13Days Goechala Pass Trek

13Days Goechala Pass Trek

13Days Goechala Pass Trek

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Goechala Trek – All you need to know about this spectacular Trek in Sikkim

Goechala Trek is a challenging hike for an adventurist spirit, a high altitude and an adreline pumping popular trek in Sikkim. From the low lands of Yuksom to the high ridges of Dzongri and to Goechala pass at the foot of the mighty Kanchenjunga, Goechala Pass Trek is a satiating trek for the wanderlust soul.

Goechala Trek
View of the Kanchenjunga Masiff & It’s Range from Dzongri View Point ( Dablakhang-4171m) on the Goechala Trek

An eight days and 80Km long Goechala Pass Trek that strikes a perfect balance between nature and endurance, a trek in Sikkim spectacular beyond words.  Savor the charms of the mighty Kanchenjunga Range as you plunge your self into the glorious Goechala Trek.

Goechala Pass Trek
Thansing Valley with Mt. Pandim in the Background enroute to Goechala Pass

Sikkim is amongst the most scenic and a popular Himalayan destination for an adventurist looking to do some high altitude trekking in India. The treks that Sikkim offers are world  renowned, where Goechala Trek is the star attraction. Because of the views and the experience that you get along the way, Goechala Trek is one glorious trek to take.

Promise of the glorious Himalayas

Goechala Pass Trek
Dzongri Camp Site

Sikkim’s old charm is arresting, known for it’s Himalayan views Goechala Pass is a beautiful destination for the adventurous. Experience the beauty of Kanchenjunga and it’s Range on this Goechala Trek, an amazing trek full of amazing views on offer. The Goechala Pass Trek at above 4000m is a natural wonderland. To get up close and personal with the mighty Kanchenjunga you will have to embark on the Goechala Pass Trek in Sikkim. A place that will mesmerize you.

Dzongri View Point and Goechala Pass – the two surreal view points

Kanchenjunga at more than 8500m above the ground and towering above the clouds is not to be underestimated. Bowing to Everest by only 300m, the view of Kanchenjunga Range from the two surreal view points, Dzongri and Goechala Pass, on the Goechala Trek reveals what the Himalayas look like, when the rising and the setting sun colors the white mountain Range.

Singalila Dzongri Goechala Pass Trek
Goechala Pass View Point (4550m) – The Apex og the Singalila Dzongri Goechala Trek

At above 4000m the two view points are an unbelievable beauty with some of the best views that you can hope for on the Goechala Pass Trek. On a clear day you get to see nine of the peaks more than 6000m tall in a semi circular motion, starting with Kokthang, Rathong, Kabru, Yalung Khang, Kanchenjunga, Goecha Peak. Pandim, Jopuno and Thinchenkhang. No wonder a trek to Goechala Pass and Dzongri are amongst the most popular treks in Sikkim.

Goechala Trek
Kanchenjunga Range from Goechala Pass View Point (4550m) on the Goechala Trek

How hard is the Goechala Trek ?

Goechala Pass Trek is a moderate to strenuous camping trek in Sikkim and one needs to prepare well for this trek. A months training is essential before embarking on this trek. Once on the trail it is essential that one approach Dzongri gently. For this reason it is advisable to take a night stay at Sachen before trekking to Goechala pass to get better acclimatized.

An Endurance Trek

It is important to note for hikers planning to tackle the Goechala Trek that with 80 odd Kilometer of ups and downs in the Himalayas, hiking this epic trail is equivalent to scaling Mount Kanchenjunga couple of times.

For seasoned trekkers one could try the Uttray Dzongri Yuksom Loop also known as Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in Sikkim that involves thirteen days of strenuous trekking.

Goechala Pass Trek Starting and Ending Point

Yuksom (1762m) four hours drive from the capital Gangtok, and six hours drive from Bagdogra Airport is the starting and ending point of Goechala Pass Trek. Yuksom a small village consisting of a couple of Hotels and Lodges in West Sikkim is also the old Capital of Sikkim.

Reasons to do the Goechala Trek

Goechala trek in Sikkim is a good alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal. Ranked among the top six strenuous treks in Indian Himalayas, Sikkim Goechala Pass Trek surely does justice for those looking to do a challenging and strenuous trek in Sikkim Himalayas.

Trekking inside the Kanchenjunga National Park

Sikkim Goechala Trek
Trekking in the Kanchenjunga National Park from Tchoka to Dzongri – Goechala Trek

Trekking through the Kanchenjunga National Park, in one of the well maintained Bio Diversity Parks in the world, remains a top priority for anyone planning the Goechala Pass trek in Sikkim. Untouched and unexplored the Kanchenjunga National Park supports a fine ecosystem, with large species of flora and fauna. The entire eco-system of the Kanchenjunga National Park is maintained in equilibrium and no single tree stands alone.

