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Goecha La Trek

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  • Sikkim, IndiaLocation
  • 11 Days / 10 NightsDuration
  • DifficultTrek gradient
  • 16,200 feet above sea levelMaximum Altitude
  • 90 KmDistance
  • YuksomPickup/ Drop Point
  • Customized fees Fees based on the final number of participants. Kindly contact +91-9051055011/ +91-8969336262 for the further detail before proceeding for the payment.

Goecha La is a mountain pass at 16,207 feet in West Sikkim (La= pass) but it is no longer allowed to trek till the actual pass. The trekking trail is through Kanchenjunga National Park & goes till View Point 1, which is at 15,100 feet. You stand close to the south-west face of Mt. Kanchenjunga at this point. Despite inaccessibility to the actual Goecha La pass, Goecha La trek still offers an amazing view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from View Point 1 & Singalila range from Dzongri top. Goecha La trail is among the oldest trails in India but it gained fame during the Nepalese Civil War (1996- 2006). During this period the trekkers started looking for the alternative trekking trails in India as the treks in Nepal were restricted. Goecha La trail emerged as the most promising one with not only the closest view to Kanchenjunga (the third highest peak in the world) but 14 other big summits too.

Highlight of Goecha La trek:

  • Sunrise on the Kanchenjunga Range from View Point 1 & Dzongri top
  • Rhododendrons in April and May
  • Samiti Lake with reflection of Mt Pandim
  • Wildlife lovers: Yellow-throated marten, Pika, Mountain weasel, and Himalayan Blue Sheep can be spotted.
  • Bird-watchers treat: At lower altitude you can spot different species of Bulbul, Woodpecker, Barbet, Sunbird, Thrush, Tree creeper and Tits. At the mid altitude Flycatchers, Fulvetta, Magpie, Wren babblers, Laughing thrushes are located. On higher altitudes look for Finches, Accentors, and Grandala. Keep an eye around bushes before reaching Dzongri for Blood pheasants, which are the state bird of Sikkim.
What to expect in the two seasons of Goecha La trek:

Goecha La Spring Trek :

  • March-May
  • Attraction: Rhododendrons in the shades of pink to red, white to yellow linning your trail from Bakhim. The rhododendron forest becomes denser as you approach Tshoka. Then there is the Rhododendron belt from Tshoka till Phedang, where you will be royally treated as you walk over the carpet of colourful petals laid by the mother nature.
  • Winter starts to take leave from the slopes. There might be snow patches at the altitude of more than 10,000 feet.
  • Day time are pleasant & nights are chilly especially in higher campsite like Lamuney
  • There might be chances of snowfall & should remain prepared for the same.

Goecha La Autumn Trek :

  • September end-November
  • The landscape gets dominated by dark, mossy forest with clear sky.
  • Autumn is like winter minus snow
  • It is good season for the night photographers desiring to capture starry night in their camera.

Trek seasons & Temperature

Trek Seasons:

  • Spring: March-May
  • Autumn: September end-November

Temperature:

  • Spring: Day: 15 to 22°C; Nights: -1 to 7°C
  • Autumn: Day: 10 to 15°C; Nights: -5 to 5°C

Nearest Airport

Nearest Railway station

Bagdogra Airport

New Jalpaiguri Railway Station

Price Includes

  • Trekker’s hut on sharing basis where ever available
  • Camping accommodation on sharing basis
  • Camping essentials: Tents, Matrasses, Kitchen tent, Toilet tent (traditional pit style)
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea with snacks, Dinner) during trek.
  • Note: Packed lunch will be provided during the trek if required
  • Hot drinking water after dinner in the campsite
  • Guide, Group Porter, Cook, Helper
  • Stretcher evacuation
  • Portable Oxygen cylinder, Emergency medical kit, Pulse oximeter, BP apparatus, Infrared thermometer.
  • All Permits

