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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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Sikkim is an amazing destination. It offers natural picturesque sights and superb trekking prospects to travellers who are on a solo trip or are with group of people. Some of the popular trekking tours in Sikkim are-
The newness in breeze and stillness in the backwoods that the trekker experiences when he is trekking in this state will be cherished all his life. Whether you want to have adventure or enjoy nature, you will experience the best in Sikkim.
The Sikkim Mountain biking tours are extremely eco friendly and exhilarating way of discovering the actual beauty of Sikkim. There are different bike tour in Sikkim that starts from Bagdogra-Gangtok - Phedang - Singhik - Chungthang - Lachung - Yumthang - Lachen - Thangu. Travelling for these long miles on your bike especially on the mountains will make your journey very taxing and audacious.
The eye-catching landscapes, gorgeous countryside and rough country side offer a bold challenges to the mountain bikers who are keen to know about the distinctive culture and traditions of the people residing in the villages of Sikkim. If you wish to enjoy the scenic countryside, then Sikkim Mountain biking vacation is what you need. Some of the sought after mountain biking tours in Sikkim are:
· Temi Tea Garden - Ravangla (28 Kilometres
· Martam - Temi Tea Garden (34 Kilometres
· Ravangla - Tashiding (40 Kilometre
If you live in campsites in Sikkim and enjoy this experience to the fullest you can go to Goecha la Trekking in Sikkim. It takes you on a satisfying and prosperous journey that helps you in capturing the Himalayan outline like no others. With a large number of short days campsites Sikkim currently has become a popular vacation place for trekkers. The most famous campsites in Sikkim are-
When in Sikkim you can enjoy some of the famous wildlife safari tours and bird watching tours.
Himalayan Zoological Park: This place is barely 8 km from Gangtok and is scattered in 205 hectares and if put in a nutshell it is an amazing Himalayan Zoological Park . It houses some of the most endangered species red panda, bear, barking deer, spotted deer and bear.
Sikkim Bird Watching Tour is also an experience in itself. Some of the famous Bird watching tours and Wildlife life safaris are in-
Darjeeling - Kalimpong - Lava - Neora Valley National Park- Rangeet Valley - Damthang Forests - Ravangla - Pelling - Khicheparli Lake - Yuksom.
A huge number of Hindu Shrines and Buddhist monasteries are present in Gangtok, where you can acquire inner peace. Some of spiritual places that are frequently visited in Sikkim are:
One of finest adventure in Sikkim are its cycling tours. The rugged and spectacular environment of Sikkim Himalayas provides sure shot and thrilling biking trails for the adventure seekers as majority of the roads in Sikkim are flexible cycling tours. The loveliness of the rural area, flora and fauna and way of life of the Sikkimese population can be experienced in the best possible way on a cycle tour only. Cycle tours are simply an awesome and ultimate adventure and pleasurable way to travel around North Sikkim. From ride that takes 3 to 4 days to reach Lachung wrapping up a distance of approximately 115 km and climbing an altitude of 5500 ft from Gangtok to 9600 ft to Lachung, it is a perfect way to discover North Sikkim.
Sikkim offers a wide array of walking tours to travellers. You can choose a tour in accordance to level of difficulty you want.
From moderate rides all the way through remarkable mountain countryside to thundering fast-moving water which only the most skilled rafter can steer, Teesta river rafting is the most adrenaline pumping stimulating adventure ever. Winding down the uneven and rocky mountain river is an ideal way to take pleasure and have an adventurous experience. Several white sandy beaches are present here that offers good campsites. An expedition downwards the river also permits you to enjoy the beauty of the rural area. Both experienced and novice adventurers can seek out the help of the Department of travel and tourism agents for all the arrangements related to safe and secured river rafting trips. Prices are affordable and include life jackets, helmets, food, equipment, a professional guide and accommodation.
To make Sikkim a wonderful discovery, some of the must see destinations in Sikkim are-
Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden
Sikkim with spectacular natural beauty and magical landscapes makes it an ideal honeymoon destination. It is a perfect gift placed in the middle of the Himalayas and proves to be a paradise for the honeymooners. The Sikkim honeymoon package ensures that you can be with your loved one in the surreal and mysterious ambiance and visit some of the amazing destinations in Sikkim. The special honeymoon tour in Sikkim are-
You can also get your Honeymoon Tour customized as per your liking, preference and the time you want to spend in Sikkim.
