Goecha La Trek

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About

Goecha La (La means a mountain pass in Tibetan), is situated at an altitude of 16200ft in the district of West Sikkim bordering Nepal. The trail climbs steadily to cross a ridge at Dzongri and then proceeds north to the Onglathang Valley to reach Goecha La at its head. It is a traditional trekking route popular both to the Indians and foreigners, which follows a picturesque route past lush vegetation, blooming rhododendron flowers and wonderful mountain views. On a clear day the panorama from Dzongri top is unmatched and offers at least 20 high Himalayan peaks including Black Kabru, Kabru (South/North/Dome), Pandim, Tenzingkhang, Jopuno, Fork (I & II), Rathong, Frey, Kokthang and the gorgeous Kanchendzongha range. The trail entirely lies inside Kanchendzongha National Park which is a biodiversity hotspot. Nature is bountiful through flora and fauna. During sunrise from Goecha La View points(s) any trekker is mesmerized and blessed by the view of golden hue of the mighty Kanchendzongha massif.


Short Itinerary

Yuksom(1760m) to Sachen (2621m)

Trek from Sachen (2160m) to Tsokha (2930m)

Trek from Tsokha (2930m) to Dzongri (3930m)

Acclimatization Day

Trek from Dzongri (3930m) to Thansing (3900m)

Trek from Thansing (3900m) to Lamuney (4120m)

Trek  to Goecha la pass and  return to thangsing (16,500ft 4,960m)

Thangsing  to Tshoka 

Tshoka  to Yuksam 

package details

Location

:

Yuksam

State

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Sikkim

No. of Days

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9

Mode Of Transport

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NA

Meals Included

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Yes

Type Of Stay

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Camp

Start/End Location

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Yuksam

Trip Type

:

Adventure

Altitude

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4940 mts

Cost

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14000 /-

Day 1
Yuksom(1760m) to Sachen (2621m)

Yuksam   to  sachen (7569mts/2300ft)you walk gently uphill throught denese forest with ferns many different   varieties of orchit and brightly coloured birds . After an  hour or so  you cross the  paha  khola suspension  bridge.ideal place  for lunch spot . Overnight stay in tents.

Day 2
Trek from Sachen (2160m) to Tsokha (2930m)

Sachan  to  tshoka (8km)  (9443ft /2900 mts) After breakfast our trek starts to tshoka through the lush thick green un touched forest of pine  and  oak,following the  rathung  river  george we cross the  river  prek chu  then start uphill climb to bhakim village  then  continue to  picturesque village  of tshoka,home  to a small monastry set beside a holy  lake. overnight stay  at cabin/tents.

Day 3
Trek from Tsokha (2930m) to Dzongri (3930m)

Tshoka  to Dzongri (9km ) (13000ft /3950mtr) a fairy steep climb  from  tshoka takes  you  in  beautiful rhododendron forest and along a well defined uphill path to pheadang (good lunch sport) a further climb  takes you to the trek lodges at dzongri .over night stay  at hut /tent.

Day 4
Acclimatization Day

Early morning trek to  view  point to see  kokthang  20,167ft /6,147m , Rathung , kabru 24,075ft/7,338m,  kanchenjunga 28,169ft/8,585, pandim  21,952ft/6,691m  more  mountans  then  trek back to  Dzongri  (acclimatization day)over  night stay at hut /tent

Day 5
Trek from Dzongri (3930m) to Thansing (3900m)

Dzongri  to thangsing (9  km  ) (12.670ft/3,850 mtr )today  you ascend gradually over open  hillside for a mile or so  to a low ridge  visible  from the campsite(13500ft/4115m ) .From here  beside some chortens on the skylines there  are Faboulous view of kanchenjunga and  pandim you then descend, at first traversing down towards of pandim on the far side of the valley,then dropping steeply on good path  through rhododendron forest to the perk chu river at 12,300ft/3,749m) for lunch . There  is a new trekking  lodge  here which the crew may use for cooking. you cross the river and ascend throught pine forest before you reach a grassy campsite beneath the shaply unclimbed peak of pandim.   over night at cabin  or  tent.

Day 6
Trek from Thansing (3900m) to Lamuney (4120m)

Thangsing  to lamunay 5 km  (13,776ft/4,200m)today’s walk  is fairly short throught thin forest;give plenty of opportunity to rest before tommrow’s big day. 

Overnight Stay in Tents

Day 7
Trek  to Goecha la pass and  return to thangsing (16,500ft 4,960m)

Trek  to Goecha la pass and  return to thangsing (16,500ft 4,960m) an alpine start today, setting off in the early morning climbing the hill  behind the lake before traversing the moraine and then descending to the sandy bed of a empty lake the whole area above samati lake is called the chemithang plateau. You cross this under the shadow of pandim and then ascend moranie to a  height of  about (15,700ft4,785m) where  you rest above a frozen lake which  is dotted with snow and ice pinnacles.the Goecha la pass is a further hour away across the lake up a scree slope and then on a well -trodden path to the objectives which is festooned with brightly coloured prayer,  flags,there are stupendous view of the east flank of kanchenjung. As well as  mountains and valleys distance returning down the valley there will be short rest at lamuney  before setting off to walk gently downhill to reach thangsing over night.

Day 8
Thangsing  to Tshoka 

Thangsing  to Tshoka  (16km) from here there fantastic view of kanchanjunga and one can look back up the Goecha la leaving  thangsing  you take a different route back avoiding the long camp to the dzongri plateau.Descending to the prek chu river  you contour round  throught  jungle with inevitably some  up as well as downs  to emerge  at phedang  again from there it is steep walk down to tshoka but does involve  quite a long day.  over night at cabin  ya tent.

Day 9
Tshoka  to Yuksam 

Tshoka  to yuksam  ( 16 km).today you desend steeply back down to the prek chu river following the route taken  on first  day and then gradually downwards  to reach the village  of yuksam  . End of  the  trek.

All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner)

accommodation(quechua tents)

guide

yak

porter

sleeping bag

mattresses

trekleader

permit fees

oxygen cylinder

medical assistance from base camp to base camp.

Any personal cost during the journey

Offloading charges extra (300rs per bag)

Any other luxury cost.

Transportation cost to and from base camp.

Access to Yuksom (The trek base): Depending on the trek members we can arrange a Jeep pickup from NJP/Bagdogra to Yuksom and back. This will be shared equally by the availing team members and is 6000 one way.

New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is well connected by train from New Delhi and Kolkata.

There are several overnight trains from Kolkata to NJP. The nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 10 Km from Siliguri.

Connecting flights to New Delhi and Kolkata are available.

To reach Yuksom by public transport you have to reach Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus/Siliguri Junction area on Hill Cart Road. Take a shared jeep for Jorethang in south Sikkim, takes around 4 hours.

From there take a shared jeep service for Yuksom, latest by 1 pm.

Rucksack

Trekking pole

3 pair of trekking pants

3 pair of cotton t-shirts

3 pair of woollen full sleeves t-shirts

Windcheater

Poncho

Fleece

Head cover

Headlamp

Medicines

Toiletaries

Trekking shoes

Identity proof