Sikkim is a habitat of numerous spectacular treks but Goechala trek stands out to be the most extravagant one with Goecha La at 15,100 feet that gives the magnificent view of the splendid Kanchenjunga from the top. Apart from the breathtaking view, this trek is quite popular and is loved my most travellers because of the extensive varieties of flora and fauna spread in the flourish lavish valleys with wonderful orchards, dense forests and the widespread charismatic and alluring beauty of North. This region is exclusively designated as the Kanchenjunga national park and along with the vertex, there?s a gushing Goceha lake flowing downwards.
You can take a direct flight from Delhi to Bagdogra, West Bengal which is the closest airport from Gangtok and can then take a taxi till the same. You can also take a train from either Delhi or Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri station. Some tourists also travel through road if coming from Darjeeling, Siliguri or Kolkata as per their preference.
While trekking the pass, trekkers usually witness one of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets of their lived with snowcapped massive Himalayas surrounding them and the gifted view of sixteen attractive peaks from the Dzongri top is one of its kind experience.
The trek commences from a beautiful little town of Yuksom, to reach Yuksom, you will cover the distance of 150 km through an 8-hour drive starting from New Jalpaiguri station which is also your last spot for an ATM. The following day is the beginning of the trekking journey where you march towards an altitude of 7200 ft by trekking for around 8 km to the Sachen. The next day is a 7km trek from Sachen to Tshoka which lies at 9700 feet. The following day holds a 9km long trek to Dzongri and you have to go via Phedang at an altitude of 12980 feet. The following day is a rest day to cool down your exhaustion and you can do a small hike to explore Dzongri if you want. On the sixth day, there?s a 10km trek from Dzongri to Thansing standing at 12,900 feet and the trail crosses beautiful green meadows as you cross Kokcharang at 12,000feet. The seventh day brings to you a rather short 4km trek from Thansing to Lamuney at 13,650 feet and is an easy pathway to cover. However, the following day is a difficult trek as it goes to Goechala, the topmost point of the trek at 15,100 feet and back to Lamuney by crossing Samiti Lake. There are many steep ascents and tricky turns in this route but the view at the top is worth every step you take forward. The next day is the descent back to Tsokha through the spectacular rhododendron forests which is an easy walk towards, but the next day is a long trek of around 15 km to Yuksom that takes approximately 6 hours to finally reach the civilization.
Goechala trek best time is during the summer season between the months of April and June or late during autumn season somewhere between September and October. It is advisable to avoid the trail between June to September as the monsoon times makes it very prone to landslides and muddy tracks. Goechala trek December time is also a risky period as the heavy snowfall makes the trekking difficult and the temperature drops down as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius in certain regions. You can also do this trek during spring months of March and April as the rhododendrons bloom in all its glory and this is a sight to see.
Health and Safety
- For any Himalayan Trek, Ideal BMI for a trekker should be 18.5 to 24.9
- To keep a check of this please calculate BMI here
- Below given Safety checks should be done to get prepared for any Himalayan Trek.
- Balance : As well said a balanced mind and body gives out best in every condition and that too works in Himalayan treks as well.
- Legs Strength : Body and Legs Strength is required to carry body weight as well as the backpack while trekking in uneven multi terrains. Generally, a good strength on legs works out good in any Trek. One can gain legs strength by doing simple Squats.
- Muscle Flexibility : While trekking in Trans Himalayan region with a flexible body one can easily achieve full range of movement and this can be really helpful for trekkers as well as trek leads. A good flexible will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Flexibility can be achieved by simple stretching, yoga etc.
- Cardiovascular Endurance : Cardiovascular endurance is defined as the ability of lungs and heart to transmit oxygen to the body muscles. All Himalayan treks are basically ascending descending the slopes and for this trekkers should be having a good cardiovascular endurance. Anyone planning for a Himalayan trek can attain this capacity by doing any cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling etc.