Sikkim is a evolving rapidly and few of its towns like Gangtok, the capital city Namchi and Jorethang are coming up at a very sturdy pace. A large number of people are fascinated by the business opportunities offered here and slowly adopting the cosmopolitan character. Sikkim is chiefly a Buddhist state but a secular state at the same time. You will come across churches, gurdwaras, mosques, monasteries, and temples and everything is very peaceful over here. The culture of Sikkim is beautiful and the unusual harmony prevails here. The chief communities here are the Bhutias, the Lepchas, and the Nepalese and inter-racial marriages take place among the three. Folk dances and songs are deep-rooted and integral part of Sikkimese culture. Majority of the dances are associated to the incredible beauty of the natural environs, which indicates the harvest season and some others are being performed for wealth.
Monasteries are an integral part of Sikkim and any tourist who visits these places feel the peace and get connected to the all-powerful in Sikkim, as the holy words mix with the buzzing prayer wheels. The devoted monks wearing red robes are chanting the revered hymns and the pounding of the trumpets and drums make the calm lights of the flamboyant lamps sparkle before the royal statues of Guru Padmasambhava at its elated monasteries. In Sikkim there are approximately 205 monasteries but some of the chief monasteries are-
Paragliding in Sikkim is an important sport in Sikkim and offers an amazing experience which you will cherish all your life. Sikkim is gradually emerging as an admired paragliding destination in the country. Number of tourists and adventure seekers from all over the world visit Sikkim for paragliding and hang gliding. It houses some outstanding launching ridges and spots for the best paragliding and Hang gliding experience in India. Hang gliding is quite similar to Paragliding. There is a difference in the equipment but the two activities offer parallel pleasures.
Special Fly Packages include-
Rock Climbing is an exhilarating sport but involves risk, lot of thrill and gives you a feeling of thrill when you are right on top of the cliff. It is extremely taxing and requires lot of stamina, expertise and nerves of steel that assists you in reading the walls with which you can select the best path to climb. Some of the best rock climbing tours are-
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Travelling around Sikkim is great fun but to add to this thrill you can also enjoy some of the famous helicopter tours which are-
Some of famous caves that one must explore when on a tour to Sikkim are-
Cave of great happiness or The West De-chhen phu can be reached with a little difficulty and is situated near Dzongri. It can only be reached during the autumn when snow is not there.
Shopping is an important part of every trip or in other words you can say the trip wont be complete without shopping. The local handicrafts in Sikkim are a must buy and can picked up from any Cottage Industry in Gangtok and even the Dalai Lama Fund shop in the Hotel Tibet. Other than the handicrafts you can also buy thankas, canvas wall hangings, prayer wheels, rugs, Tibetan carpets and jewellery and gift as souvenirs for your near and dear ones. The unique dragon set would be an ideal pick from the state of Sikkim. You can also buy famous tea and cardamoms from Sikkim. The Old Market, New Market are few of the chief shopping regions in Gangtok.
Gastronomical journey to Sikkim is truly amazing and introduces us to the traditions and culture of the state, their popular drink, food, dining and cooking methodology
Some of the must-try traditional and local food cuisines are-
Fairs and festivals exhibit the culture and traditions of the country. Sikkim too celebrates many fairs and festivals with lot of pomp and show. Buddhist culture is dominant in Sikkim and majority of the festivals are linked to Buddhist customs and traditions. Despite the religious festivals, Sikkim tourism department organizes different fairs all round the year to promote the culture and customs of the state. These festivals help the tourists to get a glance of the lifestyle of Sikkimese. Here are the chief festivals that you can participate in when you travel to Sikkim.
Goecha La Trek is a captivating sight of North East. It is a lovely destination in the centre of Sikkim. With extraordinary peaks and gurgling streams winding through length and breadth of meadows, this pass is a beautiful trekking destination for tourists and trekkers alike. This thrilling takes you through the beauty of Sachen and moves ahead towards Tsokha, Dzongri and Bhakim. The perplexing Dzongri offers a breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga and Pandim Peaks. It is situated at the height of 16000 ft and you can take pleasure in the romantic and enchanting walk through these lush green forests. It is thought to be one of the most romantic trekking destination and you will come across amazing mountains, friendly people and their unique culture.Goecha La Trek is difficult but can be made easy if you hold your nerves and are well equipped with a medical kit that can be accessed all through your trek. Carry the medicines you might require, insect repellents, etc. All defensive measures should be taken to guarantee your safety and other general medical information about altitude sickness.
Traveller Tales From Sikkim
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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