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Aagam Rana

5.0

The Trek To Rathong Glacier In Sikkim is a special, novel, and unique experience that I am excited and happy about sharing with you all. I remember reading about the famous treks in India in a travel blog and places like Gangotri, Kilimanjaro, Rathong were listed. I used to wonder what is so great about this place that most of the magazines gave such rave reviews about. When I saw the images of this place, I realized what a beauty this place indeed is. I since then have this place in my wish list of treks to take. I, however, did not find time or a perfect trek partner to go on this trek with. Finally when I did happen to take this trek, I was spell bound by the beauty of this trek. This place is beyond words – Absolute Brilliance and Class.

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Bala Talwar

5.0

Sikkim is one of the most beautiful places on earth. This is also a trekking paradise for those who are into this adventure. Among the various trekking destinations in Sikkim, Goechala Trek To Rathong Glacier In Sikkim is the best and well known trekking destination. It is such a beauty. Trekking here is such a brilliant experience. I had a great trek. I am so glad that I was able to take this trek. I loved it.

Overview

About the Destination:

Presented on a platter of beauty in Sikkim is the Goecha La Pass, which boasts of striking mounting peaks and merry streams that wander through the pastures. The terrains are rich with rampant beauties of nature and will take you through numerous hamlets like Yuksom, which was once the capital of Sikkim and experience the town’s impeccable hospitality. The trail will finally take you to Dzongri Peak, where you can relish the exquisite sight of the Pandim and Kanchenjunga Peaks.

Goechala Pass,that stands at a majestic height of 16,000ft will surely bewitch you with its mesmerizing views of the south-eastern façade of the Kanchenjunga. If you plan to head for a Goechla Trek to Rathong glacier, you will find that the trail passes through dense forests and pretty meadows, finally going through ice and is in itself, a destination of immense peace and beauty!

About the Departure with Details:

The Goechala Trekking experienceand Rathong Glacier mission begins with your arrival in NJP, from where you will drive down to the beautiful basecamp of Yuksom. This adrenaline-charged Goecha La trekking expedition takes you through the exciting beauty of Yuksam and Tshokha while striding onwards towards Dzongri and Lamuney. Enjoy quiet nights in camps amidst the charming serenity and embark on a trek will lead you to experience nature in its simplicity

Pass through the silvery Rathong Glacier that stands at 4,600m and let yourself be lost in a romantic trekking trail at Sikkim. Breathe in the crisp mountain air, meet the fascinating people, witness their distinctive culture and explore the mesmerising trail that leads you to a paradise of sorts!

Meal Types: Vegetarian Food

Activities: Trekking, Camping

Duration: 11N/12D

Total Trekking Distance: 110 KMS

Maximum Altitude: 4950 m

Temperature Range: 15 – 25 Degrees (Daytime), 3 – -2 Degrees (Night)

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Drive from Yuksam – NJP (Drive/5 – 6 Hours)

    Departure, Scenic Drives, Trek Ends Here.

    Today, your Goecha La trek comes to an end where you will be dropped at the NJP Railway Station to board your train. From here, you can travel to your onward destination and let the snowy terrains of Sikkim warm your heart.

  • Day 2 - Trekking from Yuksam to Tshoka (3,000m) (via Sachan and Bhakim)

    5 – 6 hours Trek, Hanging Bridge, Rathong River

    As the morning arrives, begin the first leg of hiking towards Sachan. The exquisite trails will take you through green meadows and dense forests. Arrive in Sachan and appreciate a hot lunch amidst nature. Post this break, you will continue trekking and come across a hanging bridge, which will bring you to the remarkable locale of Bhakim. Sip on some hot tea and continue the hike towards Tshoka. Reach here by late evening and retire for the night after the exhausting day.

  • Day 3 - Trekking from Tshoka to Dzongri (3,950m)

    5 – 6 Hours Trek, Phedand, Rhododendron Forests, Steep Climb, Trekker Huts

    Wake up to a bright morning and begin the day’s trek towards Dzongri. Make a pit stop at the picturesque Phedand, which stands at an altitude of 3,500m where you will have a filling lunch. The trails here will take you through an initial steep hike before you encounter dense Rhododendron forests.  Eventually, you will arrive in the fascinating locale of Dzongri where you will retire for the night in your tents or trekker huts.

