12 Nights/13 Days
NJP/IXB-> Pelling -> Yuksom -> Sachen-> Bakhim->Tsokha->Phedang ->Dzongri -> Thangsing -> Lamuney -> Samity Lake ->Goechala -> Thangsing-> Tsokha -> Yuksom ->NJP/IXB
Goechala trek program begins from Siliguri and drive to the base of trek Yuksom late evening. From Yuksom 5600feet takes around 8hrs.
The trek starts on day 4 and on the first day one need to cover 8 kms trekking, to Sachen amidst forested land.The entire trail till offer a vista of snow capped peaks, rhododendron and pineridge forest with small hamlets. With every passing day the difficulty of the treks will give you a feeling of joy and adventure with rocky and uneven terrains with challenging curves.
The panoramic vista, the forest and the blue berries on the path and the lush green meadows of kokchuran is bound to give you a goosebump.The beautiful samiti lake and walk till Goechala will give you a wonderful sense of achievement.
On the way back one will walk back the same trail to Yuksom and a memory long to be cherished
Arrival at New Jalpaiguri Junction/Bagdogra Airport to Pelling
On arrival, you will be received by our representative and drive to Pelling, at an altitude of 5900 ft. the drive through the beautiful Teesta & Ringit River and small Himalayan hamlets, which will take 6hrs.
Pelling to Yuksom
One can drive up till there which takes about 6 hours, and at the end of the drive, one would already be at an altitude of 5,670 ft.
Day hiking at Yuksom
In the process paper works for trekking, walk to Coronation Throne and hike to Dubdi Monastery and evening discussion session on trekking further early sleep.
Yuksom to Sachen
Once you reach Yuksom, stay at the booked accommodation option, and prepare well to begin your trek. Though people like to trek from Yuksom to Tshoka in day, it is advised to begin the trek slowly and retain the energy for forthcoming days. Taking one through lush environs, and dense forests, travelers will have a surprise encounter with the ancient bridges of Pha Khola, Tshushay Khola waterfalls, and the Mentogang Khola River before reaching their destination of Sachen. Upon the arrival at Sachen, the trekkers would be at an altitude of 7,150 ft.
Sachen to Tshoka via Bakhim
On the third day, the trek continues from Sachen to the next destination of Tshoka which passes through the village of Bakhim. This part of the trek will open up the clear skies that will lead you ahead. The trek remains pleasant throughout Sachen but soon takes the trekkers to a steep climb on reaching River Perk. One can stop at Bakhim and revive their energies with some tea and snacks. Continue to follow the trek and at the end of the trail, arrive at Tshoka which an altitude of 9,700 ft. and treat your eyes to the majestic views of Mt. Pandim and Mount Kanchenjunga.
Tshoka to Dzongri via Phedang
Surrounded by the Rhododendron trees, this is the most beautiful as well as the most crucial part of the trek. Post trekking for about an hour through a mix of steep climb and flat wooden paths, the trail leads the trekkers to Phedang and by the time one reaches the spot, it’s almost lunch time. Post that, continue your journey onto the trail that takes one to the mighty Dzongri – the destination of the day. Muddy patches, steep slopes, and colorful prayer flags will accompany you on the way till the time you stop at an altitude of about 12,980 ft.
A day break at Dzongri
Give a break to your system and let the body revive from continuous trekking for the past four days. Spend a night under the starry sky, and get enough sleep to gear up for a thrilling day ahead.
Dzongri to Dzongri Top and Dzongri Top to Thansing
From Dzongri, start your trek towards Kokchurang that should take a minimum of 5 hours and a maximum of 6 hours. This part of the trek strikes a perfect balance between ascending from Dzongri, and descending on to the grasslands of Kokchurang. Follow the trail uptill the Prekchu River from where, the next stop of Thangsing is located at a distance of just two kilometers at an altitude of 12,900 ft.
Thansing to Lamuney
Offering a clear view of Mount Kanchenjunga and the other peaks of the summit, this descent part of the trek through the meadows of Thangsing requires the trekkers to be a bit careful. The descent is steep in nature, and the mesmerizing views can prove to be danger in disguise. Follow the trail through the trekker’s hut and you will find yourself on the lands of Lamuney at an altitude of 13,600 ft., in no time.
Lamuney – Samiti Lake – Goecha La & Back To Thansing
This is the day which is bound to be full of rewards for all the hard work, time, and efforts that this trek has drawn out of you. Start your trek at the earliest by 3 am. Trekkers will be forced to observe the change in the terrains, as the trail that leads from Lamuney to Goechala via Samiti Lake starts to become steeper as the ridge becomes clearer, and appears closer. Reaching Samiti Lake should not take more than 45 minutes to 1 hour from the time one steps on to the rocky path. Once trekkers reach the lake, that is the point from where one has to be very careful.
The path keep getting narrower, the climb is way too steep, and the ridge takes you through the risky sides of the mountain. It will take a maximum of two hours to reach Zemathang and another two hours to finally reach Goechala at an altitude of 16,200 ft. Since it is not allowed to camp at a dangerous height where the oxygen level does not suffice, one can spend enough time to relish the views and eventually trek back to Thangsing for the night stay.
Thansing to Tshoka via Phedang
Follow the same trail that will lead you towards Lamuney, post which one can move towards Kockchurang via Thangsing. Trek back on the trail that leads to Phedang and in no time one will reach Tshoka as the downward trek is faster when compared to the uphill. Trekkers can choose to stay at the trekker’s hut or pitch their own tents for the night in Tshoka.
Tshoka to Yuksom via Bakhim & Sachen
Due to the presence of a steep descent, it is faster to trek down from Tshoka to Sachen via Bakhim as compared to the time taken during the uphill trek. It doesn’t take much time to cover the last few miles that will lead you to the settlement of Yuksom.
Yuksom to New Jalpaiguri Junction / Bagdogra Airport
For those who don’t plan on extending their stay at Yuksom, can also reach the New Jalpaiguri Junction in Siliguri via a cab.
Tour Package Includes
1. Accommodation. (Hotels/Lodges & Camps).
2. Meals while on trek (Veg. & Non-Veg).
3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required).
4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.
7. Transport from NJP to Yuksom and return.
8. Yaks/Mules to carry the central luggage.
9. Indoi Vacations Staff insurance.
Tour Package Excludes
1. Food during the transit.
3. Any kind of personal expenses.
4. Yaks/Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
Policy Regarding Cancellation / No Show / Early Departure
In case of cancellation of tour/travel services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reason/s we must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive letter in writing and cancellation charges would be as follows:
- 16 days to prior to arrival – 50% of the tour/service cost.
- 15 days to 01 days prior to arrival or no show – 100% of the tour/service cost.
Please note – Irrespective of above mentioned cancellations slabs – in case of cancellation of tour services after the booking is made with us – a minimum 10% service charges would be applicable.