GOECHA LA (GOECHALA)

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  1. About goecha la (goechala)

    Goecha La is a high mountain pass in Sikkim, India in the Himalaya range. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, can be viewed from the pass, which is also a base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain. Based in the state of Sikkim, Goechala is one of preferred destination for trekkers in India. Trekking in Sikkim , has its indomitable charm with flourishing verdant valleys, beautiful orchards, myriad and massive collection of flora and fauna, rich forests and charismatic ambience that allure the visitors with its magnetic beauty. The trekking trail initiates from Yuksom town, which is a prominent destination in Sikkim for its historical significance. the trek is the sight of fascinating and mesmerizing snow covered peaks of Kanchenjunga with amazing green landscapes and lush meadows at the foothills. I would recommend that you undertake this expedition during autumn – the months of September to November or during summer -between March and June. Trekking during the monsoon season is strictly not recommended, as the stretches of trails tend to be slippery and muddy with chances of mudslides and rocks blocking the paths are highly common. Here is the short itinerary for Goechala trek. Day 1 Reach Base camp- Yuksom The pick up is at 9:30 am from NJP and 1:30 pm from Bagdogra.You will reach Yuksom by 4 pm from NJP and 7:30 pm from Bagdogra. Day 2 Yuksom to Bhakim/Sachen; 5 hours Day 3 Bhakim to Tshoka; 4 hours Day 4 Tshoka to Dzongri via Phedang; 6 hours Day 5 Dzongri to Thansing via Kockhurang; 6 hours Day 6 Thansing to Lamuney; 2 hours Day 7 Lamuney to Goechala, back to Thansing; 12 hours Day 8 Thanksing to Tshoka, 6-7 hours Day 9 Tshoka to Yuksom; 6 hours Day 10 Drive from Yuksom to NJP. You will reach NJP by 5 pm

  2. Who should visit ?

    Nature Lovers,

    What makes it special?

    Beautiful mounting summits with bubbling water streams that flow through expanse of green meadows is just the ultimate way to describe Goechala.

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    Visiting Hours

    09:00-16:00

    How to reach?

    The trek begins from a place named Yuksom which is about 6hrs drive from Gangtok.

    How to make this visit memorable?

    Must take pictures and take some video clips to of the wonderful trekking.

    Do’s and Don’ts

    I would say that you should carry your own individual resource of first aid items such as medicines, antiseptics, insect repellents, prescription drugs etc. All precautionary measures shall be taken to ensure your safety yet there lays no harm in having awareness of the general know-how of healthcare. CPR and other common medical knowledge about altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness) should be present. This illness is associated with trekking with symptoms that range from headache, insomnia, gastrointestinal issues, lung problems, ataxia etc. Please consult your doctor before your trip to procure prescription drugs for such possible situations and only consume them if required,Keep your trekking gear safe and always keep essentials such as wind-proof jacket, dry socks and caps at hand. Make sure you choose correct and good quality footwear and fitted boots to avoid frostbites. Wear the right kind of socks to facilitate blood circulation. Carry a sturdy sleeping bag that is durable and comfortable. Carry a good quality backpack that can ensure harsh conditions of wear and tear, especially with a plastic or waterproof lining. Carry your identification proof (Driving licence , voter id card) as you might be expected to furnish it with the officials for obtaining permits.Here I would suggest carrying things with you. Good condition trekking boots, Camp shoes for crossing rivers and for visiting Devariyatal, A pair of thick woolen socks never hurt when trekking in the Himalayas, Keep a thick winter jacket for dealing with the cold, Trekking Pants are a must for scaling the peaks, Keep a woolen cap to protect yourself from the biting cold, A pair of sunglasses to avoid the glaring sun, Sun Screen, A 2 ltr. water bottle, Trekking pole, A first aid box is a must have on this trek, Keep a swiss knife with you at all times.

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