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Goecha-La trek is the premier and the most well known trekking trail in Sikkim. This trek takes the trekkers up-close for a spectacular view of the mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga 8596m - the third mountain in the world along with several other towering snow capped mountains. Some of the most well know peaks seen during this trek are Mt. Pandim 6691m, Mt. Kabur north 7338m, Mt. Kabur south 7317m, Mt. Kumbhakarna (Janoo) 7710m, Mt. Simvo 6811m, Mt. Kabru Forked 6108m, Mt, Frey Peak 5830m, Mt. Rathong 6679m, Mt. Kokthang 6147m and Mt. Goecha Peak 5127m. Goechala trek is an extension of the Dzongri trek. Trekking beyond the meadows of Dzongri is a raw adventure at its best where the visitor is taken into the realm of towering mountain peaks and unspoiled nature. During Goechala trek the spectacular landscape of nature will make one find inner peace and one will start appreciating the beauty of the Nature and God's creation.
Upon our arrival at the nearest airports Bagdora where our assistant will meet you with transport to Darjeeling - about 3-4 hours. The journey through Assam tea plantations and tiny villages takes us to Darjeeling. Built on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalayas and provides a broad introduction to Nepalese culture in addition to its old colonial feel. Overnight comfortable stay in your hotel in Darjeeling (2130m)
Early morning call for your visit Tiger Hill at sunrise. On the way back visit Yiga Choling Monastery. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Afterwards visit the fascinating Mountaineering Institute, the beautiful Padmaja Zoological Park, the Tibetan Self Help Centre and a Tea garden. Ovenight in hotel
After breakfast drive to Pelling. The drive is mostly along the beautiful Tea plantation and crossing through small hamlets which are very close to the nature and from the village 8th mile we drive down the hill to meet river Teesta after short drive we enter Sikkim through Melli check point. And after entering the Sikkim driver further along with the river rangitand further to the pemayangtse was once the capital of Sikkim It is a small village presiding over by the Monastery and provides panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga Before checkin the hotel visit The Pemayangtse Monastery “the perfect sublime lotus”built on the 2085mtrs hill high commanding of the finest view of the Kanchenjunga range. Monastery was built in 1645 by Ven. Lhatsun Chempo. Monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect and is the most important religious Institute of Sikkim. On the top of the Monastery one can see a structure depicting heavenly sphere,” Sangdopherlri”, minutely carved wonderful intricate artistic work. If time permits one can visit Ruins of the Rabdentse Palace which is the second Capital of the Sikkim. Overnight at the hotel
After breakfast drive to Kecheoparli Lake which is on the way to Yuksom and is considered one of the Sacred and Holy lake of West Sikkim. And after, drive to Yuksom. After lunch, if time permits you can take a hike to Dubdi Monastery which is the oldest Monastery in Sikkim. It was built in 1641 the same year the first king of the Sikkim Phunstok Namgyal became the King of Sikkim. Yuksom is nice and beautiful hamlet and it is also starting point of the Kanchenjunga Trek which is at the altitude of 2010 mtrs. If we have time, we can visit the Birth place of Sikkim famously known as Norbu Ghang Throne. Otherwise we can visit next morning .This is the Throne where the first King of Sikkim was crowned as a King. You can witness the Throne and the First Parliament of the Sikkim and the Chorten. After the visit, walk back to the hotel .Over night at the hotel
We walk gently uphill, following the Rathong River's gorge, through dense mixed jungle with magnolia, rhododendron, ferns and several varieties of orchids, brightly colored birds, and the occasional monkey. After an hour or so we cross the Paha Khola bridge, (1,733m. /5,685ft.). There is a swimming spot by a waterfall (for those who dare!) after two hours, and we can stop for lunch by a bridge over stream. Passing by sweet smelling viburnum we cross the Prek Chu River and then ascend steeply for two or three hours to arrive at the lodge at Bakhim. We will either stay in the Tourist Hostel, or sleep in our tents. This hostel is often occupied by Himalayan Mountain Institute students on rock-climbing courses. This is a long trekking day and you should expect to be pretty tired by the time you arrive at Bakkhim
A steep climb for an hour after breakfast brings you to Tsokha - a small Tibetan hamlet from where the first glimpse of the mountains can be seen. Approx. Alt. 3050m & Distance 16kms/6 hours. Overnight at trekkers hut/tent
Another short day's walking today as we are now treading above the 4,000-meter mark. We will be setting up camp by lunchtime and suggest that you spend a relaxed afternoon acclimatizing. A brief climb beyond brings you to a meadow where we can pitch our tents in a campsite with views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Khangchendzonga, Simvo and Pandim. As usual on trek the choice of campsite depends on many variables, one of the most important is the close supply of water. You will get spectacular views of Khangchendzonga, Siniolchu, Kabru, Pandim, Jopuno, Koktang, Talung and Narsing. The trail from here levels up to Dzongri. Dzongri also offers you the most fascinating close up view of the Khangchendzonga massif and other Himalayan peaks.
