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Goechala Trek

If you’re into trekking, think about taking the Goechala Trek. You’ll be awed by the spectacular landscape, as well as the varied conditions of the weather in the mountains. In spring, you’ll notice areas of snow that are hard at higher elevations. However, there’s no snow in autumn. Also, you’ll see that the air quality is somewhat different in both seasons. The air is humid in spring, and dry in the autumn. The Goechala Trek starts and ends in Yuksom the capital of Sikkim. Yuksom is the town. Yuksom is a small town just 4 hours’ drive from Gangtok. Get swept away by the sensual ambiance in Sikkim when you take the stunning Goechala Trek Standing on Goecha La at 15,100ft, overlooking the massive structures of Kanchenjunga and overlooking the Goecha lake and its tear-shaped structure breathtaking sunrises and sunsets as well as the magnificent covered in snow Himalayas and the stunning views of the spectacular sixteen mountains that can be seen from Dzongri highest point as well as the beautiful Himalayan forest, the winding meadows, streams, and the Rhododendrons. The reasons to fall in love with the spectacular Goechala Trek are numerous. For those interested in trekking, this experience gives you the excitement of high-altitude trails, taking in the beauty of nature, and discovering more about Sikkim as it is an oasis of peace and tranquility.

The region is situated within Sikkim, in the State of Sikkim. Goechala is one of the most popular places for trekkers from India. The trek through Sikkim is an experience that has unrivaled appeal, with lush and lush valleys, stunning orchards, a vast and diverse array of wildlife and flora with beautiful forests, and an enchanting environment that never fails to delight visitors with its magnificent lovely. Darjeeling is regarded as the gateway to Sikkim, and from there, one can pick the breathtaking trek that is thought to be among the most stunning treks in India. The region which treks like the Goechala is scheduled is designated as Kanchenjunga National Park.

Sunrise over the Kanchenjunga Range is a stunning spectacle to behold. When the first rays of the sun strike this mountain range, the scenery starts to change the color. The bright morning light creates a stunning photograph subject. If you’re an avid photographer, you’ll wish to miss this opportunity to capture this beautiful scene. Don’t be concerned. There are many methods to capture a stunning picture.

The ideal time to view this stunning sunrise is early in the morning. It is possible to see the most spectacular images of the Kanchenjunga mountain range at its highest elevation at 8,586m or 28,169 feet.

You’ve probably already been to the mountain if you’re an avid photographer. If you’re hoping to catch the sunrise over the Kanchenjunga range, hike to Goechala. It is possible to see the stunning halo of the Kanchenjunga massif during morning.

The Goechala trekking route is surrounded by a dense Rhododendron forest. The first time the flowering Rhododendrons are fully blooming. In summer, they’re joined by vibrant yellow and red flowers. The treeline is about 10,000 feet and the trail is surrounded by the canopy of rhododendrons. The bright , rosy-red flowers appear in bloom during the spring and the thick leaves of the trees give the trail an edgy green look.

The beginning part of the trek is Bakhim in which you’ll see the beautiful rhododendrons in a lush grove. The number and variety of these blooms increase as you climb up the hill until Tshoka (9,701 feet) and descend to Phedang.

Samiti Lake Samiti Lake is a remarkable scene in the Goechala trek. The crystal clear waters reflect its reflection in Mount Pandim, providing a breathtaking view. The trail runs through traditional Eastern Himalayan forests, blending into the mountains. The hike offers stunning views at Mount Pandim. It is an excellent way to get acquainted with the magnificent lakes and peaks.

It is said that the Samiti Lake is a significant feature in the Goechala trek. On the way, you will enjoy a stunning view of Mount Pandim when the sunrise approaches.

The suspension bridges across three deep gorges: Pha Khola, Tshushay Khola, and Mentogang Khola – through which the Prekchu river flows. I was stunned by the speed at which bridges were revealed. Also, the sensation of looking at the deep gorge from the suspension bridges is a rare experience.

The monastic complex of Tsokha in the Goechala trek is a favorite place for trekkers to visit. The trek, which lasts approximately 5 hours from Tsokha, starts by climbing a steep slope through an unforested valley surrounded by magnificent magnolias and Rhododendrons. It passes through a gorge adorned with the world’s clearest river and through alpine fruits.

The route to Tsokha is a short walk that crosses the bridge and goes through a gorgeous forest. The best time to hike this trail is during the autumn or spring when the rhododendrons bloom and offer stunning perspectives from the Himalayas. If you plan to hike the trek in spring, ensure you take your camera with you, as the blooms of the rhododendrons start at Bakhim and get sharper until you get to Tsokha.

There are numerous camping spots along Trek. Goechala Trek and the most beautiful one is Thansing, located close to the famed Prekchu. The river is a stunning scene, and being able to camp near it will mean that you’ll be close to it. It’s also an incredible location to see the sunrise and sunset on the mountains. If you opt to camp in Thansing, the camp will have the best perspective of Kanchenjunga.

The two seasons that can be experienced by the Goechala trek There are two distinct seasons for the trek – the months of April and May (Spring) and October-November (Autumn).

