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OVERVIEW

Goechala Trek

  • Region - West Sikkim

  • Duration - 11 Days 

  • Grade - Moderate to Difficult

  • Max Altitude - 4940m/16,200ft

  • Trekking Distance - 80 km approx

  • Average Temperature - Daytime 13°C-18°C; Nighttime 3°C-5°C

 

Goechala Trek ranks pretty high on the trekking list and is one of the few treks which is popular with both Indians as well as people all over the world. The trail blends typical Eastern Himalayan evergreen forests with the truly majestic view of Kanchendzonga and a host of high Sikkim peaks almost looming in. The entire Goechala trek trail runs inside Kanchendzonga National Park and it gives you the best views of Kanchenjunga - the third highest mountain in the world. Trekking in North-East, particularly Sikkim, is a totally different experience from trekking in the Northern Himalayas. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, is viewable from the pass, which is also the base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain. Not just Kanchenjunga but 14 other summits will be your reward on this trek. The beautiful Samiti Lake, with still water and the reflection of the Mt. Pandim, is another major attraction on this trek. Goechala is nestled in the vibrant Kanchenjunga National Park, one of the greenest regions in the world, and the rich flora and fauna are unmatchable. The dramatic changes in the weather combined with quick altitude gain makes it a challenging trek, suitable for trekkers with moderate experience. The route climbs steadily to cross a ridge at Dzongri, then proceeds north to the Oklathang Valley to reach the high-altitude pass, Goechala at its head. The trekking trail leads to the high point of Dzongri and Dzongri top offers an amazing panorama of high peaks in Sikkim and Nepal. Few to mention are Kanchendzonga Range, Pandim, Thinching khang, Joponu, Siniolchu, Frey, Kokthang, Rathong, Kabru North, Kabru South, Kabru Dome. The trail then enters into the scenic wide-open valleys and finally ends up in moraine ridge at Goechala. The route has very thick vegetation, along with hundreds of bird species, butterflies, and wildflowers, especially different varieties of Rhododendrons.

 

ITINERARY

Goechala Trek Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom (1780m/5,840ft)
Day 2 - Trek from Yuksom to Sachen (2195m/7,200ft)
Day 3 - Trek from Sachen to Tshoka (3000m/9,840ft) via Bakhim (2740m/9,000ft)
Day 4 - Trek from Tshoka to Dzongri  (4030m/13,218ft) via Phedang (3200m/10,500ft)
Day 5 - Rest day in Dzongri (4030m/13,218ft)
Day 6 - Trek from Dzongri to Thansing (3640m/11,940ft) via Kokcharang (3200m/10,500ft)
Day 7 - Trek from Thansing to Lamuney (4165m/13,660ft)
Day 8 - Trek from Lamuney to Goechala (4940m/16,200ft) via Samiti Lake (4300m/14,110ft), back to Lamuney and move to Thansing/ Kokchurung
Day 9 - Trek from Thansing/ Kokchurung to Tshoka (4030m/13218ft) via Phedang (3200m/10,500ft)
Day 10 - Trek from Tshoka to Yuksom (1780m/5840ft) via Bakhim (2740m/9,000ft) and Sachen (2195m/7,200ft)
Day 11 - Drive from Yuksom to NJP

 

Detailed Itinerary

Goechala Trek Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom (1780m/5840ft)

Pickup from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) in the morning and reach the trek basecamp Yuksom which was the first capital of Sikkim. The distance is around 160 km and takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach. You drive via Teesta, Malli, Jorethang, and Tashiding to reach Yuksom. Paper works required to get the necessary permission for trekking will be done on the way to Yuksom. Trekkers will have to carry 2 passport size photographs that will be affixed with the forms. It will not take more than half an hour to complete all these formalities. The drive then continues and we reach Jorethang where you get a lunch break. After lunch, it’s a continuous drive to reach Yuksom. The village is spread out on the valley with Kabru peak setting the backdrop. Today you are free to explore the village. Overnight stay at the hotel in Yuksom.

