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