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Goechala Trek Highlights

  • The still lake of Samiti with the views of Pandim Peak with melt your heart away, along with mystical settings of Thangshing.
  • Not to be missed Sunrise view from Dzongri Top of Kanchenjunga, where the mountain looks beautiful as the sun rises and changes the colour.
  • The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, can be viewed from the goechala pass
  • Experience the cuddling features of thick rhododendron forests of Kanchenjunga National Park, where the forst doesn't end at 10,000 ft.
  • Pha Khola, Tshushay Khola and Mentogang Khola - the suspension bridges over the Prekchu river will leave you in surprise

Goechala Trek Overview

About GoechaLa Pass Trek:

GoechaLa trek is nestled at a height of 16,207 ft, with a closer look at the third-highest peak-Mt. Kanchenjunga. It is a dream and desire for hundreds of adventure lovers. Bounded by the mesmerizing flora and fauna, which are so vibrant and colorful to cheer up one's mood.

The GoechaLa pass trek is a bundle of big summits, making it an absolute adventure to embark on. The trail link with the famous Kanchenjunga National Park, where one can witness the true nature, enough to revitalize your senses. To watch the mountains clearly, April and May are the ideal months. Since the sky is completely clear during this time and the sunset-sunrise views can be captured.

GoechaLa Pass Trek Quick Facts:

  • GoechaLa Trek duration: 10D/9N
  • Maximum Altitude: 16207 ft
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • GoechaLa Trek Distance: 90 Km
  • Temperature Range: April - June: 15 to 22 Degrees (Days); -1 to 7 Degrees (Nights), September – Nov: 10 to 15 Degrees (Days); -5 to 5 Degrees (Nights)
  • GoechaLa Trek Best Time: April end - May And September - November
  • Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest railway station, which is 150 km away from Yuksom
  • Airport: Bagdogra Airport which is 155 km from Yuksom
  • ATM: Jorethong which is one the way Yuksom that's the last ATM point before your trek begins.
  • Starting and Ending point: Yuksom

How to Reach Yuksom :

By Train:-

New Jalpaiguri or NJP is a major railway station located southwest of Sikkim. There are many long-distance trains that arrive or pass through the NJP station. You can choose to come to Kolkata and take one of the many trains to NJP. If you are coming from Delhi or the north part of India, try to take any northeast train which directly goes to NJP bypassing Kolkata.

By Flight:-

Flying to Bagdogra is another option that you can choose through flights to Bagdogra tend to be pricier than those to Kolkata. You will get flights from almost all the Metro cities of India.

NOTE-  There are shared taxis available frequently from Bus Stand/ Railway Station/ Airport. It costs approx. Rs 3500 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers).

Goechala Trek Package Inclusions :

  • 2 Nights Guest House / Homestay accommodation in Yuksom on a Quad/Triple Sharing basis.
  • 7 Nights Tented accommodation while on the trek on a triple sharing basis.
  • All Veg Meals from 2nd Day Lunch to till 9th Day Lunch while on Trek
  • Morning, evening tea/coffee served with light snacks while on the trek.
  • Trekking Equipment likes Sleeping bags, Sleeping mattresses, Sleeping tents, utensils.
  • All fees and permits for Indians are included in the Goechala trek package.
  • Dinner on Day 1 and Breakfast on Day 10 is included.
  • Basic First Aid Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, and Oxi Meter.
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Leader and support staff.

Available dates:

May - 1,8,15,22,29

June - 5

September - 18,25

October - 2,9,16,23,30

November - 6,13,20,27

[ Note: If you are a group of 5 or more people then the dates can be customized]

More Details about Goechala Trek

Know Before You Go for Goechala Trek

  • Transportation to and fro from NJP Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport is available on request on additional charges.
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • Pay heed to the tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.
  • Avoid roaming during the nights.
  • The tour takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the Goechala Pass Trek.
  • Porters or helpers to carry Central Equipment's
  • You can also offload your bagpack by paying extra. Your bag should not weight more than 9 kgs.

Things To Carry for Goechala Trek

  • Warm clothesMandatory Item
  • Walking stickMandatory Item
  • Back pack (50-60l)Mandatory Item
  • Water bottleMandatory Item
  • Hiking shoesMandatory Item
  • Caps
  • Toilet paper & wipes
  • Day pack (20-30l)
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Fleece jackets and thermals
  • Thermal inners
  • Waterproof windcheater
  • Woollen cap, socks, mittens & scarf

Tour Difficulty for Goechala Trek

Top Reviews
20 Nov, 2018
Rajesh Sharma
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.
16 Oct, 2015
Apsara Mahajan
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.

