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11-Day Goecha La Trekking

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At a Glance

At a Glance

11 days 10 nights
Group trip (12 travellers per group)
This route lies completely within the boundaries of the Kanchenjunga National Park. The forest you will experience here is denser and greener than what you will get to see on most other routes. The region is also known for the Himalayan Black Bear, the Blue sheep, Thar, Snow Leopard, Foxes, Red Panda, and several bird species, including a few critically endangered ones like the Blood Pheasant. It has a very high density of rhododendrons and pink, white, red and yellow rhododendrons abound in the region. The route offers spectacular views of several high peaks in the area including Mt Pandim, Mt Tenzingkhang, Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Kokthang, Kabru Massif and many more. This is one of the more challenging but exciting and fulfilling trails in the country.

Trip Highlights

Yuksom
Sachen
Tshoka
Dzongri
Kokchurang
Goecha La

What's included

What's included

US$ 265 INR20,000.20
  • Kitchen and dining tent
  • Sleeping tent 2 /3 man dome or alpine
  • All meals during the trek
  • Guide, cook, kitchen helper
  • Porters & pack animals
  • First aid medical box and oxygen cylinder.
  • Hotels/homestay in Yuksom
  • Trek permit
  • Khangchendzonga national park fees
  • Transport from Bagdogra airport/NJP railwa
  • Meals in Yuksom Home stay
  • Camera fee
  • Travel insurance.
  • Cost for evening snacks & tea
  • Alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water
  • Cost for service not mentioned
  • Personal expenses such as laundry
  • Hire charges for porter
  • Any charges for carrying still/video cameras
  • Difference in cost arising due to extra usage of vehicle other than as scheduled and mentioned in the itinerary.
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Accommodation

Accommodation

Transport

Transport

Free - Meet-up at Sikkim
  • Meet-up at Bagdogra Airport
    End at Bagdogra Airport
    Start time is flexible. Do let us know which time you prefer.
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  • Meet-up at NJP Railway Station
    End at NJP Railway Station
    Start time is flexible. Do let us know which time you prefer.
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Availability

Availability

Trips available daily
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Bookings should be made at least 30 days in advance. View the full calendar to request other dates.

Itinerary

Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary and may be weather-dependent. Start/end times may depend on transport chosen.
Day 1: Gangtok/Siliguri - Yuksom

Drive to Yuksom, the first capital of Sikkim (6-7 hours)

Accommodation: Homestay - Homestay room

  • Arrival at NJP/ Bagdogra
  • Drive to Yuksom (travel time is around 6-7 hours)
  • Explore Yuksom if time permits
  • Top local attractions in and around Yuksom are Dubdi Monastery, the Coronation Throne (Norbhu Gang), and Kathok Lake.
  • Settle down in homestay
Day 2: Yuksom (1750 m) to Sachen (2250 m)

Take a fairly easy trek to the first campsite at Sachen (8km/ 3.5h - 4.5h).

  • Get used to trekking with an easy 3.5h - 4.5h to your first campsite.
  • Note: Trekkers tend to skip this campsite at times; however, this is not recommended unless you are a seasoned trekker who has done multiple 800 m single-day altitude gains before.
Day 3: Sachen (2250 m) - Tsohka (2960 m)

Trek to Tsokha with a rest stop at a Bamboo Hut and Tea Stall

  • Easy 1-hour trek from Sachen to bridge across Prek Chu (river)
  • Trek 5km uphill from the bridge to Tsokha
  • Rest at the Bakhim (Bamboo Hut)
  • Visit tea stall in Bakhim and enjoy the scenery of the valley below
  • Follow the tree line and trek to Tsokha (1.5 hours)
Day 4: Tsohka (2950 m) - Dzongri (3950 m) 10 km

