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Goechala Trek
10 Days · 9 Nights
₹ 16,150
5% Off
₹ 17,000
/ person
Location
Sikkim
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Overview

Goechala Trek is best known for its grand view of 14 highest mountains of the Himalayas, out of which the World’s third highest mountain Mt Kanchenjunga dominates the most. That is a lot for any trekker who wishes to be in the close proximity of High mountains of Kanchenjunga range. No doubt this trek is the most favorite among the trekkers. The high point of the trek is when the first ray of sun rise falls on the Kanchenjunga range. The whole mountain range shines like a golden chain. Beside that trekking in the flowering season I.e., Spring season of the region is another eye candy for trekkers. The whole trail seems like a carpet of red flower of Rhododendron.

This trek holds some of the best trekking trail in India. You able to spot the blue sheep of mountains, the wild yaks and the beautiful snow leopards. Also don’t forget the cutest animal of all the red panda could also be spotted here in the Spring season of the year. Beside this the trek also hold some rare birds like snow pigeons, red beak crow and the most beautiful Himalayan Monal. The samiti lake is another big attraction on Goechala Trek. The reflection of Mt Pandim in the deep blue water of Samiti Lake is a visual treat for trekkers.

Itinerary
  • Yuksom
  • The Goechala Trek starts from Yuksom, fairly 170km away from Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri, settled in the West Sikkim district. Yuksom is small town which once was the capital of Sikkim. This place is also called the gateway to heaven. The cultural heritage of the place can be observed in its monasteries. There are two highlights of this place, one the beautiful Dubdi Monastery and second is garden of Norbu gang, Coronation throne of Namgyal Dynasty. A peaceful moment at these places will surely give calmness to your sole.
  • It would take 6 to 8 hours to reach Yuksom from Siliguri. The trek starts the next day of your arrival. There are two things we need to do at Yuksom before we start our trek to Goechala. First thing is an entry at the local police station. So, please carry a photo id proof with three photo copies. Second, you need to pay permit fees at the forest check post. Our trek leader or guide will help you do this activity. The overall charge for the fee is about Rs 700. Please note camera charges are extra. If you are a foreigner, please find the necessary permit you need at the end of the page.
  • Bakhim
  • On the first day of Goechala Trek, we will trek till Sachen or till Bakhim depending upon your pace. The gradient of the trail is moderate to difficult. Initially, the trail is gradual ascend after which the trail becomes little steep. The trail passes through dense shadow of trees beside the river.
  • After we cross the first bridge Pha Khola, the trail climbs gradually, After the camel hump climb and descend, the next hour and half is a pleasant walk through the tall trees. There are multiple hydrations point on this route. We switch the mountains side from left to right on the large iron bridge above Tshushay Khola. We usually stop here to explore the beautiful multiple mini waterfalls at this point.
  • After we cross the bridge, the trails noticeably start gaining altitude. An hour after crossing bridge you will reach Bakhim which is at 7167 feet above the sea level. We will rest for night in hut house or tents pitched here. The view of the whole yuksom valley looks amazing from Bakhim.
  • Tshoka
  • Today we will be gaining close to 2500 feet of altitude to reach Tshoka. There are limited water sources on this trail so we suggest you carry filled bottles with you. The initial hour or so is steep ascend from Bakhim through zig zag trail and afterwards, the trail begins gradual ascend still following the zig zag trail.
  • This trail is filled with wild strawberries and dense rhododendron trees. We will have multiple resting points on this part of the trek. After a trek of 3 to 4 hours we will finally reach our second camp site of Goechala Trek I.e., Tshoka. It is small village of 20 trekkers hut with flat camping area to the right of the trekker's huts and a small monastery beside a beautiful lake.
  • You can reach the monastery by following the trail little above Tshoka forest rest house. The monastery is a worth visits for its quietness and Tibetan architecture. The best part of this place is that you will some of the high mountains of the Kanchenjunga range from here with Mt. Pandim dominating the most.
  • Dzongri
  • Today after breakfast we will start our ascend through the same route we took for monastery, cross the monastery and the trail to Dzongri begins little steep initially. Within minutes of climb Tshoka will seem like a tiny hamlet from above. As the climb it a stiff ascend, locals have installed one paved wooden log on the trail which prevents us from slipping away in the moist mud and wet rocks.
  • If you are trekking during April to May month which is the flowering season the region, As the trail goes through thick forest of rhododendron trees, you will witness the trail like a carpet of red rhododendron flowers. After a half or an hour, you will reach our first break point i.e., Phedang. What gives away this place is the small hut house towards your left. This cross gives two ways, one to your right which leads to Kockchurang and straight leads to Dzongri. We will continue our ascend to the Dzongri route.
  • After an hour or so, the view will open up as you climb above the thick forest of tall trees. After the second break point, the trail becomes like a camel hump, sometime you gain altitude and sometimes you lose altitude. At every high point of the ascend you will be greeted by the ridge of high mountains to your right. It would take close to 5 hours for us to reach Dzongri trekkers hut house. Dzongri is close to 3000 feet above Tshoka and it surely give a welcome vibe after a hard climb. It is a small hamlet of 5-6 trekkers hut house surrounded by high snow-clad mountains from all sides.
  • Dzongri Top
  • After a proper rest, we will wake up early to witness the sunrise from Dzongri Top. The ascend is only of about 30 to 45 mins from Dzongri to Dzongri Top. You will surely enjoy the view of the first sun ray touching the highest mountain in India I.e., Mt Kanchenjunga.
  • Dzongri Top gives a beautiful 180 degree of panaromic view of the whole Mt Kanchenjunga range. As the sun climbs up the whole valley fills with color and mighty mountains of Kanchenjunga range makes their appearance.
  • This magical moment surely is a reward to the hard climb from Yuksom.
  • Thansing
  • Today’s trail is little moderate as the initial portion of the trek is a straight path for about half an hour till we reach edge of the mountain and start our descend to Kockchurang. The trail from the edge is zig zag through the thick forest of rhododendron trees till we reach the kockchurang hut beside a beautiful river.We will spend some time by the river enjoying its flow and then cross the river to the other side. After we cross the bridge is trail starts gaining altitude till the midway then it a meadow walk for close to 2 km till we reach Thansing. The trail again goes through dense forest of trees. You would be camping just in front of Mt. Pandim to the right and Mt Kanchenjunga to your left.
  • Goechala View Point
  • Today we will be climbing 2000 ft of altitude and would be descending the same 2000 ft back to Thansing, and also this whole trip takes about 10 hours to complete so we would start early in the morning after the breakfast and packed lunch.
  • The initial trail is meadow walk with moderate ascent at some points till we reach Samiti Lake (beautiful deep blue water lake). After which the trails start to ascend till we reach the Goechala first view point. The most alluring moment of the day it the enchanting view of sun rising over the Kanchenjunga range and illuminating the whole mountain range like a glowing chain of gold.
  • After spending some time at the Goechala view point, we will start our descend to Samiti Lake and enjoy a relaxing moment while summing up the whole journey of the trek. From there we will come to Lamuney and continue our meadow trail till we reach Thansing.
  • Tshoka
  • Today we will start our trek after the breakfast and take the diversion at Kokchurang towards left instead of climbing back to Dzongri. The trail remains mostly flat with little ascent and descent till while crossing each mountain from one side to other. We will continue the trail till we reach Phedang which is about 8-9km away. From Phedang it only descent till we reach Tshoka and rest for night there.
  • Yuskom
  • Following the breakfast, we will continue the same trail we climbed while coming to Tshoka and descent till we reach the large bring over Tshushay river. There is only one ascent after the bridge and then gradual descent till we reach back to Yuksom via Sachen.
  • Departure from Yuksom
  • We would leave Yuksom early morning and reach Siliguri about 4-5pm in the evening. From here you can say your adieus to the beautiful mountains which were your home for last 10 days.
Hotel Details
  • Homestay/Tea House/ Tented Accommodation
Inclusions
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Bonfire
  • Guide
  • Permit
  • Snack/Tea
  • Lots and lots of FUN.
Exclusions
  • Kanchenjunga National Park Permit
  • Jeep Arrangement
  • Arrival day accommodation and food.
  • Any kind of insurance.
  • Porters could be arranged and the costing is borne by the Participant
  • Personal Expense:( snacks, mineral water, etc)
  • Anything not included above

