Goecha La Trek
Goecha La (4940 m.) is a high mountain pass in Sikkim, India in the Himalaya range. The southeast face of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, is viewable from the pass, which is also a base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain.
This popular trek in Sikkim, is from Yuksom to Dzongri and onwards to Goecha La, and has superb views of Kanchenjunga.From Yuksom, the trail follows the RathongValley to Bakhim and from here a steep ascent to the village of Tsokha. Above Tsokha the trail reaches Pethang. A further stage brings you to Dzongri (4020 M). From here the trail drops steeply down the river to Thansing (3930 M). The initial days of the trek proceeds through dense forest cover, enters bugyals, and ends in rocky terrain. The trek is highlighted by the presence of rhododendrons of various colours during the month of may.
The final stop is at Samiti Lake from which an assault is made to Goecha La (4940 M) for the best views of Kanchenjunga. Dzongri is situated at an altitude of about 4020 M, in west Sikkim. It offers the trekker a most fascinating close-up view of Khangchenjunga and Mt. Pandim. To the west rises the long outline of the Kyangla ridge. Dzongri is trekker’s paradise.Goecha La is situated at an altitude of about 4940 M. Goecha La offers a mind catching sight of the mountains like Pandim, Khangchenjunga and the others. The trek to Goecha la really is getting out & getting trekked. There are only few trekking routes around the Kangchenjunga National Park that are open to visitors. The trek is traditional which follows a picturesque route past lush vegetation and and wonderful mountain views until it reaches a high pass. The training courses of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute are conducted in these valleys and trekkers have passed through here for decades.
Minimum 6 days and maximum 10 days trek
Goechala Trek will be closed from 15th June to 15th September due to monsoon and animal breeding season.