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.
|3||Maximum Elevation achieved & where||Goechala (4940 mts)|
|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
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
GST @ 5% is applicable on the fee.
On this day you have to report in Yuksom. Stay will be in Yuksom.Click for Travel Options for Yuksom
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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
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
If you are meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no network reception beyond Yuksom. If you are lucky, you can find network till Tsokha.
Goechala Trek - 2016
"Being a PhD scholar most part of my day is spent in front of PC or in laboratory trying to do research work. Research involves doing something new which is not an easy task and eventually you get bored and frustrated and want to take some time off to do adventurous stuff. Altitude wise, I had experience of going to Hemkund Sahib (4300 m) in summers back in 2008 but it was more of a pilgrimage rather than a trek so I wanted to attempt a proper trekking expedition...Click to Read More"