San Mateo, California Jan 1970Goechala, 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×
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 managed to cook 3-4 different dishes every evening. Good comfortable accommodations in Bhutan.
We learned a lot about Buddhism, and Bhutanese culture and history. Had so much to see in just a few days it’s unbelievable.
I would like to say big thank you to the whole Wind horse team from all of us for that amazing experience we had. I absolutely recommend Wind horse to anyone visiting Sikkim or Bhutan.[gallery order="DESC" columns="4" ids="16152,16153,16154,16155,16156,16157,16158,16159,16160,16161,16162,16163,16164"]
San Mateo, California Jan 1970Dzongri & 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×
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 Thank you to you, Ugen and everybody in Wind Horse for this experience.
I posted few pictures on my Facebook page. If you'd like to share some of them on Wind Horse page you are welcome to do that.
Thank you again !
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Portland, USA Oct 2018Throughout 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×
David R & CarolTID -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 below. Karma, our leader, was an excellent guide. From the moment he met us at the Bagdogra airport, he was polite, personable and professional. Throughout the trip, he gave us the history and background of every place we visited. His knowledge added color and context. Our driver (Lokpa) was very good. He drove safely and I never felt nervous like I would had I been in one of the jeep-taxis. There were significant inconveniences the morning of the trek, specifically not enough yaks and porters to carry gear and food. To begin we had only a cook, cook's helper, yak man and two yaks. As a result some food was left behind and gear including thick sleeping mats. My husband and I had brought our thin blow up mats, but wanted the thick mats too. It wasn't possible to bring them given the lack of yaks/porters. A day into the trek, two more porters arrived carrying more gear and food. It appeared the porters were overloaded with too much weight. I was glad to see we had chairs but there was no table. Karma worked with other groups, borrowing a table when we needed one. The food provided on the trek was delicious. Our cook was a genius. We had omelettes, momos, apple fritters and even a cake with icing on the final night. The cook's helper (Roheet) was always ready with a smile and worked tirelessly to serve us tea and food. We loved the hotel in Darjeeling -- the Mayfair. It was true luxury after sleeping in a tent for so many nights. The afternoon ride on the toy train while interesting, offered no mountain views. Maybe if we had tickets for an early morning ride, it would have been better. But it was Diwali and perhaps morning tickets were not available. All in all, it was a grand adventure. I would recommend this trek to anyone, as long as Wind Horse ensured enough yaks and porters. Best Wishes
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.
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:
From 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.
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 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.
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- 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)
- 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.
Hotels in Yuksom
Hotels in Pelling
Hotels in Siliguri
Hotels in Namchi
Dawa Lama hails from queen of hills – Darjeeling. He is well versed in cultural aspects but his love for mountains, wilderness of Trek is more profound. For his love for the trek, he treaded many paths less travelled. He feels at peace and at home in mountains and he believes that being in mountain is being close to his root and to his very existence. To give wings to his passion, he enlisted in mountaineering course in H.M.I. Darjeeling and disaster management course and completed in flying colours after one and half years .
Following the tradition, he started as a a cultural guide in 2008, simultaneously, he was pursuing his degree course also and completed in 2004. His early education was in school run by Jesuits father. He grew up watching the sun rises at far horizon of eastern Himalayas from Tiger hill, which still is one of his favorite place.
Nima Dhondup Bhutia is the senior most guide for Darjeeling, Sikkim and Doars Tour. From past political turmoil to changing tourism scenario in the region, he has seen it all from close quarter. His career as guide started from 1980, and going great gun still. His experience along with amicable nature and soft-spokenness brings forth a subtle difference in every tour that he conducts.
He was born and brought up in Tibetan Self-help camp in Darjeeling, when it was still quaint and serene towns unlike now. He still remember fondly the days of yore and growing changes that the time dictates. He graduated from one of prestigious school – Mt Hermon school in 1977. You will still find vestige of old school of English in his accent.
Reviews / Testimonials
San Mateo, California Jan 1970
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
San Mateo, California Jan 1970
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
Portland, USA Oct 2018
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