" The only truth about mankind is that it can never be greater than nature"
When the summer sun kicks you out, you are left with few options. One of them is to compensate the hot afternoons with chilled beer, but I do love my body, and so I availed the second option - pack your bags and leave for the mountains. I finalised Goecha La Trek as my destination. It is a beautiful trek in West Sikkim. It is a challenging trek depending on one's fitness level and generally takes 8-9 days to complete the trek. Goecha La Trek was always in my list but it is a serious trek and with the kind of two day trek experience I could boast about, it needed preparation - Well that is what the internet said. So I discussed with my husband about the idea and he agreed. But with the catch, we had only 6 days to complete the trek!
I had one day to book my tickets, accommodation, tour guide, taxi - everything. So I did what I am good at - Planning. First things first, whenever you have less time to research for your next destination, leave a post seeking recommendations for the trip on social media. I left a post at two such Facebook groups and within minutes I had contacts of taxi drivers and tour operators. I saved the contact and moved on to the next major step - Flight Tickets. Delhi to Bagdogra flights were considerably cheap. In case you want to avail train, you need to book tickets for New Jalpaiguri station in West Bengal. Once my tickets were done, I got on to the contacts I had received. The trick to book taxis in North East India is simple. Try to book it from the place which is your destination. My base camp for Goecha La Trek was Yuksom Village in West Sikkim. So I spoke to a guy from Yuksom who charged me considerably less than other taxi drivers. Next step was finalising the tour guide. My husband was against the idea of having a guide disturb our peace on our way to tranquillity - but when I researched it was informed that the trail is confusing and difficult and a guide is highly recommended. You need to decide your entourage depending on your convenience. You can either join a group or just be alone, with your partner. The latter would be costly. Second choice is if you wish to hire a porter for your luggage, or to carry it yourself. And a cook - unless you plan on carrying your ration, fuel, stove all of it with you, into the wild. We needed a guide and a cook and a yak/horse for all the tentage, ration etc. For this arrangement you could be charged anywhere between 18k to 25 k per person. We spoke to the guide and told him we have to do it in 6 days and without the porter. After much ado, we managed a deal of INR 1700 per day per person. Also he assigned a local youngster from Yuksom village as our guide (his own cost cutting measure). We couldn't be happier. And so on this note, started our journey.