Goechala TrekThis trek is considered to be one of the most romantic trails as nature is exposed to you in her different forms.You’ll come across rhododendron forests of Tshoka, yaks grazing on the vast meadows of Dzongri & Thansing,the magnificient blue water of Samiti Lake & the icy trail to Goechala from where you’ll have the panoramic view of Pandim & Kanchenjunga .
Yuksam / Sachen / Tshoka / Dzongri / Thangsing / Lamini / Goechala
Day 01: Bagdogra to Yuksam / 6hrs drive
Upon arrival at Bagdogra meet our vehicle and transfer to Yuksam about 6 hrs drive via Melli - Jorethang. Overnight hotel.
Day 02: Trek Yuksam to Sachen (2200m)/4 hrs walk
Our trek starts at Yuksom. The trail undulates through moss laden forests of oak, chestnut, pine, firs, magnolia and rhododendron. It is really a botanist paradise. Here in this forest hundreds of varieties of wild orchids view for attention with a similar number of different kinds of birds and butterflies. Some of the animals that are found at various altitudes on this trail are the Himalayan brown bear, black bear, barking and musk deer, sambar, marble cat, Tibetan antelope, wild goats and red pandas. The trail crosses 2 side streams over sturdy wooden bridges and then finally to the campsite at Sachen. Late lunch at camp. Overnight camp.
Day 03: Trek Tshoka (3005m) / 4 hrs walk
Slowly descend through the dense forest and cross the Prekchu River.From the Prek Chu River before an hour’s or two steep ascents up the opposite bank. As throughout the whole trek, trails are with plenty of switchbacks. Enroute to Bakhim you are likely to encounter herders with their yaks and cows. Tshoka is about an hour or so climb from Bakhim. Lunch will be served at campsite. Overnight camp/hut.
Day 04: Trek to Dzongri (4030m) / 6 hrs walk
This day's hike is nothing short of magical. From here the trail ascends to a picturesque spot, Phedang Meadows passing through dense rhododendron forest. Lunch will be at Phedang for acclimatization. After lunch the trail ascends right amidst an exclusive and bewitching forest of rhododendron to break the tree line at a deorali (4000m-highpoint) decorated in auspicious prayer flags. From here you can get spectacular view of Kanchenjunga, Sinolchu, Kabru, Pandim, Jopino, Kokthang, Talung and Narsing. The trail now rides the ridge covered in yellow and violet rhododendrons before descending slightly to Dzongri. Overnight camp.
Day 05: A day at Dzongri to explore around and for acclimatization.
Wake-up tea at 4 am and Climb Dzongri peak (1hour) gaining 200m for an unforgettable close up view of the Kanchenjunga massif and other Himalayan peaks. Spend rest of the day at leisure. Overnight camp.
Day 06: Trek to Thangsing (3800m) / 5 hrs walk
After breakfast trail descends approx. 350m steep down to Kokchurung at the bank of river Preckchu. The walk down the hill is mostly through the rhododendron bushes. After crossing the river it is gradual climb to Thangsing passing through the silver fir and rhododendron forest. Lunch will be at Thangsing. Overnight camp.
Day 07: Trek to Lamini (4100m) / 3 hrs walk
The trail is slight climb and it passes along the banks of the Prekchu River and the moraines. On the way one can see the herds of Yaks grazing on the meadows. Overnight camp.
Day 08: Trek to Goechala (4950m) and back to Thangsing 8 hrs walk
Wake-up early in the morning (3:30 AM) and after tea walk up to Goechala. There will be packed breakfast. The trail is steep and passes through the moraines of Mt. Pandim. From the view point you climb down and walk through the flat and sandy area of Zemathang and then slowly climb up to Goechala pass which takes about 4 hrs. From here you can get the close view of the massive Mt. Khangchendzonga 8585m. After a while trek back to Samiti which takes 2 hrs. Rest for a while and then trek to Lamini for lunch and then trek back to Thangsing for overnight camping. Overnight camp.
Day 09: Trek back to Tshoka, 6 hrs walk
Follow the same trail till Kokchurung and from here take another route to Phedang about 3-4 hrs walk, passing through the dense forest of rhododendron and fir. Lunch will be at Phedang. After lunch descend slowly to Tshoka about 2.5 hrs walk. Overnight camp/hut.
Day 10: Trek back to Yuksam, 5-6 hrs
Start the walk with lunch at Susey. Overnight Hotel Ezam Residency or similar.
Day 11: Transfer to Bagdogra, 6 hrs drive