Trek Route

Day 1: Drive From (NJP) New Jalpaiguri to Yuksom

Day 2: Trek From Yuksom to Bakhim or Sachen

Day 3:Hiking From Sachen to Tshokha

Day 4: Trekking From Tshoka to Dzongri Through Phedang

Day 5: Acclimatization & Rest Day At Dzongri ( Trek Dzongri Top )

Day 6: Early Morning Trek From Dzongri To Thansing Through Kockchurang

Day 7: Thansing to Lamuney

Day 8: Trek Starts Early Morning (1 A.M) Lamuney to Goechala Through Samiti Lake back to Lamuney

Day 9:Trekking From Kokcharang / Thansing to Tsokha Through Phedang

Day 10: Trek From Tsokha to Yuksom Through Bakhim and Sachen

Day 11: After Breakfast Yuksom to New Jalpaiguri Station

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Adhish | Head Of Mountain Experts

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Adhish was born and brought up in the Pauri Garhwal region. Since childhood, he has had an inclination towards Mountains. To fulfil this dream, Adhish did his Basic mountaineering Courses from Nehru institute of mountaineering, Advance mountaineering courses from Himalayan mountaineering institute Darjeeling and Skiing courses from ABVIM Manali. He has done various expeditions in the Himalayan region. And his love for mountains and adventure is never-ending. Make sure to get detailed help related to the Himalayan trek from him.

Why You Should Do Goechala Trek?

The massive peak of Kanchenjunga looks over the Goecha Lake and its tear-shaped lake along with breathtaking views of sunrises and sunsets as well as the magnificent Himalayas and the stunning views of the spectacular sixteen mountains that can be seen from Dzongri’s highest point as well as the beautiful Himalayan Forest, the dense meadows, streams, and the Rhododendron trees.

1. Forest

Catch a sight of a mountainside covered with rhododendrons and oak trees overhanging the trail, Kanchenjunga National Park. The trail runs through traditional Eastern Himalayan forests, blending into the mountains.

2. Mountains

See the massive peak of Kanchenjunga and the stunning views of the spectacular sixteen mountains that can be seen from Dzongri, the highest point. As you begin your trek from Sachen, you can see Mount Tenzinkhay and Mount Pandim. Tshoka campsite is an idyllic spot with stunning views of snow-clad Himalayan peaks.

3. Flaura

Get mesmerized by beautiful, vibrant yellow and red flowers. The bright, rosy-red flowers appear in spring, and the thick leaves of the trees give the trail an edgy green look. From Tsokha, climb a steep slope through an unforested valley surrounded by magnificent magnolias. As the trekkers reach the Tshoka campsite, they can enjoy the views of the alpine berries.

4. Fauna

You will see mountain goats and bluebirds at Samiti Lakeshore. Other wildlife you would find on this trek are snow leopards, rare red pandas, Himalayan black bears, and musk deer, as this trek falls in the Kanchenjunga National Park.

5. Dzongri meadows

Rhododendron trees lined the Dzongri meadows, with the Prek Chu River flowing at the bottom. At Dzongri meadows, temperate broad-leaved forest, mixed coniferous/sub-alpine forest, and land covered by alpine scrub and grass.

6. Samiti Lake

Samiti Lake is the main attraction of Goechala Trek. The lake’s water is so calm that you can see the reflection of Mount Pandim. Samiti Lake is an alpine glacial lake considered sacred by the residents, and its emerald green and turquoise transparency makes it enchanting.

7. Cultural Experience

Sikkim has a unique blend of cultures, including Tibetan, Nepalese, and Bhutanese influences. During the trek, you’ll encounter remote villages and interact with friendly locals, providing an authentic cultural experience.

Best Time To Do Goechala Trek

The best time to do this trek is in the Spring season, in April and May and in the Autumn season, in September, October, and November. In different seasons, you would be experiencing different colour palettes of the landscape. In the spring, you witness the blooming Rhododendron, and the forest turns pink and scarlet. You might see varied colours and flowers as it falls under Kanchenjunga National Park. In Autumn, the colour changes colour into dark, mossy forest, and the sky is bright blue.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive From (NJP) New Jalpaiguri to Yuksom

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the Guesthouse.
  • Meal – Dinner
  • Distance – 150 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude – New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Station (374 ft / 114 meters), Yuksom (5840 ft / 1780 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – 5466 ft / 1666 meter

Trekking through SikkimThe beautiful journey to Goechala starts at New Jalpaiguri Station, where our representative is at 10 a.m. I will greet you. It takes approximately 8 hours to drive Yuksom, 150 kms away. If there is no congestion, it will take around 7 hours. After the meeting, it’s a quick start to the destination. Yuksom, Sikkim’s historical capital, offers enough insight into the rich heritage of Sikkim and its religious traditions. Yuksom was once the capital of Sikkim. It offers many attractions, including culture, community, and a peaceful, serene environment. To ensure safety and official records of the trek, the first is to obtain permission from Melli’s police station. You will need to fill out basic information and attach two passport-sized photographs. The rules for foreign nationals are similar. They will need to obtain an Inner Line Permit or ILP to continue their journey. The drivers will fetch it for them, but it should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. It’s easy to drive across Melli, located at the border between Melli and West Bengal. The next stop is Jorthang, where travellers can enjoy the delicious northeastern cuisine. It’s then on to Yuksom for the return journey. The place is easily reached in the evening. Legship is the last ATM stop for travellers who want to cash out money. The hikers will be able to rest in the guesthouse once they reach Yuksom. The tour guide will provide a brief overview of the tour around the evening. He will explain the route, rules, and any environmental conditions. The tour guide should be informed if you have any medical conditions. Yuksom is also the final destination for travellers to pick up small meals or any other supplies needed during the trek. Hikers will find plenty of shops around the town to fulfil their needs.

