Experience the diverse landscapes of Sikkim on our Sikkim Kanchenjunga Goechala Trek!
From the forested hills of Yuksom to the alpine meadows of Tshokha, and finally to the Goechala Pass (4940 meters), where you are confronted with a jaw-dropping view of Kanchenjunga’s (8586 meters) south face. In all directions, sheer rocky mountains surround you. You will gain a true sense of perspective as you stand in awe in front of these monumental peaks.
Not only does this package take you to the middle of the mountains, but it also introduces you to the rich cultural heritage of Darjeeling. Start off with a full tour of the hill station city. Explore the Tibetan Self Help Center, along with the Padam Naidu Zoological Park and Dali Monastery, while trying some of Darjeeling’s world famous tea in between stops!
After a culturally and spiritually fulfilling tour, we begin our mountain adventure. Trek up through lush semi-tropical forests, crossing crystal-clear streams and rivers along the ascent. Listen to the peaceful flowing waterfall just below Prek Chu. Continue moving through the highlands from Tshoka to Dzongri, taking an exploration/acclimatization day. You’ll be amazed by the rugged terrain surrounding these points.
From Dzongri, keep climbing through Pandim’s shadow before ascending even further to Goechala (5002 meters/16,410 feet). Look below at the glaciated lake, with snow and ice covering the mountain ridges around it. Then look up and out and at Kanchenjunga (8586m), Talung (7349m), Kabru (7353m), and a dozen other peaks. You will never forget the moment of being at the top of Goechala Pass.
Begin the descent, first through the high alpine landscape and then again through marvelous lowland terrain. Each day on the Sikkim Kanchenjunga Goechala Trek is unique from the day before and the following day. You will be constantly surprised by the view that awaits behind each corner. The trek ends where it began, in Yuksam. Our vehicle awaits to take you to Gangtok and for a lovely sightseeing tour of Sikkim’s capital and largest city.
There is something truly special about the Himalayas. It does not take long after trekking around and through them to realize this. We would love to be a part of this exploration with you. Join us on this once in a lifetime Sikkim Kanchenjunga Goechala Trek!
It is possible to do the Sikkim Kanchenjunga Goechala Trek throughout the year. The best times, though, are spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). In the springtime, the colorful flowers are blooming. During the fall, the skies are usually clearer. Ashmita Trek and Tours arranges the trek with full management, including transportation, meals, etc. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions!
Our assistant will welcome you at Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri and bring you to Darjeeling. Pass Assam tea plantations and tiny villages along the way. Cruise through hilly switchbacks above the clouds through the bright green landscape. Situated on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalaya and is a popular destination for Westerners and Indians alike. Overnight at a hotel in Darjeeling.
You cannot leave Darjeeling without exploring what the city has to offer! Begin the full-day sightseeing tour after breakfast. Check out Observatory Hill, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the famous Everest Museum. Also worth visiting is the Padam Naidu Zoological Park, where you can see the rare Red Panda, as well as the Himalayan Black Bear and Royal Bengal Tiger. In the afternoon, see the Tibetan Self Help Center and Happy Valley Tea Garden to try Darjeeling’s world famous tea. In the afternoon, we visit Dali Gompa/Monastery (also known as the Druk Thupten SangagChoeling Monastery). If we manage the timing right, sit in the monastery and listen to the monks chanting and playing their ritualistic music. After, stroll around the main marketplace. Overnight in hotel.
Have breakfast and leave the hotel at 9:00am for the drive to Yuksam. Six hours might seem like a long drive, but the drag of driving is offset by the ever-changing scenery along the way. We head down to Singtam, and then uphill towards the Temi Tea Gardens before stopping in Rabongla for lunch. Rabongla is a small town below Maenam Hill. Have your lunch in the presence of the astonishing Himalayas. Then drive into the valley basin of the Rangeet River, and then back up to Yuksam, where we begin the trek the following day. Overnight in hotel.
Today marks the beginning of our Sikkim Kanchenjunga Goechala Trek. Walk gently uphill along the Rathong river gorge, through a lively jungle of magnolia, rhododendron, fern, and several varieties of orchids. Listen to the chirping birds, occasional monkey, and the sound of the wind in the trails – the ultimate feeling of peace. After ascending a bit more, reach Tshoka, a Tibetan refugee settlement. Overnight in tent camp.
