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Dzongri & Goecha La Trek Sikkim

Trekking in Sikkim to the South East Part of Mt. Khanchendzonga

13

Days

TREK

Sikkim Dzongri and Goecha La is highly rated trek for its conventional beauty in eastern Himalayas. The combination of its rugged terrains and trail at some stretches that challenges and test your dexterity as a trekker and eventually exposure to surreal alpine landscapes ring in a sense of completeness as a trek. A tryst in particular as you will be greeted with spectacular view of the mighty Kanchenjunga (south-east face), amidst a majestic panorama of Mt. Pandim, Kabru, Simvo and great many other peaks of the Eastern Himalayas all along the way. Complimented by enchanting walk through the Tshoka Rhododendron forests, then through vast alpine meadow past Dzongri and Thansing, climb to see the dazzling blue waters of Samiti Lake, ultimately, a spell binding view from Goechala pass (4940m).

Also some of the cultural attractions that defines spiritual Sikkim, prior and post trek in Namchi, Yuksom and Pelling respectively.

 Outline Itinerary

Day 1. Bagdogra – Namchi. (1675m/97kms/4-5hrs):
On arrival at the airport, meet our representative and drive to Namchi, a small town with the Kanchenjunga range at the backdrop. The road passes through the foothills,  along the bank of the Teesta River and enter Sikkim at Melli. On arrival ff time permit,  pay a visit to the chardham complex. Overnight in Namchi.

Day 2: Namchi – Yuksom.(1850m/81kms/4-5hrs):
Early morning visit Ngadak monastery. Subsequently after breakfast proceed towards Yuksom. On the way we take a break at Ravangla in order to visit the Buddha Park. After the visit continue our journey to Yuksom, the first capital of erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim and the main trail head towards Mt. Khangchendzonga. We rendezvous with our trekking staffs in Yuksom. Overnight in Yuksom.

Day 3: Yuksom – Sachen (2200mts/8kms/3-4hrs/Ascent 750m/Descent 370m):
Today we begin our trek, the gradient is moderate to slightly difficult. The trail passes through a sub tropical forest comprising of oaks, chest nuts, magnolias and orchids and over the courses we’ll cross  Pha Khola, Tshushay Khola, Mentogang Khola respectively and reach Sachen our camping site. Overnight in camp.

Day 4: Sachen – Tshoka (Approx.2950mts/8kms/4-5hrs/Ascent approx.950mts/Descent approx.280mts) via Bakhim:
From today, the gain in altitude will be noticeable. The trek until the Prekchu river is relatively gradual, from here it is a steep climb until Bakhim(2625m).  The views of Mt. Pandim and Mt. Tenzinkay is astounding along with the view of Yuksom valley below. After tea break, continue our hike with steep ascent and descent and finally land to Tshoka, the last human settlement encountered on this trek. From Tshoka the view of eastern Himalayas Mountain peaks are striking. Overnight camping.

Day 5: Tshoka – Dzongri (Approx.4000mts/10kms/ 5-6 hours/Ascent approx. 1100mts/ Descent approx. 200mts)via Phedang:
F
rom here on the trek starts to get serious with rapid altitude gain and rough trail conditions,the trail goes through rich vegetated forest of Rhododendron, following rocky terrain until Phedang (3200 m). After a break at Phedang, we continue gaining more altitude with a change in vegetation from temperate to alpine. The trail climbs up along the ridge and descends down to the verdant meadows of Dzongri surrounded by mountains on all sides, offering surreal alpine landscapes and vista of Koktang 6,147m, Ratong, Kabru 7,338m, Kangchenjunga 8,586m, Simvo 6,815m and Pandim 6,691m. Overnight camping.

Day 6: In Dzongri. (rest day):
Early morning hike up the ridge till Dzongri peak for Sun rise view with Khanchendzonga Range and the Onglathang Valley on the back drop (1hour). After breakfast hike to Gingay Dara with its panoramic views of the Rathong Valley and Rathong Glacier as well as the snowy peaks of Koktang, Kabru, Frey and mountains to the south of the Kanchenjunga. We will also be able to see in the distance the H.M.I. Base Camp, the area designated for high altitude mountain training. The hike to Gingay Dara is moderate, about four hours round trip. Overnight in tent.

