Trekking in North-East, particularly Sikkim, is a totally different experience from trekking in the Northern Himalayas. Goechala Trek with an altitude of 4600M is an option in the North-East which would not make you think twice. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, is viewable from the pass, which is also the base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain. Not just Kanchenjunga but 14 other summits will be your reward on Goecha la trek. The beautiful Samiti Lake, with still water and the reflection of the Mt. Pandim, is another major attraction on this trek. Goechala is nestled in the vibrant Kanchenjunga National Park, one of the greenest regions in the world. The rich flora and fauna are unmatchable. The dramatic changes in the weather combined with quick altitude gain makes Goecha la a challenging trek, suitable for trekkers with moderate experience. The best time to do Goechala Trek is March - April, and September to December depending on how you like your trail - adorned with the colorful flowers or whitewashed with the pristine snow.
NJP to Yuksom - 150 km Drive
Report in NJP early morning by 7 AM and board your vehicles for the drive to Yuksom. Carry 2 passport size photographs and a copy of Identity Proof along with an original ID proof for entry purpose. The rules for foreigners differ.
Explore the town if you have time at your disposal, this will help in better acclimatization. Overnight stay will be in a hotel at Yuksom.
Yuksom to Sachen ( 4-5 hours )
The Goechala trek starts from Yuksom ( behind the forest check post ). Initially, the trail skirts around the fields of Yuksom and then enters the beautiful Rathong river valley.
The trail today is majorly through the thick jungle with occasional sunlight. The trail can be slippery at places. One of the things to look forward today is the fierce Tshushay Khola falls in a series of small waterfalls joining the Prek River. You can see the log huts spanning all along the way.
Right below the campsite runs river Prek, the sound of which is soothing. Camp overnight at Sachen.
Sachen to Tshoka ( 4 hours )
The trek to Tshoka is a steep one. We first cross the wooden bridge over the Prek river.
As you walk on the bridge, it is lined with Buddhist prayer flags and swing. After crossing the bridge we climb into the forest of oak & rhododendron.
Overnight stay in camps at Tshoka.
Tshoka to Dzongri
Today is the day to which all Goecha la trekkers look forward to. The trail includes steep climb today. If you trek in spring, the trail passes through the dense forests of blooming pink Rhododendrons.
After a few hours into the trek, we reach Phedang, a large clearing with spectacular views of the mountain. Continue on the trail and reach Dzongri. It is large meadow surrounded by snow-clad peaks of the Kanchenjunga range.
Savour this experience of being surrounded by the mighty Himalayas in all directions.
Be a little inquisitive and ask the names of all peaks to your guide. Camp overnight at Dzongri.
Dzongri to Thansing
Wake up early and start trekking so that you could witness the Kaleidoscopic view of the sun rising at the Dzongri top. From there you will get a 180-degree view of the peaks of the Singalila and Kanchenjunga ranges.
The peaks bathing in the first rays of the morning is "I can watch it all day" kind of view. Thansing can also be seen from the top. The trail descends up to Kockchurang and then climbs up to Thansing. The Prekchu river flows through the trail.
Cross the bridge over the river and from the here, Thansing is about 2 km. The trail goes over rocks and boulders till you reach there.
Overnight stay in camps. The nights can be cold here.
Thansing to Lamuney ( 2 hours )
Today's trek is an easy one with flat trail most of the time. We will reach Lamuney within 2-3 hours. About half an hour from Lamuney, over a steep rocky trail lies the beautiful Samiti Lake. There is a good chance of spotting mountain goats and blue birds on the lakeside.
Camping is not permitted by the lake. After spending some good time at the lake, we head back to our camps at Lamuney. Overnight stay in camps here.
Lamuney to View Point 1 to Thansing (8-9 hours)
Today is the most challenging day as we trek up to Viewpoint 1 and return to our camps on the same day. But we have the advantage of leaving some stuff from our rucksack at the Thansing camps and trek with lesser load.
The distance is long and the trail is a steep one, so we start way before sunrise. The trail continues up to Viewpoint 1. The view from Viewpoint 1 is breathtaking with Mt. Pandim and Kanchenjunga standing very close.
Spend some time here and then descend to Thansing. Reach Thansing in the evening. Overnight stay in camps here.
Thansing to Tshoka (6-7 hours)
The trail is through the forest and the gradient is mostly flat, with small ascends and descends. Be careful while descending and it is advised to trek slow.
Rhododendron trees line your way all along and the Prekchu river flows below. Overnight stay in camps at Tshoka.
Tshoka to Yuksom. Stay in Yuksom.
Retrace the same path from Tshoka to Yuksom. It's an easy trek. Take a quick halt at Sachen.
From Sachen, the trail is mostly downhill. The last section has a few ascends before you reach Yuksom. This is the last day of the Goechala trek.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Yuksom. Plan for your return journey the next day.
Yuksom to NJP
Board your vehicles early morning for the drive from Yuksom to NJP. The trip ends in NJP.
2 Nights guesthouse stay in Yuksom on sharing basis
Stay in camps during the trek
Meals during the trek (starting lunch on day 2 till breakfast on day 9)
Forest permits/camping charges , if any (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
2 Nights guest house stay in Yuksom on sharing basis
Tents on twin sharing basis, sleeping bags, mats
Safety equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carbines, pulleys
Services of an experienced trek guide, cook, helpers
Porters or mules for carrying common supplies
Mountaineering course certified trek leader with first-aid certification
Meals during road journeys
Meals during stay
Cost of any kind of Insurance
Any expense of personal nature
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
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