Price Excludes

  • Insurance
  • Off-loading (available on additional cost)
  • In an event of a trekker rerquiring emergency evacuation, he/she will be escorted till the nearest road end from where the further expenses of transportation, hotel/hospital and food shall be managed and borne by that trekker. In such unfortunate event the trekker won’t be eligible for the refund or adjustment voucher.
  • If a participant deciding on discontinuing the event mid-way due to any circumstance other than medical condition requiring emergency evacuation, he/she will require to do so by signing the 'Discontinuation form' after which he/she is set to go on own. In such situation the participant will neither be eligible for the Refund or the Adjustment voucher.
  • Personal trekking gears like trekking poles, toiletry and other items mentioned later in things to carry section.
  • Any cost escalation (accommodation, food, transportation) due to unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, pandemic crisis, sudden government policies or regulations
  • Any expense arising out of itinerary will have to be borne by the trekker.
  • Gratuity/ Tip

Advisory

  • Always carry a valid original photo ID card
  • Trekking is an activity where there are more than 50% chances of facing uncertainty, as you see it’s mentioned “Tentative” itinerary. Weather conditions, wildlife movements, permission changes can often force the trek leader to change the itinerary, distance or place.
  • Throughout the trek, starting from the pick up to the drop, the final decision will be taken by the trek leader and all the trekkers will be expected to abide to the same.
  • All participants are expected to have minimum fitness, stamina and the ability to sustain harsh environments.
  • Every trekker will have to undergo a temperature and other vitals check-up every day.
  • Do weigh your gears post packing. It should not exceed the range of 8-10 kg – preferably on the lighter side.
Booking terms
Confirmation policy
  • Email on booking@meandmountain.com or WhatsApp on +91-9051055011 the following details: Name of the participant(s), Name of the event, Date of the event, Email address (Note: This is not the Enrolment form) and proceed with the online payment either via the payment link shared via WhatsApp or the payment section on the website.
  • Mode of payment: only online
  • The participants will receive the Confirmation email and Ticket via email within 48 hours.
  • Ater the confirmation, you will need to send the dully filled, signed and scanned forms (Enrolment, Medical & Self-declaration) to booking@meandmountain.com, before commencement of the expedition.
  • The forms can be downloaded from the links below or ‘FORMS’ section in the home page.
  • It is mandatory for all the participants to submit all 3 forms before the expedition, in absence of which Me and Mountain shall have a full right to deny the entry of that participant to the particular expedition.
Cancellation policy
  • Cancellation done any time after the booking of the event shall be adjusted in any event later with ‘Me And Mountain Global Adventures Pvt Ltd’ only via Adjustment voucher. The Adjustment voucher will be valid for 1 year from the date of the event cancelled.
  • Refer the section on Cancellation/Refund Policy for the detail cancellation policy.
Discontinuation policy
  • In an event of a participant deciding on discontinuing the event mid-way due to any circumstance other than medical condition requiring emergency evacuation, he/she will require to do so by signing the ‘Discontinuation form’ after which he/she is set to go on own. In such situation the participant will neither be eligible for the Refund or the Adjustment voucher.
Forms
Itinerary
(Tentative)

Day 1 :New jalpaiguri/ Bagdogra to Yuksom (5,643ft)

Drive distance: 160 Km
Drive time: 6-8 hours
Watch for: Teesta River

Day : 2Yuksom (5,643 ft) to Sachen (7,130 ft)

Trek distance: 8 km
Trek duration: 5 hours
Watch for: River Prekchu, Rathong River, Paha Khola Bridge

Day : 3Sachen (7130 ft) to Tshoka (9,701 ft) via Bakhim

Trek distance: 7 km
Trek duration: 4 hours
Watch for: View of Peiling village from Tshoka

Day : 4Tshoka (9,701 ft) to Dzongri (13,024 ft) via Phedang (12,083 ft)

