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Goechala Trek

Max Altitude

15,100 FT

Grade

Moderate To Difficult

Duration

11 Days

Trekking KM.

90 KM

Suitable for:15+ years.
Experience:Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 treks of 5,000m/16,400ft.
Fitness: Cover 6 km of distance in 30 minutes

18,500 /Person

  • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Njp to Njp (new jalpaiguri railway station) | included transport
  • Rs 16,500 Trek Cost & Rs 2,000 Transportation, shared by 5-6 trekkers (All included in the cost)

Overview

Trek Info


  • Trail TypeCircular trek. Returns back to the base camp
  • Rail Head New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
  • AirportBagdogra
  • Base CampYuksom (150 km drive, approx 8 hours)
  • Best Season
    • Summer Treks (April, May, June)
    • Autumn Treks (September, October, November)
  • SnowDecember to April
  • Services fromNJP to NJP (New Jalpaiguri railway station) | Included Transport
  • MealsMeals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg & Eggs)
  • StayCamping (Twin sharing) & Hotel/Guesthouse


  • Region - Sikkim
  • Duration - 11 Days
  • Grade - Moderate To Difficult
  • Max Altitude - 15100 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 90 Kms.

Why Goechala Is A Must Do Trek

Located at an altitude of more than 15,000 ft. Goechala offers an adventure like never before. While this is one of the oldest trekking routes in the Himalayas, it isnt quite as popular. However, the Goechala Trek is gaining some popularity among adventure enthusiasts in recent times. Goechala is a dream for many trekkers and it offers stunning views of the third highest mountain peak in the world, the Kanchenjunga Range. It is not just the Kanchenjunga that you get to witness but several other Himalayan peaks as well. Filled with a bundle of summits along the trek, the Goechala Trek is the ultimate adventure to embark on.

The trail offers many surprises along the way like the soothing Samiti Lake, the mystical settings of Thangshing, a beautiful sunrise view from the Dzongri top, and an abundance of natural beauty as you trek through the Kanchenjunga National Park, amidst thick forests of Rhododendrons. Capture sunrise and sunset views from the top of the world and revitalize your senses with the absolute trekking experience at Goechala. This trek may test your physical and mental endurance but the experience that you get is worth the hurdles of the journey. 

About The Trek

For those who are up for a challenging experience, the 11 days long Goechala Trek is for all of them.  The 90 km long trek takes you through many changing terrains, offering the most awe-striking views of the Himalayas from up close. From Mt. Kanchenjunga to Mt. Pandim and many more, get an opportunity to relish the beauty of the Himalayas as you take up the thrilling adventure of Goechala. 

Sikkim strikes a perfect balance between calming the natural beauty and adventure-filled trekking experiences, especially the Goechala Trek, which satiates the thirst for adventure for all the wanderlusting souls. 

There are quite a few routes that take you to the Goechala Summit. Depending on the convenience and feasibility we opt for the route that starts from Yuksom and takes you through Dzongri via Phedang up to Thangshing and finally to Goechala.

The trek starts from Yuksom Village, which is located at a distance of approximately 150 km from the NJP Railway Station. An 8hr drive from NJP will take you to Yuksom by late evening and your trekking journey will start the following day as we trek from Yuksom to Sachen. The scenic trek will take you through forest covers and if you are lucky enough, you may spot mountain animals like the Yak. 

From Sachen, the trek continues the next day to Tshoka, at an altitude of 9700 ft. Trekking through Rhododendron covers, you can witness some of the majestic Himalayan peaks. Keep your cameras on the ready, you can capture some beautiful moments of nature along the way.  

The next day, we will continue our expedition following the hiking trail to Dzongri via Phedang. The 9 km long trek will take us to an altitude of 12,900 ft. The trail here is rocky and requires a good level of physical fitness to complete the ascent. The next day is a rest day, you can explore Dzongri at your leisure and retire for the night.

The next day of trekking will take us to Thangshing through Kokcharang amidst lush meadows. The following day we will trek from Thangshing to Lamuney and the day after will take us from Lamuney to the Goechala Summit. The trek from Lamuney to Goechala is quite challenging and it will test your trekking skills and your physical fitness. Cherish the views of the magnificent Himalayan peaks from the Goechala top to your hearts content and trek back to Lamuney or Thangshing the same day if the weather allows.

The next day, we will trek back from Thangshing to Tshoka via Phedang and the following day to Yuksom, via Bakhim and Sachen. Resting the night at Sachen, we will drive back from Yuksom to NJP, ending our beautiful journey, and go back home with loads of mountain memories.