  • Day 4 - Trekking from Dzongri to Lamuney (4,200m) via Thangsing (4100 m)

    7- 8 Hours Trek, Sunrise View

    Today marks a beautiful morning where you will wake up early before sunrise at 430 AM and begin your ascend to the Daplagang Point at Dzongri Top. Witness a beautiful sunrise on the way nd enjoy nature amidst the exquisite Tibetan prayer flags that fluster in the breeze. Head back to the camp and commence your trekking to Thangsing, which stands at 4,100m. Traverse picturesque meadows and mountain ridges to reach your campsite at Lamuney, retire into the tents here for the night.

  • Day 5 - Trekking from Lamuney  to Goecha La (4,950m) via Thangsing (4,100m)

    7- 8 Hours Trek, Mountain Summit, Thangsing Valley, Kanchenjunga and Pandim Peaks

    An extraordinary day of trekking commences early at 4 AM today from the campsite at Lamuney. Enjoy tea and breakfast before dawn breaks and begin your climb towards Goecha La. Stunning summits with gurgling streams that pour through stretch of green paddocks is the definitive way to describe Goechala. Arrive to view this fairy tale land to experience it in the fullest! Head back to camp for lunch and then out to the striking valley of Thangsing, which holds pristine meadows with the backdrops of Kanchenjunga and Pandim Peaks. Check into the tents or local huts here for an overnight stay.

  • Day 6 - Trekking from Thangsing to Dzongri (3,950m)

    2- 3 Hours Trek, Easy Descend, Rest Day

    A fairly relaxed day ensues where you can enjoy the charms of nature as you head to Dzongri from Thangsing. Reach Dzongri and have a chilled out day after lunch. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or wandering in Dzongri. Retire for the night into your tents.

  • Day 7 - Trekking from Dzongri to HMI Base Camp (4,400m)

     3-4 Hours Trek, Easy Descend

    On this day, gear up with a filling breakfast and begin your hike towards the HMI Base Camp. On arrival, open the doors to your tents and unwind amidst the pristine beauty of nature.

  • Day 8 - Acclimatization Day at HMI Base Camp – Trek to Rathong Glacier (4,600m)

    3 Hours Trek, Rathong Glacier, Kanchenjunga Peak, Pristine Valleys

    Today is the exciting day where you get to finally visit the Rathong Glacier! Begin your hike towards the elevation of 4,600m while encountering the beautiful views of Kanchenjunga and other peaks on the way. Enjoy the exquisite views at the Glacier and spend time in the tranquil resonance of nature. Descend back to the camp where you will have lunch and relax for the rest of the day; overnight in the camp

  • Day 9 - Trekking from HMI Base Camp to Dzongri (3,950m)

    3-4 Hours Trek, Easy Descend, Nature Walk

    After enjoying nature’s serenity, prepare to trace your steps back to Dzongri. On arrival, you will be welcomed at the campsite, where you will retire into your tents for an overnight stay.

Other Inclusions

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  • Meals and beverages as described
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  • Dome or Alpine shaped trekking tents on double accommodation
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  • Camping mattresses, camping stool, table, kitchen tent
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  • Trek guides, cook, kitchen team and their charges
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  • Mountain guide, mules, tents for camping
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  • Khangchendzonga National Park fees
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  • Sikkim royalty and other services as necessary
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  • All trekking equipment and permit charges
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  • Porter charges and Yaks
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  • First aid and medical kits for group

Things To Carry

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  • Comfortable and trekking clothes: tracks, raincoats, tee-shirts
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  • Wind-cheaters, Jackets and pullovers
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  • Flashlight with extra batteries
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  • Personal medication
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  • Trekking shoes, a pair of slippers for the night, extra pair of socks
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  • Sunglasses, caps or hats, sunscreen lotion and insect repellents
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  • Personal toiletries
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  • Water bottles, backpack with plastic lining, daypack

Advisory

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  • Wear shoes till your ankles to cover properly
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  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes contrast from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
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  • While trekking, tuck-in your tracks into the socks
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  • Wear a double layered socks to avoid direct contact of leeches during the trek
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  • Do not wear tight-fitted clothes as they might hinder with your movement during the trek.
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  • Do not carry valuables like jewellery or expensive electronics.
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  • Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek.
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  • The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not litter the local sites or campsites.
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  • Consumption of alcohol/drugs and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited
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  • Usages of plastic bags are strictly prohibited during the trek.
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  • Avoid using earphones, as you might not be able to follow up the instructions from the trek guides or the instructors.
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    Story by Aagam Rana

