Goecha La (4940 mt or 16,207 ft) is a high mountain pass in Sikkim, India in the Himalayan range.
The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, can be viewed from this pass, which is also a base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain. They say that when the government authorities first saw the view from Goecha La, they were so moved by the view that they decided to feature it on the Rs.100 note.
Universally known as the most romantic trek of the Himalayas, where Goecha la means “Understanding the portion of the mountain pass”; it starts with crisscrossing of high mountain rivers, passing through the green mystic rough valleys which are really gorgeous and filled with exciting adventure all the way.
The beautiful thick dense forest of magnolias and rhododendrons accompanied by wooden log route transforms the mind and soul from within. As you continue to climb you reach the shifting snow line and the more permanent tree line where the world changes from thick surrounding forest to wide open views of the surrounding snowy peaks with the flora characterized by the shorter rhododendrons and hardy juniper bushes.
Minimum Number of Travellers : 5
Maximum Number of Travellers : 10
Food : (All Meal )
Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate
Transportation : Tata sumo/Innova (Jeep)
Accommodation : Camps
Special : Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation
Altitude: 4940 mt or 16,207 ft
Arrival at N.J.P Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport. Try to reach there before 10a.m. if possible as a 7 hour journey by road to Yuksom is waiting for you. The Pick-up will be done from Siliguri (S.N.T or Sikkim National Transport). From N.J.P. Railway station or Bagdogra, you can either hire a sharing Auto to Siliguri or else Taxi service and Ola Cabs are also available. Siliguri is about 5 kms (appx.) from both the arrival junctions.
On arrival at Yuksom spend the night at a Homestay and enjoy the delicious local food in a peaceful environment.
Yuksom is a historical town in theWest district of Sikkim. It is the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD by the first king of Sikkim. It’s a very calm and peaceful place and is the main trailhead for the trek towards Mt.Kanchenjunga.
An early morning Trek begins from Yuksom homestay. We will be camping at Sachen. Trekkers like staying at Sachen simply for its view of Yuksom valley, local Monastery, view of snow clad peaks of the Kanchenjunga range stretching right behind you with Mt. Pandimdominating the skyline. For most of the trekkers this will be the view of the day.
You will come across the valley of Rathong river, Phakhola and the Perk river. The water of Perk river is pure and crystal clear and hanging wooden bridge over the river makes yourtrek even more adventurous.TshushayKhola falls in a series of mini waterfalls joining the peak below Mentogangkhola and you will get engulfed between the gush of trees all around. There’s a small path leading you to yourdestination.
Early morning after breakfast we will start our trek to Phedang via Tshoka. Tshoka is a historical place, where few Tibetan people use to live until Kanchenjunga National park declared this place as protected area. They have nowbeen shifted to Yuksom with all their belongings, sheep, yak herds etc. This hill has a Monastery where trekkers pray for the successful summit and right below the monastery there is a small pond which makes the place serene and beautiful. And the snow clad mountains can be seen very clearlyfrom here. Trek from Tshoka to Phedang is surrounded by Rhododendron trees all around you and the trail changes from paved to wooden logs.
Get up in the morning and go around the campsite for a session of bird watching, as you can witness a large variety of birds around this area. After breakfast move towards Dzongri. The trail is covered by Rhododendron tress all around you and a dramatic change in the landscape can be witnessed.
Early morning we will move towards Dzongri la.Today we start a steep ascend to Dzongri top. This is the highest point on the trek from where we will get a 180 degree panoramic view of the Kanchenchunja range. This is the best place to witness the mighty Kanchenjunga range right in front of you and experience the golden sun rays hitting the mountainous god. The view will really refresh your mind for a long-long time. Dzongri la means the place where people meet the Gods of the mountains. After that we will move towards Thansing, crossing the beautiful meadow and the Prekchuriver. The water flowing in the river happens to be ice cold, and the forest of Rhododendron trees next to the river improves the view making your day more pleasing.
Trek from Thansing to Lamuneywil be the easiest trek, a straight walk from Thansing. Trek along the meadows straight ahead the path leading to Goechala. At Lamuney we will be camping right below the snow clad mountain.
Today the trek will be longer than before as we have to wake up at 3am in the morning and head towards our summit via Samiti Lake. The color of the lake is really magical.Looking north there is a vast mountain region yet to explore, but for now the Goecha La is as far as you are permitted to go. The pass is often shrouded in mist and cloud not long after sunrise, so an early start is necessary. The trail heads along the far side of the lake and through moraine before crossing a sandy section alongside the Onglakhing Glacier. From here, you can see the pass at the head of the valley. However, the trek through the lateral moraine is tiring – more so if there has been a recent snowfall.TheGoecha La is marked with fluttering, colourful prayer flags, framing the peak of Kangchenjunga. By evening we come back to Kokchurung via Thansing.
Camping at Kokchurung and the beautiful surroundings nearby makes you feel like you are in heaven for a moment. Pitch the tent by the river.
Throughout the trek we can witness different variety of flora and fauna and if your luck favors you may even get to see a Red Panda, Barking deer, Blood Pheasant or a Blue Sheep etc.
The way to Tshoka from Kokchurung is covered by Maple trees, Pine trees and Rhododendron trees. The way is easy and covering valley after valley we will reach Tshoka in the afternoon via Phedang.
We retrace our steps back to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen. Arriving in the vicinity, check-in into a local homestay and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
The Tour ends here. After having an early morning breakfast at the homestay, prepare your bags and check-out from the homestay. With this, the amazing Goecha La trek will comes to an end. You will be dropped to N.J.P. Railway station or to Bagdogra as per your requirement.
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* We request all the trekkers to walk as silently as possible during the trek so that you can witness the Red Panda, Barking Deer, Blood Peasant and different species of Birds and flower on the trails.
* Vegetables we’ll consume will be organic and home grown or bought from the local village market. Also, our food will be prepared by a local cook so that you can experience the local taste and flavors.
*Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
*The tour takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
* For separate room during your stay in Yuksom extra charges are applicable
* During Treks Days Tents are on Sharing Basis (3 persons per Tent), separate tent for female on Sharing basis (3 persons per tent)
* No ATMs available at Yuksom. So be prepared accordingly
* If you don’t won’t to carry your backpack, you can offload it to the Yak/Porter. Extra charges applicable (Rs. 250 per day, Backpack weighing not more than 10 kg)
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