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Goecha La Trek

Goecha La Trek
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Duration

10 Days 9 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

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Overview

Goecha La is a mountain pass at 16,207 feet in West Sikkim (La= pass) but it is no longer allowed to trek till the actual pass. The trekking trail is through Kanchenjunga National Park & goes till View Point 1, which is at 15,100 feet. You stand close to the south-west face of Mt. Kanchenjunga at this point. Despite inaccessibility to the actual Goecha La pass, Goecha La trek still offers an amazing view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from View Point 1 & Singalila range from Dzongri top. Goecha La trail is among the oldest trails in India but it gained fame during the Nepalese Civil War (1996- 2006). During this period the trekkers started looking for the alternative trekking trails in India as the treks in Nepal were restricted. Goecha La trail emerged as the most promising one with not only the closest view to Kanchenjunga (the third highest peak in the world) but 14 other big summits too.

04 Apr to 13 Apr 2022 Available
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sunrise on the Kanchenjunga Range from View Point 1 & Dzongri top
  • Rhododendrons in April and May
  • Samiti Lake with reflection of Mt Pandim
  • Wildlife lovers: Yellow-throated marten, Pika, Mountain weasel, and Himalayan Blue Sheep can be spotted.
  • Bird-watchers treat: At lower altitude you can spot different species of Bulbul, Woodpecker, Barbet, Sunbird, Thrush, Tree creeper and Tits. At the mid altitude Flycatchers, Fulvetta, Magpie, Wren babblers, Laughing thrushes are located. On higher altitudes look for Finches, Accentors, and Grandala. Keep an eye around bushes before reaching Dzongri for Blood pheasants, which are the state bird of Sikkim.

Itinerary

Itenirary
Day 1 : New jalpaiguri/ Bagdogra to Yuksom (5,643ft)
Drive distance: 160 Km
Drive time: 6-8 hours
Watch for: Teesta River
Itenirary
Day 2 : Yuksom (5,643 ft) to Sachen (7,130 ft)
Trek distance: 8 km
Trek duration: 5 hours
Watch for: River Prekchu, Rathong River, Paha Khola Bridge
Itenirary
Day 3 : Sachen (7130 ft) to Tshoka (9,701 ft) via Bakhim
Trek distance: 7 km
Trek duration: 4 hours
Watch for: View of Peiling village from Tshoka
Itenirary
Day 4 : Tshoka (9,701 ft) to Dzongri (13,024 ft) via Phedang (12,083 ft)
Trek distance: 12 km
Trek duration: 7 hours
Watch for: View of Mt. Pandim and Mt Tinchenkang after Phedang
Itenirary
Day 5 : Dzongri (12,980 ft) – Dzongri Top (13,675 ft) (1 hr) and back to Dzongri
Trek distance: 2 km up & down
Trek duration: 1 hour
Watch for: Mt. Kanchenjunga
Itenirary
Day 6 : Dzongri (13,024 ft) to Thansing (12,946) ft via Kockchurang (12,152 ft)
Trek distance: 6.5 km Trek duration: 6 hours Watch for: River Prek
Itenirary
Day 7 :Thansing (12,946 ft) to View Point 1 (15,100 ft) via Samiti Lake; back to Kockchurang / Thansing (12,152 ft / 12,946 ft)
Trek distance: 9 Km
Trek duration: 12 hours
Watch for: Sunrise at Mt. Kanchenjunga from View point 1, along with other peaks
(Kabru and Frey)
Itenirary
Day 8 : Kockchurang / Thansing (12,152 ft / 12,946 ft) to Tshoka (9,701 ft) via Phedang
Trek distance: 10 km
Trek duration: 6-7 hours
Cross: Dzongri Plateau, Prek Chu
Itenirary
Day 9 :Tshoka (9,701 ft) to Yuksom (5,643 ft) via Bakhim (8,600 ft) and Sachen (7,200 ft)
Trek distance: 15 km
Trek duration: 6 hours
Watch for: Prek Chu River
Itenirary
Day 10 : Yuksom (5,643 ft) to NJP
Drive duration: 6-8 hours
Siliguri is the main city whose railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) & airport is
Bagdogra. The airport and railway station lie within 10 km from Siliguri

Included/Excluded

  • Trekker’s hut on sharing basis where ever available
  • Camping accommodation on sharing basis
  • Camping essentials: Tents, Sleeping bag, Matrasses, Kitchen tent, Toilet tent (traditional pit style)
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea with snacks, Dinner) during trek.
  • Note: Packed lunch will be provided during the trek if required
  • Hot drinking water anytime in the camp
  • Guide, Group Porter, Cook, Helper
  • Stretcher evacuation
  • Portable Oxygen cylinder, Emergency medical kit, Pulse oximeter, BP apparatus, Infrared thermometer.
  • All Permits
  • Insurance
  • Off-loading (available on additional cost)
  • Transportation to & fro New Jalpaiguri / Bagdogra airport- Yuksom (Day 1 & 10)
  • In an event of a trekker deciding on discontinuing the trek mid-way due to any circumstance/ evacuation, he/she will be escorted till the nearest road end from where the further expenses of transportation, hotel/hospital and food shall be managed and borne by that trekker. In such unfortunate event the trekker won’t be eligible for the refund.
  • Personal trekking gears like trekking poles, toiletry and other items mentioned later in things to carry section.
  • Any cost escalation (accommodation, food, transportation) due to unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, pandemic crisis, sudden government policies or regulations
  • Any expense arising out of itinerary will have to be borne by the trekker.
  • Gratuity / Tip

Tour Length

10 Days 9 Nights

Group Size

10 - 15

Tour Type

Himalayan Trek

Tour's Location

Goecha La Trek
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