Goecha La Trek Sikkim
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Goecha La Trek Sikkim
Goecha La is located in Sikkim. The pass is the base camp for those who wish to scale the mountain, and the third highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga is visible from the pass itself. Trekking in Sikkim is an entirely different experience from trekking in the northern Himalayas. The primary reason for this difference is the people and the culture of the place, which are totally different from other regions. The trek takes you through a journey that excites your inner nature enthusiast. The trek is also the path to the beautiful Kanchenjunga National Park. The difficulty level of the trek is considered moderate.
Day 1: Arrival day (Base camp Yuksom)
On this day you have to report in Yuksom. Stay will be in Yuksom.
Day 2: Yuksom to Sachen ( 4-5 hours )
Take the trail which starts behind the forest check post in Yuksom. The trail initially skirts around the fields of Yuksom and then enter the beautiful Rathong river valley. Todays trek is through pleasant jungle with occasional glimpses of sunlight. The trail can be slippery at places. One of things to look for is 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 camp site runs river Prek the sound of which is soothing. Camp overnight at Sachen.
Day 3: Sachen to Tshoka ( 4 hours )
The trek to Tshoka is steep. We first cross the wooden bridge over prek river. The bridge is lined with Buddhist prayer flags and swings as you walk on it. After crossing the bridge we climb into the forest of oak & rhododendron The local malt Tumba is pretty popular. You will find it in cafes at Tshoka. From the monastery at Tshoka, get the fantastic views of Mt. Pandim and the entire Kanchenjunga range. The stay options in Tshoka include camps, forest hut or the forest rest house. For overnight we will be doing camping here.
Day 4: Tshoka to Dzongri
This is the day which all Goechala trekkers look forward to. The climb is steep today. If you come here in spring the trail passes through the densest forests of blooming colourful Rhododendrons. After a few hours into the trek we reach Phedang, a large clearing with superb mountain views. Continue on the trail & reach Dzongri. It is large meadow surrounded in all direction from Snow clad peaks of Kanchenjunga range. Enjoy the experience of surrounded by Himalayn might from all directions. Don’t forget to ask for the names of peaks from your guide. Camp overnight at Dzongri.
Day 5: Dzongri to Thansing
Wake up early before sunrise & start trek to Dzongri top. From the top you will get a 180 degree view of the peaks of the Singalila and Kanchenjunga ranges. Watch the sunrise from behind the mountains & its first rays falling on the top of peaks. Thansing can be seen from the top. The trail decends upto Kockchurang and then climbs upto Thansing. The Prekchu river flows through the trail. As you cross the river from a bridge experience the cool breeze .From the bridge Thansingh is about 2 kms. Trail goes over rocks & boulders till you reach Thansingh. Thansing is also a meadow . We will pitch our tents here. The night is going to be cold here.
Day 6: Thansing to Lamuney ( 2 hours )
Todays trek is easy with mostly flat trail. Within 2-3 hours of starting the trek we will reach Lamuney. About half an hour from Lamuney over a steep rocky trail lies Samiti Lake. There is a good chance of spotting mountain goats and blue birds on shores of the lake. Camping is not permitted by the lake. After spending some time on the shores of this beautiful lake we head back to our camps at Lamuney .
Day 7: Lamuney to Goecha La to Thansing (10-11 hours)
Today is the most challenging day as we trek upto Goechala & return to our camps on the same day. But we have the advantage of leaving some of heavy stuff from our rucksack at the Thansingh camps & trek with lighter load. The distance is long & steep so we start way before sunrise. Continue on the trail till you reach Goecha La. The view from Goecha La is breathtaking with Mt. Pandim and Kanchenjunga standing right in front of you. Spend some time here and then descent to Thansing. Reach Thansing by evening.
Day 8: Thansing to Tshoka (6-7 hours)
The trail is through forest and the gradient is mostly flat, with small ascends and descends. Be careful while on descending trails & trek slow. Rhododendron trees line your way all along and the Prekchu river flows below. Camp overnight at Tshoka.
Day 9: Tshoka to Yuksom. Stay in Yuksom
Retrace the same path from Tshoka to Yuksom. Its an easy trek. Take a quick halt at Sachen. From Sachen the trail goes up and down with mosty downhill. The last section has a few ascents before you reach Yuksom. This is the last day of trek.Stay overnight at Yuksom.The trip ends here. You can plan for your return on the next day.