Sizzle in the Sensuous Spirits of Sikkim with the Spectacular Goechala Trek Standing on Goecha La at 16,200feet, overlooking the massive structure of Kanchenjunga, eyeing the Goecha lake with its tear shaped structure, the awe striking sunrises and sunsets, snow covered gigantic Himalayas, the amazing view of sixteen beautiful peaks visible from Dzongri top, the verdant Himalayan forest, its meandering rivers, meadows, rhododendrons, the reasons to fell in love with the beautiful Goechala Trek are endless. For a trekker it is a journey full of adventures where one can enjoy the adrenaline rush with its steep trails, bask in the beauty of nature and come to know more of Sikkim, the land of serene beauty.
Based in the state of Sikkim, Goechala is one of preferred destination for trekkers in India. Trekking in Sikkim , has its indomitable charm with flourishing verdant valleys, beautiful orchards, myriad and massive collection of flora and fauna, rich forests and charismatic ambience that never fails to allure the visitors with its magnetic beauty. Darjeeling is considered as the doorway to Sikkim and from here one can opt for the fabulous trek, which is one of the best treks in India . The region through which the Goechala trek is designed is designated as Kanchenjunga National Park.
Indeed there are several popular places for trekking in Sikkim , but Goechala Trek, is one that experiences maximum popularity, since its promises splendid scenic extravaganza and thrilling adventurous hike that can leave the heart pumping, but filled with pleasure. The terrain to Goechala is not easy and the trekking level is from moderate to difficult. The minimum age to conduct the trip is 13years and the maximum age depends on the physical fitness and health condition of the individual. Goechala trekking is a strenuous hiking trip and that is why it is advisable to conduct self fitness hiking test and proper physical check up before attempting for the luring expedition. Also it must be noted that since high altitude trekking is involved, less oxygen and lighter air is common in this trek especially after Dzongri.
If you are looking for adventure and beauty in equal proportions, the Goechala is the trek for you. You get to trek to the lap of the mighty Kanchenchunga. So close that trekkers often stretch their hands out as if in a daze to touch this grand mountain. That is the reason Kanchenjunga Trek is amazing.
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DETAILED ITINERARY FOR GOECHALA TREK
Day 1: New Jalpaiguri railway station to Yuksom
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station(NJP) is located in the Jalpaiguri District which is considered to be the Gateway to the Northeast. All major cities and towns are connected to NJP via the Indian Railways. The closet airport is Bagdogra Airport which is about 16km from NJP. From NJP we take a taxi to Yuksom in Sikkim. This journey will take us approximately 6 hrs. Yuksom is a beautiful town in West Sikkim which was once the capital of Sikkim. Overnight stay in Yuksom
Day 2: Trek from Yuksom to Sachen
This is the first day of the trek. After walking across open fields we enter the beautiful valley of the Rathong river. En route appreciate ancient Oak, Conifer and Bamboo forests and the luxuriant ferns and delicate orchids that line the trail . Yuksom (1760m) marks the entrance to the Kangchenjunga National Park. Just after leaving the village you can see Baktim on a ridge high above the confluence of the Rathong and Prek Rivers, which will give you an idea of how to pace yourself for the day. Sachen is located at about 7200 feet above sea level. At Sachen we will find a lot of Log huts were we will spend the night.
Day 3 : Trek from Sachen to Tshoka
The trek from Sachen to Tshoka involves quite considerable attitude gain. We continue walking until we reach the bridge over the river,Perk. Prayer flags in the distance are an indication of the start of the Goechala trail. We trek through Oak and later Rhododendron forests. On the way we pass through Bakhim. Bakhim has a forest rest house and a tea and snack stall. We can stop and rest for a while and enjoy the view of the Yuksom Valley. From Bakhim, Tshoka, is about an hour. From a distance you will see a trekkers hut on a plateau.This is Tshoka. Overnight stay in Tshoka.
Day 4 : Trek from Tshoka to Dzongri via Phedang
Today is going to be the long day for Goechala Trek and giant frozen waterfall is first sight which welcomes you on Goechala trek.
Day 5: Trek from Dzongri to Dzongri top and back.
