

  • Which are some best resorts to stay in Sikkim?

    Here are some of the best resorts where you can stay in Sikkim:

    • Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino, Gangtok: Lower Samdur Block, Ranipool, Gangtok
    • The Golden Crest Hotel: National Highway 31A, Amdo Golai, Deorali Bazar, Gangtok
    • Summit Golden Crescent Resort & Spa: Near Sichey Co-operative Taxi Stand, Lower Sichey, Gangtok
    • Denzong Regency: Forest Colony Road, Cherry Banks, N.H.31 A, Gangtok
    • Central Ninamma Boutique Resort: PNG Road, Near Palzor Namgyal Girl High School Gate, Gangtok
    • The Elgin Nor-Khill: Paljore Stadium Road, Gangtok
    • Suhim Portico: Helipad Road, Near District Court, Upper Sichey, Gangtok
    • Magpie - Chestnut Retreat: Church road, Pelling

  • Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Sikkim?

    Here are some of the best places to have local cuisine in Sikkim:

    • 9ine Native Cuisine, Gangtok
    • Indulge Karaoke Restaurant, Gangtok
    • Bamboo Retreat Hotel, Gangtok
    • Roll House, Gangtok
    • Jungle Cafe, Gangtok
    • Chopstick, Gangtok

  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around Sikkim?

    Sikkim is a state in India which is largely defined by its hilly terrain, rivers, lakes, and mountain passes. Travelling from one place to another in the state is mostly done by booking rental cars and jeeps. Although buses are available to commute on between major towns, cars are most comfortable.

  • What are the best places of shopping in Sikkim?

    Here are some of the best places to shop:

    • Tea Store Gangtok, Best tea shop in Gangtok
    • Kanchanjunga Shopping Complex, Gangtok
    • MG Marg Market, Gangtok

  • Do we need permit to visit North Sikkim?

    Yes. You will need a permit to visit any point in North Sikkim beyond Singhik.

  • What things should I carry while travelling to Sikkim?

    Here are some of the important things you must carry with you:

    • Woolens
    • Sunglasses
    • Thermo-flask
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Medicines
    • Socks
    • Gloves
    • Dry food items

  • What are the famous treks in Sikkim?

    Here are some of the best places you can go trekking in Sikkim:

  • What is the best time to visit Nathula and Gurudongmar lakes?

    • When to visit Nathula Pass: The Nathula Pass is a mountain pass that join Sikkim to China. This is one of the famous tourist destinations in the country and the Indo-China border is what tourists flock in to see. The Nathula Pass is located at a distance of 56.3 kilometres from Gangtok. Nathula Pass is best visited during the summer months, that is, between May to mid-November.
    • When to visit Gurudongmar Lake: Located at 17100 feet, the Gurudongmar Lake is the second highest lake in India. The lake is located in Lachen in North Sikkim. The best time to visit Gurudongmar Lake is between November and June as the weather is the most pleasant then.

  • Which are famous monasteries in Sikkim?

    Here are some of the most famous monasteries in Sikkim:

    East Sikkim:

    • Enchey Monastery
    • Karthok Monastery
    • Rhenock Monastery
    • Rumtek Monastery
    • Sang Monastery

     

    West Sikkim:

    • Dubdi Monastery
    • Khecheopalri Monastery
    • Mallu Monastery
    • Pemayangtse Monastery
    • Sanga Choeling Monastery
    • Sinon Monastery
    • Tashiding Monastery

     

    North Sikkim:

    • Chawayng Ani Monastery
    • Lachen Monastery
    • Lachung Monastery
    • Lingdum Monastery
    • Phensang Monastery
    • Phodang Monastery
    • Tholung Monastery

     

    South Sikkim:

    • Dalling Monastery
    • Kewwzing Monastery
    • Namchi Monastery
    • Ralang Monastery
    • Tendong Gumpa
    • Yangyang Monastery

  • Where can we go for rafting in Sikkim?

    Here’s where you can go rafting in Sikkim:

    • River Teesta: River Teesta is a premium destination for river rafting in Sikkim. It is adventurous and extreme fun to raft here, although the waters have a high speed and the terrain is rather rocky. If you are an ameteur, do not start at the emergence point of the river, as the water are turbulent.
    • River Rangit: Rangit is a tributary of the River Teesta and the water are very much turbulent here. Rafting can prove to be a difficult experience here, so ask the guide to advice based on your skills. This is meant for people who have enough experience in the adventure sport.

Traveller Tales from Sikkim

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Suryakanta Patil

01 July 2015

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.

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Anjali Malik

12 April 2015

Definitely not for the light hearts. Make sure you have enough experience of trekking before you indulge in the Goechala trek. From around 5000 ft. it will take you to a greater height of around 16,000 ft. Pack well before you start, get all the required info form the trek operator and do your own research on it. To be on the safer side, try to book it with this organiser as they have the best of the Himalayan trek guides and other crew members.

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Aslesha Desai

14 September 2015

I am madly and deeply in love with Sikkim. I can't believe a place like this can be so beautiful and still people are unaware about it. Walking through narrow pathways and tiny hamlets on the way make this place all the more interesting and worth the effort.

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Bhima Sinha

15 May 2015

Kanchenjunga is certainly an epitome of beauty and Sikkim is one place that provides you with panoramic views. loved the entire trekking part. Great place, great people amazing time - thanks to our trek guide who made sure people were satisfied and enjoying the trek.

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Avani Kakkar

17 December 2015

Trekking, mountaineering, camping, rock-climbing-I did everything I always wished for on this trek. The lovely sceneries and ranges of mountains took my breath away for the moment and I was gasping at the views.

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Arjun Talwar

15 November 2013

We started our trip from the Bagdogra airport and then went Gangtok that almost took two hours on road. We stayed there for two days, because we had to explore that place to our fullest. We visited many awesome places of Gangtok, wao ita a wonderful city always crowded by tourists. after that we headed for Dzongri via Yuksom and Tshoka. Trekking at Dzongri was very adventurous trip for all of us. From there we went to Darjeeling the ultimate beauty. I never expected that these places would be so amazing.

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Deepesh Namboothiri

25 January 2015

For those who want to join this trek, they must have prior trekking experience. And if possible they should have Himalayan trekking experience. Once done, they can sign in for the much acclaimed Goechala trek and enjoy the thrill of the Himalayas. Only make sure, while booking, the trek operators provide you with all the required info. I would personally suggest to book with this organiser as they have been very reliable and trust worthy to me during my other treks as well.

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Ashutosh Kothari

06 April 2015

A full 10 out of 10 for the Green Lake Trek in Sikkim. Over the 13 days of this enthralling trek, I and our entire group members were all so captivated by the beauty of the Himalayas of Sikkim. If you are planning for this one sooner or later, be sure to experience a lot of variations in the terrains. At places, they might appear easy and other places it might be a bit challenging to strenuous. In a nutshell, it was an amazingly awesome experience we all had.

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Gopaal Asan

05 July 2015

Not my first mountaineering expedition, but I can proudly say that the Goecha la pass trek was by far one of the best that I have ever been on with my friends. The tour guides were very friendly and made sure we were well fed and taken care of. The temperature was favourable for most of the time, even though there were sudden drops in the temperature. Once in a lifetime experience, this was an amazing holiday trip; definitely my top 5 recommendations.

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