What To Expect At The Trek

From dense forests, mountain bridges, monasteries, Rhododendron meadows, we will take you through the best trek route to Goechala. This high-altitude mountain pass offers a beautiful panoramic view of the southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The astounding Goechala Trek is like many Himalayan treks and some of its characteristics make it even more enthralling.

Goechala Trek is situated very close to Mt. Kanchenjunga so you can witness the towering peak from a very close distance and it is not just Kanchenjunga that you get to witness but 14 other mountain peaks as well. Being located at 6000 m, it is one of the highest Himalayan treks and as such you need to prepare your body for all sorts of altitude-related problems, it is best to follow the advice of your trek leader at all times.

The starting point of the trail is not very short and smooth unlike many other Himalayan treks in Uttarakhand and Himachal and as such, this trek is not suitable for beginners. This trek is perfect for seasoned trekkers, who have previous trekking experience and a good level of physical fitness. To conquer the Goechala Summit, you should at least begin your preparations 3 months before the trek with a solid framework of a fitness regimen. 

The overall weather of Sikkim is pretty moist year-round and as you get to higher altitudes, the moisture increases, adding to the natural cold conditions. Goechala Trek can be done year-round but certain weather makes it more pleasant than others.

At the trek, you can expect the temperature to be at around 0 degrees C to 20 degrees C during spring/summer during the daytime and it can dip to as low as -5 degrees C at night. In autumn and winter, the temperature lingers between -5 degrees C to – 10 degrees C, making the trek even more challenging.

Also, keep in mind that the weather conditions at such high altitudes are perpetually unstable. A bright sunny day can turn cloudy in the blink of an eye or a gust of wind may come all of a sudden that knocks you off your feet, so always be prepared for unpredictable weather for a safe trekking experience.

There are many trekking opportunities in Sikkim but Goechala is the best you can experience. The scenic extravaganza and the thrill and adventure offered by this trek are unparalleled. While the terrain of the trek is quite difficult, and mainly designed for seasoned trekkers, this experience will completely leave you in awe and wonder at what the world has to offer!

Major Attractions

Goechala trek offers ample opportunities to experience nature at its finest. The trail promises an amazing closeup to some of the highest Himalayan peaks including the mighty Kanchenjunga. Take a look at the major highlights of the trek.

Sunrise On The Kanchenjunga Range

Get ready to witness an immaculate sunrise on the Kanchenjunga Range from the Goechala trail. While trekkers are not allowed all the way to the Goechala Pass, the sunrise from Dzongri is worth all the effort that is put on the trek. Witness the beautiful sunrise as the mountain changes color when the first rays of the sun strike the top.

Samiti Lake

Another biggest highlight of the trek is the still water lake Samiti. The calm waters of the lake with views of the Pandim is enough to melt your heart. The reflection of Mt. Pandim on the lake, especially in the early hours, is a treat for the eyes.

Dense Alpine Jungles

Trek through a dense forest cover of Rhododendron trees, which are in full bloom during April amp May. There are very few treks that offer such dense vegetation at such high altitudes. 

Suspension Bridges

Throughout the trek, you will cross not just one but three suspension bridges, over very deep gorges. The Prekchu River flows through the gorges and you are sure to be quite taken aback at the rare sight of the water flowing through such deep gorges.

Monastery At Tshoka

At 9,500 ft, there is a beautiful monastery at Tshoka. The monastery is not exactly at Tshoka, you have to follow a trail that goes out from the campsite and cross a wooden bridge to reach the monastery. A monastery amidst such a trek is a wonderful hidden gem to discover.

Camping At The Base Of Mt. Pandim

Thangshing is one of the most campsites throughout the trek. A lovely meadow by the River Prekchu, it gives a unique and blissful experience. Sitting by the river and witnessing Mt. Pandim is a magical experience in itself.

Who can participate

    • Age; 15 years.
    • Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 treks of 4,000m/13,100ft.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 12-16 kg backpack.

     

    Note:-

    • Heart problem, Very High blood pressure, Asthma, and Epilepsy cannot be reconciled on these missions. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
    • Junior trekkers (below 15 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 15 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.

Itinerary

Day 1 : New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom
    • Altitude: 5700 ft/1740 m
    • Drive Distance: 150 Km (8 hr approx.)
    • Pickup Point: NJP Railway Station at 10:00 am
    • Lunch at Jorthang
    • Last ATM point: Legship
    • Stay: Guesthouse in Yuksom
    • Foreigners will need an Inner Line Permit (ILP) and  it is easy to get while entering in Sikkim from nearest Check post. To get it, Foreigner must have valid passport and visa for verification and printed copies for submission  

    Important note for Non-Indians: Foreign National will need Foreigner Trek permit for Goechala Trek. The permit is issued in Gangtok and cannot be processed in advance, so participant need to come yuskom one day early on their own to complete the formalities.

