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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 ...
If you feel hesitant to go for this trek, I suggest you to watch the Goecha La Trek video once. Swear on the holy lord, you won't get such amazing view...
About the Destination:
Goecha La is a tiny place located in Sikkim, and Goecha La trek is a dream and desire for hundreds of adventure lovers throughout the country. Entangled amidst vibrant and colourful flora and fauna, it is also the way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park to dive into the natural beauty. It is not about Kanchenjunga alone but the combination of other big summits around it makes Goechala Trek an absolute adventure to many and it is a great pleasure to watch these summits from the landscapes filled with exotic flowers and immensely attractive meadows and forests.
To watch the mountains clearly, you should visit Goechala during October to November since the sky will be completely clear during this time and the sunset, as well as sunrise views, would be perfect. But the cold climate that welcoming winter season would be a bit tough but still it is considered to be the suitable time to enjoy the snow-clad peaks without restraints. The altitude Goechala is posing before the trekkers is 4940 meters and that is the best reason for gathering trekkers from all over the world to the small state of Sikkim.
About the trek:
You are happily invited to take part in an 11-day trek to Goechala to watch the mighty Kanchenjunga closer to your eyes alongside the best Himalayan peaks in the region. The trek begins with your arrival at Bagdogra Airport or NJP railway station. Yuksom is where you will stay on the first night and from there, the exciting trek to Goechala commences. Teesta River and the uphill drive to cross a bridge in Legship will be an irreplaceable act of happiness. Yuksom to Sachen covering Rathong River, Paha Khola Bridge and lush green forests will be the most happening route of the trek until you reach Tshoka that is undoubtedly beautiful with the presence of Prek Chu River, Viburnum Plantations and many more scenic visuals.
Tshokha to Phedang will take you to experience the cuddling features of thick rhododendron forests whereas Dzongri will be offering you the best views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kanchenjunga and Pandim which are the towering peaks in the Himalayas. Thangshing would be waiting for you with multiple prayer flags, chortens, and the abnormally beautiful views of the Pandim Peak along with the gushing sounds of Prek Chu River. Climbing uphill through the moraines, to reach the Samiti Lake and the Zemathang Plateau which are the gateways to Goechala. Capture all the possible moments overwhelmingly beautified by the sights of Kanchenjunga and other major peaks touching the white clouds above and complete your trek on the 11th day after returning to Yuksom and from there to Bagdogra.
The two major things you should do before the start of the trek are making an entry at the police station with submitting a photo identity proof copies and paying the permit fees at the forest check post. Also, the camera charges would be additional but you can get this done with the help of your trek leader by paying the amount.
Trekking Distance: 90 Km
Maximum Altitude: 16,200ft
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Sankri
Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest railway station, which is 150 km away from Yuksom
Airport: Bagdogra Airport which is 170 Kms from Yuksom
Base Camp: Yuksom (10 hrs drive from Dehradun)
ATM: Jorethong which is one the way Yuksom thas the last ATM point before your trek begins.
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.
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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 : 5.0
If you feel hesitant to go for this trek, I suggest you to watch the Goecha La Trek video once. Swear on the holy lord, you won't get such amazing views of the Himalayas in any other trek. Also, the cost for Goechala trek offered by Thrillophilia is way reasonable than other vendors. They also offer nice and skilled guides for the entire trek. Join with them and you can enjoy the entire trek without any worries.
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
Seriously, if you want to explore the hills and mountains of the North-East, this trek is the best of all. Heard a lot about the beauty of this region but was never been there before this trek. And trust me, the high passes, awesome views of the Himalayan range and the challenges during the trek are the best part of the trek.
Rated : 5.0
This trek was purely fun for the eleven days. Not even for a single moment, we felt dull! Amazing terrains, beautiful destinations and the unbelievable views of the Himalayas...simply above everything.
Rated : 5.0
Great place, fresh air, cool breezy, snowy mountains. There are no words that can define this trek. Sikkim and all the other neighboring north est states are damn beautiful. I'm certainly gonna opt for a backpacking trip pretty soon. Hope it will be as fun as this one.
Rated : 5.0
Get set for the Goechala trek! It's simply one of the best you can experience in Sikkim. Moreover the Goechala Trek cost goes smooth with your wallet. And also, the quality of service and arrangements they provide are really beyond what we actually paid for the trek.
