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Panoramic view of Kanchenjunga after trekking some steep trails
Location : Tshoka, Sikkim

Dates

April- May, Sep-Nov

Duration

11 Days
Tour Details
Trek via Kanchenjunga National Park eyeing the Goecha lake with its tear shaped structure, the awe striking sunrises and sunsets, snow covered gigantic Himalayas, the amazing view of sixteen beautiful peaks visible from Dzongri top, its meandering rivers, meadows and Rhododendrons (a type of flower) the reasons to fall in love with the beautiful Goechala Trek are endless. For a trekker, it is a journey full of adventures where one can enjoy the adrenaline rush with its steep trails, bask in the beauty of nature and come to know more of Sikkim, the land of serene beauty.

This trek also comes under one of the most romantic treks of the world.

Max Altitude :- 15,100 Ft. 
Approx Trekking Km :- 90 Kms
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Itinerary

Day 1New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom

Altitude: 5700 ft.
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.
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 2Yuksom 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 3Sachen 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 4Tsokha 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 5Rest 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 6Dzongari 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 7Thansing 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 8Lamuney 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 9Thansing/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 10Tsokha 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 11Yuksom to NJP

150 km drive, approx 8 hours.
Leave Yuksom early morning to reach NJP by 5.00 pm

Accomodation & Meals

  • Guest house, Tents as mentioned
  • All meals inclusive

Other Inclusions

  • Trek equipments (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dinning tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder
  • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff
  • Transport from Dehradun Railway Station to Dehradun Railway Station
  • TTH Staff insurance

Other Facilities

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Things User Should Carry
  • Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
  • 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
  • Carry at least one thermos flask
  • Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electrical powder
  • Personal Medical Kit
How to reach to the location
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.
 
TTH’s 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
About the School/Guide
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 any 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.
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