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North East is that part of India which is incredibly pretty but somehow the region remains under rated still. It is a hilly region with some of the most picturesque and soothing hill stations and small towns.
Apart from touring and travelling, the region is famous for some adventurous activities like trekking, hiking and camping because the North East area have some amazing adventurous places and spots.
One such fabulous trekking destinations of the North East is Goechala. The trek is famous to get the views of the highest mountains ranges.
The other important things to experience at this trek is the sunrise at the Kanchenjunga which looks surreal, hiking in the rhododendron forests trails and the sight of the Samiti Lake.
Goechala trek is one of the best treks to try in the North East region. It is a difficult trek with some beautiful but tough trails. Not everyone can go on this trek but the professional trekkers and the serial adventure enthusiasts must really go on this trek.
The weather changes dramatically and the altitude keeps increasing and this is what makes the trek super tough.
Sikkim is a beautiful part of the North East and going on a trek of that region is really enthralling with some new experiences and sights to discover.
Goechala is in the Kanchenjunga National park and this becomes the major attraction of the trek. This park is one of the best national parks of the country with amazing flora and fauna varieties. Other sights from the trek are of the 14 summits with Mount Kanchenjunga being the major.
Lake Samiti is another beautiful landmark and sight to explore in the route of the trek whose water is still and the reflection of Mount Pandim is visible.
It is a 11 day long trek with camping, trekking and exploring the Himalayan side from the North East.
Day 1 – Reaching the Base Point, Yuksom
Day 2 – Move Ahead to Sachen from Yuksom
Day 3 – Sachen to Tshoka
Day 4 – Tshoka to Dzongri
Day 5 – Dzongri to Thansing
Day 6 – Thansing to Lamuney
Day 7 – Lamuney to View Point 1
Day 8 – Thansing to Tshoka
Day 9 – Tshoka to Yuksom
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The best time to do the Goechala trek is from February to April..The weather is amazing during this time of the year. You can also witness all the picturesque views. The rhododendrons are in full bloom during this time of the year.
This trek is mostly popular with people who have prior experience in trekking as the trekking schedule can get rigorous. This trek also requires you to have good physical fitness as some of the terrains are challenging. Beginners generally do not prefer going for this trek.
This trek will require good physical fitness and prior trekking experience.. If you are a person who is not physically fit and mostly leads a sedentary life, then it is advisable to indulge in some form of physical activity like exercises or sports to make yourself fit for the trek. Legs and calf muscles need to be worked upon especially. People who are not very comfortable with treks at such high altitudes can do some form of yoga as it helps in building mental and physical confidence.
You should be fit enough physically to do this trek. Carrying basic first aid kit with yourself during the trip is also compulsory. Consult your doctor before coming to this trek and ensure that you are medically fit to go for this trek as the trek does have some difficult terrains and climatic conditions. It is also a must to buy raincoats and umbrellas prior to the trip as the trek happens in the monsoons season. Also make sure you have sufficient warm garments for the trip.
A rucksack is which is sturdy and can accommodate a sufficient amount of things is required. It should also be waterproof as the trek happens during the monsoon season and this would protect your belongings.
Porters and mules will be present to carry the camping equipment and this is included in the package. However if you want porters to carry your personal luggage, then you can easily hire them at your personal cost.
A good pair of trekking shoes is essential for this trek. There might be portions where you might have to walk through small streams or rocky portions, so a sturdy pair of shoes is a must.
A guide is necessary for this trek as a guide is well versed with the route. It will more convenient to hire a guide as you do not have to worry about directions or anything like that. A guide also might know some shortcuts to the destination and can help you save time.
The Goechela trek is a trek of moderate to difficult level of difficulty. The minimum age to do this trek is 12 years. The trek has some trails with difficult terrain and stretches over a span of 9 days. The low temperature and high altitude can also be challenging for people who have not done treks of this nature.Therefore mostly people with prior trekking experience do this trek.
The Goechela trek can be very easily done as a solo trek. There are a lot of trekkers who you will find on the way. Travelling solo will give you the flexibility to plan your own schedule.A solo trek here will be a new and memorable experience.Prior trekking experience is however essential to this trek.
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