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GOECHALA TREK

The Goecha La Trek is one of the most picturesque trails in the Himalayas that takes us up-close for a spectacular view of the mighty Kanchenjunga amidst a majestic panorama of the Himalayas. The enchanting walk through the Tshoka Rhododenderon forests, the vast Dzongri and Thansing meadows, the startling blue waters of Samiti lake, the looming presence of Kanchejunga and Pandim, the icy trail to Goechala make this trek a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience!

Tour duration: 12 Days 11 Nights


Tour Highlights:
Best Months: April, May, June, September, October Tour Program:

Day

Trip Details

1

On arrival at New Jalpaiguri Rly station/ Bagdogra Airport, you will be received by our representative and commuted to the beautiful hill Gangtok in Sikkim along the river Teesta( 4 – 5 hours).  Overnight stay in Hotel in Gangtok. 

2

Gangtok-Yuksom
After breakfast, we shall drive to Yuksom
, the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD (6 hours) via Ravangla. Enroute, we shall visit Temis Tea Gardens and Phamrong waterfalls. Overnight stay in Hotel in Yuksom.

3

TREK BEGINS:  Yuksom (5,700 feet) to Sachen (7,200 feet)  9 kms/5 hours

After an early breakfast we start our trek through dense forests and mountain streams. For about 3 hours, the trail is highly undulating with a very gentle rise in altitude till one reaches the third bridge. Half an hour before the third bridge is Sachen, a place where grazers sometime stay.  Overnight camp at Sachen.

4

Sachen (7,200 feet) – Tshoka (9,650 feet) via Bhakim (8,636 ft)  6 kms/ 4 hours

The trail is a continuous steep climb before one reaches Bakhim. The area around Bakhim is a good place for bird watching. A steep uphill climb of 2 hours till we reach Tsokha, where we spend the night.  Overnight camp at Tshokha

5

Tshokha 9,689 ft to Dzongri 12,981 ft via Phedang 12,068 ft  8 kms/6 hours

The climb up to Phedang is gentle, through wooden logs, which are placed for the easy accessibility of the Dzos (pack animals). One can see the transition from the coniferous to the Rhodendron forests as one proceeds along this trail. This is one of the best trails for bird watching. With beautiful brilliantly colored Fire tailed Sunbird flitting around in almost all the Rhododendrons. The trail from Phedang to Dzongri starts off with a more or less flat walk for about an hour followed by half an hour of relatively steep climb and then finally half an hour climb down through an undulating and winding trail. The last half an hour is through sparse vegetation. A day of uphill walks through lush rhododendron & fir forests. Dzongri commands a panoramic view of the snow capped mountain peaks. 

6

Dzongri 12,981 ft  to Dzongri top 13,676 ft.

A walk to Dabla Khang( DzongriTop) in the wee hours of the morning provides one of the most magnificent view of the mountains and the whole range of the peaks can be seen.
Acclimatization here is must for further ascending trekkers. Overnight stay in a tent.

7

 Dzongri to Thansing 12,894 ft via Kokchurang (12,096 ft)  5 kms/5 hours

Trek from Dzongri to Thangsing takes about approx 4hrs after walking through the bushes and hedges. The walk through the Dzongri meadows in the lap of the mighty mountains is as breathtaking as the view from Dzongri top. Overnight Camp at Thansing.

8

Thansing 12,894 ft to Lamuney 13,600 ft.  4 kms/3 hours

Today’s walk is fairly short to give you plenty of opportunity to rest before tomorrow’s big day. You begin by continuing your walk parallel to the Prek Chu River. Sacred Samiti Lake on the opposite side is a beautiful emerald green lake nestled in the midst of brightly colored wind-torn prayer flags. Overnight Camping at Lamuney.

9

Lamuney 13,600 ft to Goecha La then back to Kokchrung

Early morning 3 am, we shall begin our trek to Goechala behind the Samiti Lake. A bit more of a climb and you reach the sunrise or the first view point of Goechala in less than two hours from Lamuney. Spend a few moments here before starting your descent to Zemathang. Zemathang is a sand bed covered with snow and gravel. From Zemathang Goechala is a climb of  about one and a half hours. We can enjoy the amazing and spectacular views of the east flank of Khangchendzonga.

Later, we retrace our way back to Lamuney and continue our trek to Kokchrung for overnight stay. Overnight Camping at Kokchrung.

10

Kokchrung to Tshokha via Phedang.  6 - 7 hours

Leaving Kokchrung, you take a different route, avoiding the long climb to the Dzongri Plateau. Descending to the Prek Chu, you contour around jungle to emerge at Phedang. Overnight Camping at Tshokha.

11

Tshokha to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen  16 kms/6 hours

Retrace your way from Tshoka to Yuksom. Its much faster and easier than your trek up. Sachen comes up quickly being a pure descent. From Sachen the trail goes up and down generally losing altitude. We shall get back to our Trekking Starting point at Yuksom. END OF TREK.

12

After breakfast, drive to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Railway Station (6 - 7 hours) for your onward journey with memories of a lifetime!

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