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About the Destination:
Located in Sikkim, Goecha La trek is the dream and desire of the adventure lovers throughout the country! Nestled midst vibrant and colourful flora and fauna, it is also the way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park and its opulent beauty.
Originating from Yuksom, this trek passes through beautiful landscapes that are filled with exotic flowers and immensely attractive meadows and forests. The Rathong Chu River on the way adds more charm and appeal to the Goecha La trek. The pass is also an ideal spot to enjoy the best and most alluring views of the Mt Kanchenjunga.
Total Trekking Distance: 90 Km
Maximum Altitude: 16,000ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
Group Departures on: [October: 22] ; [November: 5, 6 & 19]
Goechala Trek Video (Credits: George Thengummoottil):
Himalayan Views, Teesta River
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.
5 Hours Trek, Rathong River, Paha Khola Bridge, Lush Forest, Orchids, Monkeys
Today will be first day of this remarkable 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 energised for the rest of the trek; be prepared to spot exotic orchids, colourful flowers and monkeys along the hike! Arriving in Sachen, settle down into the campsite and call it a day.
4-6 Hour Trek, Prek Chu River, Viburnum Plantations
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.
4 Hours Trek, Rhododendron Forests
While on today’s trek, 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 Phedang, where you will spend an overnight stay in camps.
3 Hours Trek, Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Khangchendzonga, Simvo & Pandim Peaks
Post breakfast in the Phedang campsite, get prepared for another scenic uphill trek, and with this 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 acclimatised to the higher altitudes. A further climb after relaxation will finally take you to the Dzongri overnight campsite area, from where you can have mesmerising views of the Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Khangchendzonga, Simvo and Pandim peaks.
Leisure Day, Short Excursion
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 acclimatised to the higher altitudes before gaining further height; overnight stay in camps.
5-6 Hours Trek, Prayer Flangs, Kanchenjunga & Pandim Peak, Prek Chu River
Starting with a gradual ascend, today you will climb around 1mile and advent towards a low-ridge (13,500ft), from where the chortens and the colourful prayer flags overtakes the views! The astounding views of the Kanchenjunga and Pandim peaks will keep you enchanted all through the way.
Hereafter, the trek starts descending down towards Pandim and will take you through rhododendron forests and the Prek Chu River. Take a lunch break in a trekking lodge within the vicinity and continue trekking for another 1.5 hours to make it to Thangshing for an overnight stay.
Samiti Lake, Zemathang Plateau, Goecha La Pass
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 the 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 the Goecha La Pass.
Arriving at this magnificent pass, behold the magical views of the Kanchenjunga and other distant peaks before you start moving back towards Lamuney for an overnight stay camp beside the Samiti Lake.
7-8 Hours Trek, Kanchenjunga Peak, Dzongri Plateau
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.
5-6 Hours Trek, Prek Chu River, Trekking Ends Here
Today, descending through the Prek Chu River, you will be arriving in Yuksom, the last leg of this astounding tour. Arriving in the vicinity, check-in into a local hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Tour 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.
Write Your Story
Rated : 5.0
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.
Rated : 4.0
Goechala Trek was a perfect getaway from our stressful corporate lives. We had a great time with this trek. I totally enjoyed this trek, and I recommend this trek a lot to you all. If you are a trekker, you should definitely take this amazing trek.
Rated : 5.0
The trek might sound easy, but it is really not for the amateur trekkers. Guys, make sure you know enough about the Himalayan terrains and all the quotients related to height. Also, the vendor you go along for the Goecha La trek also matters a lot. If you can, try to book with Thrillophilia or directly with their app. For our group, we booked it only 15 days prior the trek, but while we went to Bagdogra, we found everything on place and properly arranged. All the best for the new aspirants of Goechala trek.
Rated : 5.0
Trekking through the entire Goechala trek route was not so easy...but then that was the real fun of trekking. Every single move on the trek got us closer to the charm of the snow-capped peaks. The evergreen forest and the colourful views were also unbelievable. Had awesome moments with the crew members. Good going guys.
Rated : 4.0
Amazing trek and met very nice people, loved every bit of it. The snow capped mountains were captivating and I like winter season so it was nice trekking in this weather while enjoying the views. It was a new experience for me and I loved it so much that I am planning to take a similar trip in the near future.
Rated : 4.0
Maccchhhaaa! Whatte fun! Met some amazing people from B'lore and enjoyed every bit of the trekking experience. Be sure to carry good quality and new trekking shoes though, or teh cold might seep in!
Rated : 4.0
Woohoo! Epic trek, a little difficult than all the other treks I have done, but nonetheless beautiful. Had a great time!
Rated : 5.0
This was an expedition we went for when me and a few of my friends were visiting Sikkim. This trek not only taught us about ourselves but also brought all of us a lot closer together. I highly recommend to go for this trek if you are on a holiday with friends. But one needs to consult a physician before going on this trek since it can get challenging after a point of time.
Rated : 5.0
This was a trek that we enjoyed to the maximum with all our adventure buddies this spring!!! It was tiring but worth it. Sikkim is really a beautiful place. It is quite different from the places I have been to. The trek was a good experience. It was a long vacation and I enjoyed every part of it.
Rated : 5.0
I was searching for a Himalayan trek and then one of my friends suggested me the Goecha La trek. After I tried booking with a handful of vendors, I got to know about this particular vendor and found it very easy to book the trek with them. After I arrived Bagdogra Airport, I was guided to Yuksom and started the trek on the next day. From day 02 to day 10, it was total thrill and adventure on the Goechla trek route. The views of the Himalayas were amazing. But yeah, this trek is definitely for the beginners. Trekkers should have some prior experience of trekking before joining this trek.
What is the best time to go?
There are two best seasons to go for the Sandakphu trek. The first season is from March to June and the second season is after the monsoon starting from September to November. The time for monsoon is from July to August, which is not the good time to visit Goecha La.
Which trek is better- Sandakphu or Goecha La?
Enriched with a good number of topography, Goecha La trek is a little more challenging with a maximum heights of up to 5200 m as compared to the Sandakphu trek with the heights of up to 3636 m only from the mean sea level. Moreover, during your trek in Sandakphu, you get the 270 degree view of the Himalayan ranges, on the other hand, Goecha La trek presents the view of only the Mt. Kanchenjunga. Talking about the connectivity over the phone, in a few places you can have the mobile signals during the Sandakphu Trek, but in the Goecha La trek you will be totally isolated from the outer world. So, it is totally up to you and your experience and skill level, which trek you want to go for.
Which type of shoes should I carry?
Please do not carry the normal sports shoes. As you need the good traction during the trek, shoes from Woodland or Forclaz 500 is a recommended choice.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner and safe drinking water is provided throughout the trek.
How much weight will I have to carry?
It is advisable to carry a 6L backpack, weight to be carried will depend on your requirements and capacity.
Will there be mobile connectivity?
No, there is no mobile connectivity during the trek.
How cold does it really get on the trek?
The temperature varies and depends upon the month you are going for the trek. So, if you are going for the trek in May, June, the day temperature will be in the range of 15 to 25 degrees and during the night it will be between 8 to 15 degrees. On the other hand, if you are going for the trek during the months of September and October, the day temperature will be between 13 and 20 degrees and the temperature during the night will be between 2 and 17 degrees.
What about first aid and medicines?
First aid kit and all the necessary medications will be provided during the trek.
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