“We have just returned from a fantastic trek organized by Ashmita Trek and Tours to Goecha-La Viewpoint 1. We walked for nine days (eight nights sleeping in tents) and were a group of 8 friends. The full trip included the flight from Delhi to Bagdogra, transport by road to Yuksom at the beginning of the trek, and a short two-night stay in Darjeeling at the end. Our stay in Yuksom, one night each at the start and end of the trek, was at the lovely Ejam Residency (highly recommended!).
This was a trip of a life-time! Ashmita is led by Subash, who was excellent in getting things organized before, during, and after the trek. He spent a lot of time with us and took great care of the logistics of the trip. We traveled with a staff of ten people (cook + helpers, horse-men, etc.) and eleven horses, led by our superb guide Sangay (Kunzang Sangay Bhutia). He's a gem! He looked after us all, paying specific attention to who needed what. He is also very knowledgeable about the area and a good communicator. The trek itself was quite demanding for us all, but the views, the scenery, and the unspoiled environment in which we walked and lived was breathtaking. Two highlights were the climbs to Dzongri top to catch the sun's first rays on the mountains, and finally the even earlier hike in darkness to viewpoint 1 to see the same much closer. The trek took us through a lot of varied terrain. It started in sub-tropical lush forest, then into spectacular rhododendron groves, and finally in shrub country with many views of the high mountains. Mount Pandim, was especially close to our right all during the walk from Thansing to Lamuney and up to view point 1. The staff took great care of us; the food was plentiful and excellent.”