    The charge for obtaining the Foreigner Trek permit is 2000/- INR per person. Pay the amount to TTH representative and we shall arrange the permit. Additional cost for extra day accommodation in Yuksom, and travelling charge is not included in the trek cost.

    • Citizens of China, Myanmar, and Bangladesh are not allowed to trek in Sikkim

     

Our journey for Goechala starts at New Jalpaiguri. Our team will pick you up from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station at 10 AM. Today, you will drive from NJP to Yuksom, from where we will start our trek the next day. Yuksom is located at a distance of 150 km from NJP and it takes approximately 8 hrs to drive from NJP to Yuksom. 

 

Along your drive from NJP to Yuksom, you will spot remarkable views of the Himalayan Ranges and the pristine Teesta River gushing alongside as you drive uphill. You will be crossing a bridge at Legship to Yuksom and Legship is also the last ATM Point.

 

Located in West Sikkim,  the historic town of Yuksom was once the capital of Sikkim. Gateway to Mt. Kanchenjunga, Yuksom, unfolds the rich cultural heritage of the state. You can learn about the religious and cultural fables of Sikkim and get a close look at the traditions and the community life.

 

Our next stop will be at Jorthang, where travellers can have their lunch, relishing the delectable Northeastern cuisine.  After lunch, we will drive straight to Yuksom and reach the town before nightfall.

 

After reaching Yuksom, you will be accommodated in guest houses, where you can rest and relax. If you want to do some last-minute shopping for the trek, you can do so at Yuksom. There are many such provisions in Yuksom. 

Around late evening, the tour guide will give you a small briefing about the rules to be followed at the trek, the weather conditions up in the mountains, and all the essential commodities that you need to carry with you on the trek. If you have any kind of physical ailment or condition, you should let the instructor know about it. 

Day 2 : Yuksom to Sachen
    • Altitude : 2,200m/ 7200 ft.
    • Altitude Gain : 450m/ 1,400ft
    • Trek Distance : 8 km (6 hr approx.)
    • Terrain: Trek through dense forests, frequent ascents, and descents. The trail passes through three iron bridges. Steep ascent till the first bridge, gradual descent to the second, and gradual ascent to the third. 
    • Abundant water sources, no shops on the trail
    • Packed lunch will be provided en-route.
    • Be careful on the trail as it is full of mules and yak. Make way for the animals first.
    • Stay: In tents at Sachen campsite

This is the first day of your Goechala Trek! Waking up early in the morning, we will trek towards our first campsite, Sachen. Sachen is located at an altitude of 7200 ft and the trek is about 8 km long. We will trek through an ascending path following the gorges of the Rathong River and dense forests and thickets of Rhododendrons and Magnolias. You will spot many Himalayan wildflowers and orchids on your way as well, before finally settling down at Sachen.

 

At the beginning of the trek, you will spot some mud houses, which slowly ebb away as we walk away from civilization and into the embrace of nature. The mobile network coverage becomes erratic and there are also no shops on the way. We will provide a packed lunch that you can relish on the way to Sachen.  Soon we will come across the serene flowing river, Rathong, the natural beauty is simply awe-striking on this trail.

 

Crossing the lush environs, we will trek through the dense forest covers and a surprise encounter with three ancient bridges. The path to Sachen meanders through dense forests, valleys, pristine rivers, orchid blooms, and the captivating sight of Tshushay Khola waterfalls. As we walk through the forests, we will occasionally catch glimpses of sunlight here and there.

 

From the first suspension bridge, it is a moderate walk to the second bridge and a steep ascent to the third bridge and to Sachen. The Sachen campsite is located in a small clearing within the forest with the Prek River flowing further down the valley. You can hear the faint gushing of the river from the campsite if you listen closely enough.

 

There is a sharp altitude gain throughout the trek. As soon as you cross the last bridge over the Mentogang River, you reach an altitude of 7000 ft. from the last bridge, it will take another 20 minutes of trekking to reach the campsite. It can be quite exhausting after a day of trekking and hence it is recommended to sleep early to begin the next day of trekking.