According to the Sikkim government, foreigners (including OCI, NRI, and OCI) must obtain a permit to trek in Sikkim. Foreigners must arrive in Yuksom one day before receiving this permit. The ILP must be signed. This permit cannot be processed before you arrive in Sikkim. Permit fees will cost Rs.2 000 per person. Trekup India will assist you in obtaining the permit. Once you arrive, we will issue the permit. You should note that the cost of an additional day is not included in our trek fees.

Sikkim is not allowed to be climbed by Bangladesh, Myanmar, or China citizens.

Day 2: Trek From Yuksom to Bakhim or Sachen

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 8 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 6 hrs
  • Altitude – Yuksom (5840 ft / 1780 mtr), Sachen (7200 ft / 2196 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 1360 ft / 416 meter
  • Trek Grade – Gradual

It takes about half an hour to reach the Pha Khola bridge. From there, the forest is thick and cool. Gradually, the trail gently climbs. Although the trail passes through the forest fringes, it is still exposed for approximately half an hour. Look to your right for shelter halfway through the exposed trail.

You will continue walking through the humid jungle for the next hour and a half until suddenly you see the Tshushay Khola waterfalls in a series of mini waterfalls that join the Prek below. The Tshushay Kohola is crossed by a large, iron bridge 50 meters later, and the trail starts to climb noticeably after the bridge.

You will see another small cement bridge crossing the Mentogang Khola an hour later (you won’t find a sign telling you its name). It is already 7,100 feet, and you are only 20 minutes away from the Log Hut of Sachen.

At 7,200 feet, there is a small clearing with a single log house and shelter. A few meters below the trail is the log hut. There is enough space for approximately 6-7 people and an area to cook. The clearing is located just above the shelter if you have a larger group. Although it is not visible from the campsite, you can hear the Prek rushing down below.

Day 3: Hiking From Sachen to Tshokha

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 7 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 5 hrs
  • Altitude – Sachen (7200 ft / 2196 meters), Bakhim (8650 ft / 2650 meters), Tshokha (9750 ft / 3000 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – Sachin to Bakhim (1450 ft / 454 meters), Bakhim to Tshokha (1100 ft / 350 meters)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual

Enjoy the clear, crisp morning and prepare for the journey to Tshokha at 9,700ft via Bakhim at an elevation of 8600ft. Although the trek is only 7kms, it can take 7 hours. The height increases from this point, making hiking more difficult. The day’s hiking route will take you through forested areas towards Bakhim. Here you will find beautiful magnolias as well as Rhododendrons.

The next iron bridge over River Perk can be reached by a short walk of about 1km. It is fascinating to see the sparkling waters of River Perk and then to take in the enchanting atmosphere. The bridge is where hikers will see the prayer flags waving, marking the start of the Goechala trail. You can feel the elevation gain as you move towards your destination. The steep climb through the oak forest to Bakhim continues after this point. The hikers will be able to see Mount Tenzinkhay and Mount Pandim as they climb. This is where the trail becomes steeper, and the temperatures drop. Soon, Bakhim will be the first destination of the day. Here you can arrange a short break. The forest rest house is where trekkers often stop for long stops to take in the stunning views of Yuksom Valley.

After a tiring climb, there are many excellent snack and tea stalls. Bakhim is a superb place to refill your water. The trek to Tsokha continues for 2kms after you have had some rest. Next is a mixture of steep ascents, descents, and full of slopes. Trekkers will be able to enjoy the views of the alpine berries and Rhododendrons at 9000 feet. The plateau of Tsokha can be seen and the campsite for that day. Trekkers can stay in large wooden huts that hold at least twenty people. There are still flat plains that can be used for tent placement. It is a beautiful spot with stunning views of snow-clad Himalayan peaks, Pandim and Kanchenjunga dominating the view. Enjoy the peaceful beauty of the natural world and a restful night in the tents.

Day 4: Tshoka to Dzongri Through Phedang By Trekking

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Distance – 9 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 7 hrs
  • Altitude – Tshokha (9750 ft / 3000 mtr), Phedang (12,100 ft / 3700 mtr), Dzongri (12,900 ft / 3950 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – Tshokha to Phedang (2350 ft / 700 mtr), Phedang to Dzongri (800 ft / 250 mtr)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

As yesterday, climb to the little pond that leads to the monastery and then follows its trail. Tshoka, a small hamlet located below you, begins to climb quickly. Everywhere you look, red rhododendrons are growing. The entire slope will glow a fiery red if you’re in bloom (May 1st/2nd Week). The trail becomes a gentle climb after a steep climb that lasts about 30 minutes.

The trail becomes paved over wooden logs. The path is filled with rhododendrons that make it a joy. The trail looks like it’s in a park with little wooden benches along either side. Sometimes, the mist can filter through the rhododendrons trees and intrude into the trail. The trail climbs all the way, and trekkers can feel the altitude. After the log path, a regular stony track climbs to Phedang in just 20 minutes.

