Goechala Trek – Chala chala
Being an adventurer, Goecha La Trek is full of adrenaline rush with steep trails, nature at its best. Goecha La Trek is standing on Goecha La Pass at 15,100 feet with the lookout on the majestic Kanchenjunga. Given are the reasons to fall in love with Goecha La Trek: The astounding view of sixteen peaks from the top of Dzongri Peak, gazing at the tear-shaped Goecha Lake, the staggering scarlet sunrises and sunsets, snow-clad gigantic Himalayas, lush green Himalayan forest, its meandering rivers, meadows, rhododendrons.
Day 1: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom
Altitude: 5700 ft.
150 km drive, approx 8 hours. Pick-up at 10am NJP railway station
Pass through Police Check Post at Melli. Foreigners need Inner Line Permit (ILP) – the driver will help get it.
From NJP to Melli (at the border of Sikkim and West Bengal.)
Lunch break at Jorthang. Base camp at Yuksom, Overnight in guest house.
As per the Sikkim government, foreigners(including OCI, NRI) need to obtain a special permit to trek in Sikkim. This permit is issued in Gangtok and therefore, foreigners need to come one day before in Yuksom. The charges of obtaining the permit will be Rs.2, 000 per person. You have to pay this amount to our representative and we shall get the permit, once you have arrived. Please make a note that your expenses for the additional day are not included in our costs.
Day 2: 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 get to the campsite.
Be careful on trails as it stays busy with animals like yaks and mules. Make way for the animals by sticking to the mountain side.
Sachen campsite is in the forest, so accommodation in tents.
Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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, Khangchendzonga, Jupono, Pandim, Simro.
Instructions: Do not sleep, especially inside the tents during the day. Go for small walks and explore the vicinity.
Day 6: 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 the campsite.
Day 7: 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 8: 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 ViewPoint (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, Khangchendzonga, Gocha Jupano, Pandim, Sinvo, Tenzingkhang.
Day 9: 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.
All meals between Day 1 Dinner to Day 10 Dinner
1. Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampons (if required).
2. All necessary permits (except foreigners special permit fee) and entry fees.
3. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
4. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.
5. Transport from NJP to yaksum and return.
6. Mules to carry the central luggage.
7. Staff insurance.
By Train :-
New Jalpaiguri or NJP is a major railway station located in south west of sikkim. There are many long distance trains arrive 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 goes directly to NJP by passing Kolkata.
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.
- Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each. People who use hydration pack should have1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
- Carry at least one thermos flask
- Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
- Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
- Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
- Woolen cap 1 Nos.
- Balaclava 1 Nos.
- Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
- Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
- People who wear spectacles (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
- First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering.
- The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 45 minutes without stress.
- The climber should be able to carry a 10 kg backpack.
- Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above
About the instructor
They are a team of well Experienced & Equipped personnel, have been organizing treks and mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas for a long time. Their highly-trained team of local guides & Sherpa’s will lead you to real adventure in all of the Himalayan ranges. From the greenest beginner to the sharpest adventurer, they can get you where you want to and assure you a truly remarkable experience