Goecha La Trek Overview

Goecha la Trek takes you to a staggering altitude of 16,207 ft for having the closest look at the charm of the world’s third highest peak of Kanchenjunga mountain. A boon for adventurous souls, the trek is a strenuous journey that lets you conquer 14 summits to reach the top. The trail takes you through Kanchenjunga national park, showcasing the rarest mountain flora and fauna. As you ascend, you will come across the beauty of rhododendrons that show up in vibrant colors and hues. You will witness the look of Samiti Lake with the reflection of Mt. Pandim in the middle of your journey. Dzongri is a summit that you will be halting at, which is a Tibet refugees' place. From there, you will witness the mountain change colors during different times of the day. On day 7, once you reach Goechala Pass Viewpoint 1, you will be blessed to see the mesmerizing look of the mountain surrounded by a sea of clouds. Take in all the freshness and pure bliss of nature as you celebrate the amazing feeling of conquering the trek within success. Click panoramic pictures of the amazing view to remember this iconic day in your life.

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Highlights
  • Witness a beautiful sunrise over the mighty Kanchenjunga peak during the Goechala trek.

  • Explore the meadows of Dzongri, surrounded by vibrant rhododendron forests and towering peaks.

  • The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, can be viewed from the goechala pass
  • Experience the cuddling features of thick rhododendron forests of Kanchenjunga National Park, where the forst doesn't end at 10,000 ft.
  • Spot diverse wildlife, including the Himalayan blue sheep and colourful bird species, with Yuksom.

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Must Know Before You Go
  • Transportation to and fro from NJP Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport is available on request on additional charges.
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • Pay heed to the tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.
  • Avoid roaming during the nights.
  • The tour takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the Goechala Pass Trek.
  • Porters or helpers to carry Central Equipment's
  • You can also offload your bagpack by paying extra. Your bag should not weight more than 9 kgs.
  • Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Thrillophilia'' reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which Thrilllophilia or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. Thrillophilia reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like a change in flight and train schedule, cancellation of flights/1trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, roadblocks, etc. will not be accommodated in the package cost. No bill will be reimbursed for any missed service/facility.
  • During a trip, in case the roads are blocked due to landslides or a reason that is beyond control, Thrillophilia will rearrange the itinerary for the travellers real-time, however, the cost of alternative accommodation will be borne by the customer as the hotels pre-booked execute their cancellation policies and are nonrefundable.
  • Because of any reason natural or personal, if the Trek or a particular activity is not completed, no refund will be processed.
  • The difference in the cost shall be borne by the client in case of any amendment in the package due to change in the number of guests, hotel change, itinerary change, etc.
  • If in case any traveller wants to or decides to leave the trip in the middle, all the expenses from that point onwards will be borne by the traveller. Neither the operator nor Thrillophilia will be held responsible for such decisions or for any refund.
  • The refund or compensation is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. refund or compensation are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of Thrillophilia.
  • At Thrillophilia, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event we might have to call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity or other issues like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that might prevent a safe trekking experience. In such cases, Thrillophilia will issue a Credit note summing up to the same amount as your trek fee that can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
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Quick Facts of Goecha La Trek

Quick Facts of Goecha La Trek

Maximum altitude- 16,200ft

Duration- 10 days

Goecha la Trekking distance- 90 km

Trail type- difficult

Rail head- New Jalpaiguri

Airport- Bagdogra

Snow Season- Winters

Base camp- Yuksom

Best season- Summers (April to May) & September to November

Region: Sikkim

Short Itinerary for Goecha La Trek

  • Day 1 - Reach Yuksom at 5,670ft in 7 hours from Bagdogra airport or NJP railway station.

  • Day 2 - Start trekking from Yuksom to Sachen at 7,150ft, crossing firs, magnolia, and rhododendrons.

  • Day 3 - Ascend Sachen to Bakhim and reach Tsokha Tibetan refugee at 9,700ft.

  • Day 4 - On this day of the trek, reach Dzongri at 12,980 ft from Tshoka via Phedang at 12,050 ft.

  • Day 5 - Trek from Dzongri to Dzongri Top at 13,675 ft and head back to Dzongri and then to Thansing at 12,930 ft via Kokchurang.

  • Day 6 - On this day of the trek, ascend from Thansing at 12,930 ft to Lamuney at 13,700 ft.