Phedang is located at 13,000 feet and offers spectacular views of the snow-clad mountain ranges. The landscape is dotted with a log hut and some wooden benches. Here you can stop for lunch or rest. At Phedang, the trail splits with one that leads to Kockchurang. You can get water from a spring located slightly below the route to Kockchurang, and it is only 10-15 minutes to the spring on a lower path.

Follow the trail to Dzongri, which runs across the clearing. You will soon see the trail climb along the slope, lined by dwarf rhododendrons. With every step, the views get better, but they are aware of muddy patches. It would be best if you avoided these areas after a heavy rainstorm. The trail is a ridge climb, so it switches between the opposite sides of the hill. You will see the Kabru and Pandim ranges changing in the distance. The climb ends at a shrine with many prayer flags an hour later. At 13,080 feet, this is the highest point on the day’s trek.

After a short rest at the shrine, continue on the trail towards Dzongri. The trail continues to undulate, with the first snow patches covering the roots of dwarf rhododendrons.

At the trail bend, the Dzongri trekkers’ hut suddenly appears. A gentle stream surrounds the hut. There are many camping areas around Dzongri, but only the hut can accommodate 30 trekkers at once.

Trekkers who have climbed from Tshoka will find Dzongri a welcome sight. Trekkers can feel the effects of altitude at Dzongri meadows, 12,980 feet. Dzongri, primarily fields, is surrounded by the Kanchenjunga range’s mighty peaks. Every direction has a snow peak that can be admired and taken in. Dzongri is a fantastic reward for most trekkers. Many trekkers end their trek at Dzongri and return to the same place they started.

Day 5: Acclimatization & Rest Day At Dzongri ( Trek Dzongri Top )

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Altitude – Dzongri (12,900 ft / 3950 mtr)

The next day starts with an hour of trekking to the Dzongri top at 13675 feet. Today is the rest day. All hikers are allowed to set up their campsite and enjoy the day’s rest. This is especially true since the altitude gained the day before was very high. It takes some time for the body to get used to this height. Dzongri’s pictorial view is very captivating and rejuvenating. It also helps in relaxation and gaining energy for the next day. Trekkers will find many Tibetan prayer flags throughout the area, which flutter in the wind with great fanfare. It is not difficult to see the Gigantic Himalaya snow peaks, absolutely stunning. Kanchenjunga (8534m), Kabru (75353m) and Mount Pandim (66691m) are the most prominent peaks. This stunning view makes for a breathtaking sight. The spectacular view also includes Narsing (6147m) and Koktang (5825m), as well as other peaks such Frey Peak and Kumbakarana (637m), Jupono, Simro, and others. You can capture stunning scenes of the Himalayas here and keep them in your heart forever. It is better to explore the area than stay in a tent.

Day 6: Early Morning Trek From Dzongri To Thansing Through Kockchurang

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Distance – 10 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 7 hrs
  • Altitude – Dzongri (12,900 ft / 3950 mtr), Kokcharang (12,000 ft / 3658 mtr), Thansing (12,900 ft / 3950 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – Dzongri to Kokcharang (900 ft / 292 mtr), Kokcharang to Thansing (900 ft / 292 mtr)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

Within half an hour, the slopes are occupied again by rhododendrons. Over 2 hours, the descent continues at gentle to moderate speed. The rhododendron trees suddenly give way to the rhododendron forest. You lose 500 feet, and the decline becomes steeper. You can spot birds in the woods. You can walk silently through the forest and see birds hidden in the greens and browns. Kockchurang emerges at the end. Find a path through the forest that leads to the right. It leads to Phedang. There is a trekking hut in Kokchurang, but there are no actual places to pitch tents. 50m away, the Prek Chu River flows alongside the trekker hut. You can pitch 4-5 tents along the banks of this river among the rocks. It is a small but beautiful campsite. It is a lovely camping experience to have the mist hang over the river at night. The fog envelops the tents, hearing the rapid river below.

Two large halls can hold 10-12 trekkers at a time in the trekker hut of Kokchurang. A central hall can be used as a cooking area. Enjoy the cool river breeze while you spend some time on this bridge. The water below is icy blue. The rhododendron forests can be found on the opposite bank. The rhododendrons bloom in June, but they can be seen all year round. The trail is not paved. It is approximately 2kms between Thansing and the bridge. Midway, the forests disappear, and the landscape becomes barren and rocky. Thansing is a large meadow at the end of this climb. A disused trekker hut marks the entrance to the field. Although the hut is suitable for use as a kitchen, tents must be kept inside. You can have as many tents as you like in the open meadow—right in front of Pandim, and the left wall Kanchenjunga. Nights can be pretty cold at Thansing.

Day 7: Thansing to Lamuney

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Distance – 4 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 3 hrs
  • Altitude – Thansing (12,900 ft / 3950 mtr), Lamuney (13,600 ft / 4150 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 700 ft / 200 mtr
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

The next day’s trekking schedule includes hiking to Lamuney, located at 13,650 feet. It takes approximately two hours to get to the destination. It is a very relaxing day, so wake up at eight and have breakfast at 9. Then, depart at 10 am. The trekking activity today is easy and much more fun than tiring. As you would expect, the road to Lamuney is very sober through meadows and over-stretched pastures on both ends.

It looks mind-blowing. Although the trail to Lamuney is pretty good, it’s not close enough to the campsite that trekkers have difficulty with the steep climb. Hikers can enjoy a hot lunch in Lamuney and then relax in the beautiful surroundings. There is still plenty of adventure for the avid hikers.

