Goechala Trek - 10 Days

Goechala is widely regarded as India’s most famous high-altitude hiking destination, owing to its elevation and difficulty. When you reach the summit of Goechala, you will be rewarded with a stunning 180-degree view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other high peaks.

September through October are the finest months to visit the Goechala trek, followed by November and December. During the months of March, April, and May, the mountains are visible, and the sunrise and sunset are spectacular. Photographers will benefit greatly throughout the months of October, November, and December. It’s a lovely area to visit in the winter because of the fresh, bitterly cold air.

Region – Sikkim
Best Time – March, April, may, and September, October, November, December.
Total Length Of Trek – 92km
Grade – Difficult
Highest Point – 4700 meters
Cover The Place – Siliguri, Jorethang, Yuksom, Sachen, Tshoka, Dzongri, Kokchurung, Thangsing, Lamuney, Samiti Lake, Goechala
Main Attraction Of The Place – View of Mt. Kanchenjunga

Overview

Goechala, one of Sikkim’s premier trekking destinations, is frequently visited by visitors making their way through the state’s numerous trekking trails. Aside from that, the trek’s dependability and ease of completion are well-known features. This trek is also close to Kanchenjunga, the world’s highest peak and most popular trekking destination, which adds to its allure. Another highlight of this trek is the opportunity to see many different types of rhododendron flowers in this region and on this trek, which attracts visitors from all over the world.

This trekking trail is significantly more interesting and adventurous to begin with due to its uniqueness. As you climb uphill towards Mt. Kanchenjunga’s apex, you may see 14 more mountain peaks. Goechala is widely regarded as India’s most famous high-altitude hiking destination, owing to its elevation and difficulty. When you reach the summit of Goechala, you will be rewarded with a stunning 180-degree view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other high peaks.

The weather is ideal for a Goechala trek in the spring or summer.

The Goechala trek has two seasons, according to the inscription below.
As a result, September through October are the finest months to visit the Goechala trek, followed by November and December. During the months of March, April, and May, the mountains are visible, and the sunrise and sunset are spectacular. Photographers will benefit greatly throughout the months of October, November, and December. It’s a lovely area to visit in the winter because of the fresh, bitterly cold air.

There is a difference between the two seasons, Spring and Autumn.

The greatest months to accomplish a trek in March, April, and May since the temperatures are ideal for trekkers during this time of year because it is warmer than the other months.
However, the scenery is in October and November is superior to other months of the year, and it is just slightly cooler than April and May, making these months the best.
As a result, the conclusion and viewpoint are constantly contingent on the participants.
There are always two objects, such as an advantage and a disadvantage, in both seasons.
The Goechala trek is an eight-day adventure that involves both physical and mental endurance. Due to the length of the days, it is essential to begin trekking as early as possible in the morning and reach camp site before sunset. The ascent can be strenuous at times, but the view from the top is beautiful. For example, the Goechala trek at 15,500 feet is not suitable for everyone; consequently, individuals aged 12 to 60 must be made to engage in this journey. You must be patient with yourself because the trekking routes and altitudes differ.

 

Itinerary

Day 1
New Jalpaiguri (NJP), Baghdogra airport (IXB)to Yuksom

The altitude of this trip is 5700 feet. It is approximately a 150 kms drive and would take you about 8 hours. Pick up from the NJP station around 10 am. Your travel cost is included in the travel package You would be passing through the police check post at Melli. If you are a foreigner, you would require an Inner Line permit which can be got from the driver Travel from NJP to Melli and have lunch on the way to Jorthang. You would have to stay at the Yuksom camp overnight in a guest house.