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Trekking, Travelling to remote locations is an outdoor activities executed by NW depends on many factors and has inherent risks associated with life. We do our best to reduce all the types of hazards, risks, discomfort to the best of our abilities but yet there might be some chances of accidents, mishaps and deficiency of our services.

We request you to please make sure you read our terms and conditions carefully and understand it prior to confirming your bookings.

Expectation

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Travel Plan and Itinerary

NW reserves the rights to modify the itinerary or cancel the trip or part of the trip mentioned in the itinerary under circumstances, including but not limited to Natural Calamities or in other words Acts of God, sudden curfew at travel destination state or city, road blockage, political unrest, sickness, accidents and events beyond our control. The circumstances might arise extra cost like (Evacuation charges, damage of any nature, entrance fees at sites.) other then the cost of the trip you have paid while booking the trip, these extra cost shall be borne by you on the spot. whereever possible, NW shall intimate you of such changes or charges in advance (like in the exclusions section on website) or on the trip.

If in case you are not able to travel on the date mentioned in your travel booking then we allow one date change request for free. So, if in case you shift your travel dates you need to communicate us before 48 hours and in email only. If you are changing the date for more than one time then addition charges will be applicable for the date change request, our customer support will mention you the addition charges you need to bare. Once the date change request has been made, the booking amount shall be held as credit with us and in no case will a refund be made further on. Also, it is your sole responsility to verify the correct dates mentioned on the travel documents.

Fitness for the Trek or Travel

NW offers events which requires varying level of fitness. The level of difficulty depends on the extent of physical stress, the terrai, weather. you need a specific level of fitness level to withstand the level of difficulty. We always encorage our participants to prepare themself before being sure to travel or do the bookings. We also encorage you to communicate with us and gather as much information possible about the challenges and difficulty level of the event before making the booking.

