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Sikkim Goeche La Trek

13 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Trail covered with the gorgeous forests of rhododendrons
  • Unforgettable view of Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Visit the stunning tea garden & Darjeeling
  • Abundant flora and fauna
  • Explore the beautiful sceneries of Yuksam & Kalimpong

Sikkim Goeche La is a trek in Sikkim state of India over in the Eastern Himalaya with views of Kanchenjunga the third highest mountain in the world.

Your journey starts by visiting the old British Raj hill station of Darjeeling followed by a classic eight day trek in Sikkim. This state of India is famous for its large variety of flora especially its orchids of which they are over 600 species. At the beginning of this beautiful trek you walk through sub-tropical forests and pasturelands of grazing yaks and then enter the pristine high alpine at higher altitudes.

The highest Camp on the trek is next to the sacred Samiti Lake, and the next morning we start early for the trek to the Goecha La pass opposite the immense eastern flank of Mt Kanchenjunga. There are many other impressive mountains seen on this trek including Kabru, Rathong and Pandim. After the trek we visit the hill station of Kalimpong. In Kalimpong you have the chance to visit a Buddhist monastery and orchid nursery or just to relax in the gardens of the hotel with a cup of tea enjoying views of Kanchenjunga. The hill station of Kalimpong. You can relax here for the rest of the day while enjoying the views of the surrounding Himalayan foothills. Next; after breakfast we drive down to Bagdogra airport from Kalimpong hotel.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Bagdogra airport and drive to Darjeeling 4 hours.
Day 2: Morning excursion to tiger hill (2573m) and rest of day sightseeing in Darjeeling
Day 3: Drive to Yuksom (1,770m), from Darjeeling, 5-6 hours
Day 4: Trek to Tshoka (3,050m), from Yuksom, 6-7 hours
Day 5: Trek to Phidang (3,650m), from Tshoka, 4-5 hours
Day 6: Trek to Dzongri (3,990m), from Phidang, 4-5 hours
Day 7: Day walk from Dzongri (3,990m), 5-6 hours
Day 8: Trek to Onglathang (4,000m) from Dzongri, 6-7 hours
Day 9: Trek to Goeche La (4,940m) and to Thangshing (3,930m), 7-8 hours
Day 10: Trek to Tshoka (3,050m), from Thangshing 6-7 hours
Day 11: Trek to Yuksom (1,770m), from Tshoka, 6-7 hours
Day 12: Drive to Kalimpong, from Yuksom, 5-6 hours
Day 13: Drive to Bagdogra airport from Kalimpong

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package on the company’s website. The only question most of our customers have is why AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions did not include the price in the package. Because, in order to provide you with a reasonable price and try to address your every need, we would like to provide you with some information. Which will help your trip.

Please read below for more information.

  • The trip cost always depends upon group size, hotel accommodation of category and client’s desire budget.
  • The above itinerary is a standard guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and tips. And this itinerary can be modified according to your time and needs.
  • After our trip is confirmed, the price will be adjusted in our contract, if the customer wants to add some services, we will charge for those additional services and if he wants to reduce some services, we will reduce the fee accordingly.
  • Itinerary is published in full board operation services for clear understanding of the customer. Among many options such as hotel facilities in Leh, the client can make own choice.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact AlpineTrav Treks for any information regarding your selected package. We'll work together to customize your trip to meet your exact requirement so that you have a memorable trip.
  • When you book with us you get best possible price, which is middle-man free.
  • We don't add hidden extra cost. Airport to Airport services and all trips include travel permit, lodging and fooding. There are no surprises with hidden costs.

Details Itinerary

Arrive at Bagdogra Airport. The drive to Darjeeling takes around 4 hours and follows the famous Darjeeling Toy Train. After arriving at the hotel, the rest of the time is at your own leisure.

Today we will visit the tourist places of Darjeeling. Take a morning hike to Tiger Hill for sunrise views of the Kanchenjunga hills. Then visit the famous Ghoom Monastery where Buddha is enshrines and visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Center, Tea Gardens, Japanese Temple and some other attractions in Darjeeling.

After breakfast, trek back the same trail till Kokchurung, from where we take another trail via Phedang to Tshoka. Hot lunch at Phedang and continue to walk to Tshoka.

Today we will begin our trek through a small village and stop at the Kanchendzonga National Park, check post for checking formalities. Continue to walk through semi-tropical forests, home to a variety of flora and fauna. Crossing the last of the two hanging bridges over rivers Paha Khola and Tshuchey, we arrive at Sachen. Break for lunch and continue to walk to Bahkim. We cross a long old swinging bridge over Prek-Chu, it’s a steep climb of 70 degrees uphill to Bakhim and we continue climbing steeply to the Tibetan Refugee settlement of Tsokha as we trek through pine and giant rhododendron forests. Here we also get our first view of Mt.Pandim (6780m) and Mt. Tenchinkhang. Night at Tshoka

The route continues to climb up to the Alp of Phedang through a forest of rhododendrons. A forest walk is beautiful during the monsoon season with many flowering plants.

Today we extend the trail levels above Phedang from here one can see the best views of Pandim. Then we descend to the open yak pastures of Dzongri where we camp for two nights.

Rest day for acclimatization. Rise early at dawn, a 1 hour steep hike amidst thin air to Dabla Gang (Dzongri-la OR viewpoint) to view the sunrise on Kangchenjunga and the neighboring peaks; Rathong (6683m) Kokthang (6150m), Kabru Dome 6604m and Forked Peak (6116m) then return to camp for breakfast. Free to explore, Day hike to Laxmi Pokhari or take a walk toward the Black peak for acclimatization from where we can see Frey’s peak and the Rathong valley. Return to the campsite.