Trek distance: 12 km
Trek duration: 7 hours
Watch for: View of Mt. Pandim and Mt Tinchenkang after Phedang

Day : 5Dzongri (12,980 ft) – Dzongri Top (13,675 ft) (1 hr) and back to Dzongri

Trek distance: 2 km up & down
Trek duration: 1 hour
Watch for: Mt. Kanchenjunga

Day 6 : Dzongri (13,024 ft) to Thansing (12,946) ft via Kockchurang (12,152 ft)

Trek distance: 6.5 km
Trek duration: 6 hours
Watch for: River Prek

Day 7 :Thansing (12,946 ft) to Lamuney (13,743 ft)

Trek duration: 2 hours
Trail: offers a clear view of Mount Kanchenjunga

Day 8 : Lamuney (13,743 ft) to View point 1 (15,100 ft) & back to Kockchurang (12,152 ft)

Trek duration: 12 hours

Day 9 :Kockchurang (12,152 ft) to Tshoka (9,701 ft)

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

Day 10 : Tshoka (9,701 ft) to Yuksom (5,643 ft)

Trek duration: 6 hours

Day 11:Yuksom (5,643 ft) to NJP/Bagdogra

Transportation cost from Yuksom to NJP/Bagdogra is not included in trek cost.

Siliguri is the main city whose railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) & airport is
Bagdogra. The airport and railway station lie within 10 km from Siliguri

Diet recommendation
  • Consume less spicy diet at least 7 days prior to the expedition
Things to carry
Layering the upper body during trek
  • Layer-1: Body warmer
  • Layer-2: Dry-fit T-shirts
  • Layer-3: Fleece jacket
  • Layer-4: Down/ synthetic padded Jacket
  • Gloves
Layering the lower body during trek
  • Trekking trousers
  • Polyester/ active-wear socks
  • Trekking boots
Layering the upper body in the campsite
  • Layer-1: Body warmer
  • Layer-2: Dry-fit T-shirts
  • Layer-3: Sweater
  • Layer-4: Fleece jacket
  • Layer-5: Down/ synthetic padded Jacket
  • Gloves
Layering the lower body in the campsite
  • Layer-1: Body warmer
  • Layer-2: Trekking trouser
  • Polyester/ active-wear socks
  • Woollen socks
Clothing for layering upper and lower body
  • 3 Dry-fit T-shirts
  • 2-3 pairs of Trek pants
  • 2 sets of Body warmers (polyester, avoid cotton)
  • 1 Fleece jacket
  • 1 Down/ synthetic padded Jacket to withstand sub-zero temperature
  • 2 Sweaters
  • 4-5 pairs of Socks meant for active-wear (blend of woollen & synthetic fabric) for wearing during the trek
  • 2-3 pairs of Woollen socks for wearing at the campsites
  • 1 pairs of well insulated Gloves
  • 1 wind + waterproof Jacket
Headgear
  • Woollen cap, big enough to coverthe ears along with the head
  • Balaclava, covering the neck, mouth & nose
  • Sun cap with a back flap to protect the nape of the neck
Footwear
  • High-ankle boots (waterproof & with good insulation)
  • Slippers/floaters for campsite to be worn with woollen socks
Gears
  • Rucksack: 60-70 litre with rain cover
  • Daypack: 20-30 litre with rain cover to carry water, snacks and personal items
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Quick dry towel
  • Trekking poles (preferably a pair)
  • Headlamp
  • Water Bottles: 1 Thermos & 1 regular bottle of 1 litre capacity
Other essential items
  • Hard copies of all the forms
  • Lunch box
  • Toilet kit
  • 2 Tissue rolls
  • Sunscreen: SPF 40+
  • Personal medical kit
  • Snacks for personal consumption
  • Self-heating warming pouches (available online) to keep yourself warm at night
  • Ladies: Menstrual hygiene products with zip lock bags to carry back waste for disposal. Menstrual cups are recommended over tampons /sanitary napkins.
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