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Goecha La trek

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  • Whole Day Tour
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 23’ - Dec 23'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Delhi International Airport

To capture the panorama of the Kanchenjunga range from a stone’s throw distance, the Dzongri and Goecha La trek from Yuksom is the perfect pick. The journey allows you to travel across the gorgeous alpine forest that melds with the vast biosphere of Sikkim. All throughout the trail you can get acquainted with varied species of wildflowers and avifauna and animals spread across different altitudes. The trail follows through the vast forest of rhododendrons with downhill and uphill treks through narrow ridges, and rough tracks.

The Dzongri and Goecha La trek is no doubt one of the best treks in the Indian Himalayan region, thus mentioned in the diaries of every trekker. The moderate to strenuous trip further fascinates the trekker with several monasteries tucked in the mountains. Steeped in history, these monasteries dilate a diorama of the footsteps of Buddhism in Sikkim and also exhibit the cultural essence of the Lepchas, Bhutias, and Nepalis.

The trek from Yuksom, which is at an elevation of 1,780 meters, follows a gradual climb to Tshoka at 2,743 meters through the dense tropical forest of pine, bamboo, fir, oaks, and flowering trees like magnolias and rhododendrons, which is home to several wildlife and bird species at a different altitude. After that, the trek turns to Dzongri via a steep ascend to the Alp of Padang at 3,650 meters. There is a day of acclimatization at Dzongri, and one can reach Dzongri Top and take in the panoramic view of Kabru at 7,353 meters, Ratong at 6,678 meters, Kanchenjunga at 8,586 meters, Koktang at 6,147 meters, Pandim at 6,691 meters and Narsing at 5,825 meters. Towards the west, the Singalila Ridge, which separates Sikkim from Nepal, can be seen. The trail continues to Goecha La en route to Thangsing at 3,800 meters and lake Samiti which encircles a beautiful alpine meadow. The trek to Goecha La continues with a gentle gradient till you hit the glaciated tracks. The vicinity is further embellished with several small glacial lakes. Now, trek downhill and follow the same route.

The trek to Dzongri – Goecha La requires an Inner Line Permit, an official travel document issued by the Government of India. The best time to go for the trek, which takes approximately 11-12 days, is during the months of March, April, May, June, September, and October. During the winters, the tracks are usually bedded with a thick layer of snow making the journey more difficult.

Departure & Return Location

Delhi/Bagdugra Airport.

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Bedroom

4 Bedrooms

Trip Advisory

  • Climatic conditions in high altitudes vary from the plains; takes adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • Pay heed to tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.

  • Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the tour.

  • Avoid roaming during the night.

  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.

Price Includes

  • Trekking equipment including mattresses and tent Dome/Alpine trekking tents and kitchen tent with camping stool.
  • Professional English speaking Guide throughout the Trip
  • All meals and beverages during the tour
  • Medical kit
  • All meals as per the Itinerary
  • Cooks, trekking guide, porters and yaks
  • Services such as trekking permit, Sikkim royalty and other services
  • Guide and porter fares and taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Bills of Personal Nature
  • International airfare/Domestic
  • Himalayan toy train ride in Darjeeling, tips etc. 
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
  • Extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances such as landslide/strike/accidents/natural calamities, Ropeway

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect during Goen chela Trek?
  • • You will also cover Yuksom which was once the ancient capital of the Sikkim, Yuksom is the campground of trekking trails to Goecha La, Kanchenjunga, and several other mountains. Yuksom is home to many sacred monasteries and lakes like Tashiding monastery, Kartok monastery, and Khecheopalri Lake. Officially acknowledged as the “Gateway to Kangchenjunga,” Yuksom is consecrated by the presence of majestic snow peaked mountains, monasteries, coronation sites, etc.
  • • Tshoka: Tshoka is a small refugee settlement in the Kanchenjunga National Park in the west Sikkim. Located at a height of 3000m above the sea level, Tshoka offers a glimpse of towering snow capped Mt. Pandim and few others.
  • • Dzongri Viewpoint: If you wish to see the 360° view of the eastern Himalayan ranges, then do visit the Dzongri Viewpoint. Located at the height of 4250m on the top of the hill, Dzongri Viewpoint provides sublime and captivates scenery of the entire Himalayan range
  • • Laxmi Pokhari (Lake): Endowed by the Mother Nature with the radiant beauty that simply mesmerizes the minds of the tourists, Lakshmi Pokhari Lake is one of the most sparkling gems on the topography of Sikkim. This incredibly spectacular lake is located in the West Sikkim district. In addition to this, the region on the fringes of this lake offers excellent vistas of mighty Kanchenjunga.
  • • Thangsing: At an elevation of 3931.92 m, Thangsing is a valley layered with abundant pastures. In Thangsing, one can see many monasteries against the backdrop of snow-covered Pandim and Kanchenjunga Peaks.
  • Lamuney & Samiti Lake: Across mountains and ridges, alongside picturesque meadows and green grasslands, Lamuney is the campsite that offers the scenic view of Lake Samiti. This lake offers crystal clear blue-green water that is set up so perfectly with the backdrops of mountains that you will be mesmerized by its natural genesis. It is considered a holy lake by the Sikkimese and holds various rocky areas filled with boulders.
  • Goecha La Pass: Goecha La pass is a high mountain high pass in Sikkim in the Himalayan region. Standing tall at an elevation of 4876.8 m, Goecha La is the southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, world’s third largest mountain. With slopes of snow that resemble skiing fields, Goecha La is the eventual destination of this mystifying trekking expedition.
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Detail Tour Program for Goecha La Pass Trekking

Day 01Arrival at Indiragandhi International Airport:

Arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport: Upon arrival at the airport our team from excursion to the Himalayas will receive you at the airport and drive to Pullman hotel which is just 15 minutes drive from the airport and enjoy the evening.

