Located in Sikkim, Goecha La trek is the dream and desire of the adventure lovers throughout the country! Nestled midst vibrant and colourful flora and fauna, it is also the way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park and its opulent beauty.
Originating from Yuksom, this trek passes through beautiful landscapes that are filled with exotic flowers and immensely attractive meadows and forests. The Rathong Chu River on the way adds more charm and appeal to the Goecha La trek. The pass is also an ideal spot to enjoy the best and most alluring views of the Mt Kanchenjunga.
Day 1: Arrive in Yuksom
Day 2: Yuksom to Sachen
Day 3: Sachen to Tshoka
Day 4: Tshoka to Dzongri via Bakhim
Day 5: Rest day at Dzongri, go to Dzongri Top
Day 6: Dzongri to Thansing
Day 7: Thansing to Lamuney
Day 8: Lamuney to Goechala and back to Thansing
Day 9: Thansing to Tsokha
Day 10: Tshoka to Yuksom
Day 11: Yuksom to Siliguri
Day 1: Drive from Bagdogra Airport/NJP to Yuksom (5,670ft) (7 Hours)
Himalayan Views, Teesta River
Begin with the enthrallment of this wonderful trek by catching the remarkable views of the Himalayas while driving from Bagdogra Airport/NJP to Yuksom. The drive will take you along the gushing Teesta River and continuing uphill, you will be crossing a bridge in Legship to reach Yuksom. Arriving in the town, check-in into a hotel and retire for the day.
Day 2 - Trek from Yuksom to Sachen (7,150ft)
5 Hours Trek, Rathong River, Paha Khola Bridge, Lush Forest, Orchids, Monkeys
Today will be first day of this remarkable trek! Waking up in the morning, start ascending uphill and follow the gorges of the Rathong River. Trekking through the lush thickets of magnolia, rhododendron and ferns, proceed towards the Paha Khola Bridge. On the way, relish a packed lunch and keep yourself energised for the rest of the trek; be prepared to spot exotic orchids, colourful flowers and monkeys along the hike! Arriving in Sachen, settle down into the campsite and call it a day.
Day 3 - Trek from Sachen to Tshokha (9,700ft) (via Bhakim/8,600ft)
4-6 Hour Trek, Prek Chu River, Viburnum Plantations
The trek for the day will take you through the aromatic viburnum plantations, after which you will be crossing the Prek Chu River and hike uphill for around 2-3 hours to reach Bakhim. Hereafter, trekking upwards, you will finally reach Tshoka, the Tibetan refugee settlement; overnight stay will be in a camp.
Day 4 - Trek from Tshokha to Dzongri (12,000ft)
4 Hours Trek, Rhododendron Forests
While on today’s trek, you will be making your way uphill and through scenic forests of rhododendrons; you can expect well-laid trails on the way. Moving from here, a short trek will finally take you to Dzongri, where you will spend an overnight stay in camps.
Day 5 - Dzongri
Leisure Day, Short Excursion
Waking up in the morning, you can either spend the day relaxing in the camp or just take up a short exploration quest around the camp. The day is much required as you must get acclimatised to the higher altitudes before gaining further height; overnight stay in camps.
Day 6 - Trek from Dzongri (12,980ft) to Thansing
3 Hours Trek, Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Khangchendzonga, Simvo & Pandim Peaks
Post breakfast in the Phedang campsite, get prepared for another scenic uphill trek, and with this trek, you will be crossing 4,000m in the Himalayas! With this remarkable feat, enjoy your packed lunch and relax around the scenic vistas to get acclimatised to the higher altitudes. A further climb after relaxation will finally take you to the Dzongri overnight campsite area, from where you can have mesmerising views of the Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Khangchendzonga, Simvo and Pandim peaks.
Day 7 - Trek from Thansing – Lamuney
Acclimatize and stay in Lamuney. Visit the various view Points in Thansing before leaving for a short hike to Lamuney. Visit Samiti Lake
Day 8 - Lamuney to GoechaLa and back to Thansing
Samiti Lake, Zemathang Plateau, Goecha La Pass
Start the day early in order to avoid the harsh climatic conditions that might hinder your course in the latter part of the day. Climbing uphill through the moraines, you will then be descending to the Samiti Lake and then cross the Zemathang Plateau. From here, you will once again start ascending over a moraine and after trekking for around 1 hour, will reach the Goecha La Pass.Arriving at this magnificent pass, behold the magical views of the Kanchenjunga and other distant peaks before you start moving back towards Lamuney for an overnight stay camp beside the Samiti Lake.
Day 9: Trek from Thansing to Tshoka
7-8 Hours Trek, Kanchenjunga Peak, Dzongri Plateau
Waking up early in the morning, enjoy the enchanting views of the Kanchenjunga Peak from a nearby ridge and start trekking back towards Tshoka. Today, you will be taking a route through the Dzongri Plateau in order to avoid the long climb. The trail passes through Prek Chu and the deciduous forests of Phedang. Arriving in Tshoka, settle down in the overnight stay camps.
Day 10 - Trek from Tshokha to Yuksom
5-6 Hours Trek, Prek Chu River, Trekking Ends Here
Today, descending through the Prek Chu River, you will be arriving in Yuksom, the last leg of this astounding tour. Arriving in the vicinity, check-in into a local hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 11 - Departure from Yuksom
Tour Ends Here
After having breakfast in the hotel, prepare your bags and check-out from the hotel. With this, the amazing Goecha La trek will come to an end.
- All Trekking Equiments
- Necessary permits
- First Aid Medical Kits
- Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide, and support staff
- All Meals
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