Goecha La trek: At the lap of the mighty Kangchenjunga
What's This About?
At an elevation of 16,207 ft, Goecha La pass is a high-altitude mountain pass buried deep inside the Kanchenjunga National Park, offering spectacular views of Mt Kanchenjunga — world’s third highest mountain. Not only that, you can see 14 other summits during the Goecha La trek.
The trek starts from Yuksom which is well known for its historical significance and highlights the culture and tradition of Sikkim. The trek takes you through Kanchenjunga National Park and wonderful campsites from where you can witness the endless beauty of nature including breathtaking green landscapes and meadows, dense rhododendron forests and mountain animals such as yak, mule etc .The rich flora and fauna that you see during the trek are unmatchable and the dramatic changes in the weather combined with quick altitude gain makes Goecha la a challenging trek, suitable for trekkers with moderate experience.
This April, as the valley blooms with rhododendrons, join us as we trek through one of the most beautiful rainforest and witness spectacular views from both Dzongri top and View point 1.
At The Great Escape, You don’t JUST trek, you experience - the culture, the history and learn from experiences of people who live there. In the end, you come as strangers but you leave as friends.
Yuksom, Sikkim, India
- Stay in guesthouses at Yuksom on Day 1 and Day 9
- All meals from Day 2 to Day 9
- Expert guide
- Tents, sleeping bags and mats
- Service of an experienced trek leader
- Porters and mules for common items
- All necessary permits
- All transportation charges till Yuksom. We can arrange a private pick and drop from NJP, the cost of which needs to be shared by all.
- All meals in transit
- Personal expenses and tips- Individual mule + Porter charges
NOTE: All trekkers are required to carry their own backpack along with their personal belongings. Porter facility can be availed at an additional cost
29th March | Arrival at NJP. Private vehicle to Yuksom - 150 km drive - 6 hours
The Goechala Trek starts from Yuksom, which was once the capital of Sikkim. Yuksom is 150 kms away from NJP and takes appx 6 - 8 hrs to reach. The team is picked up from the NJP station around 10 am in a private vehicle. Yuksom being a historical town provides a perfect glimpse of the rich heritage and religious traditions of the state. At Yuksom, accommodation will be provided at a guesthouse. The evening can be spent exploring the town and shopping any last minute items.
30th March | Yuksom (5700 ft) to Sachen (7200 ft)- 8 km - 6 hours
Sachen is appx 8 kms away from Yuksom and takes 6 hours to reach. As we leave the Yuksom village behind, the trail crosses vast landscapes leading to the valley of the serene river Rathong. Crossing the valley, the trail takes a sharp turn to forested lands of Oak, Fir, Bamboo and Pine tree with each step becoming denser with thick growth of trees. Trekking through the forest for around 30 minutes, we reach the first iron bridge. As we continue on this trail we are greeted by the spectacular beauty of the Tshushay Khola waterfalls which flows to meet the Perk river. We cross another iron bridge and a gradual ascent leads us to the third iron bridge over Mentogang Khola river. From here it’s another 20 minutes of trek to the Sachen campsite.
31st March | Sachen (7200 ft) to Tshokha (9701 ft) - 7 km - 6 hours
It is a distance of 5 km from Sachen to Tshokha. Initially a pleasant walk, the trail becomes steep before Bhakim (8600 ft). From Bhakim, Tshokha is only 2 kms away with the trail lined up with rhododendrons and alpine berries. We can find the presence of beautiful Magnolias and Rhododendrons here. We come across an iron bridge over the river Perk a km from Sachen. From here we can see the waving prayer flags which mark the beginning of the Goechala trail. It is a steep ascent till Bhakim. Try to spot Mt. Pandim and Mt. Tenzinkhay en route. Tshokha is another 2 km from Bhakim. There are trekkers hut in this region which can accommodate around 20 trekkers. The Tshokha campsite is a wonderful location with fascinating views of the snow clad Himalayan peaks especially Kanchenjunga and Pandin.
2nd April | Dzongri (12980 ft) to Dzongri Top (13675 ft) to Thansing (12900 ft) - 10 km - 6 hours
Dzongri top is an hours hike from Dzongri. The pictorial view from Dzongri top is quiet mesmerizing. The top is marked by the prayer flags. Enjoy the view of peaks such as Kanchenjunga (8534 m), Kabru (7353 m), Padim (6691 m), Koktang (6147 m) and Narsing (5825 m).
After sometime on the top, we continue on the trail to Lamuney via Kokcharang (12000 ft) and Thansing (12900 ft). It is and 8 km trek from Dzongri to Thansing and takes appx 5 hours. The initial trail is amont lush green meadows and dense rhododendron plantations followed by deep forested areas. The trail descends before Kokcharang. From here it is a straight walk down towards the bridge of Prekchu river. From here Thansing is another 2 kms away on a gradual ascending trail. From Thansing Lamuney is another 2 hours away. The trail to Lamuney passes through meadows with over stretched pastures on both sides. Today was a tough day. Spend the evening relaxing at the campsite.
4th April | Lamuney (12650ft) to Goecha La (16200 ft) to Thansing ( 12900 ft)- 22 km - 15 hours
It is the D day. Today is the longest day of our trek and the most awaited day as well. The good news is all we need to carry today is a day pack. Expect an early morning wake up call. We start the first leg of our hike, towards Samiti lake which takes appx an hour to reach. From here is a steep ascent of 2 kms to viewpoint 1. From here the route descent to the km long Zemathan pass. Another 2 kms from here takes us to viewpoint 2. From here Goechala is another 2 kms away. Witness the mighty Kanchenjunga from here, a view that takes one's breath away.
We trace our route back all the way to Thansing where we camp for the night.
7th April | Yuksom to NJP. Private vehicle - 150 km drive - 6 hours.
After breakfast we board our private vehicle to NJP. Overnight trail to Kolkata.
About Your Hosts
The Great Escape
TGE Travels is an experiential travel company established in the year 2018 founded by expert mountaineers and travellers. We believe traveling is all about experiencing a place that you go to. It is about interacting with the locals, trying out local cuisines, celebrating local festivals and exploring the off beat locations. We are here to help our travelers do just that. From staying at authentic homestays to discovering the hidden gems of each location, we help our travelers connect with the place like never before.
"Jammy" as we fondly call her has been trekking and backpacking all over India and neighboring countries for more than 10 years. Her favorite drink is tea, her most comfortable bed is under the stars and the mountains are her second home. Working earlier as an Interior designer, Jammy found her calling in the mountains and now she has been successfully leading and guiding teams on treks and expeditions for 8 years . If you are up for some tuneless karaoke and lots of singing, reach out to her
Try to catch up to her pace on an uphill climb, I dare you, I double dare you. An accomplished mountaineer, Reetu's love for trekking and travelling started 8 years ago. From then onwards, she left her lucrative career as an electronic engineer and pursued her dream of travelling around the world. A good book, a campsite by the river and lots of dogs and puppies is what keeps her going. Don't forget to ask her to make a cup of masala chai and Maggi for you, it's delicious. 😃
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