 

Day 2 - Trek from Yuksom to Sachen (2195m/7,200ft)

The trail starts behind the forest check post in Yuksom. From here we leave the village and get into the trek trail. Initially, the trail skirts around the fields of Yuksom and then enters the beautiful Rathong river valley. The trail is typically a narrow river valley while the river is running in the gorge. We slowly ascend going through the thick vegetation of the subalpine evergreen forest of Sikkim. It runs through moss-laden forests of Oak, Spruce, Chestnut, Fir, Pines, giant Magnolias, and a wide variety of orchids. Shades of Green change seasonally. Our trail enters into Kanchendzonga National Park. This Biosphere Reserve is a Botanist’s paradise rich with exotic birds, butterflies, and mammals. The trail can be slippery at places. One of the things to look for on the trek today is the fierce Tshushay Khola falls in a series of small waterfalls joining the Prek River. You can see the log huts spanning all along the way. Right below the campsite runs river Prek, the sound of which is soothing. We have to cross 3 bridges on the river today, referred to as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd bridge. We continue our gradual ascent to a clearing we reach, which is our campsite of Sachen for the day. There is a Kitchen Hut built by the Forest Department on the left of the trail and the camping ground is above the trail on the right. The site is full of different bird species including Thrushes and Laughing Thrushes. It may take around 4 hours and we cover a distance of 8 Km. Overnight camp at Sachen

 

Day 3 - Trek from Sachen to Tshoka (3000m/9,840ft) via Bakhim (2740m/9,000ft)

The trek from Sachen to Tshoka is a steep one and involves quite a considerable altitude gain. We first cross the bridge over the Prekchu river. As you walk on the bridge you can see the prayer flags lined up. After crossing the bridge, we trek through Oak and Rhododendron forests. On the way, we pass through Bakhim. Bakhim has a forest rest house and a tea and snack stall. You can stop and rest for a while and enjoy the view of the Yuksom Valley. The trek from Bakhim to Tshoka is about 3 km and takes about an hour. From a distance, you will see a trekkers hut on a plateau which is the base camp of Tshoka. From the monastery at Tshoka, get a fantastic view of Mt. Pandim and the entire Kanchenjunga range. Overnight stay in camps at Tshoka.

 

Day 4 - Trek from Tshoka to Dzongri (4030m/13,218ft) via Phedang (3200m/10,500ft)

Another long day with steep climbing and an altitude gain of almost 1000m. Most of the trail is filled with tall, dense rhododendrons on either side of a wood-paved path. After about half an hour into the trek, the trail changes to a well laid out path with wooden logs. As we continue in the trail, we reach Phedang (12,050 ft) which is a perfect place to stop for lunch. At Phedang, the ground clears to give great views of some high peaks. From Phedang the trail keeps climbing till the highpoint at Deurali with a shrine and fluttering prayer flags. This is a great place to view all the snow-clad mountains that abound – Kanchenjunga, Sinolchu, Kabru massif, Pandim, Jopuno, Kokthang, Narsing, and Talung. From here it is a gradual descent to Dzongri with a few trekker’s huts and camping grounds. Overnight Camp at Dzongri.

 

Day 5 - Rest day in Dzongri (4030m/13,218ft)

We take a break after 2 long days of walking to rest and acclimatize in Dzongri. Early morning you can trek up to Dzongri top to view the glorious sunrise on the Kanchenjunga Massif. The trek takes about an hour and it’s best to start very early to catch the first glimpses of light on the snow-clad mountains and also an awe-inspiring 360-degree view. In the evening you can get the same awe-inspiring views as the sun goes down. The day can be spent doing short hikes around the camp. Overnight Camp at Dzongri


Day 6 - Trek from Dzongri to Thangsing (3640m/11,940ft) via Kokcharang (3200m/10,500ft)

We ascend a little from Dzongri till a high point and then descend all the way to the Prek Chu River. The trail from Dzongri descends through the Rhododendron shrubs to grass fields. We then continue our trek from here and ascend once again to the big meadow at Thangsing with Mt. Pandim rising up right in front. Overnight Camp at Thangsing


Day 7 - Trek from Thansing to Lamuney (4165m/13,660ft)

Today's trek is an easy one with, mostly flat trail. It will take about 2 to 3 hours to reach Lamuney. The trek passes through the alpine meadow of rhododendrons and juniper. About half an hour from Lamuney, over a steep rocky trail lies Samiti Lake. There is a good chance of spotting mountain goats and bluebirds on the margins of the lake. This emerald green Samiti Lake is just a little ahead with colored prayer flags fluttering around. Camping is not permitted by the lake. After spending some time at the lake, we head back to our camps at Lamuney. Overnight stay in camps at Lamuney.