     Rated : 5.0

    The Trek To Rathong Glacier In Sikkim is a special, novel, and unique experience that I am excited and happy about sharing with you all. I remember reading about the famous treks in India in a travel blog and places like Gangotri, Kilimanjaro, Rathong were listed. I used to wonder what is so great about this place that most of the magazines gave such rave reviews about. When I saw the images of this place, I realized what a beauty this place indeed is. I since then have this place in my wish list of treks to take. I, however, did not find time or a perfect trek partner to go on this trek with. Finally when I did happen to take this trek, I was spell bound by the beauty of this trek. This place is beyond words – Absolute Brilliance and Class.

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    Story by Bala Talwar

     Rated : 5.0

    Sikkim is one of the most beautiful places on earth. This is also a trekking paradise for those who are into this adventure. Among the various trekking destinations in Sikkim, Goechala Trek To Rathong Glacier In Sikkim is the best and well known trekking destination. It is such a beauty. Trekking here is such a brilliant experience. I had a great trek. I am so glad that I was able to take this trek. I loved it.

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    Story by Samir Varman

     Rated : 4.0

    The Trek To Rathong Glacier In Sikkim was sheer brilliance. It was very much enjoyable and interesting. We had a fabulous time during the journey as well as in the trek. The weather was good and supportive despite what many call it as pretty cold, I was fine with the weather, Sikkim can get colder than this. The trekking was quite difficult and challenging though. Even for us who were into trekking for 2 years now, it was quite tough. Of course there were few professional trekkers who did do this trek with ease as they were into trekking more frequently and as a serious hobby, and they did share a lot of tips, and shared their tricks for a comfortable and safe trekking and mountaineering experience. I enjoyed the experience. I am so glad. Also, this trek was not that costly and it was in fact very inexpensive and nice. I loved this trek. I so recommend this.

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    Story by Jai Pandey

     Rated : 4.0

    I had a really great trek here in Sikkim. I came here for a trekking experience with my friends. It was something that we wanted to take a long time, but it kept on being postponed, and finally when we did take it, it was an awesome experience. I totally loved it. It is very fruitful and great experience. We had an amazing trek here. The climate is so cold and great. This was my first long trek and I totally enjoyed it.

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    Story by Suma Kocchar

     Rated : 4.0

    Sometimes, a long vacation is all you need to take when you need to feel rejuvenated. I took this trek recently and it was definitely the best trek ever. I so enjoyed it. It was an awesome experience. I so loved it. It was such a down to earth experience. Seeing the great hills, mountains, and the glaciers, we see the beauty and power of nature. It was just an awesome experience. I so loved it. Finally, completing the trek was such a proud and happy event.

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    Story by Avadhesh Kapoor

     Rated : 4.0

    Sikkim is a place of complete fun. It has a lot of amazing treks to take. This is my personal favourite. Being a trekking regular, I keep trying various treks, and this trek is something that I have tried thrice now. It is truly an interesting and a great experience. I loved it completely. Being an avid trekker, I can vouch for this trek to give you an amazing trek experience. It is totally worth it. Do try this trek.

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    Story by Durgeshwari Deshpande

     Rated : 4.0

    My friends and I took this trek very recently, and it was an awesome experience. We totally loved it. It was not every day we get to see such beautiful lakes and glaciers in a natural set up. We had total fun. I enjoyed the trek completely. This is such a nice and a great experience that everyone should experience at least once in life. This place is quite cold, and without proper winter clothing and high cold endurance, it might get difficult to trek here. But trust me, it's really worth.

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    Story by Girindra Sethi

     Rated : 4.0

    Awesome trek: This trek is an amazing experience. It was totally worth it. I loved it totally. One must try to know the beauty of this trek. Else, it is pretty tough to explain in words on how beautiful this trek is or can be. Also, this trek is very inexpensive for the fact that this is a long trek. The only drawback though being the inexplicably high flight charges.

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    Story by Deven Naik

     Rated : 4.0

    Sikkim is such a beautiful place. However, I always thought that this place was only about sightseeing until recently when I saw this trek deal and took it. It was such a nice experience. I totally loved the trek, and it was a great experience. It was a completely fruitful experience.

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    Story by Girja Nayar

     Rated : 4.0

    The trekking here was great. The planning and organization of this trek was fine

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