Day 7: Dzongri – Thansing (3945mts/6kms/4 to 5hrs/Ascent approx.480mts/Descent approx. 260mts):
Today is relatively moderate with a mixture of gentle descent and ascent in some stretches. Past Dzongri, the lush meadows and dense Rhododendron forest continue with gentle descent till it give way to forested area. Further hike with clear descent to Kokchurung (3660 m) and cross over Prekchu river. After a brief stop, we continue to  the last segment of trail traversing through Rhododendron forest with gentle ascends until the lush meadow of Thansing. Overnight in camp

Day 8: Thansing – lamuney (4188mts/2kms /3hrs). (Samiti Lake):
Today we begin our approach toward our last camp at Lamuney. The trail to Lamuney is quite decent with gradual ascent that passes through  lush meadows and wide stretches of pastureland with the sight of grazing yaks along the way. However the last portion is a  steep rocky climb until Lamuney. Upon arrival you can either choose to rest or hike to the beautiful Samiti lake. The campsite is in a beautiful area near Prekchu river at the base of Mount Pandim and other peaks. Overnight in camp.

Day 9: Lamuney – Gochela- Thansing. (4960mts/approx. 18 kms/7-8hrs/Ascent approx.400mts/Descent approx. 600mts):
Today is the longest and toughest in this trip. An early departure(before 3am) is strongly advised to cover epic 18 km in a day at above 4500 m altitude. earliest departure has manifold advantages such as reaching on time to viewpoint to see the first ray striking Kanchenjunga. Pre sunrise walk over moraines is much easier than post sunrise as the snow is still hard.  On the way back, it provides more time to spend in Samiti Lake.
Follow the same trail to Samiti Lake, which takes around 1 hour through moraines. From here Goechala viewpoint is 3 km, over a narrow trail struck to the sides of mountain. Breathtaking views from Goechela are what makes one forget all the difficulties. After spending some time, retrace our step back to Lamuney for lunch. After lunch descend for about 2 hours to Thangsing. Overnight in camp.

Day 10: Thansing – Tshoka via Phedang. (2950mts/16 kms/ 7-8hrs/Descent approx. 1000mts):
From here on we will start losing altitude as it’s largely descend. We’ll override the trail to Dzongri, instead follow the trail to the left. The trail goes through Rhododendron forest all along the way with Mt Pandim and other peak to the left till Phedang.  After resting in Phedang the trail to Tshoka is steep descent. Overnight in camp.

Day 11:Tshoka – Yuksom-Pelling (16kms /6 -7hrs/Ascent 240mts/Descent 1150mts):
Today the trek is much easier as it is almost downhill walk until Sachen. From Sachen the trail goes up and down generally losing altitude. With a few ups and downs finally we reach the neighborhood of Yuksom. On reaching Yuksom board on to the waiting vehicle and drive to Pelling to the comfort of our hotel. Overnight in Pelling.

Day 12: Pelling-Siliguri:
Unlike most, we choose Pelling over Yuksom for overnight. Pelling is a small hamlet immersed in history with some important monasteries standing testimonial to its glorious past. After breakfast hike to Pemayangtse monastery, this monastery stands on a hilltop and is about 45 minutes walk from Pelling. Further continue to the ruins of Rabdentse, the 1st capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim. Later we continue our journey towards Siliguri. Overnight in Siliguri

Day 13: Departure:
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Sikkim Goecha La Dzongri Trek Map

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  • Group SizeMin 2 Required

  • MealsAll meals, including some high tea.

  • Trip AccommodationIn comfortable 3-4 star type hotels and lodges during the tour and in tent camps during the trek.

  • RouteBagdogra - Namchi - Yuksom - Trekking - Peling - Siliguri

  • Trip TypeTrekking

  • Trip SeasonsSpring and Fall are the best time to do this trek.