Day 8 - Trek from Lamuney to Goechala (4940m/16,200ft) via Samiti Lake (4300m/14,110ft)???????, back to Lamuney and move to Thansing/ Kokchurung

Trek today covers a long distance and the trail is a steep one which makes it a challenging day. We make a very early start way before sunrise (about 3 am) and walk around the Samiti Lake with Pandim always on our right up the moraine and descending to a sandy bed of a dried lake called the Zemathang Plateau. We cross this and ascend for about 2 hours to reach Goechala. The trek is rewarded with unrivaled views of the massive East Ridge of Kanchenjunga high above the Talung Glacier as well as views of the high ridges and peaks that enclose the upper Prekchu Valley. The Goechala is marked with fluttering, colorful prayer flags, framing the peak of Kanchenjunga. The view from here is absolutely stunning as we look directly into the eastern wall of Kanchenjunga and the smaller peaks of Rathong and Kabru. We enjoy the sunrise and the views before descending to Thangsing and further down to Lamuney. From here we move forward to reach the destination for the day- Kokchurung. Overnight in a tent set up near the bank of the river or in trekkers hut.


Day 9 - Trek from Thansing/ Kokchurung to Tshoka (3000m/9,840ft) via Phedang (3200m/10,500ft)

The trail is through the forest and the gradient is mostly flat, with small ascends and descends. Be careful while descending and it is advised to trek slow. Today, we backtrack and take a slightly altered route missing Dzongri and going through Phedang. The whole trail is filled with Rhododendron blossoms and the Prek Chu River flows below. From Phedang we retrace our way back to Tshoka, our first campsite. Overnight stay in camps at Tshoka.


Day 10 - Trek from Tshoka  to Yuksom (1780m/5840ft)  via Bakhim (2740m/9,000ft) and Sachen (2195m/7,200ft)

Today is an easy trek as we retrace our steps back to Yuksom via Bakhim and Sachen. From Sachen, the trail is mostly downhill. The last section has a few ascends before you reach the Yuksom base camp. Overnight stay at a hotel in Yuksom.


Day 11 – Drive from Yuksom to NJP

The next day is ideally the final day of the trip. It is advisable to start early since a long drive awaits the day. The distance for the day is 150kms which ideally should take not more than 8-9 hours. It is suggested that travelers book an onward journey from NJP at late hours. You can also opt for a night stay at New Jalpaiguri and arrange for a forward journey, the next day.

 

COST TERM

Goechala Trek Cost

Cost Inclusions

  • All ground Transportation in comfortable Vehicle (NJP/Bagdogra to Yuksam) and return

  • All Accommodation while trekking in Tent on twin sharing basis 

  • Nutritious and Full board meals (B/L/D, with coffee & tea) in well managed and hygienic each Campsite set up for Trekkers

  • All necessary permits and Kanchenjunga National Park (KNP) Fee

  • Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils, and crampons (if required) 

  • Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader

  • Experienced, English-speaking local trekking guide

  • Experienced and well-trained staff, cook & support staff for group

  • First Aid Medical kit and Oxygen Cylinder (carried by your trek leader)

  • Accommodation, Food, Wages, Insurance of trekking guides and porters

  • Mules to carry the central luggage

  • All government and local taxes 

 

Cost Exclusions

  • Food during the transit

  • Any kind of personal expenses

  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage

  • Insurance and Any emergency evacuation charge

  • Tips and Gratitude for Staff and support staff

  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions

 

Registering for Goechala Trek

Eligibility: Is this trek suitable for me?

Goechala trek is graded as a challenging trek. This trek helps climbers to test their skills and improve their endurance. Such high-altitude treks should not be underestimated, and climbers should approach the trek with proper training. We highly suggest that you start working on your fitness two months before the climb. Previous trekking experience is mandatory to sign up for the Goechala trek. Excellent physical endurance, focus, and determination are required to complete the Goechala trek successfully. Happy Climbing!

 

Offloading

Protrek Adventure highly recommends the participants to carry their personal backpacks by themselves. However, in case you are absolutely not able to carry the same and would like to offload, then you have to inform us during the booking process and pre-book the offloading. Each bag should not weigh more than 10 kgs. The bag should be of rucksack style only. Duffle bags would not be accepted for offloading. Kindly inform our booking office if you will need to offload your personal backpack for the Goechala trek.

Backpack Offloading Charges:

  • INR 3200/- if you make an online payment at the time of trip booking

  • INR 3500/- if you inform us after reaching Yuksom

 

Trek Booking and Payment

Advance Booking Amount 30%

We suggest that you book your Goechala trek at the earliest and confirm your slot. This also enables you to get a good deal on your to and fro flight tickets and organizing your trip efficiently. A booking confirmation will be sent by e-mail along with the payment instructions and other trip details. All payments have to be made through an online transfer/ cheque deposit/ demand draft. After the payment for the booking is done, please mail us your transfer details at info@protrekadventure.com so that we can follow up efficiently. 

