Goecha La is a highest mountain pass a naturalist's paradise and a pleasing destination shown as a crown of the Sikkim situated at Himalayan range in India. (Elevation (5,000m or 16,404ft) This is the summit from where everyone can able to viewed Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain; Goechala Pass is dream, desire and amazing trekking destination that is loved by traveller to summit. It is not about Kanchenjunga alone can seen but the combination of other big summits around it makes Goechala Trek an absolute adventure to many and it is a great pleasure to watch these summits from the landscapes filled with exotic flowers and immensely attractive meadows and forests. Goechala trek offers the benefit of having experienced a truly spectacular alpine trek within a span of a week .The trail runs through moss-laden forests of oak, chestnut, pine, maple, magnolia and rhododendron.
Our 15 days Sikkim Goechala trek and tours design Darjeeling and Sikkim includes your arrival and departure days on arrival our representative will be there to receive you and take up to the taxi and drive to Darjeeling. with beautiful views of tea gardens, hills and across the small villages. Reaching Darjeeling and stay at Darjeeling hotel.
Next day take it for acclimatized day to visit around Darjeeling. Our drive will pick you from hotel after you breakfast visit Himalayan Zoo, HMI and Tea Garden.
Third day is much more exciting for you because Trek will start. Driver and guide will come to your hotel at 9 am and drive to Yaksum, trek start point. From Yaksum trek start to Tshoka through dense verdant semi-tropical forest occasionally crossed by crystal-clear rivulets and cascading waterfalls up to Praig Chu. From Tshoka to Dzongri it is highland and need to acclimatize one more night. From Dzongri continue to upward walking through the shadow of Pandim and then ascend moraine to a height of about 15,700 feet where you rest above a glaciated lake mottled with snow and icy pinnacles. Overnight stay at Goechala.
From next day you will drop to low land trek trial with fantastic views of Khangchendzonga and one can look back up to the Goecha La. Continue trek until to reach Yaksum your begin destination .
Upon arrival at Bagdogra, will be our assistant will meet you at airport and transport to Darjeeling the distend 90km time taken approx 4 hours journey, through Assam tea plantations and tiny villages takes us to Darjeeling. Built on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalaya and is a popular destination for Westerners and Nepali culture alike. Overnight comfortable stay your hotel in Darjeeling (2130m)
Early morning start for Tiger Hill to watch the spectacular sunrise is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Darjeeling, but you’ll have to get up early to enjoy it at its best! The hill, about 14 km from Darjeeling is at an altitude of 8,515 feet and is famous for its spectacular views at sunrise. The top of Mount Everest is visible, between the peaks of Kanchenjunga and Makalu. On way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast go for a half-day sightseeing of including Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: Himalayan Zoological Park (Thursday close ) Tibetan refugees Darjeeling Happy valley tea garden (Sunday close ) , Evening Free for shopping & individual activity. Overnight at hotel.
We leave after breakfast at 9:00am Trasport to Yuksam. The rigours of this 6-hour drive are, however, offset by the ever-changing scenary along the way. For the first hour, we retrace our route until Singtam, after which we take a right turn and head uphill towards the Temi Tea gardens and then on to Rabongla (a small town below Maenam Hill from where we stop for lunch). Here we get our first close up view of the Himalayas. We then proceed downhill into the valley basin of the Rangeet River and cross the bridge at Legship after which we drive uphill again to finally arrive at our destination Yuksam, which is also our starting point of treks.
On Overnight camping, we walk gently uphill, following the Rathong River gorge, through dense mixed jungle with magnolia, rhododendron, ferns and several varieties of orchids, brightly coloured birds, and the occasional monkey. After an hour or so we cross the
A fairly steep climb above Tshoka takes you into beautiful rhododendron forests, and you continue along a well-defined uphill path to Phedang. today as we are now treading above the 4,000-meter mark. We will be setting up camp by lunchtime and suggest that you spend a relaxed afternoon acclimatizing. A brief climb beyond brings you to a meadow where we can pitch our tents in a campsite with views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Khangchendzonga, Simvo and Pandim. As usual on trek the choice of campsite depends on many variables, one of the most important is the close supply of water.
Today we will explore the area, with the chance to climb the small peaks near to the campsite for tremendous views. This is particularly worthwhile in the early morning and the evening. While you can rest if you wish, there will be a short acclimatization walk around the local area to help prepare us for the next few days.
Today we ascend gradually over open hillside for a mile or so to a low ridge visible from the campsite (13,500 ft/4,115m). From here, chortens and prayer flags overlooking fabulous views of Khangchendzonga and Pandim make ideal photocompositions. You then descend, at first traversing down towards Pandim on the far side of the valley, and then dropping steeply down on a good path through rhododendron forest to the Prek Chu River at 12,300 ft/3,749 m. for lunch (3 hours). There is a new trekking lodge here that the crew may use for cooking. We cross the river and ascend gradually for one and-a-half-hour, through pinewoods to reach a grassy campsite, beneath the shapely unclimbed peak of Pandim. A new hut has been built here, which may be available for cooking and even sleeping.
Today's walk is fairly short to give you plenty of opportunity to rest before tomorrow's big day. You begin by continuing your walk parallel to the Prek Chu River. Sacred Samiti on the opposite side is a beautiful emerald green lake nestled in the midst of brightly colored wind-torn prayer flags and arrives at the emerald lake at Samiti overnight stay in tents in Lamuney.
