Region :- Sikkim
Duration :- 11 Days
Grade :- Moderate To Difficult
Max Altitude :- 16,200 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 90 Kms.
Beside true natural beauty, Sikkim is the land that acquires the legendary chronicles in its kitty. It has steep mountainside and development of mystified vegetation like cactus, orange trees, oak, and orchids, makes the travelers amazed by the wilderness of the nature. Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world, holds such astonishing exquisiteness that constantly changes with the sun-light. A cloud of snow always drapes its peak and proffers an astounding sight to the spectators. This is why Trekking in Sikkim is considered as the Mecca for trekkers.
Unlike trekking in any other part of Himalayan mountain range, trekking in Northeast is very unusual. Trekkers are usually stunned by the dissimilarity of the mountains, the tracks, the culture and people from the other parts of the country and; therefore, Goechala trek is compulsory for every trekker. Goechala Trek in Sikkim, because of its altitude of 4940m, attracts trekkers worldwide for its magnificent view of grand Kanchenjunga among an imperial vista of the other Himalayan Mountains.
The enthralling walk in the Tshoka Rhododendron forests, the mystifying blue waters of Samiti lake, the wide Dzongri and Thansing pastures, the menacing existence of Kanchejunga and Pandim and the frosty track; all make Goechala trek one of the most romantic trek of Himalayan range.
About the Trek
The duration of the trek is 10 days and provides the opportunity to experience the raw adventure of trekking in the dominion of gigantic mountain peaks looming directly above the trekkers when base camp is placed amid the sight of rumbling landslide and lofty mountain glaciers. The densest Rhododendron forest of India and the view of highest mountains in Himalayas are the highlights of the Goechala trek.
The trek commenced from Yuksom, the nice charming hill station, where the trekkers can stock up their provisions for trail. The first camp is set at Sachen at the outskirts of the River Prek, which is not seen but can hear the rushing sound of water from a distance.
In between Bakhim is the place where every trekker loves to stay for its spectacular view of Yuksom valley. Dzongri; the large grazing land is enclosed by the mighty peaks of Kanchenjunga range in all directions. Prekchu River from Kokchurang provides you to experience the cool breeze and crystal clear icy blue water. The Samiti Lake after Lamuney offers you the serene ambiance where you can watch mountain goats and blue birds at its shore. From Samiti Lake, the last destination is Goechala. You can return by reverse trek of Thansing to Tshokha, to Sachen To Yuksom and then finally NJP.
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Day 1 :- NJP to Yuksom 5,670 ft (6 hrs drive) (guest house)
Day 2 :- Yuksom 5,600 ft to Sachen 7,150 ft.
Day 3 :- Sachen 7,150 ft to Tshokha 9,700 ft via Bhakim 8,600 ft.
Day 4 :- Tshokha 9,700 ft to Dzongri 12,980 ft via Phedang 12,000 ft.
Day 5 :- Rest day in Dzongri.
Day 6 :- Dzongri 12,980 ft to Dzongri top 13,675 ft , then to Thansing 12,900 ft via Kokchurang (12,000 ft).
Day 7 :- Thansing 12,900 ft to Lamuney 13,600 ft.
Day 8 :- Lamuney 13,600 ft to Goecha La 16,000 f) via Samiti Lake 14,100 ft, then back to Thansing.
Day 9 :- Thansing to Tshokha via Phedang.
Day 10 :- Tshokha to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen.
Day 11 :- Leave Yuksom early morning and reach NJP by 4.00 - 5.00 pm.
Day 1: NJP to Yuksom 5,670 ft (6 hrs drive) (guest house)
A motorway of approx 5-6 hours from NJP.
Day 2: Yuksom 5,600 ft to Sachen 7,150 ft.
Many travelers like to cover the whole distance from Yuksom to Tshoka in a single day, but the idea is insane as at the end of the trip body looses all its stamina. So you wisely break it up to two parts. The first one is your destination for your day – Sachen located at 7200 feet above the sea level.
It is a climb walk of around 41/2 hours. The Goelcha La trek begins from behind the check post. After entering the V shaped valley, you will witness the Rathong River. The walk in the forest is about half an hour. After forest, you will see the first bridge on the Pha Khola. The trail towards the Pha Khola will take you in the dense forest with a gentle gradual climb. For approx 11/2 you have to walk in the forest and then you will meet the Tshushay Khola falls to your left. Continue your walk from the bridge made of iron. After this iron bridge, the trek climbs more intensely. Walking for around an hour, a cemented bridge will come made up on Mentogang Khola. Sachen is 20 minutes walking distance from this bridge. Here, you can rest and eat some good food.
Day 03: Sachen 7,150 ft to Tshokha 9,700 ft via Bhakim 8,600 ft.
It is a short trek of 4 hours but the altitude gain is noticeable. The trail of Sachen maintains an even attitude gain until after 2 hours you reach on the bridge over Prek River. The path goes from the left of the bridge with a quick climb into the forest of mixed oak. Walking into the forest for half an hour, you will see the signs of Rhododendrons. An half an hour more walk will take you to Bakhim. Bakhim provides the magnificent view of Yuksom valley. Here you can take some rest and can continue your journey to Tshoka. From here, the trail climbs with the sequence of long switchbacks, after 40 minutes the trek drops around a ridge and continues to the other side of the hill. Long Rhododendron trees make the trail dark for good 10 minutes. And suddenly, you will find yourself standing on the plateau in front of trekkers' hut of Tshoka.
Day 04: Tshokha 9,700 ft to Dzongri 12,980 ft via Phedang 12,000 ft.
