Goecha La -10days inside Kanchenjunga NP (INDIA)

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29th Sep 2013

beyond Lamuney

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bridge

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resting point between Yuksom and Sachen

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The Hobbit land on the way from Tshoka

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Kanchenjunga range

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Bakhim

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Kanchenjunga National Park entrance

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Kanchenjunga National Park entrance

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Yuksom to Sachen

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Sachen Camp

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Bakhim

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Tshoka camp

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Tshoka camp view

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Tshoka trekker's hut, restaurant and monaster

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Phetang

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on the way to Dzongri

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mist covered

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play ground on top ;)

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on the way to Dzongri

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Thansing

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Prek Chu

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Kanchenjunga Range

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Mt Kanchenjunga

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Samiti Lake

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View point xyz

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near Lamuney

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Thansing

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Trail from Thansing to Lamuney

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at Tshoka

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in between Tshoka to Phetang

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hobbit land

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Dzongri

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beyond Lamuney

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Samiti Lake

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Tshoka

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Prek Chu near Kockchurang

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Sunny Tshoka

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Yuksom

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Bakhim forest guest house

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Mt Kanchenjunga

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Mt Kanchenjunga

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Goecha la trek is an awesome trek. The trail and camp areas are cool. During winter the chill you face will be a challenging one. During summer it will a feast to eyes with Rhododendrons flowers bloomed throughout the trails particularly after Dzongri. During the trek you will often cross river Prek Chu. On the final ascend to Goecha la you will come across Samiti lake first. The river has a special colour appearance from distance. The trek from samiti to goecha la is uneven and full of rocks. Both side will be huge mountains snow covered. From view point 1 as local call you will be able to view Mt Kanchenjunga, Goecha peak and many others. Goecha la is the nearest point in India from where Kanchenjunga can be viewed. Trekker's hut is available at Sachen, Tshoka, Dzongri, Kockchurang, Thansing. Only kitchen is available at Phethang and Lamuney. Restaurants are available at Tshoka, Bhakim, and Dzongri. Mobile tower last point at Tshoka- airtel and cellone. Nearest ATM - Pelling 35 km from Yuksom. Accessible village to Goecha La is Yuksom. Yuksom is the last village of India in this route. It have necessary amenities. You need medical fitness certificate to do the trek. Guide and support staff can be hired from Yuksom. Permission can be obtained from Forest Range office Yuksom. Yuksom has few good hotels which can be booked online and some good guest houses. For eating Yuksom have only two restaurants. Satellite are banned throughout India. Emergency response team is not available inside the national park. So carry emergency kit and necessary first medicines. Its a great place on earth. If you are capable you should definitely do this trek. All the best. Happy trekking.

## More details and experience can be obtained from my blog :: http://shimzz.blogspot.in/2013/09/goecha-la-trek.html

Usual trek Itinerary will be as below, which is followed by most of the trekking companies. 

Goechala Trek Day 1 :- NJP to Yuksom 5,670ft (6 hrs drive)  
Goechala Trek Day 2 :- Yuksom (5,700 feet) to Sachen (7,200 feet). 4 - 4 ½ hours. 
Goechala Trek Day 3 :- Sachen (7,200 feet) – Tshoka (9,650 feet). 3 ½ - 4 hours 
Goechala Trek Day 4 :- Tshoka(9,650 feet)- Dzongri(12,980 feet) via Phedang(12,050 feet). 5-6 hours 
Goechala Trek Day 5 :- Acclimatization + Rest Day  (optional).
Goechala Trek Day 6 :- Dzongri(12,980ft) to Dzongri top(13,681ft) (optional).
Goechala Trek Day 7 :- Dzongri(12,980ft) to Thansing(12,894ft) via Kockchurang(12,096ft).5-6 hours. 
Goechala Trek Day 8 :- Thansing(12894ft) to Lamuney(13,693ft). 4.2 kms and 2 hours. 
Goechala Trek Day 9 :- Lamuney(13,693ft) to Goechala(16,000ft) and back to Kockchurang.10-12 hours. 
Goechala Trek Day 10 :- kokchurang to Tshoka via Phedang. 6-7 hours. 
Goechala Trek Day 11 :- Tshoka to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen. 6 hours. 

