Gorichen Trek is one of the most arduous and stunning treks in the lovely state of Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the rising sun. Giving you unparalleled views of the Gorichen Peak, the trek is a testament to the epicness of the trail through dense forests, high passes, glacial lakes and the stunning Tse La range of peaks. Undoubtedly one of the most offbeat trails in the Himalayas, the Gorichen Trek is a legendary way to explore the unparalleled beauty of the North East. The trek being taxing and reaching a maximum altitude of 4980 M, is meant only for experienced trekkers with prior trekking experience. The trek ends in the beautiful town of Tawang with its exceptional Tawang monastery that is definitely a cherry on the cake. The best time to the Gorichen Trek is in the pre-monsoon months of May-June and post-monsoon months of September-October. Stay on this page for more information on Gorichen Trek.
Arrival in Guwahati
Report in Guwahati by the morning. Check-in to the booked hotel or orientation camp set up by Bikat Adventures. Proceedings will start after lunch with a round of introductions for the participants and organizers. The trek leader will brief about the expedition and you will be free to explore around Guwahati. Overnight at the hotel.
Guwahati to Bomdila - 340 km Drive
Morning drive down to reach Bomdila (2400 mt). En route we will have a stopover for documents check and entry formalities at Bhalukpong Check Gate bordering Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Upon arrival at Bomdila check in to the hotel. Afternoon orientation and acclimatization around the town.
Bomdila to Lagaam - 55 km Drive. Lagaam (2700 M) to Thungri (3200 M) - Trek
Thungri (3200 M) to Changla (3760 M)
Changla (3760m) to Nyang (4500 M) / Potok (4640 M) via Poshing La (3950 M) and Pangi La (4200 M)
Nyang (4500 M) / Potok (4640 M) to Lurthim (4350 M) via Tse La (4980 M)
Lurthim (4350 M) to Mago (3600 M)
Mago (3600 M) to Thimbu Hydel (3200 M) and drive to Tawang via Jung
Tawang to Bomdila - 170 km Drive
Bomdila to Guwahati - 340 km Drive
Best time to do Gorichen Trek
Pre-monsoon - Late April, May and June
Post monsoon - September, October
One should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in his/her kitty. Gorichen trek is more than 4800 meters, a person must have prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 meters.
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
One should be familiar with the following:
Gorichen Trek is a difficult trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to a height of 4980 meters. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain experience of trekking to altitudes of 3700 meters and learn about campsite basics, ascending descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with Gorichen Trek. On the Bikat scale, Gorichen trek difficulty level is 5. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
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The base for the expedition is Guwahati, which is a major city connected daily by multiple flights and trains from Delhi and elsewhere.
Intermittent network from Bomdila onwards. No network from Lagaam.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by 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.
The accommodation will be a mix of hotel/guesthouse stays and camping. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will be 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 accomodate 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 of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.
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 fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for 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 journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.
You can expect a good amount of snow in the first season i.e. April-June. It is difficult to expect snow post monsoons in September-October when the trek opens again for its second season.
On Gorichen Trek - during the day, the temperature will range from 13-18 degrees Celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to 0-7 degrees Celsius. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior 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 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 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
Yes, 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.
Bomdila has a decent selection of stores for any last minute purchases. However, Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only 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.
ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for this trek.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Guwahati and drop you off at the same location.
Expect to reach Guwahati by evening.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
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