New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Station is well connected by trains from New Delhi and Kolkata and is the busiest hub of the city. The nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 18 kms (44 mins by car) from NJP.
This Dzongri Goecha La trek takes you into the magical landscape of Sikkim, up to high altitude passes, through meadows filled with rare and beautiful wildflowers, and along the banks of crystal lakes and streams.
The first part of this trek has quite a challenging climb to the ridge of Dzongri. You'll be seeing more and more of the snowy peaks of Sikkim and Nepal around you as you ascend. The Kanchenjunga range is the highlight, but you'll also be able to see Kabru, Pandim, Rathong, Kokthang and Siniolchu. After that, the trail flattens a bit as you walk through gorgeous meadows and wide valleys. You'll have another climb as you approach Goecha La, and this involves a bit of fun scrambling over moraine slopes.
This is a challenging trek and is not recommended for beginners.
Nestled inside the Kanchendzonga National Park in West Sikkim, Goecha La is at a dizzying altitude of 16,200 feet. A bustling eco-system, the Kanchendzonga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to hundreds of species of rare birds and butterflies. Between Oct-Jan, the views are very clear (especially in November) and the weather is very cold. As winter advances, there is a good chance of snowfall too. In the spring and summer months between Mar-June, the weather warms up and the flowers blossom. You'll be able to see rhododendron and giant magnolias, but the clouds hang lower, so your views might be obstructed on most days.
Complete the Dzongri Goecha La trek, one of the most challenging treks in India. | Get views of the Kanchenjunga, one of the highest peaks in the world. | Enjoy the challenge of moraine and scree-lined slopes. | Spend 10 days in the wilderness of Sikkim. | Walk under rhododendron trees and through oak forests.
You will be picked up from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station by about 09:00 hrs, and will be driven to Yuksom. It is an 8-hour drive to Yuksom, and takes you through Teesta, Malli, Jorethang and Tashiding. You'll arrive late in the evening at Yuksom, and should try to get tot bed early. Overnight in a comfortable lodge for the night.
Overnight stay in lodge.
You'll spend your first night for this Dzongri Goechala trek in a clean, cozy resthouse/lodge in Yuksom, on triple/multiple sharing basis. No meals are provided today, but you'll have plenty of options in Yuksom.
NJP Railway Station
No meals are provided today.
For cancellations made 0-7 days before the departure date of the Dzongri Goecha La trek: No refund.
For cancellations made 8-14 days before the departure date of the Dzongri Goecha La trek: 50% of the total trip cost will be refunded.
For cancellations made 15 days or more from the departure date of the Dzongri Goecha La trek: 75% of the total trip cost will be refunded. You can also shift to another trek that departs within 12 months from the departure date of the cancelled trek (but 25% of the total trip cost will be deducted before transferring the remainder to the next trek.)
Participants must adhere to the instructions of the trip leader/guide at all times during this trek.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages, drugs and smoking during the Dzongri Goechala trek is strictly prohibited.