About Goechala Trek
Goecha La is located in Sikkim and is also the way to the amazing Kanchenjunga National Park to dive into the natural beauty. The trek is located at a height of 4937 m with a high level of difficulty. Goechala trek starts and ends at Yuksom.
If you’re time-constrained then you can do the Dzongri La trek. Click on ‘Dzongri trek‘ to read about it.
Starting point of Goechala Trek:
New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest railway station, which is 150 km away from Yuksom and Bagdogra Airport is 155 km from Yuksom. Yuksom lies in West Sikkim.
Want to trek in North Sikkim? Click on ‘Green Lake Trek‘ to read about it.
Route and itinerary:
The base camp is Yuksom which is 6-7 hr drive from Bagdogra Airport or NJP. The drive will take you along the gushing Teesta River. Continuing uphill, you will be crossing a bridge in Legship to reach Yuksom.
Yuksom to Sachen (2179 m; 5 hr trek)
Start ascending uphill and follow the gorges of the Rathong River. You will then proceed towards the Paha Khola Bridge. On the way, you will spot exotic orchids, colourful flowers and monkeys along the hike. You will then arrive at Sachen.
Sachen to Tshokha (2956 m to 2621 m; 4-6 hr trek)
Today’s trek will take you through the aromatic viburnum plantations. You will be crossing the Prek Chu River and hike uphill for around 2-3 hours to reach Bakhim. Trekking upwards, you will finally reach Tshoka, the Tibetan refugee settlement.
Tshokha to Phedang (3657 m; 4 hr trek)
On today’s trek, make your way uphill and through scenic forests of rhododendrons. There are mostly well-laid trails on the way. A short trek will finally take you to Phedang.
Phedang to Dzongri (3956 m; 3 hr trek)
Have breakfast in the Phedang campsite and get set for another scenic uphill trek. Enjoy a packed lunch and relax around the scenic vistas to get acclimatized to the high altitudes. A further climb after will take you to the Dzongri overnight campsite area, from where you can have mesmerizing views of the Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Khangchendzonga, Simvo and Pandim peaks.
Stay at Dzongri
On this day, you can either spend the day relaxing in the camp or just take up a short exploration quest around the area.
Dzongri to Thangshing (3931 m; 5-6 hr trek)
Starting with a gradual ascend, climb around 1 km and move towards a low-ridge. The amazing views of the Kanchenjunga and Pandim peaks will keep you mesmerized all along the way.
The trek then descends down towards Pandim and will take you through rhododendron forests and the Prek Chu River. Have lunch then continue trekking for another 1.5 hours to make it to Thangshing.
Thansing to Goecha La (4876 m) to Lamuney
Climbing uphill through the moraines, you will then be descending to the Samiti Lake and then cross the Zemathang Plateau. From there, you will once again start ascending over a moraine and after trekking for around 1 hour, will reach the Goecha La Pass.
After arriving at this pass, you see view the scenic imagery of Kanchenjunga and other distant peaks. Then you start moving back towards Lamuney near the Samiti Lake.
Lamuney to Tshoka (7-8 hr trek)
On this day you will start trekking back towards Tshoka. Take the route through Dzongri Plateau in order to avoid the long climb. This trail passes through Prek Chu and the deciduous forests of Phedang and you will finally reach Tsokha.
Tshokha to Yuksom (5-6 hr trek)
Descending through the Prek Chu River, you will be arriving in Yuksom, the last spot of this trek.
You can depart from Yuksom the next morning.
The Goecha La trek is marked by colourful flora and fauna and the beauty of Kanchenjunga National Park. There are other big summits around that make Goechala Trek an absolute adventure to many. The landscapes are filled with exotic flowers and immensely attractive meadows and forests.
Best time for Goechala Trek:
Visit Goecha La during October to November since the sky will be completely clear during this time and the sunset, as well as sunrise views, would be perfect.
During the cold weather it would be a bit tough but still, it is considered to be a suitable time to enjoy the snow-clad peaks without problems.
Mobile network is available at Yuksom and ceases to exist during the trek.