West Sikkim. Goechala Trek#OnTheRoad
The next two days covered our journey back, from Kochurung to Tshoka and then from Tshoka to Yuksom.And one hell of a sunburn in my case. The sunbathing from the previous day was now having its full effect and my face was on fire.I spent my time alternately walking with Ghosh da at the back of the group, or with Akhil, somewhere at the front. Both completely different, yet equally enjoyable.I kept looking back at any given opportunity, searching for the familiar facade of Pandim, expecting it to disappear from view any time, which it did after we left Tshoka. At Tshoka itself, though, I got a surprise last glimpse of Pandim with the skies clear, which I hadn't realised on our way up.A small parting gift from the weather gods.
This day, our guide warned us, would be tough. They warned us that by the time we were done, we would've remembered every single heavenly deity, past girl/boy-friends and even our grandparents ! The group, naturally , proceeded with caution, conserving energy till the point where the ordeal was supposed to start. Yes, the path did steepen from there, for a good 4 kms as promised. Surprisingly, though, it was steady going for most of us, and we made it through without much ado. We decided to take our guide's advice on difficulty levels with a pinch of salt.After a brief stop at a small rest point (Bakhim, I think) with an almost 270 degree view and a literal cat & mouse show, we came to the small village of Tshoka. It was set atop a hill, surrounded by even more hills, and with a brilliant view point, despite the clouds.
Tshoka (9,704 ft) to Yuksom (5,643 ft)We started on our 15 km long trek for the day through the same dense forest and reached Yuksom by evening.On our way back, we went inside a haunted house which was quite exciting for me.
Tshoka (9,704 ft) to Dzongri (13,024 ft)It was a 9 km long beautiful stretch filled with Rhododendrons of many different colors (Red, Pink, Yellow, White).