Important Guidelines During Coronavirus
  • It is mandatory to carry a Covid 19 negative report from an ICMR approved lab, which must be dated not more than Three Days before the date of travel.
  • Always carry a Hand sanitizer, Face mask, Hand gloves and practice social distancing. Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes and mouth as much as possible.
  • People aged above 60 years, pregnant women and children younger than 12 years old have been advised to stay home.
  • Participants will have to adhere to strict health protocols, including temperature checks, wearing a mask at all times and maintaining social distance.

Hospitality Precautions

  • All our Hotels/Homestays follow the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness.
  • All supplies and materials used for cooking are sanitised before being admitted into restaurant premises.
  • All materials provided by us for trekking use are sanitised thoroughly.
  • Our vehicles are disinfected after each use and before a trip begins.
  • Hotel and Vehicle accommodations are dependent on groups and individuals. Individual trekkers may request for separate rooms*. (*Prices may vary.)
Overview

One of the biggest highlights of the Goechala trek is the sunrise seen on the Kanchenjunga range. Mesmerizing beauty of Rhododendron forests, The Samiti Lake, and amazing 16 Himalayan Peaks can been seen from Goechala peak. Trekkers prefer Goechala as one of the best trekking destinations, as the journey is full of adventures where trekkers can experience the incredible forest, wonderful ecosphere and breathtaking scenic beauty of Sikkim throughout the trek. Goechala trek is considered as one of the best treks in India. Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that a trekker would not gain from trekking in any other part of India.

The citizens of China, Bangladesh, Myanmar are not allowed to trek in Sikkim.

9 Nights 10 Days Available on request
Trek Details
  • Activity Type: High Altitude Trekking
  • Highest Altitude: 4940m
  • Grade: Moderate to Difficult
  • Best time: May-July / Mid-September-October
  • Starting Point: NJP Railway Station
  • Ending Point: NJP Railway Station
  • Region: Sikkim – Himalayas

How to Reach

By Air:

Bagdogra Airport, Airport is just 12 km from the main city. There is Direct flight are available from New Delhi and Kolkata.

By Train:

The nearest railway station New Jalpaiguri (NJP) which is 5 km from Siliguri and 12 km from Bagdogra airport. Trains are reaching here from all major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Darjiling, Guwahati etc.

  • Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from NJP at 6:00am to 6.30am. Costing will be shared equally by all participants.
Itinerary

Day 1: NJP to Yuksom (5,640 Feet ) 7 - 8 Hrs Drive:

Getting to the Basecamp Yuksom. We start early morning from NJP railway station at around 6.30am. (We expect you to reach NJP the previous night) Drive from NJP to Yuksom is very scenic and an adventurous journey which takes 8/9 hrs. You need a full day for this as it is a long board journey. During your travel journey the view is breathtaking and next to you, the Teesta River will be following you for most of your journey. On the way you will go via Jorthang which is the town nearest to Yuksom. Also here, you will find the last ATM. We stop here for lunch break.

Yuksom is a historical town in Sikkim which has special religious and cultural significance and also it was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642. Overnight stay in homestay. In the evening, our instructor will give you a briefing about the entire trip. Before starting the trek, we have to finish the registration process and trek permits, for this we need your ID proof xerox (2 copies) and two passport size photos. Our Instructor will help you get this done. Overnight stay in Homestay/Guest House.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Yuksom to Sachen, Altitude 7100ft, 9km trek, Duration 6/7hrs.

After having breakfast and the registration process we start our trek around 8.30am. Initially it is a plain walk for the first 20 minutes then your actual trekking trail start with gradual ascends. Today’s trail passes through thick pine forests and you will be crossing many water streams on the way till Sachen camp. After walking for 45 minutes, the first thrill is crossing a long metal suspension bridge which is marked by prayer flags; you have to cross two more bridges of this type today. The second bridge will come after a walk of 1.5hrs. Before reaching the second suspension bridge there is a steep ascend, this is a great place to meet local people and admire the mountains’ view all around.

