Goecha La is one most romantic trail in India. Best part of this Sikkim Himalayan trail is the closest view of Mt. Khangchendzonga from India. This trail gives a chance to walk through the pristine magic forest of alpine meadows. Also it gives an exposure to Gravel land & Glacial moraine, Cold Desert, Snow depth according to seasons.
On arrival at Silliguri/ NJP/ Bagdogra you will be greeted by our local representative who will transfer you to Yuksom by road in the evening. On arrival in the hotel you will be briefed about the day's plan. In the evening enjoy tea and snacks and introduction with the team, overnight stay at Yuksom.
We start at ease and hit the trail on a comfortable time as the day is easy. As soon as we leave Yuksom and enter the forest, our hearts are taken right there by the beauty of the typical Sikkimese lush green deep forest. We cross 3 river bridges before reaching our campsite. Sachen is a very small campsite right in the middle of the forests. After sunset, it goes pitch dark here. Accommodation: Tent, Sachen
Its a short walk today. The trail goes up and down through the deep forest, crossing another river bridge. From here, the trail continuously climbs to reach Bakhim marked by a tea/maggi shop, an abandoned lodge and a trekkers hut. We just cant move forward without having maggi here.. After a course of maggi and tea, we head towards Tshoka, which is 2 kms of steep climb from here. Tshoka is the biggest settlement on this trek with a monastery, Lake and few tea houses. After lunch, we head out to explore the place with our cameras. Tshokha gives us the first glimpses of the snow covered peaks of Pandim, Tenchenkhang, Jupono and Simolchu. Accommodation: Tent, Tshoka
We wake up to a scenic morning at Tshokha with the views of Pandim, Tenchenkhang, Jupono and Simolchu. We get ready for the day. Today is slightly difficult as compared to the previous 2 days. The distance is more and the climb up to Phedang and Deorali top is continuously steep from Tshoka. As soon as we start, the trail starts to climb up steeply. During spring season, this trail blooms with Lali Guras (Rhododendron). Phedang is marked by a flat meadow with a trekkers hut. View of the mountain peaks are towards your right from here. Its another hour of steep climb from here before the trail eases out at Deorali Top. We have our packed lunch at Deorali Top. It is marked by Buddhist prayer flags furling over a small meadow, with tall trees surrounding all round. Views of Kanchenjunga and other peaks from here makes this place very picturesque. Its the highest point on today's trail. From here, the trail goes up and down on the humps with huge juniper bushes on both the sides. After gradually descending for some 20 odd minutes, we reach Dzongiri - A beautiful place with river flowing right through it, 2 small shops and a trekkers hut. We ease out for the day and relax. Accommodation: Tent, Dzongri
We wake up before morning to climb up to Dzongri top to see a natural magic of morning sunrise light up the snow covered peaks of the region. Its an hours climb from our campsite. When we reach the top, we are mesmerized by what we see. Kanchenjunga gets the first light as its the highest and slowly starts turning golden. Other peaks slowly join hands. After some time, all the peaks are lighted and they loose the goldenness. After getting satisfying views of the sunrise, we head back to have our breakfast and the head to Kokchurong. Today's itinerary play a very important role in acclimatizing as we have already climbed up Dzongri, and will be sleeping at Kokchurong, which is lower to Dzongri. The trail to Kokchurong climbs up gently to a small pass and then we enter the Prek Chu valley. From here, the trail descend gradually through the meadows before climbing steeply downhill to Kokchurong. Kokchurong is marked by the Prek Chu river, a wooden bridge over it, and a small trekkers hut. Accommodation: Tent, Kokchurong
We start early today. From Kokchuorong, we cross the river and start climbing to Thansing, a vast flat meadow with sharp peaks surrounding it. Tenchenkhang 6010m and Jupono stands right on top of it with Pandim at a little distance. Up straight is the Kanchenjunga. The walk from here is almost flatish to Lamuney, our camp for the day. Lamuney is marked by a trekkers hut. With Lamuney, we have brought ourselves closer to the mountains. After lunch, if the weather is clear, we go for acclimatization walk to Samity Lake. A lake so pristine and peaceful that you will just melt into it. If time or weather does not permit, we will anyways have to visit it tomorrow while going to Goecha La. In the meanwhile we can watch beautiful sunset on the white peaks right from our tents if we wish to. However, the play of the mountains won't let you remain inside your tents. Camera and the mountains are your best buddies today. We have early dinner and sleep, As we have to wake up early the following morning to reach Goecha La intime to catch a good Sunrise. Accommodation: Tent, Lamuney
We start at around 3 AM today with packed breakfast. There is no view point for us as we head for the pass.The walk through the silence of the night with an amazing feeling. As we keep walking up, down and flatish, it slowly dawns giving us a sight to die for, cry for and go crazy for. Around 4 hours of walk takes us to Goecha La. From here, you stand on the ridge of Pandim, touching it. Kanchenjunga stands right in front of you, almost touchable on the other side of the pass. We see the Goecha Peak, Kabru Forked and Kabru Dome on our left. Tenchenkhang and Jupono behind us. We offer prayers and turn back after spending good amount of time there. On return, we spend some more time around Samity Lake and head back for lunch. If time and energy permits, we will push down to camp at Thansing. Else we will leave that for the next day. Accommodation: Tent, Lamuney
We walk back on our route till Kokchurong. From there, we trek on the curly flatish trail with small humps thorough the forest to reach Phedang. The walk is almost flat. We have our lunch at Phedang and the head steep downhill to Tshoka. Accommodation: Tent, Tshoka
As we leave the mountains behind, we feel sad for it. However, returning to our loved ones motivates us and keeps us going. We trek back on the same trail and cross 4 bridges to reach Yuksom. After we reach Yuksom, we celebrate our successful trek. Have our last dinner together. Accommodation: Hotel, Yuksom
Early Morning you depart from Yuksom for your onward Journey, You can get Jeep on Share or Hire Basis, starting from 5.30am onwards.
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|Not Valid for:||June - Sep due to heavy rain and Feb- Mar for snow route will be closed|
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|Deluxe||On Req.||On Req.||On Req.||On Req.||On Req.||On Req.||On Req.|
|Super Deluxe||On Req.||On Req.||On Req.||On Req.||On Req.||On Req.||On Req.|
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|Porter||You can get porter on prior request for carrying your backpack, while you focus on photography. Upto 10kgs of backpack weight is allowed per porter just at cost of INR 2500||Entire Trek Duration||2,500 / Per Person|