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Goechala Trek
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11 Days / 10 Nights Trip to Darjeeling & Sikkim

Goechala Trek

Recharge and rejuvenate your mind and body.
Visit the kaleidoscopic capital city of Gangtok or sink into the Awe of the mighty Himalayas from Yuksom. Every place in Sikkim is just as magical as the last.
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  • Duration
    11 Days
  • Starting From
    $898
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Adventure Sindbad
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Get your fill of Gangtok
Highlight #1
Get your fill of Gangtok
The capital city of Sikkim is full of iconic sites and natural attractions such as the Rumtek Monastery and Ban Jhakri Falls.
The Valley of the Flowers in Sikkim
Highlight #2
The Valley of the Flowers in Sikkim
Enclosed by green mountains, filled with riotous wildflowers, this is one of the prettiest sights in Sikkim.
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GANGTOK - SIKKIM | Point Of View

Sikkim is a state in northeast India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kangchenjunga.

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Itinerary

Arrive Bagdogra. Drive to Darjeeling(2050m)

Arrive at Bagdogra Airport and walk out looking for a placard that says ‘Adventure Sindbad’. Our representative will be waiting for you outside the airport. There might be a short waiting time till the rest of the group arrives. It is a 3 hour scenic drive from the hot plains of Bagdogra and Siliguri into the cool climes of Darjeeling town. It is remarkable how quickly the weather changes to a cool breeze in a matter of 30 mins, once we take the right at Darjeeling More. We will be passing through sprawling tea gardens, quaint hamlets, small eateries and toy train stations at Kurseong and Ghoom. From Kurseong, we are in the misty hills and enter the Gorkha hinterland.

Drive to Yuksom(1800m)

We have a very scenic drive from Darjeeling all the way to Yuksom passing some beautiful Tea Gardens at Happy Valley and Tukvar. At Jorethang, we stop for lunch at a cozy restaurant before driving into Sikkim. We arrive at the small village of Yuksom by late afternoon. Yuksom is surrounded by hills and dense forests and has one main road with small hotels on either side. Yuksom literally translates to the meeting place of the 3 learned monks(sum) who came together to choose the first Chogyal(religious King) of Sikkim. The coronation throne where the Chogyal was named still exists in this place. The famous Dubdi monastery is a short hike above Yuksom.
We hit the bed early to rest well before the trek begins tomorrow.

Trek to Tshoka(2985m)

The first day of the trek and perhaps the toughest day. We climb almost 1150m with lunch break at Sachen, almost midway. The trek ascends gradually from the long suspension bridge above Pha Khola until Sachen. There are about 4 suspension bridges we cross along the way. After the last bridge the trail climbs steeply for 800m to Bakhim and then onto Tsokha. The trail is through dense vegetation with constant stops to let yak and mule trains pass by. It is good to have an early start to reach Tsokha by late afternoon. Tshoka, as the name suggests is the place with a Lake(Tsho) surrounded by prayer flags and a small monastery. It used to be the settlement of Tibetan refugees long ago who have now been relocated to lower areas around Yuksom. Their homes have been converted to lodges for trekkers. Great sunrise views over Pandim from here.

Trek to Dzongri(4000m)

We walk further up following a trail through dense rhododendron and oak forests to reach Phedang, a clearing in the forest and a good spot for lunch. There are 2 paths leading out of Phedang. One goes to Dzongri while another goes narrow path goes through the forest to Kokchurong. We take the wider path leading straight up to a ridge point at Deurali with fluttering prayer flags and stone chortens. From here we descend to Simigiri with 2 Tea-houses and a busy hub of activity with inquisitive trekkers, boisterous porters, weary yakmen. We trek a little further past a small ridge to reach the grazing grounds of Dzongri and our campsite for the next 2 days.

Rest Day at Dzongri

The affects of altitude are sure to set in near Dzongri and hence we take a well deserved break at this altitude with some breathtaking scenery. Early morning, we make our way to Dzongri Top to view the sunrise over the snow giants. It is truly an enchanting site as the mountains are illuminated by the sun rays. There are a host of peaks here from left to right with Khangchendzonga, the queen right in the middle. Some peaks like Thinchenkhang, Jopuno, Narsing are popular climbing peaks in Sikkim while a lot of them are considered holy and is off limits for mountaineers including Khangchendzonga and Pandim. After enjoying the glorious views, we descend to camp for a relaxed breakfast enjoying the sun. Spend the rest of the day reading a book, taking a nap or exploring the huge grounds around the campsite.