An early start today to beat the inclement weather conditions that is common during the latter part of the day. Set off in the early morning climbing the hill behind the Lake before traversing the moraine and then descending to the sandy bed of an
empty lake. The whole area above Samiti Lake is called the Zemathang Plateau. You cross this under the shadow of Pandim and then ascend moraine to a height of about 15,700 feet where you rest above a glaciated lake mottled with snow and icy pinnacles. The Goecha La Pass is another hour away. We traverse the lake and proceed across a slope, and then on a well-trodden path to our objective, which is festooned with brightly colored prayer flags. The views of the east flank of Khangchendzonga and the mountains and valleys in the distance are stunning. We then return to our campsite at Kochrung.
It's worth getting up early to take a short hike to the ridge behind the camp. From here there are fantastic views of Khangchendzonga and one can look back up to the Goecha La. Leaving Thangsing, you take a different route, avoiding the long climb to the Dzongri Plateau. Descending to the Prek Chu, you contour around jungle to emerge at Phedang. Continue to Tshoka along another steep descent. This will save us a day on the return march, but does involve quite a long day.
Overnight in hotel
Today you descend to the Prek Chu following the route you took up on the first day, and then contour gradually downwards to reach the village of Yuksam our starting point.
morning after breakfast drive to Pemayangtse peeling on the way visit Khechoperi Lake Drive 24 Kms ( 01.30 hrs) to the holy Khechepheri Lake . Khecheopalri Lake, originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri (meaning the heaven of Padmasambhava), is a sacred Lake for both Buddhists and Hindus, which is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake, and a height of about 6000ft , According to Buddhist belief the lake is the emanation of goddess Tara blessed by Guru Rempoche. One should go to the lake and it is believed that whatever wish you pray silently it will get fulfilled. Later continue the journey for another 30 Kms ( 1.30 hrs) to reach Pelling and overnight.
after breakfast Drive to Gangtok the Capital town of Sikkim via Rabongla and the famous tea gardens of Sikkim,Temi Tea Estate. Check in and overnight halt. (120 kms-5 hours)
After breakfast proceed for the half day sightseeing in and around this capital city of Sikkim, covering Chortan (Stupa), Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday) Institute of Handicrafts and handlooms (Closed on Sunday), Rumtek Monastery. overnight at the hotel.
After early breakfast check out from the hotel, and drive towards Bagdogra airport to catch your flight or NJP Train station/Bhadrapur airport Domestic airport in Nepal according to schedule with Happy Memories!
During the trekking
Equpment we provided during trek
Yaks/Porters carry for
Our valuable Client we would like to inform you during the trekking in Darjeeling Sikkim will not allow carrying any satellite phone and GPRS due to the border security area.
I cannot praise Subash and his team enough for safely guiding us through tough terrain and challenging conditions with such kindness and patience and lots of good humour. We ate three fantastic fresh meals a day, had beverages as every stop and the best was tea in bed isn’t he morning followed by basin of hot water to wash. Sangi our guide was a strong leader and he ensured we completed all requirements to avoid altitude sickness. He insisted on us eating and keep moving even when it would of been easier for him not to. He is also a great photographer. I have thanked the team individually but Subash please send my best and tell sangi still waiting for some photos.
The hotels before and after the trek also perfect and homely and very welcoming. You are all the best and I will recommend you to everyone I can.
The trek itself breathtaking in many ways :) ...a life moment which will be relived in my memory forever.
Take care over there.
Michelle and Elke
Michelle Nederlof, Australia
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!
Annas Phia, Switzerland
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.
Joan kelly, Australia
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We organize Sikkim Goechala pas trek from two people to maximum 16 people at once and there are 1 guide and one Assistant up to 10 people and 2 guides and one Assistant for 11-16 people and a porter for trekkers as per needed .
Your main luggage will be carried by our porters and horse during your trek and you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, your personal thinks and etc, during the trek
a backpack (-10 C) (50 - 60 ltr) with multiple-compartments will surely help you to keep your personal belongings safe and organized a good quality haversack as to make all things to fit in one it must be comfortable while walking with it Sleeping bag. Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Clothing & Accessories :
The trek routes go from low to high altitudes. we suggest you T- shirt, pentagon with cap Extra socks, a water proof jacket, (rain coat requred in ranny Season ) Down Jacket/Gore tax Jacket, Light wind & water proof jacket , Inner sleeping sheet , Long sleeve T-shirts , Warm hat/ gloves,a good trekking shoe, make sure you choose the right footwear shoes have to be lightweight and durable, that offers complete and grip. a sun protection cream. Woolen cap and hand gloves. Warm jacket or a sweater and also a wind-cheater You experience strong cold winds especially in the months of September and October.
First Aid : Personal Medical Kit to heal minor injuries, cuts, or burns, carry your own small first aid kit with basic medicines and bandages. or Consult your doctor.
Flashlights : 1 Nos Torch with extra battery or head light in important.
Supplements : Water bottle , packet food like biscuits dry fruits (dates,cashew,almonds,resins etc) and sweets (Dry packet sweets-Cadbury-peanut candy) are to be carried as supplements during the treks.
Water bottle : / Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each People who use hydration pack
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