Mobile Connectivity and Charging your Batteries

In the absence of any settlement while on the Goechala Trek, there is no electricity in the Trekkers huts. It is therefore, advisable to charge all your camera batteries and Phone Batteries while in Yuksom. Though carrying a solar charger would also do. Mobile Network such as Jio and Airtel are available at Tchoka, but beyond Tchoka no Mobile connectivity is available.

Best Time to Trek in Sikkim

Best time to proceed on the Goechala Pass Trek is from March to May when the different  varieties of rhododendron and high altitude plant life are in full bloom. Spring/summer treks are also of interest to birdwatchers and flowering plants too.

Weather also remains clear from October to March for clear mountain views, but gets dramatic during the pre-monsoon season, with misty clouds playing around through the dense jungle.

I am Single Trekker what Should I do ?

We have fixed Group Departure Dates leaving for the Goechala Pass Trek in Sikkim. You can join a group. The Itinerary can also be customized for a minimum of two persons on a date of your choice.

TRIP FACTS

  • Trek Grade :   Strenuous to Moderate.
  • Minimum No. of Participants :   2 Pax.
  • Highest Point:  Goechala Pass – 4990m.
  • Highest Camp Site :   Lamunee (4164m).
  • Total No. of  Days :   13 Days.
  • No. of Days on the Trek:   8 Days.
  • Style of Trek :   Camping(Tents).
  • Starting Point :   Bagdogra Airport / NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border.
  • Ending Point :   Bagdogra Airport / NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border.
  • Best Season :   March to June & September to December.
  • Trek Availability :   Join a group trek (dates shown below) / Private treks available on request.
  • Customized private Treks can also be arranged for a minimum of two persons on request on a date of your choice.
Group Departure Dates for  Sikkim  Goechala  Trek -2022
17-29 March,202212-24 May,202227 Oct-08 Nov,2022
31 March-12 April,202222 Sept-04 Oct,202210-22 Nov,2022
14 April-26 April,202229 Sept-11 Oct,202217 Nov-29 Nov,2022
28 April-10 May,202213-25 Oct,2022
Group Departure Dates for Sikkim  Goechala Trek -2023
16-28 March,202311-23 May,202326 Oct-07 Nov,2023
30 March-11 April,202321 Sept-03 Oct,202309-21 Nov,2023
13 April-25 April,202328 Sept-10 Oct,202316 Nov-28 Nov,2023
27 April-09 May,202312-24 Oct,2023

SIKKIM GOECHALA TREK ITINERARY

Day 1 : Arrive at Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border. Drive to Gangtok (1622m)-5 Hours Drive. Overnight Hotel.

Day 2 : A day in Gangtok. Drive to Rumtek Monastery 23Km away. Visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology the only one of it’s kind in Sikkim. Evening free to Explore the famous M.G. Marg of Gangtok. Overnight Hotel

Day 3 : Drive to Yuksom (1760m/5 Hours ). Overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/B only).

Yuksom is the Trek Head for Goechala Trek and is four hours of driving from Gangtok, capital of Sikkim. Drive to Yuksom goes through the small towns of Ravangla, Legship and Tashiding. Ravangla will be our lunch stop on the 3rd. Day of Goechala Trek.

Day 4 : Sikkim Goechala Trek Starts. Trek to Sachen (2185m/7Km/4Hrs). Overnight Tent (All Meals Included)

  • Yuksom to Sachen ( 2185m/7Km/4Hrs)

The first day of the Goechala Trek starts gently for 1Km through the tiny village of Yuksom.  From here the village abruptly disapears, and then the hiking trail goes through the lush green forests till Sachen. Even with a gain of 425m in altitude the first day trek is gentle. But the trail dips down to the river bed and climbs up again to compensate for the gain in altitude two times, otherwise, the days trek is moderate till Sachen. Our lunch spot and as well our stay for the night on the first day of the Goechala Trek.

Day 5 : Trek Sachen to Tchoka (2975m/6Km). Overnight Tents (All Meals Included).

  • Sachen to Bakhim ( 2743m/5Km/3Hrs)
  • Bakhim to Tchoka ( 2975m/1Km/1Hrs)

From Sachen the trail follows the same pattern as earlier, going through lush green forest and gaining altitude very gently for about 2Km. Then the trail drops down immediately to the river bed at Prekchu for 5om. Cross a long suspension bridge, and once over the bridge the trail starts a steep uphill climb on a very rough stone track till Bakhim. With a total gain of 790m it is a steep uphill trek from the Prekchu River till Tchoka on the first day of Goechala Trek, and is not easy on your legs and lungs.

Day 6 : Tchoka to Dzongri (3950m/10.26Km/6Hrs). Overnight Tent ( All Meals Included).