Take a steep climb after leaving Tshoka through vibrant rhododendron forests. The trail is very well-maintained. Take a rest in Phedang, and continue, progressing past the 4,000-meter mark. The lush vegetation gets sparser throughout the day. We set up our camp in Dzongri in the afternoon and, if you have the energy, we continue climbing briefly up to a meadow with crisp views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Simvo, and Pandim. This quick hike helps our bodies prepare for the following days. Overnight in tent camp.
Dzongri is a perfect place to spend an extra day acclimatizing. There are smaller peaks within walking distance of our campsite, so we can climb those to help our bodies acclimatize. We keep going high throughout the following days, so we want to be as prepared as possible for that. If you have interest in making the hikes for the sunrise and/or sunset views, this is the best time to do it! Overnight in tent camp.
Take breakfast and begin another day of ascending through gorgeous landscapes. Reach a ridge at about 4,115 meters (13,500 feet) for unreal views of Kanchenjunga and Pandim while experiencing the charming chhortens and prayer flags – signs of Tibetan Buddhism. Take some photographs and descend towards Pandim and even further through rhododendron forests to the Prek Chu River at 3749 meters. Take lunch in the peace and quiet and take a deep breath. Enjoy the splendid scenery of the Sikkim Kanchenjunga Goechala Trek. After lunch, cross a river and slowly ascend for an hour and a half through pine trees to a nice camping spot. Above us lies the majestic, unclimbed Pandim peak. Overnight in tent camp.
It’s an easy hike today, though the high altitude wear on us a little bit. We must not overdo ourselves, as tomorrow will be the most difficult (but rewarding) day of our trek. Walk alongside the Prek Chu River. Soon, we reach the sacred Samiti Lake, an emerald-green body of water nestled amidst the brightly colored, wind-town prayer flags. Overnight in tent camp.
Today is the big day! To maximize the changes of good weather, we leave early in the morning. Besides, the views are best during this time. Ascend the hill behind the lake and then traverse the glacial moraine. Above Samiti Lake, the area that we are trekking on, is called the Zemathang Plateau. Hike across the plateau under the shadow of Pandim, and climb up to a height of 15,700 feet. Look down at a majestic snowy and icy glaciated lake. From here, it’s an hour to the Goechala Pass. Traverse the well-trodden path to the pass, which is decorated with bright-colored prayer flags. Sit in awe at the view of the world’s highest mountain range, and glacial valleys in the distance. Descend all the way to Kochrung, today’s destination. Overnight in tent camp.
Get up in the early morning and check out the sunrise view from a ridge behind our campsite. Here are awesome views of Kanchenjunga and behind us is the Goechala Pass. Departing our campsite, we take a fresh route back towards the trailhead. Hike down to the Prek Chu and weave around the jungle to arrive to Phedang. Stop for a lunch of snack before steeply descending to Tshoka. It’s a long day so take it easy in the evening. Overnight in tent camp.
Make the final day of the trek a memorable one! Be present as you hike through the lush landscape. It’s the same route as we took on the first day of the trek, but after many days, it seems fresh. Enjoy any scenery you missed on the first time around. In Yuksam, we check into our hotel and rest or explore the rest of the day. Overnight in hotel.
Drive to Pelling after breakfast. On the way, we stop at Khecheopalri Lake, originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri (meaning the heaven of Padmasambhava). The lake is revered as sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus. At about 6,000 feet, the lake is also belived to be the emanation of goddess Tara, blessed by Guru Rempoche. It is said that if you pray by this lake, your wishes will be granted. An hour and a half later, reach Pelling. Overnight in hotel.
Take breakfast and beginthe drive to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. We drive through Rabongla (or Ravangla) and admire the scenic tea gardens of Sikkim, including Temi Tea Estate. Have a rest, have a rejuvenating cup of tea, and admire the views. After, continue the drive to Gangtok. Relax and/or explore the rest of the evening. Overnight in hotel in Gangtok.
Take breakfast in the hotel and begin the sightseeing tour! Pay homage to the Rumtek Monastery, famous amongst Tibetan Buddhists. Originally called the Dharma Chakra Centre, the monasteryhas a lovely temple and a learning center for the monks. Rumtek Monastery, a pilgrimage site, was built by the 16th Karmapa. Then, visit Enchey Monastery, belonging to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. In the evening, explore the rest of Gangtok. Overnight in hotel in Gangtok.