Trek to Thangsing(3850m)

We walk upto the ridge and walk the sprawling grounds till we reach a narrow path, through dense rhododendrons leading down to Prek Chu river. We descend almost 500m to a small clearing next to the Prek Chu called Kokchurong. From here, we cross a bridge and hike up beside the true left of Prek Chu to reach Thansing, the large camping grounds above the treeline with a few wooden lodges. Pandim and Thinchenkhang cover the right sky and we can see the left ridge of Khanchendzonga. Maila Dai, the tea-house keeper is the most familiar face in this area. He has been manning the Tea-houses and is the provides food and tea to the porters and yakmen.

Trek to Lamunae(4100m)

Lamunae is the last campsite and serves as base camp for trekking upto Goechala. A few years ago, trekkers were allowed to camp next to the holy Samiti Lake, but was discontinued to keep it pristine. It is a short walk and we rest for most of the day enjoying the view around as the mountains play hide and seek behind the thick cloud cover. The high mountains generally draw cloud curtains around themselves by noon and can give slight sneak peeks around dusk.Only if we are lucky 🙂
We have an early dinner and retire for the night. A super early start the next day.

Excursion to Goechala(4940m). Descend to Kokchurang(3600m)

We wake up by 2.30 am and start walking by 3am in the morning with super warm clothing and headlights. We walk up gradually making our way first to Samiti Lake and onwards to different points on the trail which are recognized lately as the first view point, the second view point and eventually Goechala. We feel very tiny as we walk right into the the centre court of the jewels of snow. The sun rises from behind Pandim and it is not until 6.45 am that the sun hits us. There are green lakes on the left of the path and fluttering prayer flags and stone chortens. We enjoy our packed breakfast here, after which we retreat through the boulder zone of Zemathang and past Samiti Lake to our campsite at Lamunae. We have hot lunch here and descend gradually to Kokchurang.

Trek to Bakhim(2600m)

From Kokchurong we enter the narrow forest path while the pack animals take the route through Dzongri. The 3 hr long path from Kokchurong to Phedang is one of the finest forest walks on this trek. We have lunch at Phedang and retrace our steps to Bakhim, a little further below Tsokha.

Trek to Yuksom(1800m). Drive to Kalimpong

The last day’s trek is not all downhill. It’s up and down as we descend to steel suspension bridges and rise again. We have our lunch at the last suspension bridge next to the creek and gradually make our way to Yuksom. We head straight to Kalimpong the same day.Kalimpong is famous for its orchids and the enviable view of Khangchendzonga from the town. It is also the place for many local singers and rockbands from the region.Most of the drive is along Rangeet and Teesta river.

Drive to Bagdogra. Depart

From Yuksom, we make a super early start in the morning to reach the airport at Bagdogra for our flights back home. Trip ends.

Inclusions

 Entire Accommodation during the trip

 All meals except lunches in Darjeeling

 All road transportation starting from pickup at Bagdogra airport till drop at Bagdogra Airport

 Trip Leader, local guides, assistants, cook, kitchen helpers, sherpas and Horsemen

 Camping and Kitchen equipment, Ration and personal luggage will be transported via pack animals(Horse/Mules/Dzos)

 Allowance of 15 Kgs/person

 Permits for entering Khangchendzonga National Park

Not Included

 Airfares to and out of Bagdogra

 Any additional transport or activities apart from the trip itinerary

 Travel Insurance

 Expenses arising through unforeseen conditions like bad weather, natural calamities, flight cancellations, etc

 Rescue and evacuation services

 Expenses of any personal nature like phone calls, drinks, cigarettes, souvenirs, laundry, etc

 Tips

 Anything not explicitly mentioned in Cost Includes

 5% GST

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Start date

07 Nov 2020

End date

17 Nov 2020

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11 Days / 10 Nights

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