It is the good walk for 6 hours and presumed as a highlight of the complete Goecha La trek. This day the trail begins with a quick sharp climb. After climbing for 30 minutes, the trail changes to one paved over wooden logs. Phedang is at the 12,000 feet with the clear view of snow clad mountains. The trail bifurcates and one side goes to Kockchurang. The trail from here starts to gain altitude. It is a ridge climb so the sides of the hills keep switching. After reaching to the highest point, the trail descends towards Dzongri. Dzongri is a big pasture field surrounded by Kanchenjunga range from all sides. Dzongri top is the two hill climb from the base of Dzongri.
Day 5: Rest day in Dzongri.
The trekking points start but copiously will divert to the highest point and you can see verdict greenery ambiance. Goechala Trekking is full of high rocks which can make your path very hefty and you will spot a number of valleys near the village area. The route is not well marked specially for the beginner trekker but a vigilant look will offer you with the sight of small pebbles which will make your track some difficult. Then also you will feel the great adventure living in cold weather in base camp and enjoying the moist temperature. The 5th day you will stay in base camp and will take rest and cold wind make you feel special and mesmerize you. A luscious dinner will pamper your taste buds after hectic long hours.
Day 06: Dzongri 12,980 ft to Dzongri top 13,675 ft , then to Thansing 12,900 ft via Kokchurang (12,000 ft).
It is a 5-6 hour mixed walk where you descend from Dzongri to Kockchurang and then climb 1000 feet to Thansing. The trail from Dzongri descends through the Rhododendron shrubs to grass fields. This undulating drop continues for 2 hours. Afterwards you will find Rhododendron forest full with beautiful colored birds. At the end of the descent, Kockchurang will appear from nowhere. The trail follows from Kockchurang to the bridge over Prekchu River. The distance from bridge to Thansing is around 2 km. in the middle of the path the forest turns into a landscape barren and rocky. Thansing is situated at the end of the climb.
Day 07: Thansing 12,900 ft to Lamuney 13,600 ft.
It is the easiest walk of entire trekking. Walking through the meadows gets you closer to the Goelcha La. The meadows get rockier as you move forward. The flat meadows turn into an ascending trail that heads to Samiti Lake. After taking a good rest for an hour, start your journey again. The trail from here ascends and a stiff climb of 45 minutes from Samiti Lake takes you to Lamuney. All through the way, the terrain is rocky. The climb all of the sudden modifies into a ground, where you can witness the deep blue lake. This is Lamuney.
Day 08: Lamuney 13,600 ft to Goecha La 16,000 f) via Samiti Lake 14,100 ft, then back to Thansing.
The longest day of the trek, where you have to walk for 10-12 hours. The trail to Goecha La starts from behind the Samiti Lake. Mount Pandim stands to your right and your left is also covered with snow walls. A climb to the ridge on the top of Samiti Lake and then cross the narrow trail on your right on the flank of the mountain. More climb will take you towards the first view point of Goecha La in less than two hours. It provides you the superb view of Mount Pandim and Kanchenjunga range. After spending few moments here, be prepare you descent to Zemathang. Zemathang is the flat land covered with gravel and snow. Goecha La from Zemathang is one and a half hours climb. After reaching at the Goecha La, spend some moments with the nature. The magnificent view of the surroundings usually makes the trekkers spellbound.
Spending some time, retrace your trail to Lamuney and then to Kockchurang.
Day 09: Thansing to Tshokha via Phedang.
This trek can be divided into two parts. The first is Kockchurang to Phedang. This is the direct trail that passes Dzongri. The second phase of the rhododendron forest trail is Phedang to Tshoka.
The first track is interesting and novel. This trail passes by the flank on the mountain and you keep moving from one mountain to another maintaining the stable altitude of 12,000feet. Kockchurang to Phedang, all places are at the same altitude.
Then you have to take the diversion from the left instead of climbing to Dzongri, walk into the forest of Rhododendron. You will feel the undulating walk with minor ups and down between switching the mountains. All the way the Rhododendron forest will accompany you side to side and your beneath Prekchu River. To reach Phedang you need to walk 4 hours, it is the longest path in the entire trek between two known campsites. A descending trail to Tshoka goes from Phedang. The complete duration of this day trek is nearly 6-7 hours.
Day 10: Tshokha to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen.
This will take 6 hours walk.
You can retract your way to Yuksom from Tshoka. Coming down is much easier and faster than climbing up. As situated on the lower side, Sachen comes up quickly than expected. From Sachen, you will feel the trek going up sometimes and going down while losing altitude. The last trail or path contains a few climbs and you find yourself standing amidst of friendly atmosphere of Yuksum.
Day 11: Leave Yuksom early morning and reach NJP by 4.00 - 5.00 pm.
It will take around 6 hours to reach NJP from Yuksom by Cab. Leaving Yuksom at morning, Cab will drop you to the NJP airport at the evening; from there you can take a flight for your home.
How to Reach
By Train :-
New Jalpaiguri or NJP is a major railway station located in south west of sikkim. There are many long distance trains arrives or pass through the NJP station. You can choose to come to Kolkata and take one of the many trains to NJP. If you are coming from Delhi or north part of India, try to take any north east train which directly goes to NJP by passing Kolkata.
Flying to Bagdogra is another option that you can choose though flights to Bagdogra tend to be pricier than those to Kolkata. Most of the flight foremost metros in the country come here.
1. Accommodation. (guest house, Camping).
2. Meals while on trek (Veg. & Egg).
3. Trek equipments like Sleeping bag, mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent.
4. Trekking Permits.
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
7. Transport from NJP to yaksum and return.
1. Food during the transit.
3. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
4. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don't want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag.
To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.
Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
When to book:
It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)
In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -
Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
(Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)
Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.
1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
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Risk & Respond
High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response
A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.
Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.
Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.
Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.
Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.
Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.
Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.
Risk: Lack of communication devices
In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.
Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.
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