 

Day 3 : Sachen to Tshokha via Bakhim
    • Altitude: Bakhim at 2,650m/ 8650 ft and Tshokha at 3,000m/ 9750ft
    • Trek Distance: 7 km (5 hr approx.)
    • Altitude Gain: 800m/ 2,550ft
    • Terrain: Steep ascent till Bakhim. Trek from Bakhim to Tshoka through Rhododendron vegetation, the last 1 km to Sachen is a pleasant walk.
    • Water refill at Bakhim
    • Lunch at campsite
    • Stay: In tents

Today you trek from Sachen to your next campsite, Tshoka via Bakhim. En route, you will cross the Prek Chu River and trek uphill to reach Bakhim. A further trek upwards, we will arrive at Tshoka, a refugee Tibetan settlement, where we will stay overnight at camps.

 

Tshoka is situated at an altitude of about 9000 ft approximately and here you can treat your eyes to the sight of the magnificent Mt. Pandim and Mt. Kanchenjunga. The trek to Tshoka follows a steep elevation, so even if the distance is not as long, about 7 km, the duration of the trek can increase due to the steep incline. 

 

The trek to Tshoka involves crossing a bridge across the Prek Chu River, followed by another dense forest of Rhododendron and Oak, which is in full bloom during spring and summer and during autumn and winter, the forests capture the lovely hues of fall. Bakhim is the mid-point of today’s trek, and after that, we will resume our trek to Tshoka.  Tshoka is home to a monastery, which also holds some beautiful mountain views of Kanchenjunga and Pandim.

 

The trail elevates fast and the temperature also becomes cooler gradually. After a short break at Bakhim, we will begin towards Tshoka again. Bakhim has many stalls and shops, where you can energize yourself. This is the spot where trekkers take long halts to enjoy the scenic extravaganza of the Yuksom Valley. The final leg to Tshoka comprises steep ascents and descents that will take you at an altitude of 9000 ft.

 

There are some flat plains in Tshoka, where camps can be set. A wonderful camping location, surrounded by snow-covered mountains. Bathe in the serenity and rest for the trek the next day.

Day 4 : Tsokha to Dzongri via Phedang
    • Altitude: Phedang at 3,700m/ 12,100 ft, Deoralli Top at 4,000m/ 13,100ftand Dzongri at 3,950m/ 12,900 ft.
    • Trek Distance: 9km (7 hr approx.)
    • Altitude Gain:- 950m/ 3,150ft
    • Terrain: Mostly, ascent. A rocky trail for the first hour followed by a wooden trail for the next two hours and the last leg is again rocky and follows a zig-zag trail till the campsite.
    • Packed lunch will be provided
    • Carry enough water as there is no water source, en route.

Today we will make our way through lush forests of Rhododendrons, through an uphill trek to reach Dzongri. The trek will take you to Dzongri top, where we will set camp for the night.

 

This is one of the most scenic days of your trek and by the time we reach Phedang, it will be almost lunchtime. After lunch, we will proceed towards Dzongri, one of the most scenic viewpoints that offers a spectacular view of the sunrise at Mt. Kanchenjunga. 

 

The trek today will take 9 to 10 hrs and a few minutes into the trek, it begins to get rocky with a steep ascent. Be cautious while stepping over the rocks and pebbles. Dzongri is a mesmerizing campsite with snowy mountains in the backdrop and nature all around.

 

Trek to Dzongri is quite demanding and one of the most challenging days of your trek. What makes the trek a little strenuous is the sharp altitude gain, so maintain a steady pace so that you can help your body acclimatize better. 

 

The initial part of the trek is filled with wooden logs and flanked on either side by Rhododendron bloom and a couple of hours of walking will bring you to Phe Dang, where you will see prayer flags lining the surroundings. You can take a break here before resuming the trek.

 

After another 4 to 5 hours of trek from Phedang, you will reach Dzongri, your campsite for the day. The Climb to Dzongri is quite steep and proper measures need to be taken to avoid altitude sickness, nausea, headache, etc as the altitude gain is pretty quick. But soon these problems will settle once we reach and settle in Dzongri. If the problem persists, you should consult with your tour coordinator. The winds here are quite strong so dress accordingly and it can get pretty chilly at night as well. Take your much-needed rest at night.

 

Day 5 : Rest day in Dzongari
    • Rest Day at Dzongri, used for acclimatization. 
    • Trek to Dzongari top for sunrise view at 4,150m/ 13,675 ft, approx 1 hour.
    • It is recommended not to sleep during the day. Go for small walks and explore the area.
    • Peaks Spotted: Kumbakarna, Kabru North & South, Frey Peak, Kabru Dome, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Jupono, and Simro

Today is a rest day at Dzongri top. Here we will relax and chill and take small acclimatization walks throughout the day.  The trek the day before was quite arduous and there was a sharp altitude gain, so your body needs some time to acclimatize as well.