5-6 hours steep climb from Tsohka to Dzongri with a rest stop in Phedang

  • Fill up water at Tsokha as there is no other water source on the trail
  • 2.5-3 hour trek from Tsokha to Phedang
  • Lunch and rest at Phedang
  • 1 hour trek to Deorali Top (altitude of 4,100m)
  • 2-3 hour trek (slightly easier at a slight descend) to Dzongri
  • Note: Many people may experience headaches due to the 1,000m gain in altitude - do stay warm and hydrated and inform your guide on any headaches/ health issues. Headaches should subside in a couple of hours.
Day 5: Rest Day in Dzongri

Admire 10 different snowcapped peaks from Dzongri

  • Rest in Dzongri
  • Wake up early and trek to Dzongri Top to see a full panoramic view of all the snow-capped mountains at sunrise (optional)
  • Peaks include Kokthang, Rathong, Frey's Peak, Black Kabur, Kabru Dome, Kabru north and south, Khangchendzonga, Pandim, Tenzingkhang, Jopuno, and Narsing.
Day 6: Dzongri (3950 m) - Kokchurang (3500 m) - Thangsing (3700 m) 8 km

Trek 8km to Thangsing Campsite and play some field games

  • 1-hour steep descent back to Kokchurang Campsite by the Prek Chu
  • Rest at campsite (dense forest by the river side)
  • Continue trek to Thangsing
  • Set up camp for the night
  • Enjoy views of Mt. Pandim at Thangsing campsite (depending on weather conditions)
  • Join trekkers and local staff playing cricket, football, or volleyball (optional)
Day 7: Thangsing (3700 m) - Lamuney (3960 m) 4 km

Simple trek from Thangsing to Lamuney

  • 10am: 1.5 hour gradual and easy trek to Lamuney
  • Rest at Lamuney camp to prepare for next day’s trek
  • 2.30am: Wake up to leave for viewpoint
Day 8: Lamuney (3960 m) - Samiti Lake - Goecha La (5000 m) - Kokchurang (3500 m) 18 km

Watch sunrise at viewpoint and enjoy the beautiful Samiti Lake

  • 2.30am: Prepare for the trek to the viewpoint
  • Note: Temperature will be below zero at this hour
  • Trek pass Samiti Lake in the dark
  • Watch the sunrise at viewpoint
  • Peaks light up in the descending order of altitude, with Khangchendzonga first to be lit followed by Kabru north and then the lower peaks in order.
  • Carry a pair of binoculars with you to give yourself a chance of spotting a rare leopard or a flock of blue sheep.
  • 8am: descend to Samiti Lake on your way back to the camp
  • Return to Lamuney camp
  • Early Lunch
  • Descend to Kokchurang Campsite
  • Settle down in camp
Day 9: Kokchurang (3500 m) - Tsokha (2950 m) 15 km

Descend back to Tsokha

  • 4-5 hour trek through dense forest from Kokchurang to Phedang
  • Lunch
  • 2-hour trek from Phedang to Tsokha
Day 10: Tsohka (2950 m) - Yuksom (1750 m) 16 km

Head back to Yuksom

  • 1.5-2.5 hour descend to the suspension bridge over Prekchu
  • 3.5 - 5.5 hour trek to Yuksom with a rest stop at Sachen
Day 11: Yuksom - Gangtok/Siliguri

Head back to Gangtok

  • Depart Yuksom to return to Gangtok/ Silliguri

Meet your guide

Meet your guide

TourGenie

As a travel company in Sikkim, TourGenie aspires to ‘simplify travel’ by creating and customizing the best travel itinerary just for you. They want to break the barriers for any traveller who perceives Northeast India as a hard to navigate destination. In the process, becoming the most popular travel partner for anyone travelling to the Northeast. While their aim is ambitious, they are confident in their abilities to deliver the best possible travel plans and solutions for every national and international traveller.
6 years experience
Fluent English

TourGenie Policies

TourGenie Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As TourGenie pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Change of Date
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

Other Things to Know

Other Things to Know

Packing list for the trip
Medication (if any)
Raincoat/Poncho
Trekking Pole
Woollen clothes
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