Day 2
Yuksom to Sachen

The altitude of Yuksom to Sachen would be covered at 7200 ft. It is around 8 kms if you are trekking and would take you approximately 6 hours. There is no good shop on the route and there are less water sources as well. You would thus have to carry your lunch on the way. You would have to cover the dense forests where you would have to climb up and down After half an hour walk from Yuksom, you would view the Tshokha bridge You would be passing through iron bridges and gradually ascend after which you would again have to descend till the second bridge and then again ascend. Walk half an hour to reach the campsite. If you were lucky, you would be able to see the various animals on the trail like mules and yaks. You would have to accommodate in tents as there is no proper lodge

Day 3
Sachen to Tshokha via Bakhim

The altitude of Bakhim is 8600 feet and Tsokha is 9700 feet. It is a 7 kms trek that would take you around 5 hours. Enjoy a pleasant walk till the iron bridge that is around 1 kms from Sachen. The walk to Bakhim would be steep and you can enjoy the marvelous beauty of spots like Mt. Pandlm, Tenzinkhay You can find a number of tea stalls in Bakhim and you can also refill your bottles if you need water Bakhim to Tsokha is a 2 kms trek The trail is filled with beautiful mountain trees and plants like Rhododendron and Alpine berries Have lunch in the campsite and stay in the campsite overnight and start early next morning.

Day 4
Tsokha to Dzongri via Phedang

The altitude of Phedang is approximately 10500 ft. and Dzongri at 12980 ft. It is a 9 kms trek, which would take you 7 hours. You would have to walk at a greater altitude from Tsokha to Phedang, which is 4.5 kms and would take 3 hours and Phedang to Dzongri, which is 4.5 kms and would take 3 hours. The trail is a rocky one that is a zigzag trail till the campsite. You would need to carry packed lunch and water as there is no food or water available on the route.

Day 5
Dzongari to Thansing via Kokcharang

Hike early morning all the way to Dzongri top at 13,675 ft. which would approximately take you around hafl hour to one hour time to reach top. You can witness the wonderful beauty of Kumbhakarna, Frey peak, Kabru South, Kabru Dome, Jupono, Simro, Khangchendzonga and some of the most beautiful mountain summits. Trek to thangsing via kokchurung, Spend your time walking and exploring the rugged mountains and the lush green forests Kokcharang is 12000 ft. and Thansing is 12900 feet. It is a 10 kms trek, which would take approximately 6 hours. Walk through the green meadows and see the beautiful animals and descend to reach Kokcharang Refill your water at Kokcharang Walk to the bridge towards the Prekchu river and then ascend to reach to Thansing You can enjoy lunch in the camp

Day 6
Thansing to Lamuney

The altitude of Thansing to Lamuney is 13650 ft. It is a 3 kms around trek that would take you 1-2 hours maximum. Have breakfast in the morning and move towards Lamuney. This is an easy and smooth trail. Enjoy lunch at the campsite. After reach lamuney just go to hike upto the Samiti Lake for 1 kms. around

Day 7
Lamuney to Goechala via Samiti Lake back to Lamuney

The altitude of the Goechala is 16,000 ft. and it is an trek include asscent and descent 6 kmsApprox trek that would take 5-6 hours. For the goechala summit get ready at 3am and leave 3:30 am, before leave provide you some light food and tea biscuit after that proceed to goechala summit. Lamuney to Samiti Lake is an easy walk for around an hour. Walk from Lamuney to goechala 1st, which is a steep walk for 1 hours, it will take a steep ascent of 2 hours from lake. After enjoying at summit Descend camp take some relaxe an hour so after that have some lunch and again descent to Thansing either Kokcharang

Day 8
Thansing/Kokcharang to Tsokha via Phedang

The altitude of Thansing is 12900 feet and Kokcharang is 12,000 ft. Start at around 7 am and you would reach by 3 pm Carry packed lunch along with you Kokcharang to Phedang is a 4-hour walk, which is around 12 kms. You would need to ascend and descend through all the green and mountainous rhododendron forest

Day 9
Tsokha to Yuksom via Bakhim and Sachen

This is a 5670 ft. altitude and a 15 kms trek that takes 6 hours. This is a route where you would need to descend as day 2 and 3.Carry lunch with you as you may not find food on the trail.

Day 10
Yuksom to NJP/IXB

Yuksom to NJP is a 150 kms drive, which is approximately 8 hours. Leave Yuksom at dawn to reach NJP by 5 PM in a smooth and convenient manner so that you can board your train in time.

Trek Cost Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Meals comprising Egg and Veg
  • Trekking equipment’s
  • Permits
  • First aid and oxygen cylinder
  • Trek leaders
  • Transport from NJP to Yaksum and return

Trek Cost Excludes

  • Food during the transit.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Porters to carry luggage.
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