 

The view from Dzongri is like anything you have ever seen. Picturesque landscapes and the snow-clad mountains greet your eyes, enough to help you rejuvenate after the tiring day before. You will spot a lot of Tibetan prayer flags that beautifully flutter in the breeze.

 

You will spot prominent Himalayan peaks like  North and South Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Koktang and Narsing, Jupono, Simno, Frey Peak, and many more. Take small walks, capture some amazing stills, and spend your day relaxing here at the campsite. 

 

Day 6 : Dzongari to Thansing via Kokcharang
    • Altitude: Kokcharang at 3,650m/ 12,100ft, Thansing at 3900m/12900ft.
    • Trek Distance: 10 km ( 6 hrs approx.)
    • Terrains: Gradually walk through meadows and descend to reach Kokcharang. Walk from Kokcharang to the bridge near Prekchu and then an ascent of 2 km until Thangshing.
    • Refill water at Kokcharang
    • Hot lunch at campsite
    • Stay: In tents

From Dzongri we will start our trek towards Kokcharang through both ascending and descending routes, following the trail up to the Prek Chu River to our final stop for the day, Thangshing.

 

The trek starts early in the morning from Dzongri to Dzongri top, which takes about an hour and we will reach the top by sunrise. Here, you will get the most spectacular view of the sunrise at Mt., Kanchenjunga, and Singalila. Watch the snow-covered mountain changing colors as the sun rays illuminate it slowly. This is what makes the climb even more thrilling. On a clear day, Mt. Kanchenjunga appears to be turned into gold as the sun rays strike the snow-covered peaks. From Dzongri Top, we will begin our hike towards Thangshing. Thangshing is situated at an altitude lower than Dzongri so the hike is not going to be as strenuous with gentle ascents and descents. It will take approximately 4 to 5 hours to complete the trek of 8 km. 

 

The trail starts with lush meadows and Rhododendron thickets, making the trail more captivating. As you walk through the forests, you can hear the chirping of birds and the sounds of nature. After you cross the forest, there is a gradual descent to Kokcharang. Kokcharang is located at an altitude of 12000 ft. From here, walk straight down to the Prek Chu River gushing along the trail. You can rest for some time here and refill your water bottles for the rest of the trip.

 

There is a trekkers’ hut in Kokcharang as well and many use it for halting during their trek but the place is quite congested, which makes it difficult to set up a tent here. We will rest for some time by the bank of the Prekchu River, a fine spot to bask in the serenity of nature. The gushing of the flowing river accompanied by the chirping of the birds makes it all the more magical.

 

From Kokcharang it's a straight 2 km trek to Thangshing. Trail through Rhododendron blooms enjoying the picturesque vistas. The trek to Thangshing is a gradual ascent and not steep at all so the trekkers can enjoy the walk amidst the forested land and a small trail of rocky terrain. After you cross the rocky part, another meadow will come into view, and we have arrived at our campsite in Thangshing, located at an altitude of 12,900 ft.

 

The Thangshing campsite is located at the foot of Mt. Pandim, so you will get some close-up views of the majestic mountain range. After reaching the campsite, we will enjoy a hot lunch and then relax for the rest of the day. The temperature at Thangshing is quite cold as such you need to layer appropriately. A light meal is recommended as heavy food can cause uneasiness during ascents to high altitudes. A lot of liquid consumption is advised. At night, we will retire in our camps..

Day 7 : Thansing to Lamuney
    • Altitude: 4,150m/ 13,700 ft.
    • Trek Distance: 4 km (2 hr approx.)
    • Altittude Gain: 250m/800ft
    • Breakfast at Thangshing campsite
    • Easiest trek day on an easy trail
    • Hot lunch at campsite
    • Trek 2km more to Samiti Lake

Today, we will trek from Thangshing to Lamuney, the easiest day of our trek and we will trek up to an altitude of 13, 650 ft. The trek is quite gentle and we will reach Lamuney in about 2 hours. Today, you will mostly trek through flat trails as we reach our next campsite.

 

After breakfast at 9 in the morning, we will begin our journey at around 10:00 AM and proceed towards Lamuney. The leisure walk will give your body some rest and also help you acclimatize to higher altitudes. The beautiful trail through meadows and pastures on both sides will take you to Lamuney campsite.

 

The trail is quite simple and mostly flat, however, the last leg of the trek is a little steep and rocky and trekkers often find some difficulty climbing here. On reaching Lamuney, we will enjoy a hot lunch in the serene atmosphere, enjoying the mountain views.

