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GOECHA LA TREK




 
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GOECHA LA TREK

Trekking in North-East, particularly Sikkim, is a totally different experience from trekking in the Northern Himalayas. Goecha La is an option in the North-East which would not make you think twice.  With walks through Rhododendron and Pine forests, views of high mountains and friendly people. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, is viewable from the pass and 14 other summits including Mt. Pandim (6691m), Jupuno(5650m) , Tenchenkhang (6010m), Kabru North(7353m) and more. The beautiful Samiti Lake, with still water and the reflection of Mt. Pandim is another major attraction on the this trek. Goecha La is nestled in the vibrant Kanchenjunga National Park, one of the greenest regions in the world. The rich flora and fauna is unmatchable. The dramatic changes in the weather combined with quick altitude gain makes it a moderate to challenging trek, suitable for trekkers with moderate experience and fitness. This is a protected area  and it is an offence to litter or disturb the flora and fauna .

It takes one full working day to organize the permits for foreigners. Therefore, please keep this in mind when planning your trip. It is advised that you  reach the base, Yuksom, at least one working day before you leave for the trek. 


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  • On the high mountains of Sikkim, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip will be around 15°C, with night-time lows below 0°C. There is always a chance of rain during the day, so rain gear will be very important. Usually there will be sunlight from early morning to 11 am. After that there are little bouts of rain or mix of snow and sleet. After 12 noon, usually the low mist blocks out the sun. Mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out at anytime.

Start Date End Date Code Adult Price Status  
21-04-2019 01-05-2019 GOE4/19 650 Guaranteed

Is this Holiday for you ?

On this holiday we will be at considerable altitude with Goecha La pass at 4600m. Therefore, it will help that you acclimatize well in order to make the best of the week. You will be advised by the UFO guide to rest and keep your body hydrated, walk slow and steady and eat well. You should be ready to walk an average of 5-6 hours a day and there is fair bit of gradient to be climbed every day. We would encourage you to do a bit of walking/running and breathing exercises to enjoy this trek. A decent level of fitness will help you enjoy the trekking holiday better.

  • Walk through beautiful Rhododendron and Magnolia forests
  • Sunrise views at the third highest mountain in the world, Kangchenjunga (8586m)
  • Visit the stunning Samiti Lake

  • Local guide and kitchen staff
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • Private group toilet
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Personal gear
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe along with eggs, paranthas, etc. For lunch there will be a variety of local food , or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Bagdogra Airport to Yuksom. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights by 12 noon from Delhi. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Bagdogra Airport at 10-11 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 11 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Bagdogra Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in hotel and 7 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you in the tent at around 6.30-7 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp on mules. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. After breakfast, you can pick your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. We will pick a beautiful spot with some shade or a meadow for Lunch. Usually we walk for around 5-6 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our tent or lodge and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.
  • 11 Days, 3 nights hotel, 7 nights camping
  • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
  • max group size: 10

LAND IN BAGDOGRA AIRPORT. DRIVE TO YUKSOM (1720m)

UFO representative will pick you up from the Bagdogra airport at 12 noon and we will leave at 1 pm for our destination. Our destination will be Yuksom, which will take us at least 7 hours to reach from Bagdogra. The roads are perpetually under construction so be prepared for a pretty bumpy ride. Yuksom was the capital of ancient Sikkim kingdom and is a fairly large settlement. You will probably reach your group hotel in time for dinner by 8 to 9 pm. An early night will get us ready for the next day to start our trek.


The first day is reserved for acclimatization and you will be advised to rest and drink water as much as possible. 



  Accommodation
Hotel
  Meals
Dinner
  Time
7-8 Hrs drive

TREK TO SACHEN (2195m)

After early breakfast, we get on the trail for our first day of the trek. We head out towards Sachen which will be 4-5 hour walk. Keeping in mind that you have to acclimatize well for the trek ahead we will camp here, providing you ample time to rest on the first day. We walk through the town of Yuksom  and nearby huts, to the gate of Kangchendzonga National Park. We walk all the way down to the bridge over Tshushay Khola. Then, there is fair bit of steep climb all the way to Sachen. 



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
5-6 hrs walking(10-11 kms)

WALK TO TSHOKA (2950m)

A fine day of walking through Rhododendron and Pine trees. It will take you about 2-2.5 hours to reach Bhakim  at 2600m. It has a great view of the Yuksom Valley. There is also a tea stall which can offer a hot beverage and snacks. It will take another 3 hours to reach our campsite for the Tshokha. A former Tibetan refugee settlement, you will get your first views of the high peaks with Mt. Pandim and Japuno standing tall in the background. There is also a little pond a little uphill next to the monastery.  