Yuksom is a historical town in Geyzing subdivision of West Sikkim district in the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim. It was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD by Phuntsog Namgyal who was the first Chogyal (temporal and religious king) of Sikkim. The coronation site of the first monarch of Sikkim is known as the "Throne of Norbugang". Yuksom is where there is the Norbugang Chorten near the Norbugang throne, the place Namgyal was crowned and several monasteries and a lake. The dynastic rule of the Chogyals lasted for 333 years.
Photo of Yuksom, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Sachen is located at about 7200 meters height above the sea level. You can see the log huts spanning all along the way. These are situated a little below the trail track. If the trekkers are more in your group, then you can always opt for the bigger huts situated along the trail. Along the night, you can hear the gushing waters of Perk waterfall. This calm bit of nature's music puts you to sleep.
Photo of Sachen, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Sachen, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Sachen, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Sachen, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Sachen, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Sachen, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Sachen, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
There is a forest rest house at Bakhim and some trekkers love staying at Bakhim – simply for its view of the Yuksom valley. Bakhim has some awesome tea and snack stalls where you can relish it with ease. As you will be tired enough, so go and take some rest, and then start your trek to Tshoka.
Photo of Bakhim, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Bakhim, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Bakhim, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Tsokha was well ahead of my imagination. It was like a mini village more than a camping area. Tsokha has few good restaurants and home stays. It has a lake and a monastery.
Photo of Tshoka, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Tshoka, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Tshoka, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Tshoka, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Tshoka, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Tshoka, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Tshoka, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
It is located at some 12,000 feet from the level of the sea, and this can be a perfect location where you can take some rest and have some delicious lunch. After taking a rest and regaining the energy lead the path which goes towards the right. This path leading for some will meet to Kockchurang. The source of water is available from a stream which is located slightly lower on the path of Kockchurang.
Photo of Phedang, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Phedang, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Phedang, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Phedang, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Phedang, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Phedang, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
The next stage climbs to pleasant meadows around Dzongri (4020m). Consider another acclimatisation day here, best spent by strolling up to Dzongri La (4550m, four-hour round trip) for fabulous views of Mt Pandim (6691m). This is the last point where you will get ready to eat food stuff and warm clothes. It is actually a junction. From here the trail splits into two. One goes to HMI base camp and other to Goecha La.
Photo of Dzongri, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Dzongri, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Dzongri, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Dzongri, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Dzongri, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Dzongri, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Kokchurang has trekkers hut but not enough space to put up your own tents. The Prekchu River flows next to the trekker's hut about 50 meters far. Banks of the river can be a perfect location to pitch up four to five tents. The space is not unlimited, but you can enjoy yourself in the confined place. As you spend the whole day travelling, give your body some rest so that you can complete your trekking successfully. During the evening, you can hear the water flowing in the river with great speed and various sounds from birds which will turn out to make your complete day more pleasing.
Photo of Kokchurong Trekkers Hut Goecha La, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Kokchurong Trekkers Hut Goecha La, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Kokchurong Trekkers Hut Goecha La, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Thangsing is a small settlement on the Goecha La trek. Most trekking groups camp here and some stay for a day to acclimatise. There is a basic hut to stay but its quite badly kept. There is a good campsite here and the tents can be pitched with ease. The next destination towards Goeacha La is Samiti lake. Impressive views of Pandim are on offer along the valley in Thangsing.
Photo of Thangsing Trekkers Hut, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Thangsing Trekkers Hut, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Thangsing Trekkers Hut, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Thangsing Trekkers Hut, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Thangsing Trekkers Hut, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Thangsing Trekkers Hut, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
It will not be difficult to traverse from Thansing to Lamuney. You have to travel along the meadows which will head towards Goechala. The path can become more adventurous as at each steep mountain and ridge will be coming closer to you. The path will be a bit rocky as you try to trek more forward. Travelling I the same direction with some climbing will lead you to the camp. The trail, which gains more altitude, leads to Samiti Lake. Now camping in the lake is no allowed so you will have to stay down. If you want, you can trek and view the lake and return to the base.
Photo of Lamuney Camp Site, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Lamuney Camp Site, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Lamuney Camp Site, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Lamuney Camp Site, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
As you climb towards Gochala Pass and pause to take a deep breadth, you can enjoy the colour of transparent torquise of Lake Samiti- A glacial lake in the Onglathang valley.
Photo of Samiti Lake, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Samiti Lake, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Goecha La (el. 4940 mt or 16,207 ft) is a high mountain pass in Sikkim, India in the Himalaya range. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, is viewable from the pass, which is also a base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain. From here, you can see the head-spinning Goecha La (4940m) for those incredible views of Khangchendzonga. A further viewpoint, another hour’s walk ahead, offers even closer views.
Photo of Goecha La (View Point 1), West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Goecha La (View Point 1), West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Goecha La (View Point 1), West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Goecha La (View Point 1), West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Goecha La (View Point 1), West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Goecha La (View Point 1), West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Goecha La (View Point 1), West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
Photo of Goecha La (View Point 1), West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by SHIMOJ
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I have already booked a 5 days trek to Dzongri. Never knew about Goecha La. It is a much longer trek though so not possible this time. Will try to cover it on my next visit.
Sun 01 10 16, 12:47 · Reply (1) · Report
all d best buddy... def do it.. itz amazing
Thu 02 16 17, 04:57 · Report
Thanks for the nice and detailed information. You seem to have covered everything except how much it costs to go on this Goecha La trekking expedition and what all attractions can one encounter along the way.
Sun 01 10 16, 07:33 · Reply (1) · Report
i did thr India Hikes.. it cost ard 9k.. all together including transport wil b ard 12k..
Thu 02 16 17, 04:59 · Report
Any recommendation for tour companies for Goecha La trek. I will be in Sikkim next May and it is my first time visiting. Will like to give this a try if I can fit it into my holiday plan.
Sat 01 09 16, 20:51 · Reply (1) · Report
India Hikes.. TTH.. Bikat adv
Thu 02 16 17, 04:59 · Report
Wow….awesome pics of snow capped mountains from Goecha La? I would love to visit someday when I have enough courage and mental strength to go on such a trek.
Sat 01 09 16, 11:40 · Reply (1) · Report
all d best bro.. Himalayas are amazing and incredible
Thu 02 16 17, 05:00 · Report
Is it really a good time to go Goecha La trekking in winter? Won't there be too much mist and fog as one climbs up. Also possibility of hail storm and slippery trails due to snow?
Fri 01 08 16, 23:56 · Reply (1) · Report
winter wil b challenging.. not sure whether u can do it till Goecha la..
Thu 02 16 17, 05:02 · Report
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