We found Ashmita Trek online due to the very positive comments on tripadvisor and we weren't disappointed. We organised our trek in advance through communication by email with Subash and his team. He took time to answer all our questions concerning trekking and permits promptly and weeks before we were already really excited and looking forward to this trek.
We went on 11-day Sikkim Goecha-la Trek package with Ashmita Trek of which 7 days where trekking, two nights in Yuksom, one night in Pelling with sight-seeing around and we were dropped at Siliguri for our flight back the next day.
The first day we were picked up at our Hotel in Darjeeling and went by jeep to Yuksom were stayed at the lovely Ejam Residence. Permits for Sikkim and the trek were organised by Ashmita, which made it a very simple border crossing into Sikkim. The 6 hour drive on bad roads is a bit long but the views are great and our driver drove very safely.
We started the trek the next day in Yuksom and spent the first night in Bakim. From there we went to Dzongri and spend two nights there before continuing to Lamuney where we spent one night and started the next day early morning for the pass. The views from the first view point are simply amazing and breathtaking, from the second view point your are even higher and closer to the big mountains kanchenjunga and pandim but we didn't continue to the "real" pass, as this would add another 3 hours trekking on a already long day. The best view is definitely from viewpoint 1.
On our way we also stopped at Samiti lake, which is the most beautiful mountain lake I have ever see. The same day we went down to Kockchurong from Lamuney and spent one night there before going back to Tshoka the next day. One night Tshoka with the last views on Pandim before going back to Yuksom on the last trekking day.
Doing Goeche-La in 7 days is the shortest itinerary you can do in a healthy and reasonable way, but it is challenging and you should have some trekking experience before. But it definitely doable, especially with such an amazing organisation and team we had. Our guide Sangay is a very experienced mountaineer and has a lot of trekking and guiding experience. He was instructor at the Himalayan Mountainerin Institute.
Sangay is very caring and dedicated and does everything to make your trek the best experience possible. We had great conversations (he has a lot of stories to tell) and a lot of fun with him. Tenzing, our cook, was amazing as well. On a trek, which is so physically challenging due to the distance, the altitude and the cold, it is very important to eat well and healthy. And Tenzing is really a master in cooking great tasty meals at 4000 m altitude. We were very impressed by everything he is capable to serve, which ranges from chinese chicken on hot plate, to pizza, to nepalese specialitys, to even a cake the last evening, and of course some indian specialities. One can imagine the very good organisation skills it takes to organise 3 diversified meals per day for 6-8 persons on a 7 day trek.
When I say 6-8 personnes I mean me and my companion, our guide, our cook, two kitchen/porter helpers and two horses/zho caretakers. All of them did a great job during this trek and made this one of the best experiences in our life for us.
Thank you to everyone at Ashmita Trek!
I went on Ashimta's Goche La trek with four other friends. Sungay was our guide. We had an amazing time. We were taken care of very well and always felt very safe. The food was amazing and the support was unwavering. I couldn't recommend them more.
We did sandakhpu - phalut trek returned via Gorkhey - Timburey - srikhola with our young kids. Sangay was a fantastic guide and was very resourceful. His associate Tenzing was amazing too. We were little worried about weather when we started trek in rain from Chitre. Fortunately it cleared up next day and opened a lot of beautiful views and colorful rododendruns all along the way up from Tumling. View of himalayan range from Sandakhpu was awesome, we were very lucky that sky was clear till about about 7 AM. Best part of trek was from Sandakhpu to Phalut. Beautiful green meadows, rodos and views of wonderful valleys all along the way. I suggest dont return from sandkphut but continue onward till phalut. Ashmita staff made it very enjoyble for us.
We'd read about an off-road biking trail from Darjeeling in a UK newspaper and booked a guide and bikes hire with Ashmita Trek.
Subash was an excellent, friendly and enthusiastic guide. Our ride took us through a National Park to Chatakpur where we had a lovely lunch of omelettes, noodle soup and tea. When the fog descended later in the day Subash organised a four-wheel drive to rescue us to avoid having to cycle on the road up to Ghoom.
Despite the wet weather, we had a great day out. The ride was nearly 50km in total.
We would like to Thanks to Mr.Subash Managing director and Ashmita Trek & Tours and team to set up the perfect trek around Singalila ridge trek in Darjeeling 6 days Stunning mountain scenery, ancient villages and most hospitable locals imaginable made this an unforgettable experience. The trek was perfect for us; walking 6 to 8 hours per day Our guide) and porter where the best, helpful and friendliest team one could ask for. Would not want to have done this without them. If you are looking for a lifetime experience, this is it.
I will highly recommend!
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