Embarking on a trek in the Himalayas is a dream come true for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. One such magnificent trek that offers breathtaking views and an exhilarating experience is the Goechala trek. Nestled in the heart of the Eastern Himalayas, this trek takes you through pristine forests, charming meadows, and unveils panoramic vistas of towering peaks. In this blog, we will delve into the details of the Goechala trek, including the best time to visit, trek highlights, do’s and don’ts, and permit requirements.
About Goechla Trek
The Goechala trek is a mesmerizing 8-day journey that starts from Yuksom, a small village in the Indian state of Sikkim. The trail takes you through the Kanchenjunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering a chance to witness the diverse flora and fauna of the region. You will walk alongside gushing rivers, traverse rhododendron forests, cross picturesque wooden bridges, and camp near beautiful lakes.
Goechala trek situated in western Himalaya of Sikkim. It means the pass between the border of west Sikkim and North Sikkim, from here get the crystal clear view of third highest world peak Mt. Kanchenjunga. This trek route begin from Yuksom, Yuskom is main base camp of this Goechala trekking and other trek like Singalila trek, Kasturi round trek, and this is the main base camp for the some expedition peak, most the trek are begin from this place Yuksom. So this trek is different than the other trek.
The highlight of the Goechala trek is the view of the majestic Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. As you ascend, the scenery changes dramatically, revealing stunning landscapes with snow-capped peaks, including Kabru, Rathong, Pandim, and Tenzing Khang. The sunrise view from the Goechala Pass is a magical sight, where the first rays of sunlight paint the peaks in golden hues.
Why Goechala Trek is different?
Because from the summit of Goechala, you will get the opportunity to view of 20-25 mountain summit. Goechala is thus, considered to be the closest to the big mountains of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other many peaks. In order to see all the mountain summits, you would need a crystal clear view mountain. Goechala trek is one of the most beautiful and difficult trekking in Sikkim. Thus, the best time to goechala trek seasons is the month of March to June and September to Mid December. This is the best time when the mountains are really visible and you can see the clear sunrise and the sunset. October November is mostly dry and cold. The weather is crisp cold and comfortable and value of visiting as well.
Best Time to Visit Goechala Trek in West Sikkim
The best time to undertake the Goechala trek is from mid-March to June and from September to November. During these months, the weather is relatively stable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. The monsoon season (July to August) brings heavy rainfall, making the trails slippery and increasing the risk of landslides. Winters (December to February) bring snowfall, making the trek challenging and requiring advanced mountaineering skills.
If travellers are looking for an adventurous tour that is adventurous and beautiful, then the Goechala trek is the ideal place for you. The Kanchenjunga Mountain is so near that travellers also stretch out their hands at times to touch the Mountain. The climbs are gradual steep and the altitude is also insignificant, The minimum age for this trek is 14 years. So the trek route is long you need to be patiently walk well.
How to Reach Goechal Trek from NJP/Siliguri or Bagdogra?
Yuksom is Trekking base camp and nearest air port is Siliguri Bagdogra Airport and Nearest rail way station is Siliguri New Jalpaiguri railway station, and Distance is near about 150Km to Yuksom trekking base camp. And after reach there you can get the share taxi from the Siliguri town.
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- AT Yuksam on triple sharing basis
- While on trek we will provide you A Shape /Alpine trekking tents on twin sharing basis. Sleeping bag, Camping mattresses,etc. would be provide.
- Meals during on trek pure veg except egg
- Yaks/Porters: For carrying camping equipment, meals, vegetables.
- Professional trekking guide and kitchen staff would accompany the group.
- Entry fee and permit fee etc.
- First Aid medicine kit
- Oxygen cylinder
- Professional guide
Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do acclimatize: Take enough time to acclimatize to the high altitude. It is recommended to spend a couple of days in Yuksom before starting the trek.
- Do carry proper gear: Ensure you have appropriate trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, a good quality sleeping bag, and a backpack.
- Do hire a local guide: It is advisable to hire an experienced local guide who can assist you with the trail, provide information about the region, and ensure your safety.
- Do stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid altitude sickness.
- Don’t litter: Respect the environment and follow the principle of “Leave No Trace.” Carry a trash bag and bring back all your waste.
- Don’t stray from the marked trail: Stick to the designated path and avoid venturing into unknown or restricted areas.
- Don’t disturb the wildlife: Preserve the natural habitat and refrain from disturbing or feeding the wildlife.
Permit and Passes for Goechala Trekking
To undertake the Goechala trek, you need a permit from the Kanchenjunga National Park Authorities. The permits can be obtained in Yuksom or at the park entrance gate in Tshoka. You will also need an Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Sikkim, which can be obtained from the Sikkim Tourism Office or through registered trekking agencies. It is advisable to carry a few copies of your permit and identification documents during the trek.
Check the list, What will need for Goechala trekking?
- Back pack & rain cover (50 – 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps.
- Day pack + rain cover 20 – 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter).
- Walking stick Advisable (At least one).
- Head torch-1 Nos.
- Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each.
- Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
- Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater).
- Down feather / Holofil jacket 1 Nos.
- Wind & water proof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair.
- Thermal inners trouser (upper and lower).
- Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims).
- Poncho (rain coat)- 1 Nos. You can get to buy at Yuksom.
- Cotton Socks 3-4 pair get buy in Yuksom.
- Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip).
- Waterproof gloves or woollen gloves-1or 2 pair.
This all above mention are basic information, whatevr you are in doubt you may ask by call or by mail.