Day 2Delhi to Bagdugra:

Board an early morning flight to Bagdogra airport. After arriving in Gangtok, meet our guide who will help transfer you to a hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the Gangtok Hotel.

Day 3Gangtok - Yuksom (6-7 hours)

Today we will drive to Yuksom, which will be the base of our trek. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse/hotel/tents.

Day 4Yuksom - Tsokha (3000 meters/9840 feet) (14 kilometers/5-6 hours)

Kickstart your day with a healthy breakfast and head towards Tshoka. The trek will begin at a local market; then the trekkers will have to cross four bridges and climb steeply towards the northeast to reach Bakkhim. The trail will continue for another three kilometers and pass through the magnolia and rhododendron forest till Tsokha. Dinner and overnight stay in Tshoka.

Day 05Tsokha - Dzongri (4030 meters/13218 feet) (10 kilometers/5-6 hours)

Early morning, you will be guided to Alp of Phedang (3650 m). After crossing Alp of Phedang, you will start your trek to Dzongri, which will be the camping site for the overnight stay and dinner.

Day 6Rest day and Acclimatize at Dzongri

Stay, relax, and explore the nearby surroundings. Also, you can climb to Dzongri and see the view of the beautiful neighboring mountains like Kabru (7353 m), Ratong (6678 m), Kanchenjunga (8534 m), Koktang (6147 m), Pandim (6691 m) and Narshing (5825 m). Dinner and overnight stay in Dzongri tent.

Day 7Dzongri - Thangsing (3800 meters/ 12464 feet) (10 kilometers/4-5 hours)

After taking breakfast prepared by our trekking cook we shall continue trekking towards the east side, along the bank of the river. After that, you will cross a valley and bridge over the Prek Chu River that will lead to Thangsing (3800 m), which is nestled on the slopes of Mount Pandim. Dinner and overnight stay in Thangsing camp.

Day 08Thangsing - Samiti Lake (4500 meters/ 14760 feet) (7 kilometers/3-4 hours)

Today, move towards the north and follow the streams and alpine meadows for an hour till you reach Onglathang, which is known for offering a spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga peak. After enjoying the view, you will head towards Samiti Lake by crossing glacial meadows. Dinner and overnight stay at Samiti Lake camp.

Day 09Samiti Lake - Goecha La (5002 meters/16406 feet) - Samiti Lake (12 kilometers/6-7 hours)

Our camping at the Samito Lake Campsite is one of the most amazing experiences for all of us. Our trekking team will ready our morning meals before we start our trekking from Samiti Lake camp, we will start trekking towards the east side to reach Goecha La. The trail will take you to the glacial moraine and end at the lake nestled in Zemathang. After that, start climbing rocks and boulders to the top of the pass. Spend some time in Goecha La (4940 m) and then return to Samiti Lake. Dinner and overnight stay in Samiti Lake tents.

Day 10Samiti Lake - Tshoka (14 kilometers/6-7 hours)

Wake up in the morning, enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, and then trek downhill to Thangsing. From Thangsing, we will head to Kokchorung (3800 m), and then continue strolling toward Tsokha. Dinner and overnight stay in Tsokha tent.

Day 11Tshoka - Yuksom (14 kilometers/5-6 hours)

Trek downhill till Yuksom through pinewood forest and the trail follow the mountains of Sikkim through which you will enjoy the best of Sikkim. You will come across many tourists and locals on the way . Grab the opportunity to converse and share the experience of trekking. Upon arrival in Yuksom, our driver will assist you to the hotel for relaxation and massage.

Day 12Gangtok - Bagdogra - Delhi (123 kilometers/4 hours)

Today is the last day of the Goeche La trek and our team will drop you at the airport. Wake up in the morning, pack bags and get ready for the Bagdogra airport to board a flight to your respective cities. With the transfer to the airport, this incredible Dzongri Goecha La Trek will come to an end.

Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary Trek Map
FAQ

How do I get to Shingba rhododendron sanctuary?

The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is situated near Lachung in the Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim. It takes nearly 7 hours drive to reach the sanctuary from Gangtok. You can also hire a taxi from Yumthang to Gangtok. Another perfect way to explore this place is by trekking from the Yumthang Valley.

What creatures are found in Shingba rhododendron sanctuary?

The Shingba sanctuary provides shelter to a large variety of animal populations like Tigers, Common Hill Partridges, Gorals, Blood Pheasant, Serows, and many more. The endangered Spotted Linsang or Tiger-Civet has also been reported from this sanctuary.

Which rhododendron species is found in Sikkim?

Rhododendron niveum is the state tree of the Indian state of Sikkim.
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