Goechala Trek

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9 Days | 8 Nights
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Starting from 16500 Per Person
Note: Mask, Sanitizer and Gloves are mandatory for all trekkers.

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About Goechala Trek

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.

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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.

Location and How to Reach

  • The Goechala trek is in the Sikkim region. The highest altitude of the trek is 15100 feet.  
  • The starting point of the trek is at Yoksum. Yoksum is well connected with the road ways so you can reach to this place via your private or the public transport.
  • Yoksum is in the West Sikkim area. The drive from New Jalpaiguri to Yoksum is of about 7 hours.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Reaching the Base Point, Yuksom

  • On the first day you have to reach Yuksom where the briefing and the introduction session would be held. The trek starts from here.
  • The day is spare so the trekkers could explore Yuksom and chill with the fellow trekkers.
  • From Jalpaiguri, the place is a 7 hour drive.

Day 2 – Move Ahead to Sachen from Yuksom

  • The next place is Sachen from Yuksom. The drive to the place is of around 5 hours.
  • The trek gradient is of moderate level with thick jungles with slippery spots, small waterfalls, log huts and the beautiful Rathong valley.

Day 3 – Sachen to Tshoka

  • The next place which will be covered on the 3rd day is Tshoka. The trek is of about 4 hours and is a steep one with moderate difficulty.
  • The trekkers would be walking on the bridges, rhododendron forests, and camping overnight at Tshoka. While on your way, you will be crossing monasteries and cute cafes.

 

Day 4 – Tshoka to Dzongri

  • This is the most looked forward day of the trek where the climb becomes steep. On reaching Phedang, the views of the clearing mountains become even more spectacular.
  • On reaching Dzongri, you will view different peaks from the place.
  • The night will be spent in the camps in Dzongri itself. You will be spending the nights in the lap of the Himalayas surrounded by different peaks.

Day 5 – Dzongri to Thansing

  • The altitude of this climb goes up till 13,024 feet. The trek gradient is going to be extremely difficult on this day and the time take would be around 6 hours.
  • First, the trek descends to Kockchurang and then it gradually increases to Thansing.
  • You will be crossing rocks, boulders and meadows. The nights would be spent in the camps and the climate is going to be hell chilly.

Day 6 – Thansing to Lamuney

  • This trek is quite easy with gradual descending trails which would take about only 2 hours to cover.
  • You will spot the Lake Samiti here along with some blue birds and the mountain goats. Camping overnight will be done at Lamuney because camping by the lake is not allowed.

Day 7 – Lamuney to View Point 1

  • Now comes the most challenging day of the trek which is the 7th day where the trekkers would be climbing to view point 1 and then coming back to Thansing. It would take around 12 hours to complete this whole trek.
  • The trekkers have to start before the sunrise because the journey is a long one. Evening and the overnight camping would be done at Thansin

Day 8 – Thansing to Tshoka

  • The 8th day is about coming back to Tshoka and the trek gradient is once again a difficult one which is more or less flat.
  • The time taken for this one would be 7 hours approx. You will have a sight of the Prekchu river while trekking down. Camping at the tents in Tshoka would be a fun activity.

Day 9 – Tshoka to Yuksom

  • The trek ends on the 9th day. This trek is easy where you will be trekking down and reaching Yuksom.
  • The trekkers would be spending the night in the hotel and having a final goodbye meal with each other till they make their ways, the next day.

Best Time to Try This Trek

  • The best time to go on this trek is during the months of February to April. The weather is amazing during this season.
  • You will see the most picturesque views during this season. The best trail of this trek is of the Rhododendron forests which is best experienced in this season.

Difficulty Level

  • The difficulty level of this trek is moderate to difficult. So this means that the beginners cannot at all go and try this trek.
  • The trails of this trek are not going to be easy at all so the professional trekkers are only suggested to go for this trek.
  • Children under 12 years of age are not at all allowed to go on this trek. The trek is going to be of 9 days so it will be difficult.

Weather

  • The weather of the Goechala trek keeps changing from chilly to moderate. The temperature is between 13°C-18°C during the daytime and in between 3°C-5°C during the night time.
  • So, it is extreme chilly during the night and quite pleasing during the day.

Accommodation

  • The trekkers would be spending the nights in the tents and enjoy the camping time.

Inclusions

  • Transportation during the Goechala trek.
  • Camping equipment like the tents, sleeping bags and the sleeping mats.
  • Guide, helper, cook and the other required staff.
  • Forest entry charges and all the necessary charges and permit fees while going on Goechala trek.
  • Meals and first aid kit while being on the Goechala trek.
  • Mules and porters for carrying the camping luggage of about 10 kg per person only when the Goechala trek has started.
  • Mountaineering qualified and the professional trekkers who have ample knowledge of the Himalayan camp and who have the best Prasher trek reviews.
  • The first aid basic kit is available for the trekkers along with the portal oxygen. It is really important during the Himalayan camp for the Goechala trektemperature.

Exclusions

  • Personal Expenses and also the personal porters for personal use to cover the Goechala trek.
  • Transport to and from the starting point.
  • Insurance of any kind for this Goechala trek route.
  • Personal trekking equipment.

ATM Points and Connectivity

  • The last ATM point and the last area to receive the phone connectivity before starting the Goechala trek is at Jorethong.
  • If the trekkers have to withdraw the money for the emergency use then this is the last accessible spot. And After Jorethong, you will not find any ATM spots.
  • It will be extremely difficult for you to get any minor phone connectivity too once you cross  Yuksom.
  • We recommend you to make all the important calls while you are here before going to trek the Himalayas.

Things to Carry

  • Backpack with all your necessities to cross this entire Goechala trek distance.
  • A rain cover because you cannot predict the Prasher hiking temperature.
  • Water bottles and all your refreshments which include all sorts of hydration packs which you prefer.
  • Snacks like the energy bars and the protein bars which would give you instant energy during the Goechala trek.
  • Personal Medical Kit with all the necessary first aid items and medicines which you feel you will need. It is always advisable to take medicines for dizziness, upset stomach, headache, and cold and cough while being in Himalayan camps or anywhere.
  • Pack your outfits with all the relatable clothing items like wind and waterproof jackets, t- shirts, track pants, thermal inners, trekking shoes and fleece jackets. All the necessary winter outfits for the winter treks.
  • All the toiletries products in a bag because you will need them the most.
  • Also do not forget to take your extra accessories like the sunglasses, caps, gloves, walking stick, torch, and similar other items.
  • You must avoid the sports shoes, jeans, and shorts while going to the Himalayan camp. It is always better to stick to the trek pants and the joggers.

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the our service partner will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity.
  • For all the above choices, you can transfer your tickets to your friends. We would be more than happy to have them on board and you could save your hard earned money.

Refund Policy

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's togedr wallet.

COVID 19 additional measures

  • Wearing gloves, mask and carrying a sanitizer is mandatory otherwise there wouldn’t be an allowance to commend the trip/trek.
  • Members travelling should practice social distancing.
  • There shouldn’t be any travel record in the past 30 days.
  • If the trek/trip gets cancelled due to any pandemic or government’s order, there would be no refund instead the plan will get postponed.
  • If found with any of the COVID 19’s symptoms, the person will be immediately quarantined. In this case, as well, there wouldn’t be any refund.
  • Everyone travelling should have the ‘Arogya Setu App’ installed on their phones.

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FAQ

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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