 

COVID-19 Full Travel Credits

After confirmation of the trip, if you cannot travel on the booked dates due to the COVID-19 travel restriction, you can postpone the trip to a future date whichever seems safe and suitable for you. You can choose any departure date that is convenient for you and we will offer a Full Travel Credit without applying any charge. Travel Credits can be redeemed on any trip which departs within 1 year of the original departure date. It cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Travel credit can be transferred once to a friend or family member to be used against a new booking. The transfer is subject to our approval prior to the creation of the new booking.

 

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your Goechala trek, please e-mail us at info@protrekadventure.com

Cancellations are processed only by e-mail and refunds for the same are as follows:

 

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek—90% refund
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek—50% refund
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek—no cash refund

 

THINGS TO KNOW

  • Our Trip Services - From NJP to NJP

  • Pick up from New Jalpaiguri(NJP) Railway Station at 6:30 am, in Tata Sumo or similar vehicles

  • Accommodation - Guest House, Camping

  • Food - All meals during Trek (Veg + Egg)

  • Basecamp - Trek starts and ends at Yuksom Village

  • ATM point - Jorethang is best if you want to withdraw money before trek begins

  • Mobile Signal - Mobile signal available at Yuksom base camp and up to Tshoka camp on most networks. No phone connectivity beyond this. During trek signal is intermittent

  • Nearest Rail Head - New Jalpaiguri (NJP)

  • Nearest Airport - Bagdogra Airport

  • Best Season - Mid March to May and Mid September to November

  • Snow - April and October

  • On day 11 you will reach NJP by 6 or 7 pm. Plan your onward journey accordingly. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm.

 

HOW TO REACH

Goechala Trek

Jalpaiguri city is located on the banks of the Teesta River which is the second largest river in West Bengal after the Ganges, on the foothills of the Himalayas. The city has become an important trade center of West Bengal, besides being a principal commercial, tourism, transportation, and educational center.

 

By Air

The nearest airport for NJP is Bagdogra airport at a distance of 20 kilometers. The flights from this airport connect the city with cities like Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai, and Delhi.


By Rail
The new Jalpaiguri railway station is one of the biggest rail junctions in North Bengal. Situated at a distance of 4 kilometers from Jalpaiguri city, the railway station has good connectivity with various other major cities in India.

 

By Road
 Jalpaiguri by road is very convenient due to good road connectivity. The state transport buses and the private buses connect Jalpaiguri with various parts of the state of West Bengal and cities of nearby states.

 

Protrek will arrange your pick up from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station at 6:30 am, in Tata Sumo or similar vehicles.

 

TREK ESSENTIAL


Backpack/ Rucksack with Rain Cover (50 - 70Ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack/ Knapsack with rain cover 20 - 40ltr
Trekking Pole/ Walking Stick 1 Nos or 2Nos (As per your comfort)
Water Bottle/ Hydration Pack 2 bottles of one litre each
Lunch Box 1 Nos (Good quality, for using in trek)
Poncho/Umbrella 1 Nos

HEAD TO TOE

Cap/Hat 1 Nos
Woollen/ Fleece Cap 1 Nos
Headlamp/ Hand torch 1 Nos (carry extra batteries)
Sun Glasses Proper UV protection sun glasses with side cover
Head Buff/Neck Gaiter 1 Nos
Woollen/Fleece Gloves 1 Pair
Water Proof Gloves 1 Pair
Cotton & woollen socks 4 pairs (Depends on the trek days)
Gaiters 1 Pair (Only for certain treks. Protrek team will notify you, if required)
Floaters/Flip Flops 1 Pair (Quick dry and light weight)
Trekking Shoes 1 Pair (Water Resistant, high ankle with good grip)

CLOTHING

T-Shirts 2 Full sleeves, 2 Half sleeves (Depends on the trek days) -avoid cotton
Thermal Wear 1 Pair
Headlamp/Hand torch 1 Nos (carry extra batteries)
Fleece Jacket 1 Nos
Down feather/Hollow Fill Jacket 1 Nos
Windproof Jacket & pant 1 Pair
Trek Pants/Track Pants 2 pairs(Depends on the trek days)Synthetic/polyester / Quick-drying fabrics such as spandex or nylon -avoid shorts/cotton

MISCELLANEOUS

Energy Bar + Snack Energy Bar, Dry Fruits, Nuts, Energy Drinks
Medical/First Aid Kit According to your Health measures
Sunscreen Lotion 30 - 50 SPF
Moisturizer As per usage
Lip Balm As per usage
Hand sanitizer As per usage
Quick Dry Towel 1 Nos, Light weight
Tooth Brush & Tooth Paste 1 Nos
Anti-fungal Powder As per usage
Toilet paper &Wet wipes As per usage

