Why This Trek?

Goechala is one wonderful trek in North East of India, this trail lies in the state of Sikkim and offers magnificent views of Mt. Kanchanjunga and many other Himalayan Ranges, the trek begins from subtropical Bamboo forest and soon we are in familiar setting of Oak, Pine and Rhododendron Forest. Alpine meadows, barren mountainous areas. .

  • DIFFICULTY : MODERATE TO DIFFICULT.

  • MAX AlLTITUDE : 16,207 ft.

  •  BASE CAMP : Yuksom

  • DURATION :10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS.

  • BEST SEASON :APRIL, MAY, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER

TREK FEE PER PERSON

Rs. 14,500

Trek Cost: Rs 14500 + 5% GST

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Goechala is one wonderful trek in North East of India, this trail lies in the state of Sikkim and offers magnificent views of Mt. Kanchanjunga and many other Himalayan Ranges, the trek begins from subtropical Bamboo forest and soon we are in familiar setting of Oak, Pine and Rhododendron Forest. Alpine meadows, barren mountainous areas.

Destinations Covered : Yuksom, Tshoka, Dzongri, Lamuney.

What's Included :

  • 02 Nights Guest House / Homestay accommodation in Yuksom on Quad/Triple Sharing basis.
  • 07 Nights Tented accommodation while on trek on triple sharing basis.
  • All Veg Meals from 2nd Day Lunch to till 9th Day Lunch while on Trek.
  • Morning, evening tea/coffee served with light snacks while on trek.
  • Trekking Equipment like Sleeping bags, Sleeping Mattress, Sleeping tents, utensils.
  • All fees and permits for Indians.
  • Basic First Aid Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder and Oxi Meter
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Leader and support staff.

Exclusions:

  • Transportation from NJP – Yuksom – NJP.
  • Any fees and permits for Non Indians.
  • Meals during transit or in Yuksom.
  • Any expenses of personal nature.
  • Cost incurred due to natural reasons.
  • Anything which is not a part of our inclusions.

Here's a short itinerary of Goechala Trek:

Day 1: NJP to Yuksom(5,800 ft). 8 hrs drive.
Day 2: Yuksom (5,800 ft) – Sachen (7,200 ft).4 hrs.
Day 3: Sachen (7,200 ft) – Tshoka (9,650 ft). 4 hrs.
Day 4: Tshoka(9,650 feet)- Dzongri(12,980 feet) via Phedang(12,050 ft). 5-6 hrs.
Day 5: Dzongri(12,980ft) – Thangsing (12,930) – Dzongri. 4-5 hrs.
Day 6: Thangsing –  Kockchurang(12096 ft ) – Lamuney .2 hrs.
Day 7: Lamuney(13,693 ft) – Goechala(16,207 ft) – Kockchurang .10-12 hrs.
Day 8: Kokchurang – Phedang – Tshoka.6-7 hrs.
Day 9: Tshoka – Bhakim – Sachen – Yuksom. 6 hrs.
Day 10: Yusksom – NJP 8 Hrs Drive.

Detailed trek itinerary

Day 1: NJP to Yuksom (5,800 ft). 8 hrs drive.

NJP or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is located in the district of Jalpaiguri and is famously known as “The Gateway to Northeast” as its connected to rest of the states in the region, the nearest airport is at Bagdogra which is another 17 Kms from NJP. We assemble at the railway station and board our transportation to head towards Yuksom, once capital of Sikkim the town will be our abode for the Night.

Day 2: Yuksom (5,800 ft) – Sachen (7,200 ft).4 hrs.

After breakfast we embark in our splendid journey in the Himalayas, we start from the open fields and soon enter thick Oak, Pine and Bamboo Forest. Also part of Kanchenjunga National Park we follow the Rohthong River Valley which offers beautiful views of Lower Himalayas High above on a ridge Bhakim is visible with a confluence of Rohthong and Perk Rivers. After 4 Hours of trek we reach our first campsite at Sachen. After Dinner overnight in Sachen.

Day 3: Sachen (7,200 ft) – Tshoka (9,650 ft). 4 hrs.