The beautiful Samiti Lake is just 2kms away from the campsite. Although the distance between Lamuney campsite and the Lake is only about an hour, the trail is uneven and covered with pebbles and stones. Although camping is not permitted near the Lake, trekkers are allowed to visit the area and enjoy its stunning beauty before returning to base. The Lake’s spectacular view is breathtaking, with its crystal clear waters rushing high above the rocks and striking the banks. You can enjoy a lot of photography here with all the stunning pictorial sights just waiting for you to capture in your camera. The tour guide will brief you at the campsite about what to do before reaching your destination. Enjoy the clear night sky and the fantastic array of stars at such an elevation. It is best to call in a day ahead and get good sleep, as the next day should start in the early hours.

Day 8: Trek Starts Early Morning (1 A.M) Lamuney to Goechala Through Samiti Lake back to Lamuney

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Distance – 18 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 13 hrs
  • Altitude – Lamuney (13,600 ft / 4150 mtr), Samiti Lake (13,700 ft / 4200 mtr), Goechala (15,420 ft / 4700 mtr), Thansing (12,900 ft / 3950 mtr) / Kokchurang (12,000 ft / 3658 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – Lamuney to Samiti Lake (100 ft / 50 mtr), Samiti Lake to Goechala (1720 ft / 500 mtr), Goechala to Thansing (2520 ft / 750 mtr), Goechala to Kokchurang (3420 ft / 1042 mtr)
  • Trek Grade – Moderate to Difficult

The day eight trek is the most difficult and most prolonged. It takes trekkers to Goechala at 15,100ft and back to Lamuney. The trek is 18 kms long and takes approximately 13 hours. At 1 AM, the call to action is made for the day. It is a good idea to leave early to have the most time to ascend and descend. Hikers can also enjoy the stunning sunrise over the Himalayas by leaving early. Without this, the trek will lose half its charm. The trekkers are instructed to pack their bags well for the night to return to the campsite in time to have lunch. If not, they can leave for Samiti Lake, which takes approximately an hour. It’s a steep climb up to Goechala View Point, located at 15,100 feet and 5kms away from Lamuney. It takes around 3 hours to climb the point, but this depends on how fast you are. It’s a steep climb from the Samiti lake to the ridge. This is another reason you should exercise caution, as it narrowly passes through the side of the mountains. These stunning snowy mountains are simply breathtaking. The magical effect of the morning sun illuminating the dark snow is astonishing. Words can’t describe the beauty and joy that this scene creates. Other peaks that can be seen from the summit include Kabru South and Kabru North, Kabru Dome, and Kangchendzonga.

After admiring the viewpoint for a while, you will descend to Lamuney as soon as possible. Enjoy a hot meal at Lamuney’s campsite and then pack your belongings to continue the descent to Thansing or Kokcharang. It is best to descend as many times as possible on the same day as the campsite before you choose to stay at it. It can be described as a day with a good night’s sleep at the tents once you reach Thansing.

Day 9:Trekking From Kokcharang / Thansing to Tsokha Through Phedang

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Distance – 16 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 9 hrs
  • Altitude – Thansing (12,900 ft / 3950 mtr) / Kokchurang (12,000 ft / 3658 mtr), Phedang (12,100 ft / 3700 mtr), Tshokha (9750 ft / 3000 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – Thansing to Phedang (800 ft / 250 mtr), Kokchurang to Phedang (100 ft / 42 mtr), Phedang to Tshokha (2350 ft / 700 mtr)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual

You will descend from Thansing at 12,900ft to Tsokha (9700ft). It takes approximately 7 hours to complete the 16 km trek. The day’s journey begins at 7 am. It is best to reach the destination by 3–4 pm. To avoid having to camp for too long, pack a packed lunch. Phedang is the first destination and takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. The return trail is straightforward and exciting, with no need to cross Dzongri. The trail continues to the Rhododendron forest, which must be crossed to descend further. This forest is a beautiful place to be, as it vibrates with enthusiasm and new energy. It is easy to follow and doesn’t have any steep stretches. This makes it a pleasant trip. The best view on this trail is Mount Pandim, with its snow-covered peak rising out and glorifying it. Although it is only five hours to Phedang, it can be tiring. That’s why it’s best to rest once you reach Phedang. Trekkers have plenty of options for temporary camping spots where they can relax and enjoy their lunches in a relaxing atmosphere. The cool mountain breeze is very soothing and refreshing.

You can enjoy the rich atmosphere and take some photos. The trek to Tsokha continues on the same trail as the previous journey. Distance from Phedang and Tshoka: 5 km. As mentioned earlier, the trail runs through forest lands, and rich outgrows of flora & fauna. It is easy terrain to descend, especially on steep slopes. It is best to avoid taking too many breaks along the route to Tsokha before it gets dark. After reaching Tshoka, you can call it a night and set up your tents for a delicious hot dinner and a good night’s sleep. It would be best if you also got as much sleep as possible the next day.