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Term
  • How to reach
  • Trek Essential
  • Fitness

Goechala Trek

  • Region - West Sikkim

  • Duration - 11 Days 

  • Grade - Moderate to Difficult

  • Max Altitude - 4940m/16,200ft

  • Trekking Distance - 80 km approx

  • Average Temperature - Daytime 13°C-18°C; Nighttime 3°C-5°C

 

Goechala Trek ranks pretty high on the trekking list and is one of the few treks which is popular with both Indians as well as people all over the world. The trail blends typical Eastern Himalayan evergreen forests with the truly majestic view of Kanchendzonga and a host of high Sikkim peaks almost looming in. The entire Goechala trek trail runs inside Kanchendzonga National Park and it gives you the best views of Kanchenjunga - the third highest mountain in the world. Trekking in North-East, particularly Sikkim, is a totally different experience from trekking in the Northern Himalayas. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, is viewable from the pass, which is also the base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain. Not just Kanchenjunga but 14 other summits will be your reward on this trek. The beautiful Samiti Lake, with still water and the reflection of the Mt. Pandim, is another major attraction on this trek. Goechala is nestled in the vibrant Kanchenjunga National Park, one of the greenest regions in the world, and the rich flora and fauna are unmatchable. The dramatic changes in the weather combined with quick altitude gain makes it a challenging trek, suitable for trekkers with moderate experience. The route climbs steadily to cross a ridge at Dzongri, then proceeds north to the Oklathang Valley to reach the high-altitude pass, Goechala at its head. The trekking trail leads to the high point of Dzongri and Dzongri top offers an amazing panorama of high peaks in Sikkim and Nepal. Few to mention are Kanchendzonga Range, Pandim, Thinching khang, Joponu, Siniolchu, Frey, Kokthang, Rathong, Kabru North, Kabru South, Kabru Dome. The trail then enters into the scenic wide-open valleys and finally ends up in moraine ridge at Goechala. The route has very thick vegetation, along with hundreds of bird species, butterflies, and wildflowers, especially different varieties of Rhododendrons.

 

Goechala Trek Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom (1780m/5,840ft)
Day 2 - Trek from Yuksom to Sachen (2195m/7,200ft)
Day 3 - Trek from Sachen to Tshoka (3000m/9,840ft) via Bakhim (2740m/9,000ft)
Day 4 - Trek from Tshoka to Dzongri  (4030m/13,218ft) via Phedang (3200m/10,500ft)
Day 5 - Rest day in Dzongri (4030m/13,218ft)
Day 6 - Trek from Dzongri to Thansing (3640m/11,940ft) via Kokcharang (3200m/10,500ft)
Day 7 - Trek from Thansing to Lamuney (4165m/13,660ft)
Day 8 - Trek from Lamuney to Goechala (4940m/16,200ft) via Samiti Lake (4300m/14,110ft), back to Lamuney and move to Thansing/ Kokchurung
Day 9 - Trek from Thansing/ Kokchurung to Tshoka (4030m/13218ft) via Phedang (3200m/10,500ft)
Day 10 - Trek from Tshoka to Yuksom (1780m/5840ft) via Bakhim (2740m/9,000ft) and Sachen (2195m/7,200ft)
Day 11 - Drive from Yuksom to NJP

 

Detailed Itinerary

Goechala Trek Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom (1780m/5840ft)

Pickup from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) in the morning and reach the trek basecamp Yuksom which was the first capital of Sikkim. The distance is around 160 km and takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach. You drive via Teesta, Malli, Jorethang, and Tashiding to reach Yuksom. Paper works required to get the necessary permission for trekking will be done on the way to Yuksom. Trekkers will have to carry 2 passport size photographs that will be affixed with the forms. It will not take more than half an hour to complete all these formalities. The drive then continues and we reach Jorethang where you get a lunch break. After lunch, it’s a continuous drive to reach Yuksom. The village is spread out on the valley with Kabru peak setting the backdrop. Today you are free to explore the village. Overnight stay at the hotel in Yuksom.