Today will be slightly difficult as we will gain considerable altitude in 4 hours’ time. Soon we reach a bridge lined with Prayer Flags indicating that we are on the Goechala Trail, after an ascend we reach Bhakim a small halt with a forest rest house and tea stall where one can take a break and enjoy the views of Valley Below. Another hour of trek and we reach Tshoka Campsite mostly identified by the sight of trekker huts on the plateau. Overnight at Tshoka Camp Site.

Day 4: Yuksom (5,800 ft) – Sachen (7,200 ft).4 hrs.

After breakfast we prepare for a steep climb ahead today, the trail takes us through thick Rhododendron Forests Well laid paths with wooden logs. After a while we reach our halt at Phedang at 12000 Feet is source of clearest water, we halt here to have our packed lunches and enjoy the views. Further ahead is our halt for the Night Dzongri which takes us above 13000 Feet. You might feel the effects of altitude in terms of slight headaches, but it normal at this height. Overnight Stay at Dzongri.

Day 5: Dzongri(12,980ft) – Thangsing (12,930) – Dzongri. 4-5 hrs.

Today will be the best day of our Geochala Trek, the ascent to the top is around an hour long, it’s the highest point of the trek. We start early in the morning and aim to be at top before sunrise. The top offers a 180 Degree Panoramic View of the Kanchenjunga Range. The sight of sun lighting up the peaks one by one is a sight that you will remember always. After enjoying the views we retrace our steps back to Dzongri.

Day 6: Thangsing –  Kockchurang(12096 ft ) – Lamuney .2 hrs.

After breakfast we head towards Lamuney it’s a small hike and takes around 2 Hours to reach Lamuney the trail takes us through alpine meadows and forest of Rhododendron and Juniper. Owing to some religious reason camping is not allowed beyond here, however the campsite is open and windy, overnight at Lamuney camp site.

Day 7: Lamuney(13,693 ft) – Goechala(16,207 ft) – Kockchurang .10-12 hrs.

Today is by far one of the longest day of the trek, we have an early breakfast and start with our day. The trail will eventually take us to 16000 Feet above sea level. The views that we can expect will be the entire east ridge of Kanchanjunga and other peaks of upper Perk Valley. After sunrise we head back as the past will soon be covered by clouds. The trail heads through the Moraine next to the lake and we will be walking along a sandy stretch alongside Ongalakhing Glacier. We head back down the same route and reach Kockcgurang and camp by the river. Overnight at Campsite.

Day 8: Kokchurang – Phedang – Tshoka.6-7 hrs.

After breakfast we start our descend towards Tshoka following the same route, this 6 to 7 hours of trek we reach the campsite, overnight at Tshoka Campsite.

Day 9: Tshoka – Bhakim – Sachen – Yuksom. 6 hrs.

It’s going to be last day of trekking today, we start from Tshoka campsite and retrace our path back to Yuksom, Overnight at Yuksom.

Day 10: Yusksom – NJP 8 Hrs Drive.

We start our day with the drive back to NJP, 8 Hour Long drive will take us back to the starting point for the onward journey.

Fitness requirements for Goechala Trek:
Basic fitness is a must for all trekkers (First timers as well as experienced) the effects of High Altitude can be experienced from 7000 Feet above sea level. As we gain altitude the atmosphere thins and availability of Oxygen in the air drops. However a gradual ascent along with proper precautions makes it easier for human body to acclimatize to High Altitude.
Goechala is at an approximate height of 16000 Feet AMSL it is a difficult trek and prior trekking experience is recommended for this trek.

Experience: Prior Trekking experience is recommended.

Fitness required for Goechala Trek: The trail is more or less laid out path, with steep ascents and descents, snow trekking, river crossing and lot of variation in the trail makes it difficult trek, with availability of water is more or less frequent. But not to face last minute upsets we advise to keep certain things in mind. We plan our itineraries in a way that our trekkers will have to walk 8 to 9 Kms and approximately 6 to 8 Hours a day. Which means approximately 1.5 Kms in an hour. However given the terrain and the altitude it’s considered to be equivalent of 3 Km in 1 hours in Plains. If you can run or cover 3 Km in 1 Hour you are fairly fit for the trek, however we have a 3 week schedule that can be followed to prepare your body for the trek:

Training Schedule: Stretch your arms and legs following some basic stretching exercises before your training every day.
A Month Before The Trek: The curriculum should follow a 10 Minute Brisk walk, 10 Minutes Jog and 10 Minutes Brisk walk to end the session. Follow this for a week.
3 Weeks Before the Trek: We go one notch up and start 5 Minutes Brisk walk, 15 to 20 Minutes of Jog and Minutes of easy walk to end the session. Follow this for one week.
2 Weeks Before the Trek: Repeat the schedule followed in the previous week.
1 Week Before the Trek: Brisk Walk for 5 Minutes and 25 Minutes of Jog, after the Jog cool down your body. Follow this regime till the beginning of the trek.

List of Things to Carry for the Trek:

Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Trekking Shoes
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
One Heavy Jacket
Floaters or Sandals
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
Sun Cap
One Scarf
Lip Balm
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Light towel
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Gloves
Trekking Pole
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Personal Medicine Kit
Dark Sunglasses
Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !

FAQ

What is Goechala Trek?

Goechala is a difficult grade trek located in the state of Sikkim in the North East Of India. The trek takes you through dense Forest to Alpine Meadows & Moraine with the highest altitude being more than 16000 Feet is a wonderful trek for all who love the Himalayas. The views it offers includes the second highest mountain in the World Mt. Kanchenjunga. The trek requires prior trek experience.

When is the best time to go for theGoechala Trek?

Months of May, June pre monsoon & September, October Post Monsoon are the best time to do Goechala Trek.

How difficult is theGoechala Trek?

Good physical fitness is must for all treks, however for this trek you need to be in good shape, doing regular walks and jogging for 25 Minutes every day is recommended, please check the fitness section for more information on the same, Goechala is considered to be a High Altitude and a difficult trek.

What are the temperatures during the Goechala Trek?

The day time temperatures are pleasant and can be upto 20 Degrees however in mornings and evenings single digit temperatures can be expected and it might drop below zero in the nights.

How much we have to Trek Each day?

The itineraries are designed in a way that we cover 9 to 10 Kms in a day or walk for about 6 to 7 Hours is the average time taken by a trekker to cover this distance, enabling us to reach the camp site by lunch time.

What Medicines should I carry for the trek?

 

Tablets:
Digene – 10 tablets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets

Avomine – 4 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Cotton – 1 small roll
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Betadine cream
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Moov spray

ORS – 5 packets

Is Diamox advisable?

Diamox is a medicine which is helps in acclimatization, but it also has certain side effects not recommended to people allergic to Sulpha Class of medicines, we advise otherwise and instruct all trekkers to consult a physician before taking any such medicine.

Who will lead and who all will go with us?

All our treks are accompanied by certified and experienced Trek leaders, following the principal of sustainable tourism we source our local teams from neighbouring villages who also are familiar with the region, along with the trek leader our support staff consists of Cooks, Helpers, Mules and Local Guides, the size of the team depends on the group size.

How Big are the trekking groups?

Our Group size seldom crosses 15 Pax, we ensure that we keep the group sizes below the said number as it’s the best way to enjoy the trek and have better team bonding among the trekkers.

What is the minimum number of trekkers required for Fixed Departures?

If you have booked on a date of one of our fixed departure. We ensure that the trek goes on even if there is only one person who has booked a trek. Our fixed departures are our promise to our customers and taking a loss in fulfilling the same is something  we are willing to bare to ensure customer satisfaction.

I am the Only Girl on the trek, is it Safe?

Mountains are safer in these terms compared to Plains, people are always helpful and respectful. However we try and maintain a ratio of 2:1 on all treks and its ensured solo female trekkers either share tents with other solo female trekkers or are provided a separate tent.

What things we need to carry for the trek?

Kindly refer to things to carry section for more information.

Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same?

We recommend to carry what is needed while on the trek and leave excess stuff behind, in case you want to offload your bags we provide that option to all trekkers, the charges for the same are Rs 250/- Per Bag Per Day with a weight limit of 9 Kgs or Less.

Which type of Shoes should I Buy?

Good trekking shoes are recommended for all treks, read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”

How Many Trekkers will be in One Tent?

