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Goechala Trek
Region - In Sikkim
Duration - 10 Nights and 11 Days
  • Grade - Moderate To Difficult
  • Max Altitude - 15,100 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 90 Kms.

Day 01 : New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom

  • Altitude: 5700 ft.
  • 150 km drive, approx 8 hours.
  • Pick-up at 10am NJP railway station (Travel cost inclusive.)
  • Pass through Police Check Post at Melli. Foreigners need Inner Line Permit (ILP) – the driver will help get it. Procedure takes half-an-hour.
  • From NJP to Melli (at the border of Sikkim and West Bengal.)
  • Lunch break at Jorthang.
  • Last ATM at Legship .
  • Base camp at Yuksom. Overnight in guest house.

Day 02 : Yuksom to Sachen

  • Altitude: 7200 ft.
  • 8 kms trek, approx 6 hrs.
  • No shops on the trail. Erratic telecom network. Abundant water sources.
  • Have packed lunch en route.
  • Trail through dense forests, with frequent ascent and descent.
  • After two hours of walk from Yuksom, you can see Tshokha.
  • Trail passes through three iron bridges (Gradual ascent till the first bridge, steep ascent for 20 min then gradual descent till second bridge and gradual ascent till third bridge. Walk for half an hour to the camp site.
  • Be careful on trails as it stays busy with animals like yak and mules. Make way for the animals by sticking to the mountain side.
  • Sachen campsite is in the forest, so accommodation in tents.

Day 03 : Sachen to Tshokha via Bakhim

  • Altitude: Bakhim at 8600 ft and Tshokha at 9700 ft 7 kms trek, approx 5 hrs
  • Pleasant walk till the last iron bridge (1 km from Sachen)
  • Steep ascent till Bakhim - spot peaks like: Mt. Pandlm, Tenzinkhay Enjoy tea and refill water at Bakhim
  • Bakhim to Tshokha - 2kms trek
  • Trail lined with Rhododendron and Alpine berries Lunch at campsite Overnight in tents

Day 04 : Tsokha to Dzongri via Phedang

  • Altitude: Phedang at 10500 ft and Dzongri at 12980 ft.
  • 9 kms trek, approx 7 hours.
  • The trail is mostly ascent - Tsokha to Phedang - 4.5 kms, 3 hrs and Phedang to Dzongri - 4.5 km, 3 hrs.
  • For the first hour, trail is rocky, for two hours it is wooden trail and once again rocky, zig-zag trail till camp site.
  • Carry packed lunch and enough water as there are no sources of drinking water en route.

Day 05 : Rest day in Dzongari

  • Trek to Dzongari top at 13,675 ft, approx 1 hour.
  • Peaks spotted: Frey Peak, Kumbakarana, Rathong, Kabru South, Kabru North, Kabru Dome, Kangchenddzonga, Jupono, Pandim, Simro.
  • Instructions: Do not sleep, especially inside the tents, during the day. Go for small walks and explore the vicinity.

Day 06 : Dzongari to Thansing via Kokcharang

  • Altitude: Kokcharang at 12,000ft, Thansing at 12900.
  • 10 kms trek, approx 6 hrs.
  • Dzongari to Kokcharang 8 kms trek, approx 4 hours.
  • Gradual walk through meadows and descend to reach Kokcharang.
  • Refill water at Kokcharang.
  • From Kokcharang, walk to the bridge towards Prekchu river. Rest and then ascend for 2 kms to reach Thansing.
  • Enjoy hot lunch at campsite.

Day 07 : Thansing to Lamuney

  • Altitude: 13650 ft.
  • 4 kms trek, approx 2 hours.
  • Morning call 8-9-10 (8am: tea, 9am: breakfast, 10am: Move for Lamuney).
  • Easiest day of the trek - easy trail.
  • Enjoy hot lunch at camp site.
  • Trek further to Samiti Lake for 2kms.

Day 08 : Lamuney to Goechala via Samiti Lake back to Lamuney

  • Trek to Thansing (or Kokcharang, depending on the trekkers’ speed/weather). Altitude: 15,100 ft.
  • 18 kms trek, 13 hours.
  • Longest and toughest day of the trek.
  • Call for Goechala 1am. Pack your backpack at night only, so when we return, we just have food and leave for lower campsite.
  • Lamuney to Samiti Lake easy walk for one hour.
  • Lamuney to Goechala View Point (15100 ft - 5 kms – 3 hrs) Steep ascent for 2 hours.
  • Descend to Lamuney for hot lunch.
  • Descent further to Thansing/Kokcharang.
  • Peaks spotted: Kabru South, Kabru North, Kabru Dome, Kangchendzonga, Gocha Jupano, Pandim, Sinvo, Tenzingkhang.

Day 09 : Thansing/Kokcharang to Tsokha via Phedang

  • Altitude: Thansing 12,900 ft/ Kokcharang 12,000 ft to Tsokha 9700 ft.
  • 16 kms trek, approx 7 hours.
  • Start around 7am to reach by 3 pm Tsokha.
  • Carry packed lunch.
  • Kokcharang to Phedang (12 kms, approx 4 hrs) - gradual ascent and descent in the Rhododendron forest.
  • Phedang to Tsokha - descent for 5 kms.

Day 10 : Tsokha to Yuksom via Bakhim and Sachen

  • Altitude: 5670 ft.
  • 15 km trek, approx 6 hours .
  • The trail is a complete descent on the same route as day 2 and 3. Carry packed lunch.

Day 11 : Yuksom to NJP

  • 150 km drive, approx 8 hours.
  • Leave Yuksom early morning to reach NJP by 5.00 pm.
  • Pack your backpack at night only, so you don’t have to be in rush before leaving for NJP.
  • Trek Cost Per Head : INR 17500 (GST 5% Extra)
  • Who are Eligible for the Trek :-
  • Here are the fitness criteria one has to match absolutely for conquering Goechala Trek with us :
  • Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 trek.
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
  • A goods carrying benchmark relevant in this expedition, the climber should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg expedition bag pack.
  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have these conditions mentioned above.
  • How to Reach

  • By Train :-
  • New Jalpaiguri or NJP is a major railway station located in south west of sikkim. There are many long distance trains arrives or pass through the NJP station. You can choose to come to Kolkata and take one of the many trains to NJP. If you are coming from Delhi or north part of India, try to take any north east train which directly goes to NJP by passing Kolkata.
  • By Flight:-
  • Flying to Bagdogra is another option that you can choose though flights to Bagdogra tend to be pricier than those to Kolkata. Most of the flight foremost metros in the country come here.
  • Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from NJP Railway Station at 9:30am. Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek You will reach Yksom by 6:00 pm Food from NJP to Yksom is not included in the trek cost
  • Cost Terms Inclusions :-
  • Accommodation. (guest house, Camping).
  • Meals while on trek (Veg. & Egg).
  • Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required).
  • All necessary permits and entry fees.
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
  • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.
  • Transport from NJP to yaksum and return.
  • Mules to carry the central luggage.
  • Exclusions :-
  • Food during the transit.
  • Insurance.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
  • Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
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