NW does not have medical experts who can examine your fitness level and guide you accordingly, So we request you to consult your physicial or medical expert and gather medical advice before joining the trek or trip. Nw do not take any responsibility of your inability to cope up with the level of difficulty. We request you to communicate your age, any disability, pregnancy, mental or physical or any other medical condition that may effect your ability or fitness to complete the event must be revealed to our customer support before making the booking. If you have not communicated the same while booking then we suggest you reveal it to our on field representative for guidance. If you have not revealed any such information then we assume you are in good health and gathered information, evaluated the challenges and consulted the medical expert before making the bookings.

While doing the booking for your companion or others, we assume you or your companion or others you have booked for do not suffer from any conditions (mentioned above) or disability that could cause hazard to you and others on the trek or trip.

Refund and Cancellation

As you know that cancellation hampers overall budget of the trek. As we have tie-ups with third-party vendors and the commitment is already made, the cancellation affect the facilities given to participants,

The cancellation charges are as follows.

Case 1: If the cancellation is done before 7 days from the trek date then FULL REFUND is applicable. (Transaction code 10% will be deducted from the trek cost).

Case 2: If the cancellation is done before 4 days from the trek date then HALF REFUND is applicable. However, you can opt to carry forward the amount for a future event happening in coming 2 months. (Transaction code 10% will be deducted from the trek cost).

Case 3: If the cancellation is done before 2 days from the trek date then NO REFUND is applicable. But, you are allowed to transfer your booking to anybody else with prior confirmation

In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be canceled and in such cases, we will try to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same, if In case we are not able to give any alternate activity then we would refund 95% of the trek fees after deducting 5% of transaction cost.

For Bookings made from Third Party Website.

It is the responsibility of the client to communicate with a third party (booking website) for cancellation.

Cancellation / Refund is done by the third party based on their policies

You can send your cancellation request to connect@naturewalkers.in

Code of conduct on Treks or Trips

We require you to adhere code of conduct with other participants of the trek or trip similar to the corporate code of conduct. We require you to behave in a manner acceptable to group travel. In any case you cause distress to co travellers, endanger or damange property of participants or supplier, without assigning any reason whatsoever, NW reserves the right to terminate you from the trek or trip and No refund would be applicable in this reason.

While doing the booking, you also accept that the final decision on Treks/Trips reserves with the On-field representative or Leader of NW. The decision of the leader binds on all the participants on any matter that affect the safety of any participant on the trip. Leader also reserves the right of termination in case of mis behaviour or interference with the services or mobility of the group and No refund would be applicable in this reason for any unused services.

No Trace Policy

You also agree with our No Trace Policy which forbid you to throw plastic or anything that is harmful to nature on the trek or trip. We believe in preserving the nature as it is before and after our trek or travel. Also, you are not allowed to make loude noise or play loude music on trek or trip which may annoy other participant or animals on the trail.

No Smoking or Alcohol Consumption

NW do not support or promote smoking, alcohol consumption or any other intoxicant on travel or trek. We request you to not indulge yourself or others in those practises while you are traveling with us. NW do not tolerate smoking or intoxicantion of any kind on our trip, vailation of this policy will lead to your termination from the group and you would be requested to make your own arrangement of travel back to your home destination.

Luggage Responsibility

NW do not own any resposibility of your luggage or personal belongings on the trek or trip. You are sole responsible for your personal belongings. NW is not responsible for any loss of your baggage, air tickets, passport, cash, jewelry, travel documents or any item owned by you while on the trek or trip.

Amenities

NW makes every effort to ensure the comfort our traveler, but also please note that the amenities around the remote location, travel destination or trekking grounds may not be same or similar as you are comfortable with. On trekking trail, we do not gaurantee for washroom or toilets, In such situation we expect all participants to be aware & maintain defecation and sanitation decorum.

Emergency Situations

In a situation where you fall ill or suffer an accident during the trek or trip, all the hospital expenses, doctors fees, repatriation expenses, evacuation charges or any other charges incurred as a direct or indirect result of your illness/accident are your responsibility. Please note, NW do not obtain any type of travel insurance for you, it is sole your responsibility to obtain a travel insurance for yourself.

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Cancellation Policy for Himalayan Trips/Treks

Case 1: If the cancellation is done before 30 days from the trek date then FULL REFUND will be applicable. (Transaction code 10% will be deducted from the trek cost).

Case 2: If the cancellation is done between 15 days to 29 days from the trek date then HALF REFUND will be applicable. However, you can opt to carry forward the amount for a future event happening in coming 3 months. (Transaction code 10% will be deducted from the trek cost).

Case 3: If the cancellation is done between 0 days to 14 from the trek date then 10% REFUND of the Event Cost will be applicable. But, you are allowed to transfer your booking to anybody else with prior confirmation

In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be canceled and in such cases, we will try to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same, if In case we are not able to give any alternate activity then we would refund 95% of the trek fees after deducting 5% of transaction cost.

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