Reason why Sikkim Goechala Pass Trek is the most popular Trek in Sikkim Himalayas
Sikkim Goechala Pass Trek is the most popular trek in Sikkim, for the simple reason that you get upclose mesmerizing views of the mountain range. At a glance you just don’t see Mt.Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, but a host of other seven thousand metre peaks in a semi circular form. Thats a lot for the eyes to view on a trek like the Goechala Trek. Located inside the Kanchenjunga National Park, the 45Km long Sikkim Goechala Pass Trek goes right into the heart of the tallest mountain in the world. For this reason, Goechala trek is also compared with some of the biggest treks in Nepal Himalayas.
The Yuksom to Dzongri Goechala Trek starts from Yuksom & ends in Yuksom. For seasoned trekkers one could try the longer but strenuous Singalila Dzongri Goechala Pass Trek and this trek involves thirteen days of trekking. Also known as the round trek in Sikkim, one can start the Singalila Dzongri Trek either from Uttray or from Upper Ribdi in west sikkim.
Sikkim Goechala Pass Trek, what to Expect
Sikkim Goechala Pass Trek is an absolute visual treat with mesmerizing upclose views of the Kanchenjunga Range from Dzongri during sunrise and sunset. Looking down from Goechala Pass one can get a clear view of the terrain that you had come up on the left and the great glacial circle created from the snows of Kanchenjunga to the right. But the best views are from Dzongri and Zemathang view points, a semi circular arc created by Kumbakarna(7710m), Yalung Kang (8505m), Mt. Kangbachen (7802m), Freys Peak(5850m), Rathong(6679m), Kabru(7412m) to the left of Mt.Kanchenjunga and Mt.Pandim(6691m), Jopuno(5936m), Mt.Thinchenkhang(6001m) and Mt.Narsing(5850m) on the right. This view alone makes the Goechala Pass Trek in Sikkim worthwhile.
Trekking inside the Kanchenjunga National Park
Kanchenjunga National Park with an area of 1784 Sq.km, a UNESCO world Heritage site was established in the year 1977. With unexplored virgin Forests & home to a variety of Flora & Fauna this park is a global bio diversity hotspot. The lower region are occupied by dense Oak and walnut forests and the higher region with rhododendron forests. The semi arid Alpine region in Dzongri Ridge is occupied by small bushes of Juniper and meadows filled with Yaks and Sheep herders. So when you have a trail passing through such bio diversity hotspot, you can experience the best of nature & her bounties.
The National Park lying between the lowland of Yuksom & Mt.Kanchenjunga is home to not only Sikkim’s famous high altitude Sikkim Goecha la Pass Trek but is also home to the snow leopard, Red Panda, Blue sheep, Musk deer and a variety of high altitude flowering plants. The Park also houses more than two hundred varieties of Bird species v.i.z. Blood Pheasant, Tragoban Satyr, Mrs.Goulds sunbird, Greater Necklaced Laughing Thrush, Yellow Billed Magpie, Minivets, Green Backed Tits, Olive Backed Pipit, Himalayan Black Lored Tit, Greater Flameback Woodpecker, Dollar Bird, Barbets, Himalayan Cuckoo, Himalayan Cutia, Black Billed Malkhoa, Snow Patridge etc. With such a large variety of Birds Kanchenjunga National Park also becomes a haven for Bird watchers.
What type of Trek is Goechala Pass Trek in Sikkim ?
Sikkim Goechala Trek is a moderate to strenous camping trek from Yuksom(1760m) to Goechala Pass(4990m) deep into the Kanchenjunga Range. But if you are looking to do a comfortable lodge to lodge trek than this is not the trek for you. The Goechala Pass Trek is rugged trek through unchartered territory of the Kanchenjunga National Park bereft of any tiny hamlets perched on hill sides that one finds in other parts of the Himalayas.
All camping equipments i.e. Twin Share sleeping Tents with mattress, Kitchen Tent, Dinning Tent, Toilet Tent & food will be provided. Cook and his Kitchen Helpers will be there to support the Trek along with a Sherpa who will be in Charge of the Tents. Participants carry their day pack only with their personal items in them & walk at their own pace. Main baggage will be carried by ponies/porters.
What is the best time to proceed on the Sikkim Goechala Pass Trek ?