After breakfast, our team transfers you to Bagdogra airport or NJP Train station for your next destination. Thank you for taking the Sikkim Kanchenjunga Goechala Trek with Ashmita Trek & Tours! We look forward to seeing you again.
Our valuable Client we would like to inform you during the trekking in Darjeeling Sikkim will not allow carrying any satellite phone and GPRS and drone cámera due to the border security area.
Ashmita Trek & Tours Team.
Ashmita Trek & Tours have set of fixed dates for the trek departure for the dates of 2019 and 2020, please look at the list of the dates above the blue link and select your favorite date for small group departure trek and contact us by requesting for your own departure dates if none of the date is suitable for you as we can departure Sikkim Goecha la Trek on any date of the year.
Or, if you are part of a small/large group and would like your own departure date, please contact us and we will arrange for that. We do our best to accommodate the perfect schedule for you. Do not hesitate to reach out to us!
|Start Date||End Date||Status||Price|
|24 February, 2019||10 March, 2019||Available||$1275 USD|
|28 February, 2019||14 March, 2019||Available||$1275 USD|
Trekking with our guide Sangay from Yuksom to Goecha la pass was an amazing experience. I would highly recommend taking this trip with Ashmita Trek and Tours. The company is very well organized, and took great care of us from the minute they picked us up at the airport. They were very easy to communicate with and very helpful all along. I was one of 4 women between 50 and 60 years old coming from sea level. We all completed the difficult trek safely and enjoyably because we were so well cared for. Sangay is extremely knowledgeable and so cautious. Coming from sea level, the altitude can be a problem, but because of his expertise we had no worries.The cook and his helpers were incredible. We had delicious and healthy meals to keep us energized and warm. Our Yakmen and Sherpas were absolutely wonderful. Everyone was very friendly and they took great care to make sure our trip was a success.
Thank you lorn from USA
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Lorna Libert, United States
Just finished up an amazing 12 day trekking experience through Ashmita Trek and Tours with guide Sangay Bhutia. A crew of 7 along with 8 dzo made it all possible. Sangay did a wonderful job of preparing our group of 4 for the high elevation trek and ensured we were safe the entire time. Our cook (more like a chef) and his 3 helpers kept us well fed and the yak men safely transported our gear from camp to camp. Their efforts made it all possible. The trek was physically demanding, but the breathtaking beauty was worth it all!
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Cathy Hillis, United States
Just got back from 2 weeks trekking in Sikkim with Ashmita - trip of a lifetime! Everything I hoped it would be and more - beautiful, challenging, informative. We felt fully supported emotionally and physically by our guide (Sangay) and a crew of 8 pack animals and 7 men (sherpas, cooks, yak men). No hesitation recommending this trip to others, but be warned, it’s cold in December so bring lots of down clothes.
Thank you Michele Frances from United States
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Michele Frances, United States
This was truly a trek of a lifetime for me. Three of my friends and I met up with Sangay on the 25th of Nov and released him back to his family on the 12th of Dec. To get us flatlanders ready Ashmita tours arranged a day of touring and shopping around Darjeeling then off to Yoksum in Sikkem to start to acclimate to the elevation. Strolling out of Yoksum and meeting the herd of Dzos that would carry the supplies and the crew that would be setting up tearing down and cooking incredibly yummy meals I got a sence of the scope of this adventure that my friends had agreed to join me on.This was a challenging trip. Sangay's expertise as a guide got us to the top.
Everyday, at some point, I would be held in awe by the beauty of the place. There's a raw spiritual feel to the wind that can make the prayer flags sing. The sheer rock spires that slice the sky took what little breath I had away. Yes it was arduous but so worth every step.This was my second trek with Sangay at Ashmita Trek and Tours.Sangay is the best. He managed to get 4 middle aged albeit fairly fit women to 5200 meters early one morning.
My next trip with Guide Sangay will be in the spring when the mountains are in bloom.
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Carmen Witte, United States
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
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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 in Sikkim 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
We have had a wonderful 14 days tent trekking trip to Goecha La - with incredible views to Mt. Kangchenjunga. After that we continued our tour to walk along the Singalia Ridge. The entire Trekking Tour was perfect organised and the personal was highly motivated, competent and very friendly. It was a pleasure to travel with such wonderful people. On the tour we could spot blue sheeps, eagles, a lot of colorful birds and pheasants.
