Goecha La Trek
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  • Mountaineering Course Certified Trek Leaders, Specially Trained in Emergency Procedures & First Aid Responder
  • Local Guides Certified in First Aid Responder
  • Trek Leaders to Participants ratio of 1:8
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Goecha La Trek

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. Trekking in Sikkim or the entire north east is totally different from trekking in the northern Himalayas. The people and culture are totally different .Nestled midst vibrant and colourful flora and fauna, this trek is also the way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park.


1 Region Sikkim
2 Difficulty Level Moderate
3 Maximum Elevation achieved & where Goechala (4940 mts)
4 Accommodation Tents/Guet House
5 Food Nutritious food suited for trekking / 3 meals a day
6 Trek starting point Yuksom
7 Trek End Point Yuksom
8 Distance Altitude Graph
9 What is included in the fee Meals during the trek (Starting Lunch on Day 2)
Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
2 Nights guest house stay in Yuksom on sharing basis
Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
Safety Equipment
Services of Trek guide, cook, helpers.
Porters or mules for carrying common supplies
Services of a Trek Leader
10 What is not included in the fee Meals during road Journeys
Meals during Hotel/Guest House Stay
Cost of any kind of Insurance
Any expense of personal nature
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list

Trek Fee

16200

Yuksom to Yuksom

GST @ 5% is applicable on the fee.


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Dates

28-10-2017 - 05-11-2017(Open)
04-11-2017 - 12-11-2017(Full)
11-11-2017 - 19-11-2017(Open)
18-11-2017 - 26-11-2017(Open)
25-11-2017 - 03-12-2017(Open)
02-12-2017 - 10-12-2017(Closed)
09-12-2017 - 17-12-2017(Closed)
16-12-2017 - 24-12-2017(Full)
23-12-2017 - 31-12-2017(Open)
11-02-2018 - 19-02-2018(Closed)
30-03-2018 - 07-04-2018(Open)
07-04-2018 - 15-04-2018(Open)
08-04-2018 - 16-04-2018(Full)
14-04-2018 - 22-04-2018(Open)
21-04-2018 - 29-04-2018(Open)
28-04-2018 - 06-05-2018(Open)
05-05-2018 - 13-05-2018(Open)

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day (Base camp Yuksom)

On this day you have to report in Yuksom. Stay will be in Yuksom.Click for Travel Options for Yuksom

Day 2: Yuksom to Sachen ( 4-5 hours )

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Take the trail which starts behind the forest check post in Yuksom . The trail initially skirts around the fields of Yuksom and then enter the beautiful Rathong river valley. Todays trek is through pleasant jungle with occasional glimpses of sunlight . The trail can be slippery at places. One of things to look for is fierce Tshushay Khola falls in a series of small waterfalls joining the Prek River. You can see the log huts spanning all along the way. Right below the camp site runs river Prek the sound of which is soothing. Camp overnight at Sachen.

Day 3: Sachen to Tshoka ( 4 hours )

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The trek to Tshoka is steep. We first cross the wooden bridge over prek river. The bridge is lined with Buddhist prayer flags and swings as you walk on it .After crossing the bridge we climb into the forest of oak & rhododendron The local malt Tumba is pretty popular. You will find it in cafes at Tshoka . From the monastery at Tshoka, get the fantastic views of Mt. Pandim and the entire Kanchenjunga range. The stay options in Tshoka include camps, forest hut or the forest rest house. For overnight we will be doing camping here.

Day 4: Tshoka to Dzongri

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This is the day which all Goechala trekkers look forward to . The climb is steep today . If you come here in spring the trail passes through the densest forests of blooming colourful Rhododendrons. After a few hours into the trek we reach Phedang, a large clearing with superb mountain views. Continue on the trail & reach Dzongri . It is large meadow surrounded in all direction from Snow clad peaks of Kanchenjunga range. Enjoy the experience of surrounded by Himalayn might from all directions . Don’t forget to ask for the names of peaks from your guide. Camp overnight at Dzongri.

Day 5: Dzongri to Thansing

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Wake up early before sunrise & start trek to Dzongri top. From the top you will get a 180 degree view of the peaks of the Singalila and Kanchenjunga ranges. Watch the sunrise from behind the mountains & its first rays falling on the top of peaks. Thansing can be seen from the top. The trail decends upto Kockchurang and then climbs upto Thansing. The Prekchu river flows through the trail. As you cross the river from a bridge experience the cool breeze .From the bridge Thansingh is about 2 kms. Trail goes over rocks & boulders till you reach Thansingh. Thansing is also a meadow . We will pitch our tents here. The night is going to be cold here.

Day 6: Thansing to Lamuney ( 2 hours )

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Todays trek is easy with mostly flat trail. Within 2-3 hours of starting the trek we will reach Lamuney . About half an hour from Lamuney over a steep rocky trail lies Samiti Lake. There is a good chance of spotting mountain goats and blue birds on shores of the lake. Camping is not permitted by the lake. After spending some time on the shores of this beautiful lake we head back to our camps at Lamuney .