 

The beautiful still water lake, Samiti, lies only at a distance of 2 km from the campsite. The trail to Samiti Lake can be easily covered in an hour but the road is not quite as smooth and covered with stones. Camping beside the lake is prohibited but you can take a walk to the lake and enjoy its fascinating beauty. You can capture some stills and videos of the crystal clear lake flowing gently and hitting the rocks on its banks and return to your campsite before nightfall.

 

At the campsite, your trek leader and guide will give you a briefing about the biggest day of your trek, the following day, the trek to Goechala Summit. You will be educated on the nature of the trial, what you can expect, and some helpful advice. The night view at Lamuney campsite is equally enchanting as the sky breaks into a galaxy of stars. It is advised to call in early, as you need to start the next day early in the morning.

Day 8 : Lamuney to Goechala via Samiti Lake back to Thangsing/Kukchurang
    • Altitude: 4,600n/ 15,100 ft
    • Trek Distance: 18 km ( 13 hr approx.)
    • The longest and toughest day of the trek. 
    • Trek from Lamuney to Goechala viewpoint: 5 km, steep ascent for 2 hrs.
    • Descend back to Lamuney for a hot lunch.
    • Descend further to Thangshing or Kokcharang 
    • Peaks spotted: Kabru North & South, Kabru Dome, Kanchenjunga, Gocha Jupano, Sinvo, Pandim, Tenzingkhang.

This is the toughest day of your trek and also the longest as we make our way to the Goechala Pass and back to Lamuney. First, we will make an uphill climb through moraines, following a descending route to Samiti Lake and then we will start ascending again and for trekking for about an hour, we will reach the Goechala Pass viewpoint 1.

 

We will begin the trek as early as 1 in the morning to avoid any harsh weather conditions that might affect the course of your trek in the latter part of the day. The trek today is about 18 km long and it will take about 13 to 14 hrs to make it to the summit and back, so we need an ample amount of time on our hands.  Also, leaving early, you can enjoy some spectacular sunrise views in the Himalayas, which is one of the most appealing parts of the Goechala trek.  Keep your bags packed well in advance at night, so that you can return from the trek, have your lunch, and leave for lower campsites.

 

As we will reach the viewpoint by sunrise, most of our trek will be done during the night, so the trekkers should make sure that they are carrying their head torch. We will start on the trail towards Samiti Lake, which will take about an hour. From here, there is a very steep ascent towards Goechala View Point. The viewpoint is located at an altitude of 15,100 ft, so you will have a strenuous uphill climb. Follow your trek leader's advice.

 

The distance of Goechala viewpoint from Lamuney is about 5 km and it takes about 3 hours to make the climb through the steep ascent, however, the time depends on the speed and agility of the trekker. The climb to the ridge from Samiti Lake is a narrow trail so be cautious on the trail. By the time, you reach the viewpoint, the sun will begin to rise. Behold the magnificent view of the majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga and some other distant paks in their snow-covered glory, before we start our descent back towards Lamuney and Thangshing. You can spot some major peaks like North & South Kabru, Kabru Dome, Pandim, Gocha Jupano, Sinvo, and Tenzing Khang. The beautiful sunrise view paired with the accomplishment of finally having summited the peak will leave you speechless and surely makes for one of the most rewarding experiences.

 

After admiring the beautiful sunrise and spending some time at the Goechala viewpoint, we will begin our descent towards Lamuney and further below if the weather permits. Back at Lamuney, we will enjoy a hot lunch, and depending on the weather we will trek down to either Thangshing or Kokcharang. You will call it a day after reaching Thangshing or Kokcharang campsite and sleep in your tents.

Day 9 : Thansing/Kokcharang to Tsokha via Phedang
    • Altitude: Thansing 3,900m/ 12,900ft Kokcharang 3,650m/ 12,100ft to Tsokha 3,000m/9,750ft
    • Trek Distance: 16 km (7 hr approx.)
    • Altitude Loss: 900m/ 3,150ft | 650m/ 2,350ft
    • Kokcharang to Phedang: 12 km, gradual ascent, and descent through Rhododendron forest
    • Phedang to Tshoka: descent for 5 km
    • Packed lunch will be given

Today we will retrace our path back from Thangshing to Tshoka. The trek distance is approximately 16 km and takes about 7 hours to complete. The trek back to Tshoka can be steep in certain places and if you are doing it in the winter months, then some sections will be frozen in ice as well.  In spring you will find the path lined by Rhododendron blooms. Arriving in Tshoka, we will settle down in our overnight camps.

 

We will begin our descending journey early in the morning by 7 AM so that we can reach Tshoka in the evening before nightfall. Packed lunch will be provided to you. On our descent, the first destination we will reach is Phedang. It takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach Phedang. The trail on the way back is pretty direct without many diversions. 