 

Day 2 - Trek from Yuksom to Sachen (2195m/7,200ft)

The trail starts behind the forest check post in Yuksom. From here we leave the village and get into the trek trail. Initially, the trail skirts around the fields of Yuksom and then enters the beautiful Rathong river valley. The trail is typically a narrow river valley while the river is running in the gorge. We slowly ascend going through the thick vegetation of the subalpine evergreen forest of Sikkim. It runs through moss-laden forests of Oak, Spruce, Chestnut, Fir, Pines, giant Magnolias, and a wide variety of orchids. Shades of Green change seasonally. Our trail enters into Kanchendzonga National Park. This Biosphere Reserve is a Botanist’s paradise rich with exotic birds, butterflies, and mammals. The trail can be slippery at places. One of the things to look for on the trek today is the fierce Tshushay Khola falls in a series of small waterfalls joining the Prek River. You can see the log huts spanning all along the way. Right below the campsite runs river Prek, the sound of which is soothing. We have to cross 3 bridges on the river today, referred to as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd bridge. We continue our gradual ascent to a clearing we reach, which is our campsite of Sachen for the day. There is a Kitchen Hut built by the Forest Department on the left of the trail and the camping ground is above the trail on the right. The site is full of different bird species including Thrushes and Laughing Thrushes. It may take around 4 hours and we cover a distance of 8 Km. Overnight camp at Sachen

 

Day 3 - Trek from Sachen to Tshoka (3000m/9,840ft) via Bakhim (2740m/9,000ft)

The trek from Sachen to Tshoka is a steep one and involves quite a considerable altitude gain. We first cross the bridge over the Prekchu river. As you walk on the bridge you can see the prayer flags lined up. After crossing the bridge, we trek through Oak and Rhododendron forests. On the way, we pass through Bakhim. Bakhim has a forest rest house and a tea and snack stall. You can stop and rest for a while and enjoy the view of the Yuksom Valley. The trek from Bakhim to Tshoka is about 3 km and takes about an hour. From a distance, you will see a trekkers hut on a plateau which is the base camp of Tshoka. From the monastery at Tshoka, get a fantastic view of Mt. Pandim and the entire Kanchenjunga range. Overnight stay in camps at Tshoka.

 

Day 4 - Trek from Tshoka to Dzongri (4030m/13,218ft) via Phedang (3200m/10,500ft)

Another long day with steep climbing and an altitude gain of almost 1000m. Most of the trail is filled with tall, dense rhododendrons on either side of a wood-paved path. After about half an hour into the trek, the trail changes to a well laid out path with wooden logs. As we continue in the trail, we reach Phedang (12,050 ft) which is a perfect place to stop for lunch. At Phedang, the ground clears to give great views of some high peaks. From Phedang the trail keeps climbing till the highpoint at Deurali with a shrine and fluttering prayer flags. This is a great place to view all the snow-clad mountains that abound – Kanchenjunga, Sinolchu, Kabru massif, Pandim, Jopuno, Kokthang, Narsing, and Talung. From here it is a gradual descent to Dzongri with a few trekker’s huts and camping grounds. Overnight Camp at Dzongri.

 

Day 5 - Rest day in Dzongri (4030m/13,218ft)

We take a break after 2 long days of walking to rest and acclimatize in Dzongri. Early morning you can trek up to Dzongri top to view the glorious sunrise on the Kanchenjunga Massif. The trek takes about an hour and it’s best to start very early to catch the first glimpses of light on the snow-clad mountains and also an awe-inspiring 360-degree view. In the evening you can get the same awe-inspiring views as the sun goes down. The day can be spent doing short hikes around the camp. Overnight Camp at Dzongri


Day 6 - Trek from Dzongri to Thangsing (3640m/11,940ft) via Kokcharang (3200m/10,500ft)

We ascend a little from Dzongri till a high point and then descend all the way to the Prek Chu River. The trail from Dzongri descends through the Rhododendron shrubs to grass fields. We then continue our trek from here and ascend once again to the big meadow at Thangsing with Mt. Pandim rising up right in front. Overnight Camp at Thangsing


Day 7 - Trek from Thansing to Lamuney (4165m/13,660ft)

Today's trek is an easy one with, mostly flat trail. It will take about 2 to 3 hours to reach Lamuney. The trek passes through the alpine meadow of rhododendrons and juniper. About half an hour from Lamuney, over a steep rocky trail lies Samiti Lake. There is a good chance of spotting mountain goats and bluebirds on the margins of the lake. This emerald green Samiti Lake is just a little ahead with colored prayer flags fluttering around. Camping is not permitted by the lake. After spending some time at the lake, we head back to our camps at Lamuney. Overnight stay in camps at Lamuney.


