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  • Trip introduction

    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.

    Destination

    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.

    Destination highlights

    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.

    Activity Details

    13700

    16200

    5850

    92 kms

    47 hrs

    8 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Dzongri Goecha La Trek: Drive to Yuksom

    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.

    Day 1 Milestone

    NJP Railway Station

    Yuksom

    05:30 AM

    Food

    No meals are provided today.

    Veg|Egg
    Day 2 of the Dzongri Goecha La Trek: Yuksom to Sachen
    Day 3 of the Goecha La Trek: Sachen to Tsokha
    Day 4 of the Goecha La Trek: Tsokha to Dzongri
    Day 5 of the Goechala trek: Climb to Dzongri top
    Day 6 of the Goecha La trek: Dzongri to Lamuney
    Day 7 of the Goecha La Trek: Goecha La Pass day!
    Day 8 of the Goecha La Trek: Kokchurang to Tsokha
    Day 9 of the Goecha La Trek: Tsokha to Yuksom
    Day 10 of the Goecha La Trek: Yuksom to NJP
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  • Cancellation policy

    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.)

    Rules on trip

    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.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    In case of non-completion of the Dzongri Goechala trek due to any reason, there will be no refund for any unutilized services. Any extra expense due to alteration or extention of itinerary has to be paid extra by the participant.

    The operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the participants and shall not be held responsible for any mishap, accident or loss of life during the Dzongri Goechala Trek.

    In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if the operator is compelled to cancel the Dzongri Goechala trek, the participant will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek within one year.
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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • 2 nights accommodation at Yuksom (day 1 and day 9) in lodges on sharing triple/multi sharing basis

    • All meals during the trek from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 9
    • Hot tea, coffee, soup during trek
    • Accommodation in forest huts/tents on triple/multi sharing basis
    • Sleeping bags
    • Camping mattresses
    • Toilet tents
    • Experienced local guides
    • Local cook and support staff
    • Porters or mules for carrying common equipment and ration for the trek
    • All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for trekking and camping in the Kanchendzongha National Park
    • First aid kit
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Transportation from NJP to Yuksom (can be arranged for INR 5000, shared between 5-8 passengers)

    • Transportation from Yuksom to NJP (can be arranged for INR 5000, shared between 5-8 passengers)
    • Personal porters (can be arranged for INR 2000 for a 10 kg bag, for the entire trip)
    • Food during the stay at Yuksom
    • Still/video camera charges inside the National Park
    • Personal expenses like tips, packaged water, soft drinks, etc.
    • Insurance
    • Any cost not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable trekking shoes
    • 4 full sleeved quick-dry T-shirts
    • 1 warm fleece jacket
    • 1 windproof jacket
    • Thermal innerwear
    • 3 pairs of synthetic track pants
    • Raincoat/poncho
    • Balaclava
    • Sun cap/bandana
    • Undergarments
    • 5-6 pairs of hiking socks
    • Woollen gloves
    • Waterproof gloves
    • Woollen socks (for the night only)
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery, watches or electronic items
    • Suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Tents
    • Camping mattresses
    • Sleeping bags
    • Kitchen and dining tent
    • Toilet tent
    • First aid box

    You need to get

    • Rucksack with raincover
    • Day pack with raincover
    • Your own sleeping bag (optional, if you have your own high altitude bag)
    • Trekking poles
    • 2 ltrs water bottle/hydration pack
    • UV protected sunglasses
    • Torch/head lamp with extra batteries
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip balm
    • Toothbrush and tooth paste
    • Soap/soap strips
    • Hand sanitiser
    • Tissue roll
    • Towel
    • Anti-fungal powder
    • Camera with fully charged batteries
    • Light snacks like dry fruits, energy bars, etc.
    • Slippers for after trekking hours

    Medical Kit

    • Anti-diarrhoea medicines
    • Antibiotics
    • Mild analgesics (avoid codeine based painkillers)
    • Strong analgesics
    • Anti-inflammatory/Nurofen
    • Diamox
    • Volini pain spray or gel
    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.