Day 10: Trek From Tsokha to Yuksom Through Bakhim and Sachen

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Distance – 15 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude – Tshokha (9750 ft / 3000 mtr), Bakhim (8650 ft / 2650 mtr), Sachen (7200 ft / 2196 mtr), Yuksom (5840 ft / 1780 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – Tshoka to Bakhim (1100 ft / 350 mtr), Bakhim to Sachen (1450 ft / 454 mtr), Sachen to Yuksom (1360 ft / 416 mtr)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual

The goal for this day’s journey the destination is Yuksom, where was starting stage of our trek at 5,670 feet. It’s a lengthy 15km trek, and the best time to cover it is about 7 hours. The day begins early like every other day, breathing fresh air and then resuming with renewed energy for a full day. Lunch packed in a bag is taken along to reduce the time for a break as we descend. The path to descend is precisely the same as that followed while climbing towards Goechala. Admiring the views of the snow-covered Himalayas, this is a lovely route brimming with natural beauty. The route, as mentioned earlier, is free of sharp turns, which makes the trek more accessible and more enjoyable. Similar to the previous paragraph, the road goes through the most popular places in Bakhim and Sachen. Bakhim and Sachen head towards the three bridges made of iron, and eventually, it moves to Yuksom. From Sachen the route, it isn’t all that appealing due to the zig-zag design and the constant ascending and descending in altitude.

Hillock climbs define the final places of the route. While it may be difficult after a day of physical exhaustion, the most enjoyable part is that it’s just a few meters. After the hillocks have been crossed before reaching the gorgeous Yuksom area, as they approach the town, the network of telecoms is back in place that allows travelers to connect quickly with their loved ones and relatives for a sense of well-being. With the views of small, sloping villages, it’s an excellent return towards this Yuksom town. Once you’ve reached the city, stay in the guesthouse and relax with a refreshing shower, a delicious meal, and a restful night’s sleep. But for those who are enthusiastic, there is the possibility of exploring the town during the evening. Explore the indigenous culture and learn more about their culture and their religious convictions. The locals are straightforward and welcoming, and interfacing with them will always be enjoyable. If you have time, travelers could go to any or more of the Sikkim monasteries to experience an authentic taste of Sikkim’s culture. It’s also an excellent opportunity to visit the local stores and discover more about the materials and handicrafts available. Make sure to look through the gift options for your loved ones and take a photo to remind you of the fantastic trek that you have enjoyed over the last few days. It’s among the most beautiful hikes in India.

Day 11: After Breakfast Yuksom to New Jalpaiguri Station

  • Meal – Breakfast
  • Distance – 150 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude – Yuksom (5840 ft / 1780 mtr), New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Station (374 ft / 114 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 5466 ft / 1666 mtr
  • Trek Grade – By Road

The following day is the day that concludes the trek. It is recommended to begin early as a long drive is in store for the day. In the morning, you can enjoy the stunning sunrise from Yuksom, take your luggage and enjoy a tasty breakfast before starting the journey. It is recommended to begin at 8 am to ensure that travelers can reach New Jalpaiguri station by evening. The total distance for the day is 150kms and will take no over 8-9 hours. But this is contingent on road conditions and the congestion on the day. The return journey is enjoyable and scenic, with the stunning view of the Himalayas in the distance, which makes for a pleasant trip. Lunch is available at Jordan, where you can find several eateries that serve good Chinese, Indian, continental and local cuisines. After having lunch, begin early to get to the station before the designated time.

Because the time for travel is not set and is not guaranteed, it is recommended for travelers to make an onward trip to New Jalpaiguri Station late the night. Suppose trains aren’t in operation at night. In that case, holidaymakers can choose one night in New Jalpaiguri and arrange for an earlier departure. However, the most probable time to arrive at New Jalpaiguri is 5 pm. New Jalpaiguri is among the most prominent locations within the Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. In case of time is available, travelers can go to the famous Hong Kong Market, which is about 4kms away from NJP station, and Bidhan Market, which is located 5 kms away from NJP station. Discover the best products available there and have a great time in the beautiful restaurants of the region. When the time is set, you can move ahead for a further journey.

Food Provided by Us During the Goechala Trek

We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.

After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.

The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya,  Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.

In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.

Safety During Goechala Trek

Trekking with us for goechala trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.

Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.

We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand, Kashmir, Sikkim and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.

We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain

Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.

Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.

For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority

At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.

We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.

Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.

How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us

Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekpp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.

Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.

Explore our New Safety Protocols

In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. 

Our On-trek safety checks includes:

  • Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
  • Stretchers team appointed on every trek
  • Radios
  • Trained mountain staff and full safety
  • Additional oxygen cylinders
  • Special medical kit for high altitude treks
  • Microspikes on all types of snow treks
  • Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
  • Technical team on all snowy slopes

What should you pack for the Goechala Trek?

Goechala Trek is an high altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus read this whole segment.

Trek Essentials: You can’t do the trek without these.

1. Trekking Shoes

kuari pass needs sturdy trekking shoes that can withstand snow and have good grip.

2. Backpack

A backpack 50-60 litres is required for a trek such as kuari pass. Your backpack should have good hip support, shoulder support, and pockets should be accessiable quickly .

3. Clothing

Layering is the best way to protect yourself in the mountains. Layers provide maximum protection against all the elements. Layers are also great for protecting against the elements, especially when it changes rapidly in the mountains.

Base Layer: 3 – T-shirts

Carry 2 T-shirt, and wear 1. Wear full-sleeve, dry-fit T-shirts, preferably with collars. These will protect your neck and arms from sunburn. UV radiations can quickly burn you, especially in the high altitudes of the trek.

