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: 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 02: Trek to Tshoka (3005m) /4 hrs walk.
Slowly descend through the dense forest and cross the Prekchu River.Then 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 about an hour or so climb from Bakhim. Lunch will be served at campsite. Overnight camp/hut.
Day 03: 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 at Phedang for acclimatization. After lunch the trail ascends right amidst an exclusive and bewitching forest of rhododendron to break the treeline at a deorali(4000m) (highpoint) decorated in auspicious prayer flags. From here you can get spectacular views of Kangchenjunga, 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 04: A day at Dzongri.
Wake-up tea at 4 am and Climb Dzongri peak (one hour) gaining 200m for an unforgettable close up view of the Kangchenjunga massif and other Himalayan peaks. Spend rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight camp
Day 05: 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 06: Trek to Lamini (4100m) /3 hrs wlk.
The trail is slight climb and it passes along the banks of the Prekchu River and themoraines. On the way one can see the herds of Yaks grazing on the meadows. Overnight camp.
Day 07: Trek to Goechala (4950m) and back to Thangsing / 8 hrs walk.
Wake-up early in the morning (around 3:30 AM) and after having a tea walk up to Goechala. Packed breakfast will be provided. The trail is steep and passes through the moraines of Mt. Pandim. From the veiw 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 sometime trek back to Samiti, it takes around 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 08: 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 09: Trek back to Yuksam /5-6hrs walk.