On the way we stop for lunch break. Sometimes you have to be careful, because on the way you can see many Yaks and Mules which will be crossing your path, please make way for them and always stick towards the mountain side. Once you cross the 3rd Iron Bridge your camp is just 2 hrs away. Last 45 minutes’ walk is through dense forests and it is steep ascends till Sachen. Today’s camp is in the middle of the forest. The landscape is completely different and much more beautiful. Overnight stay in tents on sharing basis.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea snacks, Dinner

 

Day 3: Sachen to Tshoka via Bakhim, Altitude 9700ft, Distance 7km. Duration 5/6 hrs approx.

  You walk only 7km today and we predict it will take ideally 5-6 hours. Today you head up through the rhododendron and fern forests. You can experience the calmness of nature and feel more connected to it. On the way you will cross one long Iron suspension bridge which is marked by prayer flags.  After walking for 3hrs on steep ascends you finally reach Bakhim. Bakhim is a small meadow with a beautiful view and is surrounded by forests; here you can take a lunch break and order tea and maggi in the shop. You can refill your water bottles at Bakhim.

 After taking a lunch break, we start our trek to Tshoka which is just an hour of trekking from Bakhim camp. Trail starts with ascends till Tshoka camp. The Tshoka campsite is a unique location, surrounded by oak and pine trees, near our camp there are village huts and government huts which are used by locals during the summer season. From here you can clearly see the peaks of Mt Pandim and Tenzinkhay very closely. Overnight stay in tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea Snacks, Dinner

 

Day 4: Tshoka to Dzongri via Phedang, Altitude 12900 ft, Distance 9 km, Duration 7/8 hrs.

The trail from Tshoka to Dzongri can be divided into 3 sections - Tshoka to Phedang, Phedang to Deorali Top and Deorali Top to Dzongri camp site. There is no water source on this trail, so make sure you carry enough water. This takes approximately 6 - 8 hours depending on your speed.

The trail from Tshoka to Phedang starts with a steep climb, with great views of Tshoka after the initial ascent of 15 minutes. The trail then goes through thick Rhododendron forests, with the ascent getting moderate and wooden logs along the trail. Finally, after the wooden logs, the ascent gets steep again for 30 minutes after which one arrives at Phedang. On a clear day, one can enjoy great views of snow-capped mountains on the right hand side and mountains with thick forests on the left hand side from Phedang. At Phedang, there is a trail on the right which heads towards Kokchurong-Tansingh. The trail which continues straight ahead towards Deorali top.

This section from Phedang to Deorali top is the toughest part of the trail. This section is a steep ascent, exposed to sunlight and the trail is mainly rocks and gravel. In the typical itinerary one would traverse this section between 11 am - 1 pm - which is when the sun is scorching - making it tougher on a sunny day. After crossing through this section you arrive at Deorali top which is marked by prayer flags, from which on a clear day, one can enjoy excellent views of the snow capped mountains.

From Deorali top, the trail gets easier, with mild ascents and descents for about 90 minutes after which one reaches the Dzongri camp site. There are also a few small streams on this part where one can refill water. Finally you arrive at the Dzongri camp site.  There is a small shop here, from which one can savor a hot bowl of Maggi with tea after a hard day’s trek. Dinner will be early today as you know tomorrow morning (5am) we are going to Dzongri top and from here you can see world’s 3rd highest peak Mt Kanchenjunga peak. Overnight stay in tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea snacks, Dinner

 

Day 5: Dzongri to Thangsing via Kokchurong, Altitude 12800ft, Distance 10 km, Duration 6/7 hrs.

Wake up at 5am and have tea. We start the small 1 hour trek to Dzongri top to see the golden rays of the sunrise on Mt Kanchenjunga peak 8586M (World’s 3rd highest peak). This beautiful moment will make all your efforts delightful, and forms the highlight of the trip. Additionally, you can see Mt Pandim, Mt Kabru,  Kabru south and Kabru north, the Singali La range is clearly visible from here. Return to the camp and have breakfast.

Today initially the first hour’s walk is a gradual ascend, after walking for an hour you reach flat surface and from here your trek route is a parallel walk for almost an hour with mesmerizing snow cap mountain views. A fantastic ridge walks with a marvelous view in every direction. You descend through dense forests towards the Kokchurong. Kokchurong is a small tea house beside the river side.

