09 Days
Duration
Sikkim
Destination
4940m
Altitude
Camping, Trekking
Activities
 Goechala trek in Sikkim is one of the most romantic trails the Indian Himalayas has to offer — the enchanting walk through the Tshoka. Rhododendron forests, the vast Dzongri and Thansing meadows, the startling blue waters of Samiti lake, the looming presence of Kanchenjunga and Pandim and the icy trail to Goechala makes the trek very romantic.
If you are looking for adventure and beauty in equal proportions, the Goechala is the trek for you. You get to trek to the lap of the mighty Kanchenjunga.

      Goechala trek in Sikkim, is from Yuksom to Dzongri and onwards to Goechala trek has superb views of Kanchenjunga. From Yuksom, the trail follows the Rathong Valley to Bakkhim and from here a steep ascent to the village of Tshoka. Above Tshoka the trail reaches Phedang. A further stage brings you to Dzongri (4020 m). From here the trail drops steeply down the river to Thangsing (3930 M). The final stop is at Samiti Lake from which an assault is made to Goecha La (4940 m) for the best views of Kanchenjunga.
Dzongri is situated at an altitude of about 4020 M, in West Sikkim. It offers the trekker a most fascinating close-up view of Kanchenjunga and Mt. Pandim. To the west rises the long outline of the Kyangla ridge. Dzongri is trekker’s paradise. Goecha La is situated at an altitude of about 4940 m. Goecha La offers spectacular view of mountains like Pandim, Kanchenjunga and others. The trek follows an incredibly picturesque route past lush vegetation and wonderful mountain views until it reaches the high pass.

 

Day 01: Darjeeling – Yuksam

Day 02: Yuksam – Tshoka

Day 03: Tshoka – Dzongri

Day 04: Rest day at Dzongri

Day 05: Dzongri – Thangsing

Day 06: Thangsing – Lamune

Day 07: Lamune – Goecha La – Thangsing

Day 08: Thangsing – Tshoka

Day 09: Tshoka – Yuksam – Darjeeling

  • One of the highest peaks
  • High mountain passes
  • Lush meadows to traverse
  • Great mountain views

  • Expenses of Personal : Telephone, Alcohols, Cold Drinks, Entry fee of places and Personal Insurance
  • Covers immediate medical facilities
  • Extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances like landslide, strike, accidents, natural calamities, ropeway and tips etc

  • Trekking
  • Camping
  • Darjeeling Sight seeing

  • 1 night hotel
  • 7 nights camping
  • 7 days Trekking

  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Guide
  • Trekking Permits
  • Entry fees

Additional information

GradeModerate
RouteYuksum – -Tshoka- Dzongri – Goechala
Day 01: Darjeeling – Yuksom (123 kms / 6-7 hrs)
Today we will drive to Yuksom,West Sikkim. The base of our trek. The Route to Yuksom is Through Beautiful Darjeeling Tukvar Tea Garden entering Jorethang. Dinner and overnight stay in guesthouse/tents.
Day 02: Yuksom – Tshoka (3000 mts / 9840 ft) 14 kms / 5-6 hrs
The trail from Yuksom starts at the local market and follows main road towards the north. The trail climbs gently out of the valley and hugs the right bank of the Rathong Chu River, which can be heard thundering through the gorge below. The trail crosses over four bridges to climb steeply towards north-west to the small settlement of Bakhim. Continue for another 3 kms through forest of magnolia and rhododendron to reach Tshokha. On arrival set campsite for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 03: Tshoka- Dzongri (4030 mts / 13218 ft) 10 kms/ 5-6 hrs
On this day the trail passes through the village of Tshoka and continues to climb north through the forest of rhododendron to the alp of Phedang (3650 m) taking around 3 hrs to complete the ascent. Continue further towards Dzongri. On arrival set campsite for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 04: Rest day & Acclimatise at Dzongri
The day is for rest and acclimatization. On this day one can savour views of the mountain peaks by climbing up to Dzongri Top. From here you get a panoramic view of Kabru (7353 m), Ratong (6678 m), Kanchenjunga (8534 m), Koktang (6147 m), Pandim (6691 m) and Narsing (5825 m). Towards the west, the Singalila Ridge, which separates Sikkim from Nepal, can be seen. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 05: Dzongri – Thangsing (3800 mts / 12464 ft) 08 kms / 4-5 hrs
The trail from Dzongri continues along the right bank of the river towards east. After cresting the hill the path drops into the valley and then crosses the bridge over the Prek Chu river. Its an hour climb from the bridge to Thangsing (3800 m) located on the slopes of Mt Pandim. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 06: Thangsing – Lamune (4173 mts /13693 ft) 7 kms / 3-4 hrs
The trail from Thangsing climbs gently north and follows a stream and alpine meadows, Today’s trek is a gradual ascend walking through one of the most picturesque locale during this trek to reach to the camp site for the night Lamune. The walk is through a glade between mighty mountains. As the trek today is short, one can explore the picturesque surroundings in the afternoon or rest for to reserve your energy to coup with the long day tomorrow .Over Night in Lamune.
Day 07: Lamune – Goecha La (4940 mts / 16200 ft)- Thangsing (3800 mts / 12464)12kms / 7-8hrs
An early start for the hike up to the Goecha La (4,940m/16,200ft) and back. The walk takes about 08 hours roundtrip and it is challenging and strenuous, depending on the weather; the terrain is also more challenging than the previous days on trek. (Those who do not wish to go to Goecha La can stay at the lunch site and relax, or walk to the viewing point, which is less then two-hour hike. The viewpoint provides great views of Kanchenjunga and the surrounding peaks. Those who are up for it, are strongly encouraged to undertake the hike up to the Goecha La, it’s the finest possible view of the Kanchenjunga massif. Returning down the valley, there will be a welcome meal and a short rest before setting off to walk gently downhill for 1½ to 2 hours, to reach Thangsing. Overnight in Thangsing.
Day 08: Thangsing – Tshoka (14 kms / 6-7 hrs)
It’s worth getting up early to make the short hike to the ridge behind camp. From here there are fantastic views of Kangchenjunga and one can look back up to the Goecha La. Leaving Thangsing, you take a different route back, avoiding the long climb to the Dzongri Plateau. Descending to the Prek Chu River, you contour round through jungle with, inevitably, some ups as well as downs, to emerge at Phedang again. From there it is a steep walk down to Tshoka. This, of course, saves a day on the return march, but does involve quite a long day .Overnight in Tshoka
Day 09: Tshoka – Yuksom (14 kms / 5-6 hrs) – Darjeeling (123 kms/ 4-5 hrs)
Retrace steps towards Yuksom on the final day of the trek. The going is easier as the path is mainly downhill. After Reaching Yuksom we will Rest For Some Time then later drive to Darjeeling. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

