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If you want to live a Himalayan trekking experience to the fullest, attempt the Goecha la Trekking in Sikkim. For, it takes you on a fulfilling and rich journey that has you capture the Himalayan framework like no other trek. Originating from the historic Yuksom settlement (1,780m), the trail ascends to pass through really old rhododendron forests to land at clearings formed by high altitude alpine meadows.
With the incredible view of the Kangchanjunga, the highlight of this experience is the Goechala Pass (4,940m) from where the second tallest Himalayan peak seems just an arm’s distance away.
Just right for a seasoned trekker, the Goechala trek in Sikkim puts forth challenges of subtropical bamboo forests, luxuriant ferns, and dense forests of oak to eventually open vistas that provide uninterrupted views of the Kanchenjunga.
Arrival at Yuksom
Arrive in the hill state of Sikkim after a drive for around 6 hours from New Jaipaiguri Railway Station. Yuksom is the erstwhile historic capital of Sikkim is a beautiful place. Stay overnight.
Sachen - Tshoka (9,650 feet) (Trek/ 3.5 -4hrs)
Today’s trek would gain altitude as you trek from Sachen to Tshoka. Along the way, cross the bridge over River Perk. Spot the multi-coloured prayer flag ahead of the trail, which confirms the start of the Goechala trek. Forests of oak and rhododendron are part of your trail. Stop by at the forest rest house at Bakhim to observe the grand view of the Yuksom Valley. Trek for another hour to reach Tshoka, which is your halt for the night.
Tshoka - Dzongri (12,980 feet) via Phedang (12,050 feet) (Trek/ 6hrs)
Continue with the routine of exercise followed by breakfast. Today is marked with steep climbs all along the trail. Rhododendron forests by now are atypical feature of this region. The trail to Phedang is well laid with wooden logs. Phedang is a stop over for lunch. From here, continue towards Dzongri. Be watchful of high altitude climate, which could cause headaches. Arrive at Dzongri. Camp for the night here.
Dzongri - Thansing via Kockchurang (12096ft) (Trek/ 5-6hrs)
From Dzongri, you’ll move ahead to catch a glimpse of Pandim peak along the Goechala Pass that looms above the Prek Valley. The major attractions along the trail are the hanging glaciers, snowfields, and immensely pleasurable views of the alpine valley. From Dzongri, after a series of cairns above the Prek Valley. A steep descent through rhododendron forests leads to a trail towards the meadows of Thansing, after having crossed the boulder strewn river bed of the Prek. Overnight stay at Thansing.
Thansing (12894ft) - Lamuney (13,693ft) (Trek/ 4.2kms/ 2hrs)
After breakfast begin a 2hour climb up the valley to Samiti Lake, the sacred source of the Prek River. After crossing a meadow brimming with wildflowers, carry the multi-hued palette up until Zemathang and Onglakhing Glacier, which are developed as the base camp to scale Pandim. From here, you can also climb up the moraine to Samiti Lake (4,200m). Return to the base camp.
Lamuney to Goechala (16,000ft) and back to Kockchurang
Revel in the marvelous view of the Kanchenjunga as it rises above the Talung Glacier. Befriend mist and cloud as you etch your way further through the Goechala Pass. Head along the far side of the lake, before crossing the Onglakhing Glacier. Arrive at Goechala, which is distinctly marked with colourful prayer flags against the backdrop of the Kanchenjunga. Lead the same trek towards Lamuney and then move forwards to reach the destination for the day, Kockchurang. Overnight stay by the river side/ trekker hut.
Trek from Kokchurang to Tshoka via Phedang
After breakfast, you’ll trek from Kockchurang back to Tshoka via Phedang following the same trail as the onward journey.
Trek from Tshoka to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen
Retrace your steps back to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen. Overnight at Yuksom. Following morning, post breakfast, drive back to New Jalpaiguri.
Arrive at New Jalpaiguri
Take a journey back to your home land with a bag full of memories of an adventurous trek.
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Rated : 5.0
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.
Rated : 5.0
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.
Rated : 4.0
If I had to describe my experience of trekking in Goecha-la in a word, it would be incredible. Only after going to this trek you will realize what beauty of the Himalayas really consists of. Snow, cotton candy clouds and a trek that helped me appreciate this to the fullest extent. It was like a gift from me to me. The organisers were extremely professional and took care of every little need. However, I would recommend this only for the experienced trekkers as the trail can get quite difficult at times. The world from 12000 feet is a wholly new experience!
Rated : 5.0
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.
Rated : 5.0
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.
Rated : 5.0
To do or not to do was the first thought in my mind when I heard about the Goechala trek. I mean 11 days (9 days of trekking) and that too with such difficulty level was the nut to crack. But after joining the trek, I really found it as one of the must do treks in the country. From Yuksom to Tshoka, it was just a wow experience. Every day in the trek was more enthralling than the previous day. Amazing experience in the Indian Himalayas!
Rated : 5.0
Pretty challenging trek and I am a professional trekking enthusiast who practically does this for a living. Slippery at times, but the trek will leave you satisfied and energized, maybe more than you have ever felt in your life. Really enjoyed our experience here and we will definitely make it happen again.
Rated : 5.0
The trek from Kokchurang to Tshoka had us on a mountain for almost a whole day as we slipped, trekked and trudged along those huge mountains. We had all our gears strapped on tight as us mountaineers made way for the top of the mountains. We headed up to several peaks while we were here and it was our trek to Sachen that made me really proud to be part of this challenge.
Rated : 5.0
We had so much fun on this trek as we were all a group p of trekking enthusiasts from different parts of the city who connected on Facebook and decided to go on the trek. The Goecha trekking experience was beyond anything. We had seen the Goecha la trek video but nothing couyld have prepared us for the real deal.
Rated : 5.0
Well, Goechala trek is not for everyone. Only a trekker with enough trekking experiences should go for it; this is what I realised after covering this 11 days Goechala trek map. Though it is one of the challenging treks in India, you will definitely enjoy every moment while on it. The Himalayas comes alive in this trek.
What is the best time to go?
The best time to visit the Indrahar pass trek is between mid May to June and September to mid October. You can visit this trek in other months also, There will be snowfall between January to March and rainfall between July to August. Challenge yourself by visiting this trek any time.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
This trek requires an average level of fitness, high levels of stamina and notable physical and mental preparation. Take part in a few easier treks before the Indrahar Pass Trek to get the hang of it.
What if I'm unable to complete the trek?
Most of the trekkers complete Indrahar Pass trek as it’s a fairly easy to moderate trek, including first-time trekkers. But, if you don’t it is nothing to be ashamed of. Safety and health are of utmost priority and no one will be pushed beyond their limits. It may sound surprising, but at times even experienced trekkers fail to complete their expeditions
What clothing or equipment should I carry?
Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.
Which type of shoes should I carry?
Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from usong sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your Indrahar Pass Trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.
How much weight will I have to carry?
A 60 Ltr backpack is advisable to carry but amount of weight to be carried depends on your requirements and capacity. All personal luggage is supposed to be carried by on your own. Porters and mules can be arranged for an extra cost of 250 INR.
What about first aid and medicines?
It’s always advisable to carry a personal first aid kit and medicine kit to be prepared. Although trek leaders will be hands on in providing first aid it terms of an emergency.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
No, consumption of these substances are strictly prohibited.
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