Dzongri La Pass alt.4,500m. (Acclimatization) Halt
Today we ascend gradually over open hillside for a mile or so to a low ridge visible from the campsite (13,500 ft/4,115m). From here, chortens and prayer flags overlooking fabulous views of Khangchendzonga and Pandim make ideal photocompositions. You then descend, at first traversing down towards Pandim on the far side of the valley, and then dropping steeply down on a good path through rhododendron forest to the Prek Chu River at 12,300 ft/3,749 m. for lunch (3 hours). There is a new trekking lodge here that the crew may use for cooking. We cross the river and ascend gradually for one and-a-half-hour, through pinewoods to reach a grassy campsite, beneath the shapely unclimbed peak of Pandim. A new hut has been built here, which may be available for cooking and even sleeping. Overnight camping
Today's walk is fairly short to give you plenty of opportunity to rest before tomorrow's big day. You begin by continuing your walk parallel to the Prek Chu River. Sacred Samiti on the opposite side is a beautiful emerald green lake nestled in the midst of brightly colored wind-torn prayer flags. Overnight camping
An early start today to beat the inclement weather conditions that is common during the latter part of the day. Set off in the early morning climbing the hill behind the Lake before traversing the moraine and then descending to the sandy bed of an empty lake. The whole area above Samiti Lake is called the Zemathang Plateau. You cross this under the shadow of Pandim and then ascend moraine to a height of about 15,700 feet where you rest above a glaciated lake mottled with snow and icy pinnacles. The Goecha-La Pass is another hour away. We traverse the lake and proceed across a slope, and then on a well-trodden path to our objective, which is festooned with brightly colored prayer flags. The views of the east flank of Khangchendzonga and the mountains and valleys in the distance are stunning. We then return to our campsite at Samiti Lake. Overnight camping
It's worth getting up early to take a short hike to the ridge behind the camp. From here there are fantastic views of Khangchendzonga and one can look back up to the Goecha La. Leaving Thangsing, you take a different route, avoiding the long climb to the Dzongri Plateau. Descending to the Prek Chu, you contour around jungle to emerge at Phedang. Continue to Tshoka along another steep descent. This will save us a day on the return march, but does involve quite a long day. Overnight camping
Our final day, and freewheeling downhill almost all of the time. We descend through rainforest rich with bird-life and flowers, across spectacular bridges spanning cascading rivers whose sources are high in the mountains we have so recently left behind. Tired and elated we arrive in Yuksom and our charming traditional hilltop hotel. This will be our last evening with the trekking crew so we will be celebrating our achievements, and a final thank you to the local staff. Overnight Hotel
After Breakfast drive to Martam village .The village Martam is famous for its paddy fields where they grow best rice in Sikkim .Even kings were fond of the rice grown in Martam and had paddy field in martam too. On the way, visit Tashiding Monastery Monastery built by Ven. Nadak Sempo Chenpo and is consider one of the sacred Monasteries of Sikkim. And then visit Bon monastery. Bon was the earlier religion of Tibet. It is more than 18000 years old religion. In Sikkim there is 475 monasteries and this monastery is only one Bon monastery in Sikkim. Buddha Park where you can witness 115 feet tall Sakymuni Buddha 's statue with background of Mt Narsing stand tall and cool. Over night at hotel
After breakfast take stroll or a hike and explore Martam village which is a very peaceful place. And then, Drive to Gangtok which is the fourth and present capital of Sikkim. On the way we visit very famous Rumtek Monastery which belongs to the Karma Kargyupa sect .Monastery was built in 1717 and it was renovated in 1960 by the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa. And after this visit we drive to Gangtok. On arrival at Gangtok, take a sightseeing of some attractions such as Tibetology the museum, Handicraft and Handloom , Do-Drool Chortan, Flower show and Enchy Monastery. Later, can explore the Gangtok Town. Overnight at hotel
After breakfast drive to Kalimpong. Kalimpong considered as the oldest town in hills of Darjeeling was once the head quarter of Bhutanese Governor, the word Kalim means “ Minister” and pong is “stronghold”. It is also called Kalibong or the “Black spur” by the locals and to the local Lepcha it is known as Ka (we) –LEM (play) – PONG ( ridge), ” The ridge where we play”. Kalimpong was silk route to the Tibet and also famous center of eastern and central Tibetan wool trade. Before check in to the hotel we will visit flower nursery and after lunch we will visit church ,Thongsa Bhutanese Monastery and very famous Durpin Gumba and local market in the evening. Overnight at Hotel
Get driven to the nearest Bagdogra airport.
Included in trek cost are 3 meals a day, service of trekking chef, helper/ trekking staffs, guide, horse man, sleeping tent, mess tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent duffel bag, ponies to carry supplies, trek royalty, chairs, table, pillow, mattress, mineral / boiled water, transportation luxury car, sightseeing , Tea tops (Juices during lunch). And also morning juice, hot tea during lunch or before lunch depending on guest choice, hot water bag at night. And note that you have to carry only your camera.
Included in tour are Accommodation, tour trek guide, entrance fees.
Anything that is not mentioned in the INCLUSION
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