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Q1. Are you a licensed trekking agency ?
Yes, we are a licensed trekking agency. We have been organizing tours, treks and expeditions for our valued clients for more than eleven years.

Q2. Can your guides speak English ?
Our guide and his assistants speak reasonable amount of English, good enough to explain you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes.

Q3. Can you arrange private Goechala trek ?
Yes, we do. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 100 at a time). Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange TREKS FOR SINGLE WOMAN. If none of your friends are wanting to go for this trip you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about making it solo trip. We assign local guide, porters etc who you can trust your life with.

Q4. How difficult is Goechala trek?
Goechala trek in sikkim is one of the best high altitude trek of entire north east.Good fitness is needed to enjoy and complete the trek.

Q5. When is the best  month for Goechala trek ?
October to December and March to May is best month for Goechala trek.

Q6. What is the general duration of the everyday goechala trek?
The duration of Goechala trek per day is 5 to 7 hrs.

Q7. What are the sources of drinking water supply during Goechala trek ?
Since Goechala trek is a camping trek,so our staffs will provide boil water for drinking.

Q8. What kind of luggage should I bring for Goechala trek ?
If you are joining our trekking trips, you should be bringing trekking rucksack- which to be carried by our Sherpa helper and you bring separate day bag (20 to 30 ltrs recommended) where you could put your day required thing along with your valuable document- passport, money etc. We would provide you our trekking duffle bag if you do not have proper trekking bags so it is not a problem.
If you are joining our tours, you can bring suitcase or any other common luggage bag you have. Usual travelling bags are fine.

Q9. What should I pack ?
This is a very frequently asked question but of course it depends entirely on your destination, the season you’re travelling in and the activities you’ll participate in. The most important thing to pack is your sense of humor because this can get you through any situation – including lost luggage. Most of our high altitude treks, you should be having warm clothing, bring your regular clothing stuff for tours. Please see each trip itinerary for the required equipment for the trips.

Q10. What type of food is served during Goechala trek ?
On our camping Goechala Trek we provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Dinner is a hearty 3 course meal – soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.

Q11. Do you provide any equipment while Goechala trek ?
During our Goechala trek we provide all the tents, sometimes dome tents, sometimes sturdy A frames and normally people share one tent between two; a foam mattress each; all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent; all the main meals while trekking but not snacks.

Q12. Is there electricity during Goechala trek ?
No electricity is available during Goechala trek , We do provide Head torch and emergency lights to our client for tents and personal use at night.

Q13. How safe travelling alone women with your company ?
We ensure all safety and security for individual woman travelers while with us, we are more responsible for these kinds of issues. So we have trained our guide’s staffs, the way our clients want. We have been organizing private treks, tours to solo women travelers since our establishment, we have trained our guides especially on this regards so do not hesitate to join us. We assure you our great safety during your trip with us. We can also Provide Lady Guide if asked.

Q14. What about security during trekking ?
Security of our clients is the foremost important for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the India Government. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

Q15. What problems can arise on altitude ?
Our itinerary specially tailored considering with a high degree of minimization of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Normally, altitude sickness stars from 3,600 meters/11,808 feet and there is no problem below this standard. During your trip this is a best solution go slowly with body acclimatization. Consider in the higher altitude there is less oxygen in the air. Suppose, crossing high passes more than 5,000 meters/ 16,400 feet, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Your body needs many days to acclimatization during the travel in high Himalaya.

Q16. What are the Preventive facilities of Altitude Illness ?
Altitude illness, AMS is a very unpredictable condition, but all of our guides are very experienced with the symptoms and treatment of AMS. Every time our guides are ready to help you. We do, however, strongly advise people with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before trekking.

Q17. Are your staffs equipped/trained & insured ?
Yes! Our guides and porters are fully equipped. Actually we are working in a team. We all are boss and we all are workers. Most of our staffs are trained mountaineers who are certified by various mountaineering institute of India, Some have experience of Working in trekking field for more then two decades making our Company a team of Qualified and Experienced Trekkers. We provide one of the best informative guides for your holidays who can explain about Culture, Geography, Eco system, Plants and History. Some are multi lingual also.

Q18. Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget ?
Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Some trekkers give 10% of the total tour cost as tips.

Q19. Does your company arrange domestic and international flight and other services ?
Yes, we can arrange all kind of flight tickets and services. Additional help will be provided for you to the different activities like river rafting, city guided tour, Paragliding, jungle safari etc according to your interest and requirements.

Q20. Can we change the itinerary of Goechala trek ?
Yes, itinerary of Goechala trek can be customized before trek,Trekkers have to email off road adventure and share their details so the itinerary can be customized according to need..

Thangsing in Goechala trek
Thangsing in Goechala trek