Rated : 5.0
One thing about the Goechala Trek I will never forget is its beauty all around. Seems like the whole of the world in here. From the beginning to the end, you will never ever wish the trek to come to an end. Moreover, with the kind of arrangements that was made for our group, I can spend my whole life within the Goechala trek map.
Rated : 5.0
Lovely experience. Had a wonderful time. I get my required peace only through trekking and I still can't believe I missed such an amazing place in my list. Great place...Had a completely refreshing experience. All the group members were really great. Amazing is one word to describe my experience.
Rated : 5.0
The way you move on the Goecha La trek makes it an unforgettable trek for your life. I was fortunate enough to get a slot on this trek at the last moment. Though it was my last trek of 2014, its charm and thrill is still fresh in my mind. Among all the days, the eighth day was most adventurous as I was passing through Goecha La at around 16000 feet. Those views, terrains and the walks through forests made the trek even more adventurous.
What is the best time to go for Goecha La trek?
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 trek or Goecha La trek?
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 on Goecha La trek?
No, there is no mobile connectivity during the trek. You will get mobile network in Jorethong which is one the way to Yuksom. After Jorethong you won't get the signals, so make all your important call at Jorethong.
How is the weather on Goecha La 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.
What type of accommodation will be there on this Trek?
Keeping in mind the terrain and the temperature, the most suitable and comfortable accommodation to expect will be make-shift kind of tents for easy mobility. The tents will be well built in order to assure you a comfortable and a sound stay. The tents are made from sustainable materials to withstand all weather types and insects which are found in the upper terrains. Also, you will stay in guest house.
How do we reach Yuksom?
We Begin the journey to this wonderful trek by capturing the mesmerizing views of the Himalayas while driving from Bagdogra Airport/NJP to Yuksom. The drive will include the scenic sighting of the gushing Teesta River and it will continue uphill. Further you will be crossing a bridge in Legship to reach Yuksom. Did I mention ? Yuksom is as beautiful. The entire journey to Yuksom will mark lot of snow capped mountains and some amazing views for the photographer in you.
Is there a lot of snow on this trek? How much time we'll be walking in snow?
No, during the accumulation of snow during early winters the trek roads are closed in order to maintain the safety of the adventure enthusiasts. So, one wouldn't be definitely walking on snow. Further, the area gets highly tensed during peak snow falls, hence treks are canceled in such cases.
Can we consume alcohol if it's really cold during the trek?
Taking in consideration the policies and rules of any trekking companies, consumption of alcohol or any other form of intoxicants is strictly prohibited. Due to the intense cold, we’d definitely understand your craving but it's our duty as an individual to maintain the decorum of the place.
What will be the distance covered each day on Goechala Trek?
With a total trekking distance of 90km, the adventure enthusiasts generally trek up to 6-7 hours per day for a stretch of approx 8 days. This is maintained in order to ensure a good trek experience.
What is the minimum age required to do Goechala Trek?
The minimum age to take this trek is 13 years and the maximum age solely varies on one's physical and mental state.
Is it safe for girls to do Goecha La trek?
Yes, the trek, be it girls or boys are advised to be only taken in groups to ensure safety. Hence as long as you are in a group accompanied by an instructor, it doesn't matter you are a girl or boy. You are good to go for the trek.
Does the temperature goes negative on Goechala Trek? How to handle this situation?
Yes, the temperature does drop to negative sometimes at the goechala trek. The easiest way to Tackle such a situation is to ensure that you carry proper Woolens and steady ankle length shoes for the trek to ensure proper safety of in case the temperature drops vividly. Further, the adventure companies and the instructors will always have the basic first aids and other necessary things. You can sit back and stop thinking about the same.
What all I must pack for the trek ?
Warm and comfortable clothes * Good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks * Sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturizers * Water bottles, trendy backpack and energy bars/snacks * A pair of sunglasses and camera * Caps or hats * Personal toiletries and basic medication (if any) * Flashlight (with spare batteries) * Insect repellent and emergency medical kit * Anything else you may need, we may not know. Have a mind check. Don't forget to pack your sanity.
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