Located in Sikkim, Goecha La trek is the dream and desire of the adventure lovers throughout the country!
Yuksom Goechala Trek
Discover the best and most alluring views of the Mt Kanchenjunga.
Located in Sikkim, Goecha La trek is the dream and desire of the adventure lovers throughout the country! Nestled midst vibrant and colourful flora and fauna, it is also the way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park and its opulent beauty.
Originating from Yuksom, this trek passes through beautiful landscapes that are filled with exotic flowers and immensely attractive meadows and forests. The Rathong Chu River on the way adds more charm and appeal to the Goecha La trek. The pass is also an ideal spot to enjoy the best and most alluring views of the Mt Kanchenjunga.
Detailed Trip Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Bagdogra meet our representative and drive towards capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok. (124 kms/3-4 hrs) Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: After Breakfast you can visit Rumtek Monastery followed by Do-Drul Monastery, Ranka Monastery, Tibetology, and finally spend your evening at Mg.Marg
Day 03: Gangtok – Yuksom (123 kms/6-7 hrs) Today we will drive to Yuksom. The base of our trek. Dinner and overnight stay in Guesthouse. Here we will meet our guide potters and get our bags ready for trek.
Day 04: Yuksam (1785m)– Sachen(2200m)The trail from Yuksam starts at the local market and follows main road towards the north. The trail climbs gently out of the valley and hugs the right bank of the Ratong Chu River, which can be heard thundering through the gorge below
Day 05: Sachen(2200m)-Tsokha(2900m) 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.
Day 06: Tshoka-Dzongri(4010m) 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
Day 07: Rest day & Acclimatize at Dzongri The day is for rest and acclimatization. On this day one can savor views of the mountain peaks by climbing up to Dzongri Top. From here you get a panoramic view of Kabru (7353 m), Ratong (6678 m), Kanchenjunga (8534 m), Koktang (6147 m), Pandim (6691 m) and Narsing (5825 m). Towards the west, the Singalila Ridge, which separates Sikkim from Nepal, can be seen. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 08: Dzongri – Lamune via Thangsing (The trail from Dzongri continues along the right bank of the river towards east. After cresting the hill the path drops into the valley and then crosses the bridge over the Prek Chu River. It’s an hour climb from the bridge to Thangsing (3800 m) located on the slopes of Mt Pandim. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 09: Today is the most challenging day as we trek upto View point 1 & return to our camps on the same day. But we have the advantage of leaving some of heavy stuff from our rucksack at the Lamune camps & trek with lighter load. The distance is long & steep so we start way before sunrise. Continue on the trail till you reach View Point 1. The view from point 1 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. Camp at Thansing.
Day 10: After Breakfast we move Down to Tshoka via Kokchuring taking a different route through dense forest. Reach tshoka by evening at camp.
Day 11: After Breakfast we move down to our base Yuksam. 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. Halt at hotel/Homestay.
Day 12:Early in the morning after breakfast we leave for Dubdi Monastery(First monastery of Sikkim, followed by Cornation throne(here the first king of Sikkim was Crowned). After Lunch we move towards Tashiding. Halt near monastery Bhutia Community Homestay.
Day 13: After Breakfast visit Tashiding Monastery, spend ur morning at monatery,after lunch transfer to temi tarku Homestay followed by Temi tea garden and Factory(you can buy tea leafs). Halt at nepali Homestay.
Day 14: After breakfast transfer to Bagdogra.
Above program includes:
Service of English speaking guide who will accompany you the entire journey.
Service of reliable drive with 4X4 jeep. It is very important to have 4X4 jeep in Sikkim. You probobly know that Sikkim is the steepest region of the planet.
Hotel accomodation in Yuksom, Gangtok(meals not included)
Homestays with tradional food (all meals included).