A spectacular circuit trek through Himalayan foothills to the Goecha La This classic Himalayan trekking adventure begins in thehill-station of Darjeeling, in sight of the snow-capped summit of Kangchendzonga (8586m / 28,162ft). Crossing the border into Sikkim, our trek to the world’s third highest peak starts out through unspoiled villages and farmland beneath the Singalila Ridge which forms the border between India and Nepal. Climbing up into a high mountain wilderness, we find views that extend to the distant peaks of Everest and Makalu. Our route takes us via high passes and a succession of lovely camping places to the valley of the Prek Chu. Here, above sacred Samity Lake, we make our ascent to the Goecha-la. A high and dramatically situated pass, directly opposite Kangchendzonga’s huge south-east face. This quite superb circuit trek includes fabulous mountain scenery, as well as the chance to visit some of the most interesting towns in this fascinating part of the world.
Goechal-La Trek (4940 m)
Name of Program : Goechala Trek Sikkim
Place to Visit : Arrival Bagdogra – Martam (1860m)-Gantok (1550m) – Yuksom (1780m)-Tsoka (2990m)-Dzogri (4030m)-Thagsing (3840m)-Sumethan (4440m)-Goecha la (4940m)-Tsoka-Yuksom-Kalimpong (1250m)-Darjeeling (2123m).
Duration : 16 Nights
Best Time : April to Mid June & Sept to Mid Nov.
Highest Point: 4940 m
Trek Grade: Moderate-Strenuous
Price: On Request
Day 01: Arrival – Bagdogra – Martam (4 hrs drive)
On arrival at Bagdogra Airport or Siliguri Railway Station, meet to our representative & transfer to Martam. On arrival check in hotel, for overnight. Rest of the time free for relax.
Day 02: Martam-Gangtok (By road, 4 hrs drive):
Morning, after breakfast drive to Gangtok, en route visit Rumtak Monastery, on arrival check in hotel later commence sightseeing, covering Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom, Enchey Monastery, this beautiful place is an important monastery for the Nyingmapa sect, a sect to which the Sherpas of Nepal also belong. Rest of time visit M. G. Road Gangtok. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Gangtok:
After breakfast full day sightseeing of the capital city of Sikkim “Gangtok”. You will visit the Orchid Sanctuary, which houses about 200 of the total 454 species of orchids found in Gangtok. Finally, you will visit the world-renowned Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology. This building perched on a hill top in a forest of magnolia and oak is built in the typical Tibetan style of architecture. The institute promotes research on the largest collections of books and manuscripts on Mahayana Buddhism in the world. It houses about 30 thousand volumes and translations of the original teachings of Buddha, and various other treatises of other venerable Buddhist scholars from around the world. The institute also has a museum which has an impressive collection of antiques and some fine thangkas, miniature paintings depicting the life and times of Buddha. Close by is the huge golden-topped Do-drul Chorten, or the Phurba Chorten, shaped like a stupa (a dome-shaped structure) with 108 prayer wheels around the periphery. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 04: Gangtok – Yuksom (By road, 5 hrs drive):
After breakfast transfer to Yuksom . Afternoon a walking tour of the Norbugang (stone throne) where he was crowned. You also visit the Dubdi Monastery (The Hermit Cell)- the oldest monastery in Sikkim built in 1700. You experience a typical Himalayan lifestyle at Yuksom. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Yuksom – Tsoka (5-6 hrs Trek) :
Following an early morning start, your trek for three hours through lush green meadows and cross four mountain streams. Henceforth, the trek is a continuous uphill path lined with conifers and is virtually carpeted with a bed of leaves to leach Bakhim- a hill village at an altitude of 2744 mtrs. Tsoka is a slightly larger settlement with a few houses, a monastery and is the last village on the route. You spend the night at Tsoka at an altitude of 3049 mtrs.
Day 06: Tsoka – Dzongri (5 hrs Trek):
Early morning trek to Dzongri, The vegetation changes to stunted bushes of rhododendrons and miniature pine trees resembling bonsais as you gain altitude with every step to reach Dzongri which is at an altitude of 4030 mtrs..Overnight at tent.
Day 07: Dzongri
Dzongri is picture of solitude surrounded by hills and mountains on all sides. The mountain fortress has no settlements except for two trekker’s huts. An early morning trek at around 4.30 am to Dzongri top which at 4269 mtrs is higher than most mountain peaks in Europe, presents yet another view of the Kanchenjunga along with other ranges basking in the glory of the rising sun. We return to the camp site and spend the day to acclimatize.
Day 08: Dzongri-Thanshing (6 hrs Trek):
You lose altitude during the first half of the trek and steadily regain it as you walk along the river Prekchu, a tributary of the Rangeet, before you reach your camping site at Thanshing. Thanshing at an altitude of 3842 mtrs. is the base camp for mountaineering expeditions to Mt. Tinchinkhan (6010 mtrs) overnight tent.
Day 09: Thanshing- Sumethan (7 hrs Trek):
You set out early for your destination- Sumethang at 4440 mtrs. The trekkers hut here is on a small piece of picturesque flat land no larger than two tennis courts surrounded by imposing mountains on all sides. Blending with the backdrop is a pristine blue water lake of glacial origin with an adjoining stream to form a picture which is nature lover’s ultimate dream. You stop here for the night.
Day 10: Sumethang-Goecha-La-Sumethang-Thanshing (6-7 hrs Trek):
Early morning commence trek. In the morning equipped with torches braving the temperature of below zero and climb to Goechala (the Goecha Pass)- a path way located at 4940 mtrs, higher than any place in Europe. After sun shine, the area is engulfed with fog and cloned banks. You return to Sumethang to collect your gear and move down to Thanshing.
Day 11: Thanshing – Tsoka ( 5 hrs Trek):
It’s worth getting up early to make the short hike to the ridge behind camp. From here there are fantastic views of Kangchenjunga and one can look back up to the Goecha La. Leaving Thangsing, you take a different route back, avoiding the long climb to the Dzongri Plateau. Descending to the Prek Chu River, you contour round through jungle with, inevitably, some ups as well as downs, to emerge at Phedung again. From there it is a steep walk down to Tsoka. This, of course, saves a day on the return march, but does involve quite a long day.
Day 12: Tsoka-Yuksom (6-7 hrs Trek):
Morning commence trek to Yuksom, you are walking downhill to Yuksom. A visit to the Dubdi monastery- one of the oldest in Sikkim. Overnight at Yuksom.
Day 13: Yuksom-Kalimpong (By road, 6 hrs drive):
Transfer to Kalimpong .Check in at Hotel. Evening free to explore the small hilly town on your own. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 14: Kalimpong
Morning day for relax. Afternoon visit Dr. Graham’s Home, Cactus Nurseries, Jang-Dong-Palriffo Brang, Nature Interpretation centre and Durbin Dara Hills. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: Kalimpong-Darjeeling (5-6 hrs Drive):
Transfer to Darjeeling .Check in at Hotel. Evening free to explore the small hilly town on your own. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 16: Darjeeling:
Early morning tour to Tiger Hills (at around 4 am) to view sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak (subject to clear weather). On way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. Afternoon Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Gumbu Rock,Tibetan Refugee Self – Help Center, Tea Estate. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Darjeeling-Bagdogra & Dep. Transfer
After breakfast transfer to Bagdogra airport, back to home with sweet memories. End our services.