Brief Description

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.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • 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
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • 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 ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Day 1: Arrival day (Base camp Yuksom)
2 Day 2
Day 2: Yuksom to Sachen ( 4-5 hours )
3 Day 3
Day 3: Sachen to Tshoka ( 4 hours )
4 Day 4
Day 4: Tshoka to Dzongri
5 Day 5
Day 5: Dzongri to Thansing
6 Day 6
Day 6: Thansing to Lamuney ( 2 hours )
7 Day 7
Day 7: Lamuney to View Point 1 to Thansing (10-11 hours)
8 Day 8
Day 8: Thansing to Tshoka (6-7 hours)
9 Day 9
Day 9: Tshoka to Yuksom. Stay in Yuksom.

Big Questions

Eligibility: 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 metres. 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.

Eligibility: Experience required

One should have at least 7-10 Himalyan trekking days in their kitty. For the trek’s achieving around 5000 Mts, one should have an experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 3700 metres.

Eligibility: 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

Eligibility: 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.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The start and end point of 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.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

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.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

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).

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

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

Packing List: What to pack

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • 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 includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Services of Trek guide, cook, helpers.
  • Porters or mules for carrying common supplies
  • Services of a Trek Leader

What's not Included

  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund
  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date - 5% deduction
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure - 50% deduction
  • Less than 15 days of departure - No Cash Refund
Voucher Refund
  • Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date - No deduction
  • Cencellations within 5 days prior to departure - No Refund
*Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
*Please note that this is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy

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