Dry-fit T-shirts dry quickly, dry quickly, and are quick drying in the event of rain. Collared T-shirts work better than those with rounded necks.

Cotton or Synthetic?We Indians love cotton. It makes sense to wear cotton down in the plains, where the heat can reach 40 degrees Celsius. It takes a while to dry once it is wet. Synthetic is the best choice for mountains where temperatures are cooler. They are quick to wick sweat and dry quickly. They can smell fast so make sure to have a roll-on deodorant.

Expert Tip: If you’re more prone to colds, you can carry a pair of thermal inners. From the past experiences of ours, using 2 T shirts over other helps to prevent from cold.

From Where To Buy:Buy from Decathlon.

5. Insulation Layers in Winter.

The kuari pass trek can be done in winter. You will need at minimum 5 layers of warm clothing if you are going between December and March.

You will require1 – inner thermals, 2 – light fleece, 1 – light sweater, and 1 padded jacket. Don’t buy your grandma’s sweaters. They can be very heavy. You want fleece jackets and sweaters that fold easily.

A padded jacket is the best choice for your outer layer. Water resistant materials are not necessary. You do need an outer jacket with a padded lining that keeps out the cold and wind. Make sure your padded jacket includes a hood.

6. Two – Trek Pants

This trek requires at least one pair of trekking pants and a maximum of two. One pair of pants should be worn and one additional for when it rains/snows. Trek pants with zip-off thighs at the thighs make them ideal for trekking. You should also choose quick-drying pants over cotton. Even in colder climates, they dry quickly.

TRack pants or trekking pants?Track pants can be used as a backup or double as thermal bottoms. Track pants aren’t trek pants so they shouldn’t be your main outerwear. They should be used as an emergency backup.

Compalsoury Accessories, without these you will not be equipped to perform the trek or not able to do Trek

These accessories are necessary to carry. These accessories are mandatory for anyone who travels to kuari pass. Trekkers tend to delay borrowing or purchasing accessories. We recommend the opposite. These accessories should be gathered first.

1. Sunglasses.

Sunglasses are required to prevent snowblindness. Expect to be walking on snowy stretches during a winter trek such as kuari pass. Snow blindness can be caused by a small amount of direct sunlight (around a half-hour’s exposure). Because fallen snow acts like thousands upon thousands of mirrors, reflecting direct UV rays. You will need sunglasses that provide UV protection.

If the trekking day is sunny and bright (on meadows, open sections), you should wear sunglasses. You must not remove your sunglasses from a snowy section until it is fully crossed.

In case you use spectacles: You can buy oversized sunglasses for your glasses, which you can wear over your regular glasses (buy at Decathlon). Photochromic lenses are also available if you find this cumbersome.

Contact lens users: Contact lenses can be worn on the trek if you have them. The lens solution won’t freeze. It will not be a problem to change your lens inside your tent. You will only need enough cleaning solution to clean your fingers. Your contact lenses can be covered with sunglasses.

2. Suncap.

Suncaps are mandatory. A sun cap is mandatory for trekking. It can cause headaches, sunstrokes, rapid dehydration, and a drop in performance.

Important Information: The Golden rule of the mountains is to always cover your head. A sun cap is a protective layer that protects you from the sun’s harsh rays during the day. It also works well with naked UV rays. Sun caps keep your body’s temperature in check. The reverse is true in the morning/evening. Your head quickly loses body heat. The woolen cap stops heat from escaping your head.

3.Hand Gloves.

You will be handling snow quite a lot on a trek like kuari pass. To grip things or hold onto snow, gloves are essential. The gloves should also keep you warm. You should get synthetic gloves with waterproofing on the exterior and a padded interior. Wear a tight-fitting fleece glove in your synthetic hand glove if you have difficulty obtaining the combination (not likely). This trek requires hand gloves.

4. Woollen Cap or Balaclava.

These should cover your head. You lose the most heat in the cold mountains from your head and not your hands, feet, or other parts of your body. Protecting your head is important, especially in the evenings when the sun sets. Your woollen cap should be worn at all times, including early mornings and late evenings.

A woollen cap that covers your ears can protect your sensitive ears. Balaclavas are a modernized version of the woolen cap. The balaclava covers your ears, neck, and other parts of your face. A woolen cap that covers only your head will not be sufficient, such as a woolen cap, will require a neck warmer or scarf.

5. Socks (3 sets).

You should also have three to four pairs each of socks for sports. You get warmth and cushioning from sports socks. The mantra here is to wear synthetic socks, or at the very least a synthetic blend. Cotton socks absorb sweat and water. These socks are difficult to dry.

Woollen socks are warm and cozy in the winter. Two sports socks are sufficient if you can’t get woolen socks.

6. Head Torch / Head Lamp

Many trekkers don’t know if they should get a torch or a headlamp. A headlamp is essential because it allows you to use your hands for other activities. You’ll need to use your hands for the kuari pass trek, including washing dishes, setting up tents, and holding your trekking poles.

7. Trekking Pole / Trekking Stick

You can balance and stability with trekking poles. You can reduce your energy use by up to 40%. There are steep ascents, and descents on the kuari pass trek. A pair of trekking sticks can make the difference between a pleasant and strenuous trek. India uses a single trekking stick. Two trekking poles will give you more stability and balance. You can also walk faster with them.

