Goechala Trek Route: Experiences shared by 6 Trekkers

It is always important to have some kind of adventure in life that is memorable as it would hold throughout the life and bring the feeling of happiness. This is a post about an adventurous trekking that arouses the feeling of happiness and excitement in each other’s heart. A trip of Adventurous trekking in sikkim through the Goechala trek route, a mountain passes in Sikkim, India. Some of the trekkers around the world consider it as a paradise as many giant mountains are visible.

Goechala trek route

goechala trek route

The journey of the trek starts from Yumsom, which was once considered to be the historical capital of Sikkim. The transit point or the gateway to Yumsom base camp is Siliguri. Siliguri can either be reached by Train or a Flight. NJP is the nearest railway station from which one can reach Yumsom by hiring a cab outside the station, covering a distance of about 150km.Bagdogra Airport is the nearest Airport to Siliguri. Tourists can contact the tour and traveller agencies for a hassle free trip and packages. The approximate time required to cover the Goelacha trek route is 10-11 days covering a distance of about 90 km.

Yumsom which is at an altitude of 5670 ft. marks the starting point of the trekking; it lies in a beautiful valley from which the amazing views of the peaks are visible. The first stop being Sachen at an altitude of (7150 feet) which inside a coniferous forest, between this route the trekkers can encounter the expansive grassland and forest and have a glimpse of the beautiful Rathong Chu River. One will also encounter suspension bridges across the stream.

Goechala trek route map

goechala trek route map

After a halt at Sachen, continuing according through the Goechala trek route map, ascending higher up will lead you Tshoka at an altitude of 9700 feet, moving through the trek you will come across a wooden suspicion bridge which sways as you walk on it. The massive forest of rhododendron can be seen. It is from this point that the ranges of Himalayas and the peaks of mountain Kanchenjunga is visible. One can fin forest hut, or forest tents so, a comfortable stay at night can be desired. 

When you are illuminated by the light rays of sun, early in the morning you can gear up for the journey, a beautiful Buddhist monastery lies on the route from which the path is quite steep for sometime after which on can find the comfort of walking on a rough pebble lands, finally reaching Phedang which is at an altitude of (12050 feet).Beautiful landscape is visible from this point. After Continuing you will reach (Dzongri) at an altitude of (12980 ft.) which marks the beginning of the grasslands. Enjoy you stay at the Dzongri Base Camp.

base camp

Now, the journey involves trekking from Dzongri Base camp to the Dzongri top which is at an altitude of 13675 ft. Start the trek early in the morning in order to view the beautiful ranges of the Himalayas and the perfect Sunset, after encountering this perfect scenery return to the base camp.

This phase doesn’t involve much of effort and time. This will take you to Thansing (12900 ft.), which is covered with lush green grassland. This is reached via kokchurang which is at a much less altitude (12090 ft) compared to Dzongri.

goechala trek

This part of the trek from Thansing to lamuney, and is one of the most exciting and easiest part of the trek, where one can enjoy the beauty of walking through the clouds in a chilled climate, with beautiful ranges of Himalayas on both the sides. At the end one can find a camp for the night stay.

The last Phase before you reach the destination might be a bit tough as it involves walking through a long distance. At first you will pass through a rocky and flat land you will encounter Samti Lake from which the path suddenly takes another fold, i.e. ascends higher up which further take you to Zemathang Plateau, spot covered with snow all the year, the glimpse of the beautiful sunset over the Kanchenjunga range is the worth watching.

goechala trek

Continuing your Journey for few hours will lead your way to Goechala (16000 ft.), the spot from which the third highest peak of the world i.e. is Kanchenjunga is visible.

Return Journey

At the end, you can find your way to Kokchurang, where you can find the stay at night. The second phase of the return journey involves, Involves journey to Tshoka via Phedang, It is an easy way out travelling for about 7 hours with a halt at Phedang. At last you can trek through the same route from Tshoka to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen.

Some of the experiences about Goechala Trek shared by 6 trekkers are:

goechala trek

1.“Great Sikkim Trek to Goecha La” by Alex E (Vietnam) from tripadvisor.in

“Great trek to Dzongri and Goecha La, stunning scenery a this was more like ‘luxury’ trekking than I expected with table and chairs etc. We took 8 days in total, and 3 days to reach Dzongri, which I recommend to help with acclimatisation. Did the trek in April and the weather was fine and clear with superb views in the mornings but usually cloudy and cold in the evenings. Bring good cold weather gear” 

2. Sunil Jugulkar (from goechala.com)

“Goecha La, the word brings a surge of happy emotions to my mind every single time it is mentioned. Being my first multi-day trek, I wasn’t sure what to expect, apart from the fact that it was going to be difficult. However the trek surpassed all my expectations. The mountains were higher than I’d ever seen, the climbs harder than what I’d ever done, and the weather colder than what I’d ever experienced” 

3. Krishanu Majumder ( from goechala.com)

“It is 4:45 A.M. All of us are standing in the viewpoint one, spellbound by the gorgeous Kanchenjunga, panting and waiting for the sunrise. Even now, while writing this trek report, a strange thought keeps coming to my mind.”

4. Gopal Ahuja ( from thrillophilia.com)

“The entire experience of Goecha La trek was memorable and much more thrilling than any other treks in Sikkim. From the beginning to the end, there was adventure on this trek. Moreover, the Goechala trek cost is so reasonable that you cannot afford to miss out on this.”

5. Anusuya Mehrotra (from thrillophilia.com)

“Really, Sikkim is a paradise for the adventure lovers. And the Goecha La trek is one of the must to do in here. You will get to experience everything on this trek that starts from Yuksom and completes a circuit via places like Sachen, Tshokha, Phedang, Dzongri, Thangshing, Goecha La and Lamuney.”

6. Ashutosh Kothari ( from thrillophilia.com)

“I am a huge nature enthusiast and always on a quest for discover the beauties of Mother Earth. Hence for someone like me the Goecha La Trek, Sikkim was really rewarding. The high peaks, flowing rivers and charming meadows made the trip worthwhile.”

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