Trek to Goechala, Sikkim, India

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Trek to Goechala

Sikkim is one of the most untouched regions in India, and offers a wide variety of spectacular natural beauty for trekkers to explore. The Goechala trek is one of the top treks in Sikkim. Nestled amidst varied and vibrant flora and fauna, the Goechala trek in Sikkim is the doorway to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park. This exciting trek through verdant valleys, beautiful orchards and rich forests to Goecha La summit gives you stunning views of Kanchenjunga, the third tallest mountain in the world.

About Goechala Pass, Sikkim

The Goechala trek is undoubtedly the top trek in Sikkim, and will take you through forests of ancient oak and rhodendron trees, across alpine meadows with great open views, and to the hill station of Darjeeling. While on the Goechala trek trail, you’ll ascend to a height of 16,000 feet.

About the Goechala trek

The Goechala trek is a moderate trail, but can be long and in harsh climate. There are a couple of days when the trekking can get quite steep, bringing this to a rating of one of the more challenging treks in Sikkim. You’ll climb from about 5,800 feet to a dizzying 16,000 feet over 10 days, into remote and stark landscapes.

The Dzongri Goechala trek

If you’re doing the Goechala trek, you’ll be passing Dzongri as well. The Dzongri Goechala trek is a fascinating trail that takes you from Yuksom to Dzongri and onwards to the high pass of Goecha La. You'll be able to admire Kanchenjunga from the pass, and you'll also visit the scenic village of Tsokha, a Tibetan settlement. This is a complete experience for those searching for all that the Himalayan highlands have to offer.

Itinerary of the Goechala trek

The Goechala trek starts in Yuksom, and winds upwards into the Kanchenjunga National Park. You’ll trek through bamboo and conifer forests, with delicate ferns and orchids dotting your trail. You’ll cross bridges, stay at homestays or camp in the open, and cross boulder-strewn riverbeds. At Dzongri, you’ll stop for a day to acclimatize to the increasing altitude. As you near the Goechala Pass, you’ll have to navigate vast glacial moraines, and will have some fun on these challenging sections.

Best season for the Goechala Trek

Most trekkers go for the Goechala Pass during the summer, because the weather is clear and pleasant. However, when you book a snow trek to Goechala Pass, you can expect to have the trail all to yourselves for most of the way.

Top Goechala Dzongri trek

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Trek to Goechala
Yuksom, Sikkim
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The Kanchenjunga, as they say, reveals itself only to a lucky few on the first go. On this trek, you get a chance to witness the sacred peak in all its glory. This 10 day trek offers an opportunity to discover Sikkim like never before, as you traverse lush subtropical jungles with ferns and orchids in plenty, as well as temperate forests that are home to centuries-old oaks and rhododendron trees.

This is a thrilling adventure as trekkers travel from 5,800 feet to a summit reaching a dizzying height of 16,000 feet, a place where few have gone before.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in camp sites and guest houses (excluding stay in Jalpaiguri)
  • Transport from NJP to Yuksom and back
  • Trekking equipment
  • Permits and entry charges
  • All meals on trek (except in Yuksom or during transit)
  • First aid kits
  • Trek guide and support staff fees
    Exclusions
  • Permit fee for foreigners
  • Insurance
  • Mineral water or soft drinks
  • Charges for still/video cameras
  • Personal expenses including telephone calls, laundry, tips, portage charges, etc.
  • Additional costs incurred due to weather or other unforeseen situations
  • Anything not mentioned above in the inclusions
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Snow Trek to Goechala
Yuksom, Sikkim
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Snow treks are certainly not easy adventures to undertake, and this trek is a moderately challenging one, but the rewards make it worthwhile.

This itinerary is a balanced mix of treacherous and easy stretches with spectacular rewards on all days of the trek. From camping in the gorgeous meadows of Dzongri, to experiencing the serenity at Lake Samiti, from crossing beautiful dense rhododendron forests to witnessing the glory of the snow-clad Kanchenjunga mountain ranges, this trek is ideal for adventure and nature enthusiasts alike.
    Inclusions
  • All meals from lunch on Day 2 to lunch on Day 9
  • 2 nights guest house stay in Yuksom (on triple sharing basis)
  • Tents on trekking days, on triple sharing basis
  • Toilet tent
  • Kitchen and dining tent
  • Sleeping bags/mats
  • Safety equipment
  • Services of trek guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common supplies
  • Forest permits/camping charges (if any)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Personal utensils
  • Meals in Yuksom
  • Transport from NJP to NJP (can be arranged for INR 2900)
  • Any insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusions list
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Goechala Trek
Yuksom, Sikkim
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A glimpse of the glorious Kanchenjunga peak should be reason enough to book this trek. Goechala however, has a lot of other attractions to offer. Trekking in Sikkim takes you through a landscape that is very different from that of Himachal or Uttarakhand. You'll see stark contrasts of steep mountains and subtropical forests, with a mixed vegetation of orange trees, orchids, and century-old oak and rhododendron trees. You begin your adventure at 5,670 feet and trek to an altitude of 16,000 feet, that only a few can take pride in.

IMPORTANT: This trek involves some serious altitude gain on trekking days. Do make sure you are fully acclimatized and prepared for steep climbs.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from NJP to Yuksom and back
  • Accomodation in tents or guesthouse on triple sharing basis
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 11 (veg/egg)
  • Sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Toilet tents
  • Kitchen and dining tents
  • All permits as needed
  • First aid and medical kits
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Qualified and experienced staff
  • Porters/mules to carry common equipment
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Food during transit
  • Any transport to New Jalpaiguri or from home city
  • Mules or porters to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 350 for all days)
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses of any kind
  • Anything not mentioned under the inclusions