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Trek to Goechala

Sikkim is one of the most untouched regions in India, and offers a wide variety of spectacular natural beauty for trekkers to explore. The Goechala trek is one of the top treks in Sikkim. Nestled amidst varied and vibrant flora and fauna, the Goechala trek in Sikkim is the doorway to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park. This exciting trek through verdant valleys, beautiful orchards and rich forests to Goecha La summit gives you stunning views of Kanchenjunga, the third tallest mountain in the world.

About Goechala Pass, Sikkim

The Goechala trek is undoubtedly the top trek in Sikkim, and will take you through forests of ancient oak and rhodendron trees, across alpine meadows with great open views, and to the hill station of Darjeeling. While on the Goechala trek trail, you’ll ascend to a height of 16,000 feet.

About the Goechala trek

The Goechala trek is a moderate trail, but can be long and in harsh climate. There are a couple of days when the trekking can get quite steep, bringing this to a rating of one of the more challenging treks in Sikkim. You’ll climb from about 5,800 feet to a dizzying 16,000 feet over 10 days, into remote and stark landscapes.

The Dzongri Goechala trek

If you’re doing the Goechala trek, you’ll be passing Dzongri as well. The Dzongri Goechala trek is a fascinating trail that takes you from Yuksom to Dzongri and onwards to the high pass of Goecha La. You'll be able to admire Kanchenjunga from the pass, and you'll also visit the scenic village of Tsokha, a Tibetan settlement. This is a complete experience for those searching for all that the Himalayan highlands have to offer.

Itinerary of the Goechala trek

The Goechala trek starts in Yuksom, and winds upwards into the Kanchenjunga National Park. You’ll trek through bamboo and conifer forests, with delicate ferns and orchids dotting your trail. You’ll cross bridges, stay at homestays or camp in the open, and cross boulder-strewn riverbeds. At Dzongri, you’ll stop for a day to acclimatize to the increasing altitude. As you near the Goechala Pass, you’ll have to navigate vast glacial moraines, and will have some fun on these challenging sections.

Best season for the Goechala Trek

Most trekkers go for the Goechala Pass during the summer, because the weather is clear and pleasant. However, when you book a snow trek to Goechala Pass, you can expect to have the trail all to yourselves for most of the way.

Top Goechala Dzongri trek

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Yuksom, Sikkim
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The Kanchenjunga, as they say, reveals itself only to a lucky few on the first go. On this trek to Goechala, you get a chance to witness the sacred peak in all its glory. This 10-day Goechala trek offers an opportunity to discover Sikkim like never before, as you traverse lush subtropical jungles with ferns and orchids in plenty, as well as temperate forests that are home to centuries-old oaks and rhododendron trees.

This is a thrilling adventure as trekkers travel from 5,800 feet to a summit reaching a dizzying height of 16,000 feet, a place where few have gone before.

NOTE: Travel from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station to Yuksom is not included in the package. The pick-up can be arranged for an additional cost of INR 6,000 per vehicle, one-way.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in tents and guesthouses (quad-sharing in guesthouses/triple-sharing in tents)
  • Vegetarian meals from lunch on Day 2 to lunch on Day 9 (including morning/evening tea and snacks)
  • All technical equipment required for trekking
  • All equipment required for camping: sleeping bags, mattresses and tents
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Permit charges and entry fees (for Indian citizens)
  • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinders)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station to Yuksom (can be arranged for an additional cost of INR 6,000, one-way)
  • Travel arrangements from base city to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station/Yuksom
  • Meals in Yuksom
  • Permit charges and entry fees (for non-Indian citizens)
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Yuksom, Sikkim
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A glimpse of the glorious Kanchenjunga peak should be reason enough to book this trek. Goechala however, has a lot of other attractions to offer. Trekking in Sikkim takes you through a landscape that is very different from that of Himachal or Uttarakhand. You'll see stark contrasts of steep mountains and subtropical forests, with a mixed vegetation of orange trees, orchids, and century-old oak and rhododendron trees. You begin your adventure at 5,670 feet and trek to an altitude of 16,000 feet, that only a few can take pride in.