Day 8 - Trek from Lamuney to Goechala (4940m/16,200ft) via Samiti Lake (4300m/14,110ft)???????, back to Lamuney and move to Thansing/ Kokchurung

Trek today covers a long distance and the trail is a steep one which makes it a challenging day. We make a very early start way before sunrise (about 3 am) and walk around the Samiti Lake with Pandim always on our right up the moraine and descending to a sandy bed of a dried lake called the Zemathang Plateau. We cross this and ascend for about 2 hours to reach Goechala. The trek is rewarded with unrivaled views of the massive East Ridge of Kanchenjunga high above the Talung Glacier as well as views of the high ridges and peaks that enclose the upper Prekchu Valley. The Goechala is marked with fluttering, colorful prayer flags, framing the peak of Kanchenjunga. The view from here is absolutely stunning as we look directly into the eastern wall of Kanchenjunga and the smaller peaks of Rathong and Kabru. We enjoy the sunrise and the views before descending to Thangsing and further down to Lamuney. From here we move forward to reach the destination for the day- Kokchurung. Overnight in a tent set up near the bank of the river or in trekkers hut.


Day 9 - Trek from Thansing/ Kokchurung to Tshoka (3000m/9,840ft) via Phedang (3200m/10,500ft)

The trail is through the forest and the gradient is mostly flat, with small ascends and descends. Be careful while descending and it is advised to trek slow. Today, we backtrack and take a slightly altered route missing Dzongri and going through Phedang. The whole trail is filled with Rhododendron blossoms and the Prek Chu River flows below. From Phedang we retrace our way back to Tshoka, our first campsite. Overnight stay in camps at Tshoka.


Day 10 - Trek from Tshoka  to Yuksom (1780m/5840ft)  via Bakhim (2740m/9,000ft) and Sachen (2195m/7,200ft)

Today is an easy trek as we retrace our steps back to Yuksom via Bakhim and Sachen. From Sachen, the trail is mostly downhill. The last section has a few ascends before you reach the Yuksom base camp. Overnight stay at a hotel in Yuksom.


Day 11 – Drive from Yuksom to NJP

The next day is ideally the final day of the trip. It is advisable to start early since a long drive awaits the day. The distance for the day is 150kms which ideally should take not more than 8-9 hours. It is suggested that travelers book an onward journey from NJP at late hours. You can also opt for a night stay at New Jalpaiguri and arrange for a forward journey, the next day.

 

Goechala Trek Cost

Cost Inclusions

  • All ground Transportation in comfortable Vehicle (NJP/Bagdogra to Yuksam) and return

  • All Accommodation while trekking in Tent on twin sharing basis 

  • Nutritious and Full board meals (B/L/D, with coffee & tea) in well managed and hygienic each Campsite set up for Trekkers

  • All necessary permits and Kanchenjunga National Park (KNP) Fee

  • Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils, and crampons (if required) 

  • Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader

  • Experienced, English-speaking local trekking guide

  • Experienced and well-trained staff, cook & support staff for group

  • First Aid Medical kit and Oxygen Cylinder (carried by your trek leader)

  • Accommodation, Food, Wages, Insurance of trekking guides and porters

  • Mules to carry the central luggage

  • All government and local taxes 

 

Cost Exclusions

  • Food during the transit

  • Any kind of personal expenses

  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage

  • Insurance and Any emergency evacuation charge

  • Tips and Gratitude for Staff and support staff

  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions

 

Registering for Goechala Trek

Eligibility: Is this trek suitable for me?

Goechala trek is graded as a challenging trek. This trek helps climbers to test their skills and improve their endurance. Such high-altitude treks should not be underestimated, and climbers should approach the trek with proper training. We highly suggest that you start working on your fitness two months before the climb. Previous trekking experience is mandatory to sign up for the Goechala trek. Excellent physical endurance, focus, and determination are required to complete the Goechala trek successfully. Happy Climbing!

 

Offloading

Protrek Adventure highly recommends the participants to carry their personal backpacks by themselves. However, in case you are absolutely not able to carry the same and would like to offload, then you have to inform us during the booking process and pre-book the offloading. Each bag should not weigh more than 10 kgs. The bag should be of rucksack style only. Duffle bags would not be accepted for offloading. Kindly inform our booking office if you will need to offload your personal backpack for the Goechala trek.

Backpack Offloading Charges:

  • INR 3200/- if you make an online payment at the time of trip booking

  • INR 3500/- if you inform us after reaching Yuksom

 

Trek Booking and Payment

Advance Booking Amount 30%

We suggest that you book your Goechala trek at the earliest and confirm your slot. This also enables you to get a good deal on your to and fro flight tickets and organizing your trip efficiently. A booking confirmation will be sent by e-mail along with the payment instructions and other trip details. All payments have to be made through an online transfer/ cheque deposit/ demand draft. After the payment for the booking is done, please mail us your transfer details at info@protrekadventure.com so that we can follow up efficiently. 

