Sikkim is a paradise for nature lovers, with its stunning scenery, wildlife, adventure sports and delicious food. One of Sikkim’s most stunning places to visit is the GOECHALA TREK. You will be amazed by its unique combination of natural beauty, vibrant culture and raw adventure.
The Goechala Trek Route
Yuksom is the starting point for your journey. The next stop on the trail is Sachen. You’ll pass many islands on your way to Sachen and you may encounter animals similar to mule or yak. Bakhim and Tshoka are your next destinations. They offer a lot of delicate climbing and thick timbers with rhododendrons. This will make your journey more exciting. Dzongri is the next stop on this journey. Some people only return to it after a few days.
Get enough sleep before you embark on your trek. It is exhausting to drive through the mountains, and the unpredictable flight schedule can cause sleep disruptions. Get enough sleep, drink lots of water, pack your bag the night before, get to bed at a reasonable time.
Arrival in Yuksom on Day 1-
To make the Goechala Trek expedition possible, you would need to travel to New Jalpaiguri Junction, the nearest railway station. It takes approximately 6 hours to reach the 5,670 foot elevation.
Day 2: Yuksom to Sachen
Check in at your accommodation before you start your trek. Many people prefer to hike the entire distance from Yuksom to Tshoka within a single day. However, it is better to take your time and conserve energy for the next few days. Travellers will travel through dense forests and lush surroundings before reaching Sachen. They will also pass by ancient bridges such as Pha Khola, Tshushay Khola waterfalls and the Mentogang Khola River. At 7,150 feet, the hikers will reach Sachen.
Day 3: Tshoka and Sachen
On the third day, the trek will continue from Sachen to Tshoka. It will pass through Bakhim. The clear skies will guide you along this section. Although the trail to Sachen is quite pleasant, the climb up to River Perk can be strenuous. Bakhim is a great spot to stop for tea or snacks. Continue following the trail to Tshoka at 9,700 feet elevation, with breathtaking views of Mt. Pandim and Mt. Kanchenjunga.
Day 4: Way to Phedang
This is the most important and beautiful part of the trek because it is surrounded with Rhododendrons. After about an hour of trekking, the trail leads to Phedang. There are steep climbs as well as flat wooden paths. By the time you arrive, it is almost lunchtime. Continue on to Dzongri, where you will be rewarded with a magnificent view. You will be accompanied by muddy patches and steep slopes as well as colourful prayer flags up to an elevation of approximately 12,980 feet.
Day 5: Dzongri Recharge Your Batteries
Allow your body and system to rest after four days of continuous trekking. Sleep under the stars for the night before an exciting day ahead.
Day 6: Dzongri to Dzongri Top, Thansing to Dzongri Top
Start your journey from Dzongri towards Kokchurang. This should not take more than five hours. This section of trek is a perfect balance between climbing from Dzongri to descending into the Kokchurang pasturelands. Continue following the trail to the Prekchu River at 12,900 feet elevation. The next Thangsing stop can be found only two kilometres further.
Day 7: Thansing To Lamuney
Trekkers should be cautious as they descend through Thangsing meadows that offer a clear view to Mount Kanchenjunga, and other summits. The descent can be steep in nature and the stunning views can make it dangerous. If you follow the trail to the trekker’s cabin, you’ll arrive at the Lamuney lands elevation of 13,600 feet in no matter how fast.
Day 8: Lamuney to Samiti Lake, then to Thansing
This is the day that you will be rewarded based on all your hard work, time and effort throughout this journey. You can start your journey as early as 3 AM. As the ridge gets closer and clearer, the trail from Lamuney via Samiti Lake becomes steeper.
Samiti Lake can be reached in 45 minutes to an hour from the moment one steps onto the rocky path. Once they reach the lake, hikers should be cautious.
As the path narrows, the climb becomes steeper and you will be traversing dangerous mountain sides, the ridge leads you to Zemithang. It takes approximately two hours to reach Zemathang, and two hours to reach Goechala at 16,200 feet.
Visitors are not allowed to camp at high altitudes, where oxygen levels are low. Instead, they can enjoy the beauty of the area before returning to Thangsing.
Day 9: Thansing To Phedang, Tshoka, Bakhim, Thansing To Yuksom, and Bakhim.
You can continue on the same route to Lamuney or take the Thangsing route towards Kockchurang. Because the Phedang trail is shorter than the uphill, you’ll reach Tshoka quickly if you return to it. Tshoka trekkers have the option to spend the night in the trekker’s hut, or their own tents.
Due to steep descents, trekking downhill from Tshoka is much faster than climbing uphill. The last few miles to Yuksom settlement are easy to cover.