IMPORTANT: This trek involves some serious altitude gain on trekking days. Do make sure you are fully acclimatized and prepared for steep climbs.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements between NJP railway station and Yuksom in a private SUV or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation in tents/lodges for 10 nights on triple/quad-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: alpine tents, sleeping bags, common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent
  • All vegetarian meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 11
  • Services of experienced trek leader and support staff
  • Services of porters/mules to carry common equipment
  • All government permits and charges
  • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinder)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between your home city and the NJP railway station
  • Services of porters/mules to carry your personal luggage (arranged at an additional cost of INR 3,200 per person, for the entire trek, if booked in advance)
  • Any meals not mentioned in inclusions
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks, natural calamities etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, extra meals or beverages, apparel or gear etc.
  • Adventure travel insurance
  • Any item not mentioned in inclusions
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New Jalpaiguri, Sikkim
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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.
    Inclusions
  • 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
    Exclusions
  • 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
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Snow treks are certainly not easy adventures to undertake, and this trek is a moderately challenging one, but the rewards make it worthwhile.

This itinerary is a balanced mix of treacherous and easy stretches with spectacular rewards on all days of the trek. From camping in the gorgeous meadows of Dzongri, to experiencing the serenity at Lake Samiti, from crossing beautiful dense rhododendron forests to witnessing the glory of the snow-clad Kanchenjunga mountain ranges, this trek is ideal for adventure and nature enthusiasts alike.
    Inclusions
  • All meals from lunch on Day 2 to lunch on Day 9
  • 2 nights guest house stay in Yuksom (on triple sharing basis)
  • Tents on trekking days, on triple sharing basis
  • Toilet tent
  • Kitchen and dining tent
  • Sleeping bags/mats
  • Safety equipment
  • Services of trek guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common supplies
  • Forest permits/camping charges (if any)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Personal utensils
  • Meals in Yuksom
  • Transport from NJP to NJP (can be arranged for INR 2900)
  • Any insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusions list
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Darjeeling, West Bengal
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Take on a moderately difficult trek to the mountain pass of Goechala, and be rewarded with views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. For 10 days in the invigorating, snowy interiors of Sikkim, you'll climb higher altitudes beginning from Yuksom at 5,840 ft to the Goechala Pass at 16,200 ft. To get here, you'll enter the Kanchenjunga National Park and make your way across steep trails surrounded by green meadows, trees of rhododendron and misty mountain views of Mt. Padim, Kabru, Nasing and many more.

On the summit day, you'll trek to Dzongri top in the wee hours of dawn and arrive just in time to catch a heavenly sunrise.

NOTE: A minimum of 4 travellers are required to book this trek to Goechala Pass.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements from Darjeeling-Darjeeling in Tata Spacio, Xylo, Innova or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation in tents and hotel on triple-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bag
  • Common kitchen/dining and washroom tents
  • Any technical equipment required for the trek
  • All vegetarian meals from lunch on Day 2 to lunch on Day 9
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between base city and Darjeeling
  • Any accommodation or meals in Darjeeling, plus meals in Yuksom
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals and beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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The Dzongri Goechala trek in Sikkim takes you from Yuksom to Dzongri and onwards to the high pass of Goecha La at 16000 feet. From the pass, you'll be able to see Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. The trek takes you through rhodendron forests, alpine meadows and Tibetan settlements, and offers you a unique glimpse into the life here, and gives you plenty of natural beauty to admire.

IMPORTANT: This is a moderately challenging trek with possibly one difficult day, and is suitable only for seasoned trekkers.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from New Jalpaiguri to New Jalpaiguri
  • 2 guides for 15 trekkers
  • Accommodation in tents/hotel/trekker's hut on double occupancy
  • High quality camping arrangements (equipment)
  • Meals as specified (Jain food can be arranged on prior request)
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits and camping fee (if any)
  • First- aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first-aid situations)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag (Can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 2520 per person, per bag)
  • Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Jain food can be arranged on special notice
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