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Goecha La
About Goecha La

Goecha La (el. 4940 mt or 16,207 ft) is a high mountain pass in Sikkim, India in the Himalaya range.(La means 'high mountain pass' in Tibetan).

The trek to Goecha La starts in Yuksom (the former capital of Sikkim), where the motorable road ends at an elevation of 1770 meters. It takes about seven and a half days to reach Goecha la and return to Yuksom. Key halting points are Phedang, Bakkhim, Sachen, Tshoka, Thansing, Dzongri, Kokchurong, Samiti Lake and Lamuney.

The initial days of the trek proceeds through dense forest cover, enters bugyals, and ends in rocky landscape. During the month of may the trek is highlighted by the presence of rhododendrons of various colours. The documentary film Goecha La in Search of Kangchenjunga by George Thengummoottil is based on Goecha La trek.

The southeast face of Mt. 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 (Mt. Kangchenjunga is believed to be holy and the mountaineers halt a few meters before the peak).

Trekking in Sikkim is very different from trekking in any other part of the Indian Himalayas. The mountains, the trails, the people and the culture is in such sharp contrast to the rest of the country that for any trekker the Goechala trail is a must-do.

The Goechala trek starts at Yuksom, a fairly large settlement in West Sikkim. It was once the capital of Sikkim, so the culture in the town shows. It is also a nice quaint hill station and for those who want to avoid the hustle bustle of Darjeeling, Yuksom is a nice gateway.

The Goechala trek in Sikkim is also one of the most optimistic trails the Indian Himalayas has to offer - the enchanting walk through the Tshoka Rhododenderon forests, the huge Dzongri and Thansing meadows, the remarkable blue waters of Samiti lake, the looming presence of Kanchejunga and Pandim, the icy trail to Goechala make lots about the trek very romantic.

Yuksom is the last place to buy provisions for the trek. So stock up well before you start the trek. You get almost everything at Yuksom so there really isnt any need to buy things at Siliguri, Kolkata or Gangtok.

In Sikkim, the Goecha La trek takes the trekker up-close for a amazing view of the mighty Kanchenjunga amidst a imposing landscape of the other lesser Himalayan giants within its range of mountains.

This is an extension of the Dzongri trek - and trekking beyond the meadows Dzongri is raw adventure at its best where the visitor is taken into the land of towering mountain peaks directly above and camp is set amidst the view of deep landslides and high mountain glaciers.

How To Reach Goecha La

By Rail
Nearest rail head- New Jalpaiguri or NJP in West Bengal

By Road
Nearest airport is Bagdogra in Siliguri, West Bengal

By Air
Nearest road head is Yuksom, Sikkim

Trailhead for the Goecha La Trek - Yuksom, Sikkim.

Nearest cities/ towns
Jorthang, Gangtok, Pelling, Yuksom.

By road
NJP - Jorthang - Legship - Yuksom

Yuksom - Sachen - Tshoka - Dzongri - Thansing - Lamuney - Samiti Lake - Goecha la

Trekking Facts
Maximum Altitude
Goecha La- 16,207 Ft / 4,940 Mt

Moderate- Difficult

Trail Type
Circular- Returns Back To Base Camp

Trail Head
Yuksom,West Sikkim

Best Season
April Last Week to June End.
Mid September to October End.
November December is Dry and Cold.

Temperature (May/June)
Day:- 15C to 25C
Night:- 8C TO 15C

Highest Camp/Dzongri; Night
3C TO -4C

Temperature (Sep/ Oct)
Day:- 13C TO 20C

2C TO 7C

Highest Camp/Dzongri; Night
3C TO -4C

Trek Duration
8 Days from Yuksom to Yuksom


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