Sikkim - Goechala : 10Nights/11Days

  • Mountain
  • Hotel
  • Tent / Trek Hut
  • Meals included
  • Altitude
  • Photography

Destination

Yuksam - Tsokha – Dzongri – Thangshing – Lamuney - Goecha La

Trip at a Glance

The trip will start and end at NJP / Bagdogra Airport.
The minimum group is of 8 – 10.
The entire trip will be done by trekking and accommodation will be provided in trekker’s hut / tents.


Activities and Highlights

Visit Pemayangtse Monastery and Dubdi Monastery.
Visit Tsokha, small Tibetan hamlet from where the first glimpse of the mountains is visible.
Visit Dzongri at an altitude of 4020 m in West Sikkim. It offers the trekker a most fascinating close-up view of Kanchenjunga and Mt. Pandim.

Sikkim, a princely state of India, is described as a paradise full of warm-hearted people and fascinating destination within the lofty mountains. It is a home to many hot springs that serve as natural spas have strong curative powers. It had its own mountain kingdom till 1975 and founded by Namgal dynasty in 17th century.
Sikkim impresses tourists with a scenic view of chains of mountains and lush greenery. Also called Valley of Flowers, it also homes Buddhist monasteries.
Adventure is an indispensable part of Sikkim tourism that reflects the uniqueness of these unparalleled destinations and is often preferred by tourists those who enjoy trekking, camping and mountaineering.

Day 1: Pickup from Bagdogra airport/NJP airport to Yuksum. Overnight Hotel

Guest pickup will be done from NJP or Bagdogra Airport.
You will be driven toYuksum by car.
Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 02: Yuksom to Tsokha : 2900m | 6 hours

The trail leads up the Rathong valley, through thick, semi-tropical forests. Afterwards a steep climb takes us to the tiny Tibetan village of Tsoska.
The landscape has now changed into pine, rhododendron and magnolia forests. You will get excellent views of the entire Himalayan range and Kanchenjunga.

Day 03: Tsokha to Dzongri : 4020m |5 hours

A steep trail zigzags up through temperate forest and large clusters of rhododendrons, to the vast clearing of Phedang.
During April and May, the spectacle is gorgeous, as the land becomes a mass of flowers (400 species have been listed so far).
After 300m, we follow the ridge to Dzongri, a pasture area for Yuksam yaks from April to October.

Day 04: Dzongri Acclimatising

Depending on the fitness of the group, we could head northwest to the Dzongri, where the panorama is stunning, over the Rathong glacier and further out towards the summits on the border with Nepal.
Or we could also organize a shorter ascent towards the Dzongri Peak (4320m) and enjoy a great view of Kanchenjunga (8586m), the third highest summit in the world.

Day 05: Dzongri to Thangshing : 3930m | 4 hours

We descend through rhododendron forest towards the the glacial Prek river. We will establish our campsite on the grassy pastures of Thangshing.
The southern ridge of Kanchenjunga and the Onglakhing glacier are visible directly ahead and there are close-up views of Pandim.

Day 06: Thangshing to Lamuney : 3900m | 3 hours

A pleasant walk below the west side of Pandim, through dwarf azaleas and rhododendrons to Zemathang.
We take our first footsteps on the Onglakhing glacier, and climb up to the shores of the Samity Lake, reputed to be the sacred source of the Prek River.
Ringed by prayer flags, the lake reflects Forked Peak, Kabru North, Gocha Peak and other snow-capped peaks.

Day 07: Lamuney to Goecha La : 4940m to Thansing in 7 hours

We have to leave quite early this morning, as fog and clouds descend on the pass shortly after sunrise. The track to Gocha La climbs steeply through moraines.
From the pass, ringed with colorful prayer flags, we can see Kanchenjunga and beyond that, the Talung glacier.

Day 08: Thangsing to Tshoka : 2828 m | 10 km | 4 hours

Trek from Thangsing to Tshoka Stay O/N.

Day 09: Tshoka to Yuksam : 1560 m | 16 km | 6 hours

Trek from Tshoka to Yuksam. Stay O/N.

Day 10: Yuksam to NJP / Bagdogra Airport

Start your journey towards NJP / Bagdogra after bidding farewell to the mountains.

Hotel accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis depending on the packages chosen.

Inclusions

All transits to and from NJP/ Bagdogra.
Hotel 2 night in & out at Yuksum.
Guide/cook/porter.
Trekking equipments.
All National parks fees.
Yaks as needed for the Groups.
All necessary permit cost.
Personnel luggage not exceed then 15kg/ per person.

Exclusions

Airfare & Train cost.
Travel insurance.
Personnel expenses-Lunch & Dinner, alcoholic & non alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephonic calls, Tips & Gratitude, etc.
Natural calamities expenses incurred if any.
Cost which is not included.
Sleeping Bags personnel

Prepare Yourself

Sikkim Goechala trek requires long distance walking and good amount of cardiovascular endurance.

Things to carry

Clothes and Shoes
Trekking Shoes.
Three warm layers.
Three trek pants.
Three collared t-shirts.
Thermals.
Accessories
Sunglasses.
Suncap.
Synthetic Hand Gloves.
Balaclava.
Socks (2 pairs).
Headlap LED Torch.
Trekking Pole.
Poncho.
Others
Daypack.
Toiletries.
Two water bottles.
Plastic covers.
Personal Medical Kit
You are advised to carry your personal medical kit and also consult your doctor.
Required Documents
It is mandatory to carry original & Photocopy of an identity proof and two copies of recent passport size photograph.
The travelers need to carry a medical certificate duly signed by a doctor.

What is the style of accommodation provided in this trek?

Sikkim Goechala trek provides accommodation in trekker’s hut or tents. Hotel accommodation will be provided in Yuksam.

Will there be snow on this trek?

Yes, you will find snow in your trekking route.

Can I hire a porter for my personal stuff?

If you inform us while booking, Ghumakkad can organize porter / porters for you separately at an additional cost.

Who will be with us for the trek from Ghumakkad?

There will be a qualified trek leader, trek guides, porter, will be with you through the trek.

Can I consume alcohol during the cold night?

Alcohol is extremely dangerous in cold, especially on high altitude. It doesn’t make you warmer; instead it opens your body pores making you colder. Hence, consumption of alcohol is extremely prohibited during the trek. Also smoking is not allowed during the trek.

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