Tents provided are 3+1 which comfortably accommodates 2-3 trekkers.

What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers?

Goechala Trek is rated difficult given the terrain and remoteness of the region. For This trek prior trekking experience is recommended and one has to be in good shape and have a good fitness level to be able to complete the trek, Goechala is one of the high altitude difficult trek in the Himalayas.

What is there in food menu during the trek?

Vegetarian meals are provided all three times during the trek, Vegetarian food is recommended as it is easy to digest vegetarian food in high altitudes, we provide Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner.

Is Water of Trek Safe?

The water found in Himalayan streams is generally safe to drink, and you have plenty of them when you are trekking Himalayas, your trek leaders/local guides know where to fill your water bottles, in case you are still unsure about drinking the water we recommend you carry your own purifying pills.

Can we change the itinerary?

Our operations/treks take us to remote regions with more or less zero connectivity and extreme conditions, right next to harshest elements that nature can throw at us. There are possibilities of unforeseen circumstances which may forces us to change the itinerary. In such cases your trek leader will inform you about the change in plan and best available options similar to existing itinerary. In these events Renok Adventures LLP reserves right to change the itinerary which can be due to various different factors.  Any additional cost which is incurred due to these changes will be borne by the trekkers and the same will be communicated to the trekkers beforehand.

What Type of Vehicles are used for Transportation?

Depending on the group size the transport vehicles are determined and can be anything from a Sumo, Xylo or similar vehicles and in certain case tempo travellers.

What do we do if we encounter a medical emergency?

We have certified and experienced trek leaders who have loads of experience in dealing with illness at high altitude. Our teams are experienced in handling such situations. However we carry a basic medical kit along with oxygen cylinders with us for situations of emergency and our first objective is to rescue the trekker to the road head and the cost for the same is to be incurred by the trekker. In addition to this it’s a trekkers responsibility to get our medical fitness certificate filled and duly attested by a certified physician indicating that you are medically fit for the trek.

Can you customize Goechala Trek?

Yes you have an option of always customizing the trek, the cost for the same is decided as per the number of pax in your personal group, trek style and region where the trek will be conducted.

What if the trek is cancelled last minute due to ‘force majeure’?

In such events we provide you an alternate trek option of similar value depending upon weather conditions if the trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. As all our arrangements are prepaid and pre planed.  In case of non-completion of trek for any reason whatsoever, there will be no refund for any unutilized services.

What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund

 

What is your Rescheduling Policy ?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing ateast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost  will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost  will be charged for rescheduling.

Getting to Goechala:

The trek starts from The town of Yusom former Capital of Sikkim an Indian State lying in the North East of India

New Jalpaiguri (NJP)

NJP is also known as “The Gateway of North East of India”. Its connected with Train as well as Bagdogra is the nearest airport some 17 Km from NJP. One can choose to fly or travel by train to reach NJP.

How to reach NJP (Train)

NJP is well connected with India’s train network and one can easily connect or find direct trains from all over India which will connect you to NJP. From NJP our transport will transfer you to Yusom.

How to reach NJP (Air)

Bagdogra is the nearest airport to NJP some 17 Km. Direct flights are available from Delhi, for more information you can check with online service providers to check for the flights and details.

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Here’s a short itinerary of Goechala Trek:

Day 1: NJP to Yuksom(5,800 ft). 8 hrs drive
Day 2: Yuksom (5,800 ft) – Sachen (7,200 ft).4 hrs.
Day 3: Sachen (7,200 ft) – Tshoka (9,650 ft). 4 hrs.
Day 4: Tshoka(9,650 feet)- Dzongri(12,980 feet) via Phedang(12,050 ft). 5-6 hrs.
Day 5: Dzongri(12,980ft) – Thangsing (12,930). 4-5 hrs
Day 6: Thangsing –  Lamuney via Kockchurang(12096 ft).2 hrs.
Day 7: Lamuney(13,693 ft) – Goechala(16,207 ft) and back to Kockchurang.10-12 hrs.
Day 8: Kokchurang – Tshoka via Phedang. 6-7 hrs
Day 9: Tshoka – Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen. 6 hrs.
Day 10: Drive back to NJP.

 

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