  • Day 7 - Trek from Lamuney to Goechala at 15,100 ft and witness the breathtaking views from Goecha la trek Viewpoint 1. Descend to Kokchurang at 12,100 ft.

  • Day 8 - Reach Tshoka via Phedang.

  • Day 9 - Reach Sachen at 7,200 ft and finally, Yuksom.

  • Day 10 - The final day, mark your departure from Yuksom.

Goecha La Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1

Drive from Bagdogra Airport/NJP to Yuksom

Duration - 7 Hours

Altitude - 5,670 ft

  • 7-hour transfer from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport to Yuksom.

  • As you ascend the road, take in the splendor of the Himalayas and Teesta River.

  • At 5670 feet, arrive in Yuksom, then check into a hotel to spend the night sleeping.

What to Pack for Goecha La Trek?

What to Pack for Goecha La Trek?
  • Carry 35 to 40 liters of backpack

  • Small Day pack 20 Ltrs (carry your trail, camera, and water).

  • Water bottles

  • Eatables like biscuits, protein bars, glucose-based chocolates, cup noodles, dry fruits, and quick energy bites as Goecha la trek is a long journey.

  • Shirts and pants for hiking

  • Shoes for hiking that can be worn on any surface

  • Flashflight and additional batteries

  • Sunglasses

  • Toiletry-toothpaste, tissues, soaps, cold coral, moisturizer, hand sanitizer, and anti-fungal cream.

  • First aid kit

  • Camera

  • Warm coat or sweater

  • Lots of socks and gloves

  • Raincoat—for rains.

Know Before You Go to Goecha La Trek

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  • To cover 90 kilometers of Goecha la trek, you must repeatedly climb and descend hills, so you should be physically fit.

  • The trek ascends to a height of 16,000 feet, where there is less oxygen.

  • Acclimatization to high altitudes is necessary if you want to feel comfortable and fit.

  • As the atmospheric pressure drops at such high altitudes with less oxygen inhaled, practice ventilation techniques.

  • Inconveniences like headaches, hypoxic conditions, vomiting, and other medical issues could result from the sudden drop in oxygen levels.

  • So, keep medications on hand and take the necessary precautions to avoid them.

  • As it is a long journey with challenging to extremely difficult level trails, be sure to prepare yourself well before the trek.

  • Visit a doctor prior to the trek to assess your level of fitness and to receive any necessary checkups.

  • Plan your trek outside of the monsoon and winter months when the trail is closed and impassable.

  • Since there are no ATMs or UPI facilities beyond Yuksom, always carry cash with you.

  • After Yuksom, there wouldn't be a mobile phone network.

  • Therefore, you should let your loved ones know before embarking on the base camp trek.

  • Have 7-9 hours of quality sleep the night before your trek because moving around restlessly will make it difficult for you to travel and will make you uncomfortable.

  • Bring a 35–40 liter backpack to store everything you need.

General Trivia About Goecha La Trek

General Trivia About Goecha La Trek
  • Yuksom was historically known to be the meeting place for three monks, as they traveled from Tibet to India. These monks crowned the first King of the place and named the community ‘Chogyal’. Yuksom was established as Sikkim’s capital and the Chogyal dynasty ruled here for more than 300 years. This community exists today and didn’t stop trekking up until the pressure of the Indian government in the early 2000s.

  • ‘Kanchenjunga’ translates to ‘five treasures of snow, pointing toward its total of 5 peaks with three in India and the other two in Nepal.

  • Kanchenjunga National Park is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The ‘La’ in Goecha la trek means ‘Mountain Pass’ in the Tibetan language.

Why to Go for Goecha La Trek?

The Goecha la trek is the best choice because it allows you to see the beautiful mountain peaks from a startling height of 16,000 feet. From such a high altitude, the Kanchenjunga mountain, at 8586 meters, appears captivating. The trail will lead you through the lush forests, meadows, picturesque lakes, gushing rivers, hamlets, and Kanchenjunga National Park, as well as steep ascents to heavenly altitudes and a variety of rare plants and animals.

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Where is Goechala located in India?

    Goecha la Trek happens to be majorly in the North Eastern State of Sikkim. It presents you with mesmerizing views of Mount Kanchenjunga, which lies on the borders of India, Nepal, and Tibet.

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