8. Rainwear.

Weather can quickly change on a trek. In a matter of seconds, a bright sunny day can quickly turn into a torrential downpour. To combat this, you will need a poncho and a rain jacket. A poncho, a large rain cover that covers your arms and heads, is what you need. Because it covers you and part of your backpack, it is very effective. It is very light and weighs almost nothing.

9. Rain cover for your Backpack .

Backpacks can save your life. Your backpack will hold all of your dry clothes and warm gear. Your backpack should be kept dry at all times. Most backpacks have rain-covers built in. If your backpack does not come with a rain-cover, you can either buy one or make a large sheet of plastic to fit the dimensions of your backpack. The plastic sheet can be wrapped around the backpack and held in place by a string or elastic.


10. Daypack (20-30 ltrs, optional).

Some trekkers choose to load their bags onto a mule or potores while on the kuari pass trek. Although we don’t encourage it, if you do choose to offload, then a daypack is required. You will need to carry water bottles, rainwear and emergency medicines. The campsites are the only place you can find your main backpack, which contains most of your equipment.

One day backpack is a small version of backpack which is generally of 20 – 30 ltr capability.

Additional necessary Trek Essentials

1. A toilet kit.

Try keeping the toilet kit light. Have only the basic things– toothbrush, a roll on deodorant, lip balm, a little moisturiser, toilet roll, tiny detergent along with toothpaste. You will not able to bath on the trek, therefore do not overload on shampoos and soaps.


Quick Information: Carry miniature sized products. You won’t have greater than that. When you are travelling in a team, share 1 toothpaste for all.

Stay away from getting big toilet rolls. Probably The smallest size roll is much more than sufficient for a trek as kuari pass Trek.

For females: If you’re more likely to have the Periodes of yours on the trek day of yours, do not care about it. You are able to utilize the pads of yours, tampons or maybe menstrual cups on the trek. There’ll be toilet tents in which you are able to change. Be sure you have ziplock bags to take back the menstrual waste of yours. Do not leave behind any misuse in the mountains

2. Cutlery:

Will be provided by us like your plates and mugs etc.

3. Two one litre plastic bottles or even a two litre hydration pack:

kuari pass Trek has many hiking days. You have to take two 1 litre water plastic bottles to help keep yourself hydrated. Carry light-weight thermos, it will help to assists you to save water that is warm on an extremely cool morning or even for late nights.

4. Presonal medi kit

Carry the medications with you, readily available at most occasions. Do not take any kind of medication unless you have consulted your trek leader.

1. Dolo 650 (5 tablet computers): This is paracetamol. It assists to take on high temperature, slight discomfort.

2. Avomine (4 tablet computers): Carry this specifically if you are prone to nausea. Pop one fifty per cent hr before the beginning of your roadway trek.

3.Combiflam (5 tablets): if you have pain in your legs, it will help you to get instant relief from pain. It also contains paracetamol.

4.Digene:If you think your food is undigested then you can take this med. Aslo tell your trek leader about it.

5.ORS (6 packs): Consume a pack of ORS water at least once a day, usually mid-day when you are in the middle of your trek.

6. Knee Brace (optional): Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have recognized problems of knee discomfort.

Our trek leaders bring a high Altitude medical set with them which likewise contain Life-Saving Drugs, in emergency situations TrekupIndia Trek Leaders will handel the situation as our trek leaders are well trained for mountains. Before taking these medicines by yourself first tell your trek leaders about it.

Compulsory Documents to Carry.

These are files needed to be submitted at Forest Department before ypur trek. With no of these, you will not be permitted to trek .

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Id’s like adhaar, voter id, etc.

Trek Cost Inclusion

  • Stay 9 Nights of tented accommodation at respective campsites of Trekup India on a sharing basis and 1 day in the guest house or hotel.
  • Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek, starting with Dinner on Day 01 to Breakfast on day 11 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian and non-repeated meals)
  • Transport: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom and Yuksom to New Jalpaiguri (NJP) on sharing jeeps  

Trek Equipment’s: 

  • Sleeping bags, Kitchen tents, Dining tents, Toilet Tents.
  • Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  • Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  • Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  • Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support team.
  • Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusion

  • GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  • Any insurance (Trekup India recommends each trekker get insurance) 
  • Any Meals/accommodation besides the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  • Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  • Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  • Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water etc.
  • Any still / video camera fee 
  • Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  • Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 500 per day, per bag. Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  • Any emergency evacuation charges
  • Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

Trek Logistics

Pickup Point Will be from New Jalpaiguri or NJP and pickup time will be 6.30 AM.

Note: We will share exact pickup location and driver details on whatsapp group, apart from it our transport manager will be also present at the pickup point to assist you.

We will drop you off at New Jalpaiguri or NJP max by 4 P.M on the final day. We advice you to make your departure bookings after 5.30 P.M.

How To Reach New Jalpaiguri Junction (NJP)

By Air

Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport (if you plan to come by flight, our pickup point will be STNM Bus / Taxi Stand in Siliguri, which is approx. 20-25 Km from the Airport, and it is advised to arrive either early morning or a day prior if planning by flight). 

By Train

New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest Railway station with great railway connectivity connections; if planning to arrive by train, then book your train till New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) and from there, take an auto/taxi to STNM Bus / Taxi Stand in Siliguri, which is approx. 30-35 Km from the Airport, and it is advised to arrive either early morning or a day prior if planning by train as sometimes the trains are delayed).


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