From Dzongri there is an open mountain walk before a steep descent to Thangsing in the Prek Chu Valley. We descend through a dense jungle of rhododendrons, and cross a river, climbing up through a pine forest to Thangsing. After lunch in Thangsing, we proceed to Prek Chu Valley with the magnificent Pandim above.

After an early start, we climb the hill behind the campsite and soon arrive at the beautiful turquoise Lake Samiti (it is no longer possible to camp at the lake). The trail follows the moraine and then descends to the sandy bed of an empty lake at Zemathang. We cross under the shadow of Pandim and then ascend moraine to about 4,710m. After passing a frozen lake which is dotted with snow and ice pinnacles we walk along the path to Goecha la. The pass is bedecked in colourful Tibetan prayer flags and has incredible views of the east flank of Kanchenjunga. The Goecha la is formed by a depression between Pandim and the Kabru spurs. It overlooks the Talung Valley and commands a very impressive view of Kanchenjunga. The descent follows the same trail back to Onglathang. After lunch, we continue on down to Thangsing where we spend the night.

Leaving Thangsing we take a different route back avoiding the long climb to the Dzongri plateau. We descend along the Prek Chu river and contour round through the jungle to emerge at Phidang again. From here it is a steep walk down to Tshoka where we spend the night.

It is downhill today to the river and then we follow the trail through lush, semi-tropical forest until we arrive back at Yuksom. We stay in the comfortable Hotel in Yuksom to night. In the afternoon we can explore Yuksom or just relax after the trek.

We wake up early in the morning, enjoy breakfast and prepare to return to Bagdogra. Enjoy the last day drive to Bagdogra Airport and transfer to Bagdogra Airport, and take flight to your destination.

We wake up early in the morning, enjoy our breakfast and get ready for back to Bagdogra. Enjoy the last day drive to Bagdogra Airport and transfer to Bagdogra Airport.

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide pick-up and drop services from Bagdogra airport on your arrivals and departures.
  • Our representative of company will be waiting for you on arrival in Bagdogra airport with your name of placard so you can easily find our person then drive to Darjeeling 3-4 hours. And transfer to your demanded category hotel.
  • According to the trekking package schedule, we will arranged three nights your demanded category (from tourist star to five-star) at hotel accommodations in Darjeeling and Kalimpong's.
  • Transportation will be provide from Bagdogra to Darjeeling and Darjeeling to Yuksom - Yuksom to Kalimpong and Kalimpong to Bagdogra for members and associated staff as per itinerary above.
  • Our company provide Experienced and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking guide during the trekking period.
  • Our company provide full support camping crew with 1 professional cook and kitchen staffs during the trekking period.
  • Our company provided your accommodation during the trekking will be tented camping. A tent will be provided for every 2 travellers with a foam mattress. There will also be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs and more for your comfort.
  • Our company if in case of a single by default, will arrange a single tent for you at no additional cost.
  • We will provide clean and warm down sleeping bag during the trekking, taking care of your comfort and health. (Sleeping bag must be returned after completion of trek)
  • As with most trekking trails, day pack-lunch is midway between the start and end of the day's trek while Freshly prepared meals (Breakfast and Dinner) with boiled water, tea, coffee are served at the camp where your overnight-stay.
  • Our company provides nutritious, clean and fresh (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee, Fruitcocktail, Deserts and fresh fruits boiled water all services for during the trekking's.
  • Will be provided a porters or mules for camping trekking equipments with 1:3 assistant guide to clients ratio.
  • As Sikkim Kanchenjunga is at the Kanchenjunga National Park territory, AlpineTrav Treks will provide you a permit for Kanchenjunga National Park.
  • The Inner Line permit issued by the government office of Sikkim is required to enter area of Kanchenjunga, is at the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide you a Inner Line (ILP) permit too.
  • Our company provides wages, clinical, equipment, and insurance for all elaborate camping trekking staffs.
  • We provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your trekking and health safety.
  • The above offer package includes our official charges and government taxes and vat.

Cost Exclusion

  • Darjeeling and Kalimpong city of India. Since this citys offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the meals you like. For that reason, during your stay in Darjeeling and Kalimpong, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner.
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of Items of personal trekking equipment, laundry expenses, tips, Landlines, mobiles, phones, and the internet service exclude in the package.
  • Trekking is an adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to have your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Kanchenjunga.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and India's tourist visa, so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, changes in government regulations exclude.
  • The short sentence, "The services we provide in the above package cost inclusive," will cost extra if you want more than additional services you have to pay extra.
  • Those Employees who are involved in your trekking are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and what kind of service you have rendered.
  • Therefore; your staffs will expect the tips according to the international system in the trekking package for your information.

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package in the company website. Most of our clients have the same query that i.e. why AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions had not include the price in the package. To provide your service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement, we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us to breakdown the cost. That’s why, we have clarified our customers that because of following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

Please read below for more information.

  • Cost depends upon group size.
  • Costs may affect guide and numbers of porter or mules.
  • The cost depends upon the category of hotel accommodation in Darjeeling.
  • The cost depends upon the mode of transport (private car, tourist bus or 4WD jeep).
  • The itinerary can be changed according to your choice.
  • Above mentioned itinerary is airport to airport service.
  • The itinerary can be designed according to your time and budget.
  • Please contact us for dates, cost and duration – days.

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Sikkim Goeche La Trek

Trip Facts

  • 13 Days, 9 days trekking
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 4,940m/16,207ft.
  • Autumn (September to December & (Spring) March to May
  • Bagdogra - Airport
  • Bagdogra - Airport
  • Private vehicles
  • Hotels & Camping
  • 2 - Maximum 12

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