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.
Yuksom(1760m) to Sachen (2621m)
Trek from Sachen (2160m) to Tsokha (2930m)
Trek from Tsokha (2930m) to Dzongri (3930m)
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
3 pair of trekking pants
3 pair of cotton t-shirts
3 pair of woollen full sleeves t-shirts