Today we start a steep ascend to Dzongri top which will take up about an hour. This is the highest point on the trek from where we will get a 180 degree panoramic view of the Kanchenchunja range. If we start early at 4am we can reach the top just in time for the sunrise. Experience how the golden rays of the sun interact with this magnificent mountain range. After enjoying this spectacular view we retrace our steps to Dzongri.
Day 6 : Trek from Dzongri to Lamuney via Kockchurang
Beyond Dzongri, the peak of Pandim looms above the Prek Valley. Below the mountain peaks are countless hanging glaciers and snowfields that define the upper reaches of this impressive alpine valley and the route to the Goecha La, providing a taste of the days to follow. The hanging glaciers and moraine fields leave little doubt that you are in the midst of the high mountains while the alpine meadows are particularly attractive during May. From camp, head east from Dzongri to a series of cairns above the Prek Valley. From the ridge, a steep descent though rhododendron forest leads to the riverbed before heading up along the boulder-strewn riverbed to a bridge over the Prek River. The trail leads to the meadows at Thangsing(3930m). Overnight stay at Thangsing.
Day 7 : Trek from Lamuney to Goechala and back to Kokchurang
The trek to the rarefied climes of the Goecha La is rewarded with unrivaled views of the massive East Ridge of Kangchenjunga high above the Talung Glacier as well as views of the high ridges and peaks that enclose the upper Prek Valley. Looking north there is a vast mountain region yet to explore, but for now the Goecha La is as far as you are permitted to go. The pass is often shrouded in mist and cloud not long after sunrise, so an early start is necessary. The trail heads along the far side of the lake and through moraine before crossing a sandy section alongside the Onglakhing Glacier. From here, you can see the pass at the head of the valley. However, the trek through the lateral moraine is tiring – more so if there has been a recent snowfall.The Goecha La is marked with fluttering, colourful prayer flags, framing the peak of Kangchenjunga. Lead the same trek towards Lamuney and then move forwards to reach the destination for the day- Kockchurang. You can choose to set up your tent near the bank of the river or you can also reside in the trekkers hut.
Day 8: Trek from Kokchurang to Tshoka via Phedang
From Kokchurang we trek back to Tshoka via Phedang the way we came. It is going to be downhill walk only but you will be tired and happy at the same time as you have been to Goechala.
Day 9: Trek from Tshoka to Yuksom via Bakhim and Sachen
We retrace our steps back to Yuksom via Bakhim and Sachen and reach Yuksom our base camp for Goechala Trek Trek. Next day we take a cab back to NJP.
Day10 . Back to NJP
We drive back from Yuksom to NJP.
Things to Carry for Goechala Trek
- Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs): A good quality backpack from reputed brand and try it before buying.
- Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp they help to move freely.
- Trekking Shoes
- 3 Pair of Quick Dry Tees
- 2 Trekking Pants
- Poncho/Rain Jacket
- 1 Wind Proof Jacket
- 1 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- 1 Heavy Jacket (Down Jacket preferable)
- 1 Trekking Pole
- 2 Pair of good Thermals
- 3 Pair of Cotton Socks
- 2 Pair Woolen Socks
- Woolen Gloves
- Sun Cap
- 1 Scarf
- Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit
- Dark Sunglasses
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries
- 2 Nights Guest House / Homestay accommodation in Yuksom on Quad/Triple Sharing basis.
- 07 Nights Tented accommodation while on trek on triple sharing basis.
- All Veg Meals from 2nd Day Lunch to till 9th Day Lunch while on Trek.
- Morning, evening tea/coffee served with light snacks while on trek.
- Trekking Equipment like Sleeping bags, Sleeping Mattress, Sleeping tents, utensils.
- All fees and permits for Indians.
- Basic First Aid Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder and Oxi Meter
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader and support staff.
- Transportation from NJP – Yuksom – NJP.
- Any fees and permits for Non Indians.
- Meals during transit or in Yuksom.
- Any expenses of personal nature.
- Cost incurred due to natural reasons.
- Anything which is not a part of our inclusions.
Days before departure charge applicable as follows, per person:-
Up to 24 Days : 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Days : 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days : 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days : No refund
Please Note: Service Tax, Payment Gateway Charges etc will not be refunded in any case.