Goechala Trek Itinerary

Day 1
Drive from Bagdogra Airport/NJP to Yuksom (5,670ft) (7 Hours)
  • Begin with the enthrallment of this wonderful trek by catching the remarkable views of the Himalayas while driving from Bagdogra Airport/NJP to Yuksom.
  • The drive will take you along the gushing Teesta River and continuing uphill, you will be crossing a bridge in Legship to reach Yuksom.
  • Arriving in the town, check-in into a hotel, and retire for the day.
Day 2
Trek from Yuksom to Sachen (7,150ft)
  • Today will be the first day of this Goechala pass trek! Waking up in the morning, start ascending uphill and follow the gorges of the Rathong River.
  • Trekking through the lush thickets of magnolia, rhododendron, and ferns, proceed towards the Paha Khola Bridge.
  • On the way, relish a packed lunch and keep yourself energized for the rest of the trek; be prepared to spot exotic orchids, colorful flowers, and monkeys along the hike! Arriving in Sachen, settle down at the campsite and call it a day.
Day 3
Trek from Sachen to Tshokha (9,700ft) (via Bhakim/8,600ft)
  • The trek for the day will take you through the aromatic viburnum plantations, after which you will be crossing the Prek Chu River and hike uphill for around 2-3 hours to reach Bakhim.
  • Hereafter, trekking upwards, you will finally reach Tshoka, the Tibetan refugee settlement; overnight stay will be in a camp.
Day 4
Trek from Tshoka (9,650 ft) – Dzongri (12,980 ft) via Phedang (12,050 ft) (5-6 hrs)
  • On Day 3 of Goechala trek package, you will be making your way uphill and through scenic forests of rhododendrons; you can expect well-laid trails on the way.
  • Moving from here, a short trek will finally take you to Dzongri, where you will spend an overnight stay in camps.
Day 5
Trek from Dzongri (12,980 ft) – Dzongri Top (13,675 ft) (1 hr) and back to Dzongri and then to Thansing (12,930 ft) via Kokchurang (12,100 ft) (5-6 hrs)
  • Post breakfast in the Phedang campsite, get prepared for another scenic uphill trek, and with Goechala pass trek, you will be crossing 4,000m in the Himalayas!
  • With this remarkable feat, enjoy your packed lunch and relax around the scenic vistas to get acclimatized to the higher altitudes.
  • A further climb after relaxation will finally take you to the Thansing overnight campsite area, from where you can have mesmerizing views of the Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Khangchendzonga, Simvo, and Pandim peaks.
Day 6
Trek from Thansing (12,930 ft) – Lamuney (13,700 ft) (2 hrs)
  • Waking up in the morning, you can either spend the day relaxing in the camp or just take up a short exploration quest around the camp.
  • The day is much required as you must get acclimatized to the higher altitudes before gaining further height.
  • Enjoy your overnight stay in camps.
Day 7
Trek from Lamuney (13,700 ft) – Goechala (15,100 ft) and back to Kokchurang (12,100 ft) (10-12 hrs)
  • Start the day early in order to avoid the harsh climatic conditions that might hinder your course in the latter part of the day.
  • Climbing uphill through the moraines, you will then be descending to Samiti Lake and then cross the Zemathang Plateau.
  • From here, you will once again start ascending over a moraine and after trekking for around 1 hour, will reach to the Goecha La Pass view point 1.
  • Arriving at this magnificent pass, behold the magical views of the Kanchenjunga and other distant peaks before you start moving back towards kokchurang for an overnight stay camp.
Day 8
Trek from Kokchurang (12,100 ft) – Tshoka (9,650 ft) via Phedang (12,050 ft) (6-7 hrs)
  • Waking up early in the morning, enjoy the enchanting views of the Kanchenjunga Peak from a nearby ridge and start trekking back towards Tshoka.
  • Today, you will be taking a route through the Dzongri Plateau in order to avoid the long climb. The trail passes through Prek Chu and the deciduous forests of Phedang.
  • Arriving in Tshoka, settle down in the overnight stay camps.
Day 9
Trek from Tshoka (9,650 ft) – Yuksom (5,800 ft) via Bakhim (8,600 ft) and Sachen (7,200 ft) (6 hrs)
  • Today, descending through the Prek Chu River, you will be arriving in Yuksom, the last leg of this Goechala trek package.
  • Arriving in the vicinity, check-in into a local hotel, and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 10
Departure from Yuksom
  • Goechala trek package ends here.
  • After having breakfast in the hotel, prepare your bags and check-out from the hotel. With this, the amazing Goecha La trek will come to an end.

Select Package Option

Price Includes
  • Stay

    You will be staying in a homestay and in tents for days of the trek (3 people/tent).

    The room/tent can be separate for male and female participants.

  • Meals

    All meals during the trek are included in the package.

  • Permits

    All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.

  • Activities

    Trekking, Sightseeing, Camping

  • Guide

    Qualified and experienced Trek Leader and support staff.

Goechala Trek Map

Starting Point
Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India