  • Best MonthsApril, October, November

  • Good MonthsMarch, May, September

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, February, December

Prices & Dates

Cost is tiered based on number of participants. At the time of signing, cost will be calculated based on two participants (minimum). Before the final payment due date, we will send you revised invoice based on sign-up. Should additional sign-up take place after the final payment, we will refund the difference accordingly.

Cost from $1600 Per Person (Request detailed Information)

 

 

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Included

  • Accommodation in hotels during the tour and in tent camps during the trek
  • All meals, including some evening tea
  • All land transfers and transportation by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees to the monuments
  • Trekking Permits
  • English speaking Guide
  • Fully organised trek with all meals and beverages. Trekking Equipment’s including tents, trek mats, blow pillow, hot water bag, Pack animals (horses or Yaks) to carry luggage, basic medical kit and support staffs (Guide, Cook, assistants and porter/horseman)

 

Not included

  • International/domestic flights.
  • Personal Gears (sleeping bag, clothing, shoes etc)
  • Personal expenses such as bar/beverages in the hotels, optional tips/gratuities to staffs, laundry, gifts etc
  • Any additional cost of forced upon by changing itinerary due to your health/medical, political situation, or inclement weather.
  • Travel medical insurance.

Accommodations


Hotels in Yuksom

  • Tashi Gang Hotel

    Hotel Tashi Gang is located strategically beside the Karthok lake with panoramic view of the Yuksam valley and Mt. Khangchendzonga. To add a personal touch to an ethereal experience, Hotel Tashigang offers the tourist all the comforts of the modern a...

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  • Yuksom Residency

    Yuksum Residency is an elegant ethnic architecture that reflects local heritage, located high above the main village, amidst groves of evergreen trees in serene environment and spectacular mountain vista of Mt. Kabru and other peaks of Kangchendzong ...

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Hotels in Pelling

Hotels in Siliguri

Hotels in Namchi

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Dawa Lama

    Dawa Lama

  • Nima Dhondup Bhutia

    Nima Dhondup Bhutia

Reviews / Testimonials

  • Goechala, Dzongri Trek & Bhutan Tour
    Albert Umyarov
    San Mateo, California
    Jan 1970
    Goechala, Dzongri Trek & Bhutan Tour ( Goechala, Dzongri Trek & Bhutan Tour)
    5 " " Five of us was on custom trip that included Goeha La trek in Sikkim and 5 days in Bhutan. From the moment guides met us in airport to the last day of our trip everything was perfectly organized with every little detail taken care of.Food on trek was exquisite! Our cook

    Goechala, Dzongri Trek & Bhutan Tour Five of us was on custom trip that included Goeha La trek in Sikkim and 5 days in Bhutan. From the

  • Albert Umyarov
    San Mateo, California
    Jan 1970
    Dzongri & Goechala Trek -Sikkim ( Dzongri & Goechala Trek -Sikkim)
    5 " " Hello Pankaj, We had a little discussion, and the only complain that we could come up with is probably too much food on trek But, to be serious, there is absolutely nothing to complain about. Everything was well organized. The whole trip felt smooth and well though-through. We would like to say big

    Dzongri & Goechala Trek -Sikkim Hello Pankaj, We had a little discussion, and the only complain that we could come up with is probably too much

  • David R & Carol
    Portland, USA
    Oct 2018
    Throughout the trip, he gave us the history and background of every place we visited ( Throughout the trip, he gave us the history and background of every place we visited)
    5 " " TID -8559 (Oct 12-25,2014) Guide Karma Lama Thank you. My wife Carol wrote a "review" of the trip and I am sending that. Our Goecha La trek was the trip of a lifetime. My husband, David Robinson and I had a fabulous time. Since you requested feedback, I will offer some

    Throughout the trip, he gave us the history and background of every place we visited TID -8559 (Oct 12-25,2014) Guide Karma Lama Thank you. My wife Carol wrote a "review" of the trip and I am