Gochela Trek - The Forbidden Trail ! tour (10 Nights/ 11 Days)

Day 01 : Arrival in Bagdogra/NJP; Drive to Yuksom (1780m/5840 ft; 154 km; 6 hrs)
Arrival in Bagdogra. Drive to Yuksom (6 hrs drive).
On arrival in Yuksam, check in at hotel. Post lunch there is an option of doing an optional trek to Dubdi Monastery, the oldest in Sikkim. A 45 min trek through virgin forest takes you to the monastery on top of a hill - an ideal place for meditation in the serene environment. Back to hotel for refreshment. Later walk to the Historical Norbugang Throne and spend some time at the tiny holy Kathok Lake to offer prayer. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Yuksom.

Day 02 : Yuksom - Sachen/Prekchu Bridge (2300m/7546 ft; 8-12 km; 5½ hrs)
After an early breakfast we start our trek through dense forests and mountain streams. For about 3 hours, the trail is highly undulating with a very gentle rise in altitude till one reaches the third bridge. Half an hour before the third bridge is Sachen, a place where grazers sometime stay. Dinner and overnight stay in camp at Sachen/Prekchu Bridge.

Day 03: Sachen/Prekchu Bridge – Tsokha (3005m/9860 ft; 6-10 km; 3 hrs)
The trail is a continuous steep climb before one reaches Bakhim. The area around Bakhim is a good place for bird watching. A steep uphill climb of 2 hours till we reach Tsokha, where we spend the night. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Tsokha.

Day 04: Tsokha - Dzongri (4050m/13,288 ft; 9 km; 6–7 hrs)
The climb up to Phedang is over a gentle path over wooden logs, which are placed for the easy accessibility of the Dzos (pack animals). One can see the transition from the coniferous to the Rhodendron forests as one proceeds along this trail. This is one of the best trails for bird watching. With beautiful brilliantly colored Fire tailed Sunbird flitting around in almost all the Rhododendrons. The trail from Phedang to Dzongri starts off with a more or less flat walk for about an hour followed by half an hour of relatively steep climb and then finally half an hour climb down through an undulating and winding trail. The last half an hour is through sparse vegetation. A day of uphill walks through lush rhododendron & fir forests. Dzongri commands a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountain peaks. Dinner & overnight stay at camp in Dzongri.

Day 05: Dzongri - Rest day
Early morning we climb up to Dzongri top (4350m) to enjoy the sunrise views Kanchenjunga and the surrounding array of peaks. The views of Kokthang, Rathong, Kabru South, Kabru North, Kabru Dome & Kanchenjunga are fabulous. We stay here to rest and acclimatize. Dinner & overnight stay at camp in Dzongri.

Day 06: Dzongri - Thangshing (3800m/12,468 ft; 5 hrs)
Easy, downhill stretch, into the valley of Ongladang. The trek is initially a flat walk for about half an hour, and then a steep descent through the rhododendrons till one reaches the river. After crossing the river, it is about an hour’s gentle climb to reach Thangshing. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Thangshing.

Day 07 : Thangshing - Lamuney (4270m/14,010 ft; 3 hrs)
Today we trek to our last camp at Lamuney. The walks is a short one of 2-3 hrs, a gradual uphill hike through the Onglathang valley past yak herders and grazing yaks. Lunch at camp. Post lunch there is an option of doing a hike to Samiti Lake. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Lamuney.

Day 08: Lamuney – Goecha La (4950m/16,241 ft) - Thangshing (9-10 hrs)
We start early today. We climb the hill behind the lake and then traverse the moraine. Descend to the sandy bed of an empty lake. The whole area above Samiti Lake is called the Zemathang Plateau. We cross this and then ascend to rest above a glaciated lake. 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 Goecha La, which is festooned with brightly colored prayer flags. The views of the east flank of Kanchenjunga and the mountains and valleys in the distance are stunning. We then return to our campsite down to Thangshing.

Day 09: Thangshing – Tsokha (6-7 hrs)
We trek back to Tsokha. This will be a long day but the route is through dense forest where you get to see a variety of bird life. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Tsokha.

Day 10 : Tsokha - Yuksom (6-7 hrs)
Today is the last day of the trek as we walk back to Yuksom. Afternoon free. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Yuksom.

Day 11 : Yuksom to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rly. Stn. (5 hrs)
Drive to Bagdogra/ NJP airport. Final Departure.


 

All, meals included
Alpine tents on double/ single sharing basis.
Toilet tent with toilet seat
Kitchen tent
Dining tent
Camping stools
Dining table
Form mattress / Air Mattress
Pillow with cover
Hot water Bags
Sleeping bag, sleeping bag inner
Experience Trek Guide.
Porter / pony on trek to carry luggage
Medical kit .
Porters and animals support.


 

Food Arrangements on trek: (It’s an example menu)

Breakfast: Cornflakes or porridge / Jam / Butter / Omelet / Chapattis or Paratha and tea or coffee
Lunch: Pack lunch: Will consist of Chapatti with peanut butter, juice, fruits, chocolate, biscuit and cheese cube.
Hot lunchConsist of noodle soup, boiled vegetables, dal and rice, salad.
Evening Snacks: Tea biscuits, popcorn, pakoda, figure chips, etc.
Dinner: Soup, Vegetable, dal, rice (There will be variation of Indian, Chinese, Continental, and Italian) and sweet dish.

Trail food considers – energy bar, dry fruits, juice pack, fruit, cheese cube / slice, chocolate.
Tea, coffee and hot chocolate on camp every day unlimited.


 

Yuksom - The first Capital of Sikkim and an old historical place in West Sikkim with oldest monasteries, holy lakes, caves, waterfalls, lovely country side with simple villages and few good hotels gua