 

COVID-19 Full Travel Credits

After confirmation of the trip, if you cannot travel on the booked dates due to the COVID-19 travel restriction, you can postpone the trip to a future date whichever seems safe and suitable for you. You can choose any departure date that is convenient for you and we will offer a Full Travel Credit without applying any charge. Travel Credits can be redeemed on any trip which departs within 1 year of the original departure date. It cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Travel credit can be transferred once to a friend or family member to be used against a new booking. The transfer is subject to our approval prior to the creation of the new booking.

 

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your Goechala trek, please e-mail us at info@protrekadventure.com

Cancellations are processed only by e-mail and refunds for the same are as follows:

 

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek—90% refund
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek—50% refund
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek—no cash refund

 

THINGS TO KNOW

  • Our Trip Services - From NJP to NJP

  • Pick up from New Jalpaiguri(NJP) Railway Station at 6:30 am, in Tata Sumo or similar vehicles

  • Accommodation - Guest House, Camping

  • Food - All meals during Trek (Veg + Egg)

  • Basecamp - Trek starts and ends at Yuksom Village

  • ATM point - Jorethang is best if you want to withdraw money before trek begins

  • Mobile Signal - Mobile signal available at Yuksom base camp and up to Tshoka camp on most networks. No phone connectivity beyond this. During trek signal is intermittent

  • Nearest Rail Head - New Jalpaiguri (NJP)

  • Nearest Airport - Bagdogra Airport

  • Best Season - Mid March to May and Mid September to November

  • Snow - April and October

  • On day 11 you will reach NJP by 6 or 7 pm. Plan your onward journey accordingly. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm.

 

Goechala Trek

Jalpaiguri city is located on the banks of the Teesta River which is the second largest river in West Bengal after the Ganges, on the foothills of the Himalayas. The city has become an important trade center of West Bengal, besides being a principal commercial, tourism, transportation, and educational center.

 

By Air

The nearest airport for NJP is Bagdogra airport at a distance of 20 kilometers. The flights from this airport connect the city with cities like Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai, and Delhi.


By Rail
The new Jalpaiguri railway station is one of the biggest rail junctions in North Bengal. Situated at a distance of 4 kilometers from Jalpaiguri city, the railway station has good connectivity with various other major cities in India.

 

By Road
 Jalpaiguri by road is very convenient due to good road connectivity. The state transport buses and the private buses connect Jalpaiguri with various parts of the state of West Bengal and cities of nearby states.

 

Protrek will arrange your pick up from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station at 6:30 am, in Tata Sumo or similar vehicles.

 


Backpack/ Rucksack with Rain Cover (50 - 70Ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack/ Knapsack with rain cover 20 - 40ltr
Trekking Pole/ Walking Stick 1 Nos or 2Nos (As per your comfort)
Water Bottle/ Hydration Pack 2 bottles of one litre each
Lunch Box 1 Nos (Good quality, for using in trek)
Poncho/Umbrella 1 Nos

HEAD TO TOE

Cap/Hat 1 Nos
Woollen/ Fleece Cap 1 Nos
Headlamp/ Hand torch 1 Nos (carry extra batteries)
Sun Glasses Proper UV protection sun glasses with side cover
Head Buff/Neck Gaiter 1 Nos
Woollen/Fleece Gloves 1 Pair
Water Proof Gloves 1 Pair
Cotton & woollen socks 4 pairs (Depends on the trek days)
Gaiters 1 Pair (Only for certain treks. Protrek team will notify you, if required)
Floaters/Flip Flops 1 Pair (Quick dry and light weight)
Trekking Shoes 1 Pair (Water Resistant, high ankle with good grip)

CLOTHING

T-Shirts 2 Full sleeves, 2 Half sleeves (Depends on the trek days) -avoid cotton
Thermal Wear 1 Pair
Headlamp/Hand torch 1 Nos (carry extra batteries)
Fleece Jacket 1 Nos
Down feather/Hollow Fill Jacket 1 Nos
Windproof Jacket & pant 1 Pair
Trek Pants/Track Pants 2 pairs(Depends on the trek days)Synthetic/polyester / Quick-drying fabrics such as spandex or nylon -avoid shorts/cotton

MISCELLANEOUS

Energy Bar + Snack Energy Bar, Dry Fruits, Nuts, Energy Drinks
Medical/First Aid Kit According to your Health measures
Sunscreen Lotion 30 - 50 SPF
Moisturizer As per usage
Lip Balm As per usage
Hand sanitizer As per usage
Quick Dry Towel 1 Nos, Light weight
Tooth Brush & Tooth Paste 1 Nos
Anti-fungal Powder As per usage
Toilet paper &Wet wipes As per usage

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