 

We will make our way from one mountain to another through dense Rhododendron forests to descend further. The vibrant forest and the scenic beauty on the trail are quite enough to revitalize you. From here, there are no steep stretches and quite a pleasant walk and you will catch beautiful sightings of Mt. Pandim as you descend. 

 

At Phedang, we will take a short break, and have our lunch. The cool breeze and the melody of nature will soothe your senses as you gain the energy to trek down to your campsite. After taking adequate rest, we will begin descending to Tshoka through the same trail that we came and from here the distance to Tshoka is about 5 km. At Tshoka we will call it a night early so that you get enough rest as the next day is also a long walk back.

Day 10 : Tsokha to Yuksom via Bakhim and Sachen
    • Altitude: 5,670 FT
    • Trek Distance: 15 km (8 hr approx.)
    • Altitude Loss: 1,250m/ 3,950ft
    • Complete descending route
    • Packed lunch will be given

Today we will be descending, crossing the Prek Chu River and arriving at Yuksom. Arriving at Yuksom, we will check-in at a guest house and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Since the trek to Yuksom is mostly descending, it can put a little strain on your knees, so be mindful and maintain a steady pace.

 

The trek from Tshoka to Yuksom is about 15 km and ideally, it is covered in 7 to 8 hours. We will start the day early providing you a packed lunch to savor on the way.  We will follow the same trail while descending as we took while trekking from Yuksom to Tshoka.

 

This trail is quite scenic as well with the backdrop of the snow-clad Himalayas. There aren’t any steep turns on the trail, which makes it less tiresome and more enjoyable. We will pass through Bakhim and Sachen before crossing three iron bridges and finally trek to Yuksom.

 

From Sachen, the road becomes a little zig-zag and follows some ascends and descends as we gradually lose altitude. The final leg of the trek follows climbing a hillock, which can be a little strenuous considering the tiring journey but then it is just a few meters. After crossing the hillock, you reach the neighborhood of Yuksom again. Telecom networks will return as you reach Yuksom and you can get in touch with your friends and family. After reaching Yuksom, you can settle down in the guest houses, take a shower, have a wholesome dinner, and have a good night’s sleep.

 

For enthusiastic travelers, the option of exploring the town is still open. You can roam around, explore the local culture and learn about the heritage and history as well as their religious beliefs. The people in Yuksom are warm and friendly and interacting with them is always a pleasure. You can visit the monasteries or visit the local handicraft market to shop for souvenirs., a remembrance of the wonderful trek that you have just completed.

Day 11 : Yuksom to NJP
    • Distance: 150 km (8 hr approx.)
    • Reach NJP by 5:00 Pm

This is the last day of our expedition as you drive back from Yuksom to NJP. We will start the day early as a long drive awaits us for the day. After having a delicious breakfast at Yuksom, you will start your journey towards New Jalpaiguri. The distance from Yuksom to NJP is 150 km and will take 8 to 9 hours depending on traffic congestion and you will reach NJP by late evening.

 

Driving along the same scenic route that we came in, with the beautiful Teesta River flowing side by side, we will reach NJP in the late hours of the day. You can arrange for a night’s stay in NJP and then arrange your journey further. You can roam around in the local Hong Kong and Bidhan markets if time permits. You can shop local handicrafts and relish the local cuisine in the eateries. In your scheduled time, move onward on your further journey.

How To Reach

  • Pick Up Place
  • Drop Place
  • Note

Our Pick-up location is New Jalpaiguri Junction (NJP) railway station.

Options:-

  1. Taking a flight to Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal, and take a cab to NJP railway station, it’s 20 km away and will take 45 minutes.
  • Domestic: There are various direct and indirect flights from other cities. You can take direct flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and other cities.
  • International: International terminal is well equipped with modern amenities. Druk Air is the airline which provides international flights to the passengers. International flights connect with Paro in Bhutan and Bangkok. These flights are direct and comfortable.
  1. Take a train to New Jalpaiguri Junction (NJP) that is well-connected to major cities like Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi and Mumbai.
  • TTH’s Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from NJP Railway Station
    Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.

 

  • TTH’s Tata Sumo, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicles will pick-up you.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.
  • If you wish to upgrade the transport service, please contact the Trek Coordinator.

Trekkers will be dropped at New Jalpaiguri Junction (NJP) by 04:00 PM, for onward journey from NJP it is advised to make arrangements after 05:30 PM.

 

The distance from Railway Station to Bagdogra Airport is 20 km, it will take approx 40 minutes.

