For A Glimpse of the Magnificient
The Goechala trail starts from Yuksom,a historical place that was the earlier capital of Sikkim, enters the Kanchendzonga National Park, passes through moss - laden forests of oak, chestnut, pine, maple, magnolia, rhododendron and many other varieties of pine,crosses the Tibetan community villages at Tsokha, the alpine pastures of Dzongri (~4000M), Samiti lake, a high altitude fresh water lake, before reaching the Goechala pass, from where one can view the majestic splendors of Mount Kanchendzonga, Mount Kabru and Kabru Dome, Forked Peak, Pandim and Lami Peaks. This trail is also called the“Rhododendron trail”because of the abundance of multi-coloured Rhododendron trees that line the entire trail. This is one of the most popular and fascinating treks in Sikkim.. It is a naturalist's paradise. This forest is home to many varieties of wild plants, exotic orchids equally spectacular varieties of birds and butterflies. One can come across wildlife which includes the Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Marbled Cat and the Red Panda to name a few.
Day 1: Start trek from Yuksom in morning and reach Tsoka Camp.Alt 2950 M (6 hours,Overnight stay in tents).
Day 2: Trek from Tsokha to Dzongri Camp.Alt 3950 M. (6 Hours, Overnight stay in tents).
Day 3: Trek to Dzongri top Alt 4200 M and come back to Dzongri camp (Acclimatization day/rest day, 4 hours, Overnight stay in tents)
Day 4: Trek from Dzongri to Thangsing Enroute Dzongrila pass Alt 4500 M. Stay in Thangsing Camp. (6 Hours, Overnight stay in tents).
Day 5: Trek from Thangsing to Lamuney Camp (6 Hours, Overnight stay in tents).
Day 6: Trek from Lamuney to Samiti Lake Alt 4300 M , Goechala view point 1 and 2 and trek
back to Thangsing camp. (12 hours, Overnight stay in tents)
Day 7: Trek back from Thangsing camp to Tsokha (Overnight stay in tents).
Day 8: Trek back from Tsokha to Yuksom.Stay in Guest House.
Cost : ₹ 11,800*/ per person from Yuksom to Yuksom for group size 9-10 members
|Group Size 5-6||₹ 14,800*/- per person|
|Group Size 7-8||₹ 13,500*/- per person|
Summiters will try to keep an optimal group size of 9-10 to keep the cost to a minimal. The initial fees could be collected assuming a group size of 9-10 people. However, in case the group size is smaller Summiters will inform the participants a month in advance of the departure date, the group size of the program. The participants would be requested to pay "the difference amount" as per the size of the group.
- 2 Guides:
- Basic Mountaineering Course qualified Guide from Summiters
- Local Guide who has extensive knowledge of the route .
2. Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
3. Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
4. Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/).
5. Equipments - Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mats.
6. Basic First aid Kit.
7. Forest Permits and camping charges.
8. 2 nights stay at lodge in Yuksom.
- Personal trekking equipments – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners or rucksacks.
Personal Porters for carrying backpacks of trekkers.
Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation.
Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc).
- Transportation costs to/from the trailhead/trailend and any food during transportation.
Any other extra expenses incurred on the trek which is not mentioned in the cost includes section.
Q: How do I get to Yuksom from New Jalpaiguri and back? What is the distance, travel time and cost each way?
A: Summiters can help you arrange a vehicle to:
a) Pick you up from New Jalpaiguri to Yuksom.
b) Drop from Yuksom to New Jalpaiguri.
The vehicle can typically accommodate a max of 10 passengers. However, it is recommended that 5-7 folks travel in 1 vehicle for comfort. A typical Sumo costs approximately Rs 3,500/- to Rs 4,000 each way. The cost is to be shared by the members in the vehicle and directly to be paid to the driver.
The distance from New jalpaiguri to Yuksom is approximately 157 KMs. Typically, the participants leave early in the morning from New jalpaiguri and reach yuksom by evening and it applies the other way as well.
Q: I do not want to carry my rucksack. Can arrangements be made to carry it?
A: We expect the trekkers to carry their own backpack and recommend the same. In exceptional cases where assistance is needed Summiters can help make arrangements for an extra yak but this will be extra cost which will be borne by the participants. It is requested that, as far as possible, trekkers inform of this need before the trek.
Q: Is it possible to combine white water rafting at Teesta along with this trip?
A: Rafting can be arranged by Summiters on the Teesta River (16 KMs distance) for Rs 800 after the completion of the trek. You can contact Summiters for further details. Please do note that rafting is subject o season and availability of slots.
Q: Will part of my money be refunded if I drop out of the trek mid way?
A: If you drop out of the trek mid-way the money would not be refunded. Also, the individuals would have to bear actual charges that are incurred, like arranging pony/porter/transportation to get you back safely to the trailhead.
Q: Who can do this trek?
A: If you can walk on an average of 5 to 6km without a problem, then you can! If you have specific health issues like asthma, heart issues or the likes, consult your doctor.
Q: How cold does it get?
A: It depends on where you come from, but from an Indian context – it can get quite cold. The temperature in the higher regions can touch -5 degrees at night. So be prepared and carry warm clothing. Although multiple layers will serve the purpose, it can get quite heavy and uncomfortable. Your best bet would be to buy a professional high altitude jacket. Expect some snow on this trek in the month of april/may especially at Dzongri camp
Q: What should we carry?
A: The following items are a must-carry:
Shoes: A good pair of shoes is a must - a good pair does not mean your Adidas/ Nike/ Reebok/ Puma sport shoe. You need a pair that can withstand the wear and tear of walking for many days. A bad shoe can ruin your trek by causing blisters. Ask us, we can help you in choosing the right one for your budget.
The other things you need to carry are : gloves, a skull cap, a sun hat/cap, your personal clothes and toiletry kit, a good pair of sun glasses, a water bottle and your personal medicines (if necessary).
Your sleeping bag, mat and tents will be provided to you by Summiters.
Q: What food do you provide during the trek?
A: We provide simple vegetarian food that is light and suitable for trekking. Don’t expect pizza hut or an Anand Bhavan - nor will you have to go hunting. You will have enough and when you are tired – anything served will taste superb!
Q: Is the mountain water safe to drink?
A: Yes. It’s as pure as it can be. But if you are finicky – you can buy mineral water.
Q: Can I charge my phone on the trek?
A: The last point where you can charge it is at Yuksom but this is subject to availability of electricity during your stay.
Q: How can I prepare myself?
A: Take daily long walks or jogs.
Terms and Conditions
*All about the elusive star*
Here are our conditions:
- Summiters will try to keep an optimal group size of 9-10 to keep the cost to a minimal. The initial fees could be collected assuming a group size of 9-10 people. However, in case the group size is smaller Summiters will inform the participants a month in advance of the departure date,the group size of the program. The participants would be requested to pay "the difference amount" as per the current size of the group.
Booking must be confirmed 30 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the trek in remote locations. So please give us enough time to make your journey a lifetime’s journey.
All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the participants. Summiters will not be responsible for the weather or your personal health issues.
Cancellation policy – We plan everything for you well in advance, so that your trip is hassle-free and as smooth as possible. This means that porter fees, permits, accommodation expenses are all paid in advance. Any cancellation will mean inconvenience and loss to all the people involved in making your journey successful. Therefore, it is only fair to pass on the accrued costs to you. Our policy is:-
- Cancellation prior to 30 days from date of departure : Full Refund
- Cancellation between 30 days to 20 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
- Cancellation between 20 days prior to date of departure and departure date:No Refund
- No Show : No Refund