  • Tchoka to Phedang ( 3496m/6Km/3Hrs)
  • Phedang to Derali Dada ( 3920m/2Hrs/1Hr)
  • Deorali Dada to Dzongri (3950m/2Km/1Hr)

With a total gain 975m in altitude the Goechala Trek on the 3rd. day is not an easy trek. The 10.26Km trail starts climbing immediately through dense Rhododendron & Magnolia forests on a very rough track right till Deorali Dada. Once at Deorali Dada the Rhododendron forest disappears and the hill sides give way to shrubs and bushes, and here the sky opens up and the spectacular mountain views reveal themselves. From here Goechala Trek is an easy 2Km hike till the Hut at Dzongri on a very level ground.

Day 7 : Rest Day at Dzongri. Overnight Tent ( All meals Included).

Morning one hour climb to Dzongri view point (4171m) for Sunrise views over on the Kanchenjunga Range is why hikers embark on the Goechala Trek in Sikkim. On a clear day the views of some of the tallest mountains more than 7000m tall along with the mighty Kanchenjunga is spectacular. After Breakfast take a leisurely acclamitization hike to Dzongrilla Pass. This will help you as you prepare for Goechala Pass in the following days.

Day 8 : Trek Dzongri to Lamunee (4164m/10.8Km/6Hrs). Overnight in Tents (All Meals Included)

  • Dzongri to Kookrochoong (3925m/4Km/2Hrs)
  • Kookrochoong to Thansing (3986m/3Km/2Hrs)
  • Thansing to Lamunee (4164m/3.8Km/2Hrs)

Goechala trek on the 5th. Day with just 214m gain in altitude begins with a gentle trek on level track. Surrounded by alpine vegetation and with the mountain views in the horizon this certainly makes one of the best trekking days on the Goechala Pass Trek, until the trail dips down on a winding loose rock trail of about 2Km till the river bed at Kookrochoong. From here is a gentle uphill trek of 3Km till Thansing Valley. 3.8Km  Trek from Thansing to Lamunee is perhaps the most beautiful and the easiest part of the Goechala Trek, with the wide trail snaking gently up towards Lamunee with Mount Pandim besides and Kanchenjunga in the front.

Day 9 : Trek to Goechala Pass View Point (4990m). Return Trek to Kookrochoong (3725m)-14 Km. Overnight in Tents (All Meals Included)

Trek to Goechala Pass View Point and a trek back to Kookrochoong is the longest and an epic day of the entire Goechala Trek, and the pinacle of Goechala Trek is the Goechala Pass view Point almost at the foot of the mighty Kanchenjunga. Trek to Goechala pass view Point starts early in the morning and the trail goes through Samiti Lake at 4200m. From here the trail is a steep uphill till the View Point.

Day 10: Trek Kookrochoong to Tchoka (2975m)-9.55Km.  Overnight in Tents (All Meals Included)

Trek back to Tchoka is  agentle trail through dense forest with Mount Pandim peeking through the gaps in the trees at intervals, other than that, Goechala Trek on this stretch is just a walk in the forest on level ground till Phedang. From Phedang it is steep downhill path till Tchoka the same path that you had taken up till Dzongri.

Day 11: Trek Tchoka to Yuksom (1760m)-12Km. Lodge ( Breakfast and Lunch included).

Trek Back to Yuksom the same trail that you had taken.

Day 12: Drive to Kalimpong (1200m) – 4-5 Hours Drive. Hotel (B/B only)

Day 13: Drive to Bagdogra Airport / NJP Rail Station/Nepal for Final Departure. End of  Sikkim Goechala Trek -3 Hours Drive. Extension can be made to Darjeeling / Bhutan & Nepal.

  • SIKKIM GOECHALA TREK COST : US$1040/Person
  • Domestic Participants kindly enquire within for costs in Indian Rupees

Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.

Recommendation: Trek is strenuous and demands good physical form. Hence, a physical fitness check-up is recommended.

(All relevant Terms & Conditions apply).

 

 

 

    • Goechala Trek Cost : US$1040/ Person
    • Goechala Pass Trek Cost for Indians : Request quote in Indian Rupee

GOECHALA TREK COST INCLUDES :

  • Twin share tent with mattress during camping/trekking.
  • Hotel accommodation – twin share including breakfasts.
  • Fully organized trek services with guide, porters, camping equipment.
  • All fixed three meals everyday during trekking/Camping.
  • All road transport as per itinerary by car/jeep.
  • Service of an English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited.
  • All Permits for Darjeeling and Sikkim.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Sleeping bag; personal clothing/equipment.
  • Lunches and dinners during hotel stays.
  • Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips, client insurance, evacuation costs.
  • Any expenses of personal nature.

(All Relevant Terms and Conditions Apply)

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