FIXED GROUP DEPARTURES: GOECHALA - KANCHENDZONGA TREK

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✔ INR 50000 per person (for Indian national) + air / rail fare.
✔ INR 60000 per person (for non Indian national) + air / rail fare.

✔ Date of Travel: 9th Sept to 19th Sept 2016

Goechala Trek is one of the finest Proper High Altitude Trekking destinations of Sikkim - India. During Goechala Trek one will be able to reach the closest point to the third Highest Mountain of the world - Mt. Kanchendzonga 8586m.along with the pristine views of several other Snow Capped Towering Peaks and Valleys. The Highest Point one reaches during this Trek is 4940m to 5000m and the highest point one sleeps at is Around 4200m.

During Goechala trek one will be able to see the panoramic and pristine view of the 16 snow capped towering mountains peaks from Dzongri View point which includes - Mt. Kanchendzonga 8585m, Mt. Kumbukarna 7710m, Mt. Kabur (N) 7338M, Mt. Kabur (S) 7317m, Mt. Simvo 6811m, Mt. Sinolchu 6687m, Mt. Pandim 6691m, Mt. Rathong 6679m, Mt. Kokthang 6147m, Mt. Tenzingkhang 6010m, Mt. Kabru Forked 6008m, Mt. Jopuno 5936m, Mt. Frey Peak 5830m, Mt. Narsing 5825m, Mt. Khanglakhang 5560m, Mt. Goecha Peak 5127m...Apart from this one will be able to see the 360 degree view of the mountains peaks and hills...From Goechala view point one will be able to see the pristine and closest view of the mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga and few of its neighbouring peaks.

Day 01: Bagdoghra – Yuksom
(160 Kms – 5 – 6 Hrs Drive)
Arrival at Bagdoghra Airport, drive of 5 – 6 Hrs towards Yuksom. Arrival at Yuksom,is a first capital of sikkim and is also a base camp and last civilization area before starting Goechala Trek. It is also a base camp to many Mountain Expedition and peak climbing in sikkim. It is located at an Altitude of 1875m above seas level. O/N Yuksom at hotel / local home stay.
Day 02: Yuksom to Bakhim
(2700 m /9 km/ 4 -5 hrs)
We begin our trek today through a small village and stop at the Kanchendzonga National Park, check post for checking formalities. Continue to walk through semi-tropical forests, home to a variety of flora and fauna. Crossing the last of the two hanging bridges over rivers PahaKhola and Tshuchey, we arrive at Sachen. After Lunch continue walking after crossing a long old swinging bridge over Prek-Chu, it's a steep climb of 70 degree uphill to Bakhim for an hour or so. O/N camping / local hut.
Day 03: Bakhim to Phedang
(3750m m / 8 kms/ 4 hrs)
Today after breakfast we continue to walk to a refugee village of tshoka via bakhim and further to Phedang. we continue climbing steeply to the Tibetan Refugee settlement of Tsokha for around 40 minutes as we trek through pine and giant rhododendron forests. From here we also get our first view of Mt.Pandim (6780m) and Mt. Tenchinkhang which could be seen from all points of our trek. Tshoka itself is a small village consisting of about a dozen houses and monastery previously inhabited by the Tibetan refugees. Now the Refugee Population has moved back to Yuksam due to some changes in the government policy. One can only see the Houses and left out barren lands of the refugees in Tshoka. Further uphill Trek through the properly maintained trail till one reaches Phedang – A large clearing in the middle of the pristine Rhododendron Forest with excellent views of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains.O/N camping / local hut.
Day 04: Phedang to Dzongri
(4030 m /5 kms/ 2 hrs)
Today we continue our uphill journey through temperate to Alpine forest till we reaches Dzongri Camp site. A 40 min steep walk, as we reach the ridge's top, DeoraliDara or Windy hillfrom where one gets the awesome views of the Mountains and its peaks. A nice leisurely hour walks through the smaller rhododendron trees and juniper bushes before we reach Dzongri. O/N camping / local hut.
Day 05: Dzongri – Acclimatization / Dzongrila 4300m
(40 mins)
Rest day for acclimatization. Rise early at dawn, a 30-40 mins steep hike amidst thin air to Dabla Gang (Dzongri-la OR view point) to view the sunrise on Kangchenjunga and the neighbouring peaks; Rathong 6683m; Kokthang 6150m; Kabru Dome 6604m and Forked Peak 6116m. Return to camp for breakfast. Free to explore, Day hike to LaxmiPokhari or take a walk toward the Black peak for acclimatization from where we can see Frey's peak and the Rathong valley. Return to camp site. O/N camping.
Day 06: Dzongri to Thangsing
(3930m / 6 kms / 5-6 hrs)
The day's walk starts with a short climb to a ridge followed by a rapid steep descend of 100m to Kockchurung and Prekriver. Continue crossing some boulders and climb gently to the campsite of Thangsing for our lunch with view of Mt. Pandim and Mt. Kanchenjunga.. O/N camping.
Day 07: Thangsing to Lamune
(4130m / 6 km / 4 hrs)
A gentle 2-3 hrswalk to camp at Lamune. While the camp is set up, we take a walk to Samiti Lake, 4453m with Kanchenjunga looming ahead of us. The trail goes past stunted rhododendron bushes, azaleas and past a prayer wall before ascending a moraine path to a ridge from where you can look down at SamitiPokhari (4200m) a beautiful and sacred lake surrounded by snow capped peaks Mt. Kanchandzonga, Mt. Pandim and Mt. Thenchinkhang. Return to camp for lunch. O/N camping.
Day 08: Lamune to Goechala
(4940m /14km/5 hrs)/Thangsing (2 hrs)
Early morning excursion to Goechala (pass), one walk along the moraine path by the side of Samitilake to view the east face of Mt. Kanchendzonga bathed in the rays of the early sun. We cross the ½ km sandy plain known as Zemathang, footprints of Bluesheeps and other animals are common sighting. After 2 hours, we arrive at the 1st view point of Goechala and walk further 2 hours to 2nd view point to enjoy the close up views of Mt. Kanchendzonga 8534m. Return to camp for late lunch and later walk to Thangshing campsite. O/N camping.
Day 09: Thangsing to Tsokha
(3050m / 12km / 5 to7 hrs)
After breakfast, treks back the same trail till Kockchurung, from where we take another trail via Phedang to Tshoka. Hot lunch at Phedang and continue to walk to Tshoka. O/N hut / camping.
Day 10: Tsokha to Yuksom 2250m After breakfast trek back to Yuksom (4 to 5 hours).Hot Lunch on the half way. Trek route ends back at Yuksom. O/N Yuksom.O/N Hotel / Local Homestay.
Day 11: Yuksom – BagdoghraAirport
(160 Kms / 5 - 6 Hrs)
Early morning after breakfast leave for Bagdoghra airport back. Drive of 5 - 6 Hrs. Journey Ends by dropping at Bagdoghra Airport.

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