Dzongri - Goechala Trek (Kangchenjunga Base Camp Trek)
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Goecha La (4940 mt or 16,207 ft) 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. They say that when the government authorities first saw the view from Goecha La, they were so moved by the view that they decided to feature it on the Rs.100 note.
Trekking through the Kanchenjunga National Park, in one greenest region in the world, remains one of the top things to do for any holiday maker in the Himalayas. Untouched by any effluence, these forests support a fine ecosystem, with numerous species of unusual flora and fauna. Goechala trek is an admired trek which will add cherishable memories.The biggest reason to do the Goechala trek is the grand views of big mountains that you see. You don’t just see one summit — the Kanchenjunga. But 14 other big summits. That’s a lot for any trek — especially as close to the eyes as on the Goechala trek. It is no wonder trekkers consider Goechala to be the closest to the big mountain treks of Nepal.
Altitude : 4940 metres
TREK LEVEL : MODERATE – DIFFICULT
Days : 8-9 Days
Drive from NJP/Bagdogra to the basecamp – Yuksom
begin with the enthrallment of this wonderful trek by catching the remarkable views of the Himalayas while driving from Bagdogra Airport/NJP to Yuksom. The drive will take you along the gushing Teesta River and continuing uphill, you will be crossing a bridge in Legship to reach Yuksom. Arriving in the town, check-in into a hotel and retire for the day.
Day 1: Yuksom to Sachen
Altitude: 5700 feet to 7200 feet
Today will be first day of this remarkable trek! Waking up in the morning, start ascending uphill and follow the gorges of the Rathong River. Trekking through the lush thickets of magnolia, rhododendron and ferns, proceed towards the Paha Khola Bridge. On the way, relish a packed lunch and keep yourself energised for the rest of the trek; be prepared to spot exotic orchids, colourful flowers and monkeys along the hike! Arriving in Sachen, settle down into the campsite and call it a day.
Day 2: Sachen to Tshokha
Altitude: 7200 feet to 9650 feet
The trek for the day will take you through the aromatic viburnum plantations, after which you will be crossing the Prek Chu River and hike uphill for around 2-3 hours to reach Bakhim. Hereafter, trekking upwards, you will finally reach Tshoka, the Tibetan refugee settlement; overnight stay will be in a camp.
Day 3: Tshokha to Dzongri (180 degree panoromic view of the entire kanchenjunga range) Altitude 9650 feet to 12980 feet,
For most trekkers this day is perhaps the highlight of the Goechala trail. Everyone looks forward to the trek this day..After a stiff climb for about 30 minutes, the trail evens out to a gradual climb. The trail changes to one paved over wooden logs.and finally to Deaorali top..After the trails become open and windy..Watch for the view change between the Pandim ranges and the Kabru. An hour later the climb tops at a shrine with multitude of prayer flags. This is the highest point of the days trek at 13,080 feet.
Day 4: Dzongri to Thansing
Altitude: 12980 feet to 12894 feet,
The day starts with a climb to Dzongri top. Dzongri top i.e at 13681 feet, is the highest point from where you get the 180 degree panaromic view of the mighty peaks of the Singalila and Kanchenjunga ranges. Witness an inspiring sunrise and spend time watching the mountains changing colours in the sun rays. Spot Thansing, the destination for the day, Lamuney and Goechala peaks below you.
Day 5: Thansing to Lamuney
Altitude: 12894 feet to 13693 feet
The trek from Thansing to Lamuney is an easy one. Walk through the meadows heading closer to Goechala. The trek is inspiring because the mountains come closer and closer. The meadows tend to get rockier as you move ahead. The flat gradient suddenly gives way to an ascending trail and that’s the farthest you can camp. The ascending trail heads to Samiti lake where camping is no longer allowed.
Excursion to Samiti lake 14100ft 45 mins moderate climb and back to Lamuney
Day 6: Lamuney to Goecha La to Thansing
Altitude: 13693 feet to 16400 feet
This is the longest day of the trek and so start your day really early at 3 a.m to give you multiple advantages.
– A 3 a.m start ensures that you reach the first view point or the sunrise point right in time to see the first run rays hitting Kanchenjunga.
– It also makes it easier to walk on the morains that you find after the sunrise point as the snow is still hard.
– The probability of getting good views are higher in the mornings.
– Lastly gives you enough time to go all the way to Goechala and return to Thangsing
Day 7: Thansing to Tshokha
The days trek can be divided into two phases. The first from Thangsing to Phedang – a direct trail by passing Dzongri and second, the Rhododendron from Phedand to Tshoka
Day 8: Tshokha to Yuksom
Altitude: 9650 feet to 5700 feet
Retrace your way from Tshoka to Yuksom. Its much faster and easier than your trek up. Sachen comes up quickly being a pure descent. From Sachen the trail goes up and down generally losing altitude. The last stretch has a few climbs which makes you wonder but its soon over and you find yourself back in the friendly Yuksom neighbourhood.
Leave Yuksom early morning and reach NJP/Bagdogra by 5.00 pm
Tour Price Rs 17,450/- per head
Package starts from Morning on Day- 01 to Lunch on Day 8
Accommodation during the trek (camping ie from Day 1 till Day 7)
Qualified & Experienced Guide
Porters / Ponies for common equipment , sleeping bags, tents etc
Forest Entrée fee
Transport to base village. However arrangemets can be made on request for the team members
Accomodation other than that mentioned in Includes. However arrangemets can be made on request for the team members
Any kind of personal expenses
Cost of emergency evacuation or Drop out from the Trek
Backpack offloading charges – .Charges are additional for offloading last minute, on slope. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
Any thing which is not mention above
Service Tax / GST @9%
Above costing according to the group size of 25 (Twenty Five) participants
Terms & Conditions
The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start of the trek on Day-01 to Lunch on Day-08
Backpack carrying: We expect all trekkers to carry their own backpacks
ON SPOT OFFLOADING If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, while on the trek then he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge. as per charged by the porter to be hired on spot.
Part offloading is not allowed. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
For any climatic changes or unavoidable circumstances a buffer day may be provided. A minimal on spot fee would be collected from each of the trekkers.
The transport on request is arranged in shared cabs / Bus. Transport to and from the nearest airport/railway station can be arranged by us at an extra cost. Participants are expected to share the cost likewise.. We only arrange the vehicle pick up and drop. Hence we are not responsible for any issues during transport to base village.
Drop out during trek: If for any reason a participant has to drop out from the trek on any day then we will make arrangements for his/her return to the nearest road head which is chargeable… A staff will accompany the participant to the nearest road head.
Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness.
Non-liability: We are not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.
Payment: 50 % payment of the trek fee has to be paid to book your seat on the trek. The balance has to be paid at least 15 days before commencement of the trek
2 photocopy of photo id proof (Voter Icard, Passport, Adhaar card) .Carry the original ID while coming for the trek
CANCELLATION POLICY :
Cancellation before 60 days to the start of the trek – 75% refund
Cancellation between 30 days – 10days to the start of the trek ––50% refund.
Cancellation between 15 days to the start of the trek – no refund
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