It was an unforgettable journey.
Thank you so much to Ahsmita Tours and the entire Team.
Visited April 2016
Rudi Doppelberger, Germany
It was a pleasure to Trek with the Team of Ashmita Trek! Chensi and Bashant are well experienced Guides. The Managed everything very well. The rest of the Team as well the Food was Delicious. Incredible what the managed to Cook on this Cooking single Stove.
A excellent trek, well organised with a great team of locals. Good food, good gear and a great plan that could be altered to suit our needs. Thanks for the organisation and flexibility Subash
John Label, Switzerland
Subash organized a fantastic 9 day, 8 night trek of Goecha La out of Yuksom, Sikkim. The crew with us on the trek- and in particular the guide Bhaichung- was first class; very knowledgeable about the area, its flora, and its fauna, and very eager to teach. They were receptive to the pace that we wanted to take for the trek, and really fantastic in working out the logistics so that we were the first to the sunrise points most mornings (which was really nice for getting both a more peaceful sunrise experience and great photos). The food was plentiful and delicious, and the cook, porters, and yak man all clearly cheerful and happy. My only complaint is that getting between Yuksom (the trek's starting and finishing point) and Darjeeling was a challenge for me in both directions. I was just suggested to take a series of shared jeeps, and had to hitchhike at one point on the way to Yuksom, which felt absolutely unsafe as I was a female traveling alone. I was disappointed as I had expected more support in that part of my trip. This problem aside, I fully enjoyed my experience, would certainly return for another trek with Ashmita.
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Phoebe Oldach, United States
We provide you standard good family home stay or hotel in yuksoom – Pelling and Darjeeling before and after your trek (7 nights) The stay on all other days will be in tents. Each tent and will accommodate two trekkers. will be provided high altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
We at Ashmita Trek and Tours will provide private vehicles for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour as per ititnerys in Sikkim
Yes, Ashmita Trek & Tours will be provided with tents and high altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
Day time temperatures will range from 14-18ºC and night time temperature will range from 3-5ºC in May. You Expect temperatures to be lower by a few degrees in October/November.
In Sikkim Dzongri Goechala in April and May. Mid September to October end is also a good time for the trek – the views during these months are crystal clear. and Dzongri Goechala Trek also called the Rhododendron trek because of its forests of Magnolia and Rhododendrons in are in full bloom.
The trekking included your package permit can be arranged by Company, but minimum of 2 people is required.
Darjeeling to Yuksoom ,is the last place where you’ll get mobile network. Make sure you finish your important telephone calls before reaching Yuksom and Please inform family members about poor connectivity on the trek. Yuksom, if at all, might have charging points, provided there is electricity. we suggest you to have spare batteries as well.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients. Before the client commences a tour he or she must arrange his or her insurance with a reputable insurer, with protection for the full duration of the tour, to cover personal injury, medical expenses, emergency helicopter expenses, repatriation expenses, loss of luggage and the expenses associated with cancellation or curtailment or a tour. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctor’s fees and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibilities and the company shall not be liable for any refund of the tour cost.
All tour and treks in Darjeeling and Sikkim demand a sufficient level of fitness, therefore you should check with your doctor concerning your health and fitness before preceding your journey. You have any pre existing medical condition or disability you might increase the risk of you requiring medical attention you need to inform toAshmita Trek and Tours. this may also hamper your ability to travel.
We organize this 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 .
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Water bottle : Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each People who use hydration pack.
You are required to make 15% (non refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and booking along with your passport copy including India Visa and flight detail (Arrival time, flight name, and number and remaining 85% balance is payable when you arrive in Darjeeling / Sikkim and you have options of paying the advance by PayPal / bank transfer / or credit card, so, do let us know which modes of payment is convenient for you then we will forward the detail for payment.
Our valuable Client we would like to inform you during the trekking in Darjeeling Sikkim will not allow carrying any satellite phone GPRS and drone camera due to the border security area.
Ashmita Trek and Tours does not take responsibility for any problems incurred by weather, damages to personal property, etc. We will do our best to prevent/handle any problems that happen. There is a chance that transportation may be delayed due to road and weather conditions. Therefore, it is recommended to book your international flight with several days margin.
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