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Goechala Trek - 12 Days

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highlights
  • Enjoy great views of Kanchenjunga (8534 m) & other peaks: Kabru, Ratong, Koktang, Pandim
  • Trek through lush meadows and high mountain trails
  • Take a joyride on the Toy Train of Darjeeling commissioned in 1881
The Goechala trek in Sikkim is one of the most romantic trails the Indian Himalayas has to offer — the enchanting walk through the Tshoka, rhododendron forests, the vast Dzongri and Thansing meadows, the startling blue waters of Samiti lake, the looming presence of Kanchenjunga and Pandim and the icy trail to Goechala all come together to make this trek truly amazing.

If you are looking for adventure and beauty in equal proportions, then this is the right one for you. You get to trek to the lap of the mighty Kanchenjunga. For the best views of Kanchenjunga, an assault is made to Goecha La (4940 m) from the final stop at Samiti Lake.

Dzongri in West Sikkim also offers the trekker a most fascinating close-up view of Kanchenjunga and Mt. Pandim. To the west rises the long outline of the Kyangla ridge. Dzongri is a trekker’s paradise.

The Goecha La trek follows an incredibly picturesque route past lush vegetation and offers wonderful mountain views like none other.
Day 1 Day 01: Delhi – Bagdogra – Darjeeling (2045mts/6712ft) 3-4 hours 2 Star Hotel at Hotel Dekeling or Similar

Take morning flight from Delhi to Bagdogra. Meet our representative and drive towards Darjeeling.

On arrival in Darjeeling, we transfer you to your hotel.

Evening sightseeing and acclimatization.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 Local Sightseeing in Darjeeling 2 Star Hotel at Hotel Dekeling or Similar

For people who can manage to wake up early, there’s a trip to Tiger hill from where one gets spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga with Darjeeling in the foreground and Everest and Makalu on the horizon.

Today one can also take a joy ride on the Toy Train of Darjeeling. This train was commissioned in 1881 and still is a big attraction for tourists besides ferrying local people.

In the evening, one can stroll around the local markets.

Overnight in a hotel

Day 3 Darjeeling – Yuksom Drive (123 kms ) 5/6 hours Camping

Today we will drive to Yuksom, West Sikkim which is the base of our trek. The Route to Yuksom is through beautiful Darjeeling Tukvar Tea Garden entering Jorethang.

Dinner and overnight stay in guesthouse/tents.

Day 4 Yuksom – Tshoka (3000 mts / 9840 ft) 14 kms 5-6 hours Camping

The trail from Yuksom 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 Rathong Chu River, which can be heard thundering through the gorge below.

The trail crosses over four bridges and climbs steeply towards the north-west to the small settlement of Bakhim. Continue for another 3 kms through forest of magnolia and rhododendron to reach Tshokha.

On arrival set campsite for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 Tshoka- Dzongri (4030 mts / 13218 ft) 10 kms 5-6 hours Camping

On this day the trail passes through the village of Tshoka and continues to climb north through the forest of rhododendron to the alp of Phedang (3650 m) taking around 3 hrs to complete the ascent.

Continue further towards Dzongri.

On arrival set campsite for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6 Rest day & Acclimatise at Dzongri 4/5 hours Camping

The day is for rest and acclimatization.

On this day one can savour 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 can be seen the Singalila Ridge, which separates Sikkim from Nepal.

Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 7 Dzongri – Thangsing (3800 mts / 12464 ft) 08 km 4-5 hours Camping

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. Its an hour climb from the bridge to Thangsing (3800 m) located on the slopes of Mt Pandim.

Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 8 Thangsing – Lamune (4173 mts /13693 ft) 7 kms 3-4 hours Camping

The trail from Thangsing climbs gently north and follows a stream and alpine meadows, Today’s trek is a gradual ascend through one of the most picturesque areas of this trek. The walk is through a glade between mighty mountains.

As the trek today is short, one can explore the picturesque surroundings in the afternoon or rest to conserve your energy to cope with the long day tomorrow.

Overnight in Lamune.

Day 9 Lamune – Goecha La (4940 mts / 16200 ft) Thangsing 12km 7/8 hours Camping

An early start for the hike up to the Goecha La (4,940m/16,200ft) and back. The walk takes about 08 hours roundtrip and it is challenging and strenuous. The terrain is also more challenging than the previous days of trek.

Those who do not wish to go to Goecha La can stay at the lunch site and relax, or walk to the viewing point, which is less than a two-hour hike. The viewpoint provides great views of Kanchenjunga and the surrounding peaks.

Those who are up for it, are strongly encouraged to undertake the hike up to Goecha La which provides the finest possible view of the Kanchenjunga massif.

Returning down the valley, there will be a welcome meal and a short rest before setting off to walk gently downhill for 1½ to 2 hours to reach Thangsing.

Overnight in Thangsing.

Day 10 Thangsing – Tshoka (14 kms) 6-7 hours Camping

It’s worth getting up early to make the short hike to the ridge behind camp. From here we can see fantastic views of Kangchenjunga and look back to Goecha La.

Leaving Thangsing, you take a different route back, avoiding the long climb to the Dzongri Plateau. Descending to the Prek Chu River, you contour around through jungle with its ups and downs, to emerge at Phedang again. From there it is a steep walk down to Tshoka.

This, of course, saves a day on the return march, but does involve quite a long day.

Overnight in Tshoka.

Day 11 Tshoka – Yuksom (14 kms / 5-6 hrs) Darjeeling (123 km) 6-7 hours 2 Star Hotel at Hotel Dekeling or Similar

Retrace our steps towards Yuksom on the final day of the trek. The going is easier as the path is mainly downhill.

After Reaching Yuksom we will rest for some time and then drive to Darjeeling.

Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 12 Darjeeling – Bagdogra 4 hours

After breakfast, we drive for about 4 hrs to reach Bagdogra from where you can catch a flight for your onward destination.

Trip and services end here.

what’s included
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Guide
  • Porters
  • Cook
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Trekking permits, Sikkim Inner Line Permit and government taxes
what’s excluded
  • Personal expenses like telephone, alcohol, cold drinks
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel/health insurance
  • Extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances like landslides, strikes, accidents or natural calamities
  • Things not mentioned in ''Product Includes'' section
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 12 days
Tour Type Private Tour - Max 20 participants 
Minimum Participants 2 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English, Hindi & Nepalese
Maximum altitude 4940 meters
Trek difficulty Medium
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Darjeeling, India
Good to know Payment

A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

CancellationFree cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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