Best time to proceed on the Goecha la Trek in Sikkim 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. October-November is also the best time to venture out on the Goechala Pass Trek in Sikkim this is because the three months of monsoon rain clears the atmosphere of all impurties that results in clear weather and good mountain views.
What are the formalities for proceeding on Goechala Pass Trek in Sikkim ?
Prticipants wanting to embark on the Goechala Pass Trek will have go through an agency recognized and registered with the Tourism Department, Government of Sikkim. Trekking permits will be issued in the Name of the Agency organising this Trek. Trekking Permits will be issued for a minimum of Two Persons only.Foreigners wanting to travel/trek in Sikkim will have to have an Inner Line Permit to trek inside Sikkim.
The Inner Line Permit will be issued on the basis of the Indian Visa that has been granted to visit the Indian Sub-Continent. Inner Line Permit to Visit Sikkim will be issued at the Border crossing between West Bengal and Sikkim, at Rangpo and Melli. One can also avail this facility at the Sikkim Nationalised Transport office at Siliguri, Sikkim House in Delhi and Kolkata. The Inner line Permit will be issued for a period of fifteen days only but can be extended for a further fifteen days in Gangtok.
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. Please find the Group Departure Dates Below with the itinerary.
|Group Departure Dates for Sikkim Goecha la Trek -2020|
|17-29 March,2020||12-24 May,2020||27 Oct-08 Nov,2020|
|31 March-12 April,2020||22 Sept-04 Oct,2020||10-22 Nov,2020|
|14 April-26 April,2020||29 Sept-11 Oct,2020||17 Nov-29 Nov,2020|
|28 April-10 May,2020||13-25 Oct,2020|
|Group Departure Dates for Sikkim Goecha la Trek -2021|
|16-28 March,2021||11-23 May,2021||26 Oct-07 Nov,2021|
|30 March-11 April,2021||21 Sept-03 Oct,2021||09-21 Nov,2021|
|13 April-25 April,2021||28 Sept-10 Oct,2021||16 Nov-28 Nov,2021|
|27 April-09 May,2021||12-24 Oct,2021|
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). Trek Road Head–5 Hours Drive. Overnight Hotel.
Day 4 : Trek Starts. Trek Yuksom to Bakhim (2828m)-11Km. Trek from Yuksom to Bakhim winds through undulating Track through the dense forests of the Kanchenjunga National Park until Prekchu. Once over the bridge than it is a steep uphill climb till the camp site in Bakhim. Overnight in Tents.
Day 5 : Trek Bakhim to Dzongri(3950m)-11.2 Km. The 8mile Trek to Dzongri is a steep uphill track till Dzongri Ridge. Overnight in Tents.
Day 6 : Rest Day at Dzongri. Trek to Dzongri Top(4030m) for Sunrise/Sunset. Side Trek to Dzongrila Pass(4100m). Overnight in Tents.
Day 7 : Trek Dzongri to Thansing(3840m)-7 Km. The Trek from Dzongri to Thansing is an easy Trek through alpine vegetation, except for the 2Km dowhill trek till the river bed at Kookrochoong. Overnight in Tents.
Day 8 : Trek Thansing to Lamunee(4164m)–3.8 Km. This is a gentle trek to Lamunee in the Thansing Valley with mountain views all the way till the Camp Site. Overnight in Tents.
Day 9 : Trek to Goechala Pass(4990m).Return Trek to Kookrochoong(3725m)-24Km. Trek to Goechala Pass is the longest with almost 24Km to cover. Trek starts early morning as we need to catch the morning light on the Kanchenjunga Range from the Goechala View point. Overnight in Tents.
Day 10: Trek Kookrochoong to Tchoka(2975m)-9.55Km. Overnight in Tents.
Day 11: Trek Tchoka to Yuksom(1760m)-12Km. Lodge.
Day 12: Drive to Kalimpong(1200m)-4-5 Hours Drive. Hotel.
Day 13: Drive to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal for Final Departure. End of the Trek-3 Hours Drive. Extension can be made to Darjeeling/Bhutan & Nepal.
Note: The above itinerary is a sample,intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Likewise, numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. Therefore, we reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
Recommendation: The trek is strenous and demands good physical form. Hence, a physical fitness check-up is recomended.
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