Near Kokchurong you can see a wooden bridge over the Prekchu river, you can see crystal clear icy cold water below. From Kokchurong, Thansing camp is just 2km, and trail continues with gradual ascends. Reach the Thansing camp which are mostly flat meadows. Overnight stay in tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea snacks, Dinner.

 

Day 6: Thansing to to Lamuney, Altitude 13650 ft, Distance 4 km, Duration 2 hours.

Today is an easy and short walk; you can enjoy the scenery and natural beauty around. On the way you can see multiple water streams. The path is well defined till Lamuney camp. We start late today after having breakfast around 9.30am. Pack your backpacks and wind up the camp, so that support staff and camping equipment can reach before us to Lamuney camp. Have hot lunch at Lamuney and take rest for some time. Evening we will all go for an acclimatization walk towards Samiti lake. At night we sleep early as we are going to summit Goechala view point early in the morning (around 3am).Overnight stay in tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea snacks, Dinner

 

Day 7: Lamuni to Goechala via Samity Lake and back to Thansing, Altitude 15200ft, Distance 18 km, Duration 11/12 hrs.

Start very early (3/4 am) as we know that we will be going to summit the Goechala view point. Carry energy bars, ORS, and enough water. From Lamuney camp, Goechala is just 5km distance and it will take 3 to 4 hours depending on your speed. The ascent to Goechala becomes steeper and rougher as we cross Samiti Lake and several moraines. After reaching the top you will realize that all the pain was worth taking, to be where you are! After spending some time at Goechala view point, we will take a group photo and start descending towards Lamuney camp. Descending is also quite tricky so you have to be careful all the time, keep following the steps of the person ahead of you.

View from the Goechala view point is just unbelievable. You get to see the world's third highest peak, Mt Kanchenjunga so near that you can’t even imagine. Additionally, you can see Mt Pandim, Mt Tenchenkhang and many other famous peaks from the top. It is a beautiful and picturesque place and you can spend hours looking at the Kanchenjunga peak and keep clicking photos.

After reaching Lamuney camp we will have hot lunch, packing of personal luggage and will start our return  journey towards Thansing camp. Now path is completely descending till Thansing. We reach Thansing camp in the evening, around  4/5pm. Retire for the day and overnight stay in tents.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea snacks, Dinner

 

Day 8: Thansing to Tshoka via Phedang, Altitude 9700, Distance 14km, Duration 6/7 hrs.

After breakfast we start trekking down towards Vaan village. We start from Thansing around 7.30am and reach Tshoka at 3/4pm. On the way we stop at Phedang for lunch break. At Kokchurong, the trail divides into two parts, the straight one is going towards Dzongri and the left one is going towards Phedang which is quite easy and a parallel walk till Phedang. Trail goes through thick rhododendron forests with gradual descend. From Phedang point Tshoka camp is just a 90 minute walk. You reach the camp at around 3pm. Setup a camp at Tshoka and enjoy the last night of this trek in wilderness. Overnight stay in tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea snacks, Dinner.

 

Day 9: Tshoka to Yuksom via Bakhim and Sachen, Altitude 5600ft, Distance 15km, Duration 6/7 hrs.

Reaching  Yuksom will take 6 to 7 hours. The descent is equally long and tiring through the pine forest. From Tshoka you retrace the same trail via Bakhim and Sachen. Continuing down, you pass through changing scenery as you go down. After about two hours descend you reach Sachen camp which will be our short rest point, also here, you can have tea and maggi at a local shop. Refill your water bottles and start your trek again towards Yuksom. Same way you will be crossing 3 suspension bridges which are marked by prayer flags. After the 3rd suspension iron bridge your trail goes uphill almost for one hour. But very soon you will be heading to Yuksom . Reach the basecamp, take a final finish line group picture with all the happy faces. Retire for the day. Overnight stay in homestay or guest house. Dinner will be self-sponsored as you all are staying in Yuksom town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea snacks.

Day 10: Yuksom to NJP

You can start early in the morning after having tea so that you can reach NJP at 3pm. On day 10, you will reach NJP at 5 to 6 pm, you can book your travel plan any time after 7 pm. We advise you to keep one extra day in your plan so that you can avoid missing flights or trains. We will arrange the vehicle (on request) to reach NJP.