Cost Terms

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Note
  • Tour Fee
  • Cancellation Policy

1. Accommodation. (guest house, Camping).
2. Meals while on trek (Veg. & Egg).
3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required).
4. All necessary permits and entry fees, Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals.
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.
7. Transport from NJP to yaksum and return.
8. Mules to carry the central luggage.
9. TTH Staff insurance.

1. Food during the transit.
2. Insurance.
3. Any kind of personal expenses.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

Charges of offloading backpack:-

INR 3000/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance

INR 3300/- if you inform us after reaching Yuksom

The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Special Offers

Make a single payment and trek the number of times you want.

If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.

Terms and conditions

  • This offer is a non-transferable.
  • This offer is valid for Trek The Himalayas limited fixed departures.
  • This offer is valid for 5 years from the date of booking.
  • This offer is not valid if the participant has received a cash refund or voucher at the time of cancellation.
  • Participants don’t have to pay for the trek cost but have to pay for the transport cost.

The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

Cancellation terms:

 

For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at info@trekthehimalayas.com  At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

 

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

Refund options

  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

 

If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:

At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.

 

Note

  • If the entirety of your group fails to reach or cross the pickup point, or abandons the trek, due to any unforeseen circumstances like snowfall or heavy rainfall, landslide, and such, in such a case the voucher will not be issued. You can, however, choose to repeat the trek with us.

 

  • The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of TTH.

 

 

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.

In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.

 

 

Note:

  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

 

Cash Voucher Terms:

  • This is a non-transferable voucher
  • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

 

 

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trek Essential

  • Basic Gear
  • Clothes
  • Personal Utilities
  • Head Gears
  • Foot Gears
Back pack & rain cover(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stickAdvisable (At least one)
Water bottle/Hydration pack2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.
Personal Medical KitConsult your doctor
SnacksEnergy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
T-shirts4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.
Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower)1 Pair
Trek pants3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Waterproof gloves1 Pair
Fleece/woolen gloves1 Pair
Poncho1 Nos.
Sunscreen creamMoisturiser
Hand sanitizerAntibacterial powder
Toothbrush and toothpasteLip balm / Chapstick
Toilet Paper & wipesQuick dry towel
Head torch1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)
Sun cap1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap1 Nos.
Balaclava1 Nos. (Optional)
Neck-gaiters2 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair
Cotton socks6 pairs
Woollen socks1 pairs
Gaiters1 Pair (TTH will Provide)

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

Moderate To Difficult

Calculate Your BMI :


Your BMI value is

24.22

Congratulations, your body is in good conditions!

BMI Range Category
Less than 16.5 Serverely Underweight
16.5 - 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 25 Normal
25 - 30 Overweight

  • If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned.
  • If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
  • If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to do Goechala Trek?.

The best time to do Goechala is from April to Mid May, during Spring and Summer and October in autumns. This region also get fair share of rains so it's advisable if you're planning for Trek then pack your rain gears as well.

Is travel included?

Yes, Travel cost is included in shared package.

I am a beginner, Can I go for Goechala Trek?

Goechala Trek is one of the difficult Trek so physical fitness and past trekking experience helps a lot.

If beginner can fulfil minimum fitness criteria like cover 5 km distance within 30 minute and don't have any chronic diseases then they can plan for Goechala Trek, for Experienced Trekkers, its recommended that they work on their fitness so that they can complete this trek easily.

Are foreigners allowed for Goechala Trek

Foreigners are allowed for Goechala Trek except for Citizens of China, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

Is there any extra guidelines for foreign national? please clarify

Yes, There is.

1. Inner line permit Paper:

Foreigners will need an Inner Line Permit (ILP) and it is easy to get while entering in Sikkim from nearest Check post. To get it, Foreigner must have valid passport and visa for verification and printed copies for submission

2. Goechala Trek Permit : Foreign National will need Foreigner Trek permit for Goechala Trek. The permit is issued in Gangtok and cannot be processed in advance, so participant need to come yuskom one day early on their own to complete the formalities.

The charge for obtaining the Foreigner Trek permit is 2000/- INR per person. Pay the amount to TTH representative and we shall arrange the permit. Additional cost for extra day accommodation in Yuksom, and travelling charge is not included in the trek cost

I have heard that foreign National required to reach one day early. Is it required?.

Yes, it is correct. We have to arrange permission for Foreign National from Gangtok office and it is not possible if foreigner reach with group so to get permission part done, they have to reach one day early and submit all documents with permission charges to our Trek Leader so that we can arrange permission without any delay.

What is the mode of travel from NJP station

Tata sumo and bolero kind of vehicles for travelling

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