Trekking in North-East, particularly Sikkim, is a totally different experience from trekking in the Northern Himalayas. Goechala Trek with an altitude of 4600 M is an option in the North-East which would not make you think twice. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, is viewable from the Goechala pass, which is also the base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain. Not just Kanchenjunga but 14 other summits will be your reward on Goecha la trek. The beautiful Samiti Lake, with still water and the reflection of the Mt. Pandim, is another major attraction on Goechala trek. Goechala is nestled in the vibrant Kanchenjunga National Park, one of the greenest regions in the world. The rich flora and fauna are unmatchable. The dramatic changes in the weather combined with quick altitude gain makes Goecha la a challenging trek, suitable for trekkers with moderate experience. The best time to do Goechala Trek is March - April, and September to December depending on how you like your trail - adorned with the colorful flowers or whitewashed with the pristine snow. On this page, we have got everything covered - Goechala trek map, itinerary, temperature and weather details, along with some stunning photos and videos. Scroll to the end to read Goechala Trek blogs.
Goecha La Trek is a moderate plus trek. It is a 9-day difficult trek that requires climbing to a height of 4600 metres. The climbs are steep and the trek begins at dawn and end at dusk. One must be appropriately fit and have prior experience of high altitude treks. Only seasoned trekkers and the people who have some experience in moderate level treks should participate in Goechala trek. On Bikat scale Goechala trek difficulty level is 5. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale.
One should have at least 7-10 Himalayan trekking days in their kitty, Experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 3700 metres.
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
The start and end point of Goechala 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 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 travelling in 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 backward journey, the taxis are easily available from Yuksom to bagdogra/NJP/Siliguri. Start your road journey in the morning.
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 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.
Normally there is no network reception beyond Yuksom. If you are lucky, you can find network in Tsokha (at a spot near the first hut).
There is no network reception beyond Yuksom. If you are lucky, you can find network till Tsokha.
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The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
When you arrive in Yuksom for Goechala trek, your stay will be made at a local guesthouse. The rooms will be provided on either twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email a few days prior to the trek. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accommodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
You will be provided with good quality gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice ax.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread, and butter served in breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on the journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent the following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack
During the day, the temperature will range from 13-18 degrees Celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to 3-5 degrees Celsius. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets. There will be a fall in temperature October onwards. To know more follow this Goechala Trek Temperature Chart
You can expect snow in the first season near View Point 1 i.e. in March-May. You can expect to witness good amount of snow in the months of November and December.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior to the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However, offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of the participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain a 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
Yes, the trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
Yuksom, the starting point of Goechala is a small town with a very small market. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing a tent with each other. In case you are a single woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
You have to report at Yuksom. Your stay will be made at a local hotel which will serve as the pickup point. The dropping point remains the same. You can book your transport from NJP/Bagdogra Airport to Yuksom (to and fro) with us at an additional cost.
Expect to reach Yuksom late in the evening where your stay will be made at a local hotel/guest house. Make sure your bookings from Yuksom to your respective destinations is on the next day.
Goechala Trek best time is April-May, September-December. To know more check this detailed blog here: Best Time to Do Goechala Trek
ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried), Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried), Inner Line Permit (For Foreign National), Photocopy of ID Proof and Passport Size Photo are the mandatory documents required for the trek.