 

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, sightseeing etc
  • Tented Accommodation 
  • All meals while on trek (Veg+Egg)
  • Permits (Foreign national need to pay extra on spot)
  • Basic First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, Support Staff, Helpers
  • Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tent and Sleeping bags and Carry mats.
  • Local route guide
  • Homestay/Guest house accommodation for 2 days in Yuksom

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Meals during transit
  • Mineral Water or soft drinks
  • Transportation of any kind (but can be shared between trekkers)
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. 
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason.
  • Unscheduled stay due to natural reasons.
  • Insurance
Things to carry
  • Ruck Sack : Compulsory to carry strong and steady rucksack, Between 55 to 60 Litre
  • Ruck sack cover : Protect your things from quick rain or snowfall
  • Day Pack : Optional, carry only if you are planning to offload your bigger bag. If you are offloading your bigger backpack then you have to carry your personal valuable things, water bottles, pack lunch, raincoat/poncho etc.
  • Trekking Shoes: Good quality rubber soul shoes with ankle support is advisable. Please make sure that shoes are well use before trek. Note: Sports shoes are not recommended but you can carry as additional back up shoes.
  • T-shirts: As per your need, carry at least one quick dry type, avoid too bright/dark colours T-shirts. Cotton T-shirts avoid especially while walking. Full sleeves T-shirts are recommended.
  • Track Pants: As per your need, one synthetic quick dry type track pant is highly recommended.
  • Warm Jacket: Highly recommended, one thick fleece jacket/ Down feather jacket is must to carry. You can use this when you cool down at camp.
  • Windproof Jacket/ Windcheater: We advised to carry, it is resisting wind chill/snowfall and quick burst of light rain.
  • Thermal Wear: You can use this once you reach at campsite. Thermal keep your body warm especially during harsh winter temperatures.
  • Towel: One medium size light weight towel quick dry type
  • Raincoat/ Poncho: Raincoat/ ponchos is a water-resistance to protect the body from rain.
  • Woollen Cap / Balaclava: Mandatory to carry woollen cap or balaclava to protect from cold.
  • Sun cap / Hat: To protect you from direct sunlight
  • Undergarments: As per your need.
  • Socks: Hiking socks has ability wick moisture and keep feet dry. Full length socks are advisable.
  • Hand Gloves: Compulsory to carry, few gloves are constructed of water resistant or waterproof material that keep your fingers dry.
  • Walking stick / Trekking pole: Trekking pole provide useful literal stability on rough terrain and give balance while descending also reduce pressure on knee.
  • Water Bottle/ Hydration pack: Compulsory to carry, please do not carry packaged drinking water bottles.
  • Sunglasses: Compulsory to carry. It is protecting from snow blindness. Person who use spectacle need to carry custom make powered sunglasses.
  • Head Torch / Torch: It is mandatory to carry with extra batteries. Head torch is advisable to keep your hands free while walking.
  • Sunscreen Lotion: Optional, advisable to carry sunscreen lotion (SPF 50+ and more)
  • Chapstick/ Cold cream: Optional, As per your need
  • Toilet Kit Must to carry, Personal toilet kit (toilet paper)
  • Sandals / Slippers: Optional, to walk around camp
  • Small Lunch Box & Tea mug: Compulsory, sometimes we give pack lunch so you can carry pack lunch items in it (one small leak proof lunch box is the best one), also carry one tea mug/glass
  • Dry Fruits / Energy Bars: We provide healthy adequate food on trip. Some do feel very less energetic compare to others, so you carry energy bars, dry fruits etc.
  • Repairs Kit: Must, one small repair kit which includes safety pins, needle, thread and string
  • Personal Medical Kit: Must to carry small basic first aid. If you are taking any specific medicine from your doctor please inform us in advance. There will be a basic first kit will be available throughout the trek. Our Instructor has done a first aid course.
  • Camera: Optional, to capture your lifetime memories.
Number of Days
5 to 10
Difficulty Level
Advanced
Activities
Trekking, Camping