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
5-6 hrs walking(10-12 kms)

TSHOKA TO DZONGRI (3970m) VIA PHEDANG (3680m)

The first part of the day is beautiful walk on wooden plans through Rhododendron forest. If you are trekking in April-May, these will be blooming red and pink. Today will be the most difficult day yet of the trek.  A gradual climb will get you to Phedang, an open meadow with a wooden hut and great views of the big mountains. Then an hour of steep climb will take you to a shrine adorned with flags.  After a couple of ups and down, a 40 min walk will get you to Dzongri.  Many people only trek till Dzongri and go back the way they came. 



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
6-7 hrs walking(12-13 kms)

EARLY MONRING WALK TO DZONGRI TOP (4200m). TREK TO THANSING (3940m) VIA KOKCHURANG (3700m)

Get ready for a long day today. We get up at 4am to leave for Dzongri Top. After a hot cup of tea or coffee and  a bite of biscuit, we leave for the top by 4.30am. It will take us about 40-45 minute to reach the viewpoint.  If the weather gods are happy, and you have clear weather, you will get fantastic views of Kangchenjunga during sunrise. You can also see the Singalila range, which makes the border between India and Nepal.  We spend about an hour/hour and a half depending on the cold and views and then head back down to our camp for a hearty breakfast. We then follow a thin trail traversing the mountain side on the Dzongri meadows and onwards towards our next campsite.  Before you reach the hut at Kokchurang, there is a very steep descent of almost 500ft.   The Prekchu river flows next the wooden lodge and the pine and Rhododendron trees hanging in mist,  make it a stunning setting.  Crossing the bridge over the river, Thansing is about 2-3 kms away and will take you almost an hour. The campsite is set on an open meadow with Mt. Pandim, Japuno and Tenchenkhang peaks giving you company.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
5-6 hrs walking(8-10 kms)

WALK FROM THANSING TO LAMUNE (4180m)

Another beautiful day with a short walk. You will now notice the barren rocky cliffs and shrubs have taken over as we are now above the treeline. Today is an easy and lazy walk to Lamune, our basecamp for our early morning walk to the viewpoint 1.  Walk slow and steady, drink lots of water and eat well. Once you reach Lamune, you have the choice to walk up till Samiti Lake , which will take another 45 min to 1 hour at a good pace.  We have an early dinner at 6 pm and hit the bed early to wake up at 2 am for our walk to Goecha La .  You will be advised to keep your daypack and necessary items you want to carry the next day ready for the early morning departure. 



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
2-3 hrs walking(4 kms)

TREK TO VIEWPOINT 1 (4600m) AND BACK TO KOKCHURANG(3700m)

Finally, we get ready for the day we have been all waiting for. We get up early at 2 am and after a hot beverage and biscuit, head out towards Viewpoint 1 on Goecha La pass by 2.30 am. This will ensure that we have a good chance of catching the sunrise on Kanchnejunga. Also, the probability of getting the views is higher early morning. The first glimpse of the Kanchenjunga range basking in golden sunlight, is a moment you will remember for the rest of your life. On our way back we stop and take rest near the crystal waters of Samiti Lake.  After spending 40-50 minutes by the lake, we head back to our camp for breakfast. Afetr breakfast, we start our descent to Kokchurang.   



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
12-14 hrs walking(16-18 kms)

TREK DOWN TO TSHOKA (2950m) VIA PHEDANG

After an early breakfast, we head out back down to Tshoka. We will take an alternate trail from Kokchurang straight to Phedang, bypassing Dzongri.  This quiet trail is  a bird watching paradise  and there is a great chance of you to spot the blood pheasant, the state bird of Sikkim.  After Phedang it is downhill all the way to Tshoka.  Evening at leisure.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
6-7 hrs walking(12-14 kms)

TSHOKA TO YUKSOM (1720m)

After an early breakfast, we finally make it back to town life to Yuksom. We enjoy a hot shower and our final dinner in Sikkim at the group hotel. 



  Accommodation
Hotel
  Meals
BLD
  Time
6-7 hrs walking(12-14 kms)

DRIVE TO BAGDOGRA

We wake up on an easy note today . After breakfast, we can explore Yuksom a bit and get ready to leave for our 7-8 hour ride to  Bagdogra. The group  has the option of having an early lunch at 12 noon in Yuksom and then head out.  We will reach Bagdogra late in the evening and the group can reminisce about the last 10 days spent together.  



  Accommodation
Hotel
  Meals
B D
  Time
7-8 hrs drive

TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

After breakfast, the group will be transferred to the airport by 11 am for your onward journey.



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Breakfast
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