Day 7: Lamuney to Goecha La to Thansing (10-11 hours)

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Today is the most challenging day as we trek upto Goechala & return to our camps on the same day . But we have the advantage of leaving some of heavy stuff from our rucksack at the Thansingh camps & trek with lighter load. The distance is long & steep so we start way before sunrise. Continue on the trail till you reach Goecha La. The view from Goecha La is breathtaking with Mt. Pandim and Kanchenjunga standing right in front of you. Spend some time here and then descent to Thansing. Reach Thansing by evening.

Day 8: Thansing to Tshoka (6-7 hours)

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The trail is through forest and the gradient is mostly flat, with small ascends and descends. Be careful while on descending trails & trek slow. Rhododendron trees line your way all along and the Prekchu river flows below. Camp overnight at Tshoka.

Day 9: Tshoka to Yuksom. Stay in Yuksom.

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Retrace the same path from Tshoka to Yuksom. Its an easy trek. Take a quick halt at Sachen. From Sachen the trail goes up and down with mosty downhill. The last section has a few ascents before you reach Yuksom. This is the last day of trek.Stay overnight at Yuksom.The trip ends here. You can plan for your return on the next day. Click for Travel Options from Yuksom


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Trek FAQs

All you need to know about Goecha La Trek

 Why Bikat?
  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • Packing a rucksack
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • How to cross small and large water streams.
    • How to use gaiters, microspikes, and crampons (depending on snow conditions)
  • Special for this expedition: Do the full 8-day itinerary, explore Dzong Ri La along with Goecha La
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice axe, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.
Is this trek good for me?

Goecha La Trek is a moderate plus trek. It is a 9-day difficult trek that requires climbing to a height of 4940 meters. The climbs are steep and the trek begins at dawn and end at dusk. One must be appropriately fit and have a prior experience of high altitude treks. Only seasoned trekkers and the people who have some experience in moderate level treks should participate in this expedition. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Experience required
  • Should have at least 7-10 Himalayan treks in your kitty.
  • For the trek’s achieving around 5000 Mts, one should have an experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 3700 meters.
Requisite skills
  • Ascending & Descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small and large  water streams
  • How to use basic mountaineering equipment like gaiters & micro spikes
  • Basic principles of acclimatization
Fitness Benchmark
  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  2. Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  3. 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  4. Push Ups – 10
  5. Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

If you are meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

What to Pack

Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.

  • Trekking Gear
    • A rucksack with rain cover
    • A water bottle or a hydration pack
    • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
    • UV Protection Sunglasses
    • A trekking pole
  • Clothing:
    • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants- 3
    • Full sleeves T-shirts- 5
    • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower- 3
    • Fleece Jacket-1
    • Padded Jacket-1
    • Full sleeves sweater- 2
    • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) -1
    • Thick woolen socks- 5 pairs
    • Cotton socks- at least 4-5 pairs
    • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
    • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
    • Pair of synthetic (water resistant) gloves- 1
    • Woolen cap - 1
    • Balaclava- 1
  • Footwear
    • Non-skid deep trod hiking shoes -1
    • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals -1
  • Toiletries
    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
  • Utensils
    • A small size, lightweight, leak-proof lunch box - preferably aluminum
    • A plate and a spoon
    • A mug - preferably aluminum
  • Miscellaneous
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Epi-Pen - If you are allergic to a common ingredient and have a history of reaction, then please inform us. Carrying an EpiPen helps in case of any accidental intakes.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars
How to Reach

The start and end point of the trek is Yuksom, a township in Sikkim. There are no direct buses or trains to this place. But you can try these travel options for base point of Goecha La trek. The only way to reach is this place is by hiring a jeep or taxi from NJP/Siliguri.

By rail

The nearest railways station to Yuksom is New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP). it is located 150 km from Yuksom. There are a number of trains from Delhi to NJP that you can board like Avadh Assam Express, Ndls Njp Sf Express. The jeep ride from NJP to Yuksom will take about 6-7 hours. Get an early morning taxi from the taxi stand at Siliguri Railway Station. Avoid traveling in the night since the road condition is bad.

By air

The nearest airport to Yuksom is Bagdogra Airport, about 170 km from Yuksom and 12 km from Siliguri. There are direct flights from New Delhi to Bagdogra. The jeep ride from Siliguri to Yuksom will take about 6-7 hours to reach.

For the backward journey, the taxis are easily available from Yuksom to Bagdogra/NJP/Siliguri. Start your road journey in the morning.

Nearby Attractions

Yuksom is a beautiful town in Geyzing district of Sikkim. It was earlier the capital of Sikkim. There are a number of heavenly places to visit in Yuksom. Khecheopalri Lake is one of the largest lakes in Sikkim. This magical lake is considered to be a secretion of Goddess Tara. Khangchendzonga National Park is where you can find an endless variety of endangered species of plants and animals. Tashi Tenka is another attraction which offers 360-degree views of Yuksom Village. There are also a number of monasteries in Yuksom like Tashiding monastery and Katok monastery.

 Cellular Connectivity

There is no network reception beyond Yuksom. If you are lucky, you can find network till Tsokha.





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