Goecha-la Trek Sikkim
Meet & Greet on arrival at NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport & transfer to Darjeeling (6,710 ft.). On arrival Check-in to hotel & rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Darjeeling.
After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & P.N. Zoological Park (Thursday closed), Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee self-help Centre, Tea factory and Garden (Sunday closed). After lunch visit Yiga Choling Monastery one of the oldest monastery in Evening free for shopping or leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.
This morning after breakfast transfer to Pelling (6,100 ft.). On the way visit Rabdanste Ruin Palace and famous and oldest Pemayantse Monastery. On arrival check-in to your hotel.Evening free for walking around Pelling town. Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast start your day with sightseeing. Visit Sangha Choling Monastery - another oldest Monastery , Darap village, Rimbi water Falls, Khecheopalri Lake & Khangchendzongha waterfalls. Back to Yuksom. Evening walk to Coronation throne Overnight stay at first capital of Sikkim (Yuksom). Overnight stay at Hotel.
This is the first day of trekking, So today we start a day with an easy steady rising trail through dense semi tropical forests for the first 3-4 hours where we cross the River on a suspension bridge. and after last cemented bridge we come close to our first day campsite and stop for a picnic lunch where our staff will be waiting with fresh lemon juice and after sometime we will have a hot lunch.( 4 to 5 hours walking. Overnight at Camp.
Early morning after breakfast we pack our things and we are now ready for next campsite. We follow the same trail till we reached another suspension bridge called Prek chu. Early morning after breakfast we pack our things and we are now ready for next campsite. We follow the same trail till we reached another suspension bridge called Prek chu. From the bridge, a steep climb brings us to the tiny hamlet of Bakhim from where there are good views of the trail up from Yuksom. A teashop here provides a plentiful supply of refreshing tea before we resume our steep climb for another 200 metres through forests of silver fir and cypress to the ridge top village of Tsokha. On a clear day, we can see the distant lights of Darjeeling to the south while the summit of Pandim (6770 metres) can be seen behind a ridge towards the north. Tsokha used to be a growing village before with a mixed population of Lepchas yak herders and the more Tibetan refugees. But now the Sikkim Government has shifted all the people to Yuksom. Now there are only few houses left. We start up a trail that initially zigzags through mixed temperate forests that give way to large swathes of rhododendron as we gain height. A 2-3 hour climb brings us to the large clearing area of Phedang where we camp.(4 to 5 hours walking) Overnight at Camp.
Early Morning as usual we wake up with bed tea and breakfast. After breakfast as we start to climb now we can feel the breathe and altitude and by now we walk completely through rhododendron forests and we are at the top of a ridge from where the trail undulates to the Dzongri campsite at 4050 metres. Dzongri, being in a natural depression can be rather cold and often shrouded in mist. (3hours walking). Overnight at Camp.
A pre-dawn climb to the Dzongri top of the nearby ridge will reward early risers with a spectacular view of sunrise on Kangchenjunga and a host of other peaks close by like Frey, Rathong, Kokthang, Kabru Dome, Kabru North and South, Talung , Forked Peak, Pandim etc to name just a few. Afternoon we go for a side walk. Overnight at Camp.
After breakfast we set off along a trail that climbs up to a ridge that we follow for the next 5 km. The trail is through dwarf rhododendron and scrub juniper; there are increasingly close views of Pandim peak now directly ahead of us and of a succession of ridges fading into the distance towards central Sikkim. A steep descent follows bringing us to the Koktshurung hut, Prek Chu river that was crossed on the first day's trek. We cross via a log bridge before we resume the gentle climb towards the large grassy area of Thanghing below Pandim ridge. Visible ahead is the old terminal moraines of the Onglathang Glacier that forms the head of the valley and the southern ridge of Kanchenjunga. (5 hours walking). Overnight at Camp.
A short walk of about 2 hours -through the Rododendron and Juniper bushes and we cross small streams and river the trail gradually ascends to the place called lamune where we camp. This is one of the very windy place. (2 to 3 hours walking). Overnight at Camp.
Early morning we walk up with the tea and breakfast ,The highlight of the trek is the close view of the massive eastern wall of Kanchenjunga rising sheer 4200 metres above the Talung glacier as seen from the 4900 metres high Goecha La pass. It is an early start for the strenuous walk to Goecha La. The trail flanks the lake before climbing steeply on moraine ridges above the lake. As we gain height the mountain views are increasingly more spectacular. From the prayer flagged Goecha La the scene is dominated by the spectacular eastern wall of Kanchenjunga, which is only 5km away and rises more than 4000 metres above the Talung glacier. We return to camp. We get fresh up and have lunch, after lunch we pack our bags and we descend to Koktshurung we follow the same trail and we camp close to the riverside. Where we have a hot lunch. (3 to 4 hours) Overnight Camp.
We return to Tsokha avoiding the higher trail via Dzongri, we take a long walk through dense rhododendron forests along the slopes that lie to the right of the Prek Chu river emerging eventually at the Phedang clearing where we stop for lunch. Since this is a quiet trail through thick forests, we have excellent chances to see some of the birds and pheasants that live in these forests. A further 2 hours descent brings us back to Tsokha village or if we are on time then we can go further down to the Bakhim . Overnight at Camp.
A long descent back to Yuksom. A farewell dinner with the trekking crew and the yak men accompanied by generous amounts of Thomba (the local millet beer served in tall bamboo containers with a thin bamboo straw) and much singing and dancing makes for a fitting end to the trek. (6 hours walking). Overnight at Hotel.
After final breakfast of the trek we say good bye to the team and load our bag in the car for further journey to Kalimpong (4,100 ft.). On arrival check in to your hotel. Afternoon we will visit Mangal Dham, Durpin Dara Hill Monastery & Flower Nurseries back to hotel. Evening free to explore the town. Tonight you will miss your tent. Overnight stay at Hotel.
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