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Backpacking Trek Goecha La Hut Based


Rs.13,450
Product Code: BPDG
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Duration: 10 Days
Season: Apr-Jun, Oct-Dec
Grade: Vigorous
Region: Sikkim
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ITINERARY

Day 1: Drive from Siliguri to Yuksom (drive/7-8hrs)

Today you drive to the wee town of Yuksom. After introductions, your trip leader will brief you about the trek, some basic and essential pointers that will come handy while on this venture. Enjoy a scrumptious meal, and spend the day at leisure, retire to your beds early, tomorrow will be an early morning.

Meal Plan – D

Day 2: Yuksom (1750 m) to Sachen {10kms, hike/5-6 hrs, stay in Tents}

Post a local breakfast we leave the quaint misty village of Yuksom, and enter the endless greens of the Kangchenzoga National Park. Walking on a well paved trail, you cross the first bridge to move in to a sacred world of heavenly sounds and creatures. The pines, and the rhododendrons along with innumerous creepers appearing through the forest mist. Makes your fatigue vanish at a glance. Walking up and down the magical world you arrive at the campsite called Sachen. An open spot in the dense forest. Something like an opening in the tunnel, a window that breathes Sun. We camp here for the night, next morning will be rare!

Meal Plan – B, L ,D

Day 3: Sachen to Tshoka (3040m) {7 kms, hike/5-6hrs, stay in trekker huts}

Start your day with some stretching exercises, as post breakfast you start to walk. Today’s hike is through the reentrants and some streams. The unique tropical evergreen forests of the Kangchendzonga National Park will continue to amaze us as we walk up and down the beautiful trails. The last section of the hike is steep, so walking at a regular slow pace is advised. You will camp at Tshoka, an abandoned Tibetan Village, now turned into a campsite by the national park authorities. Make any urgent phone calls from here, before going much deeper into the national park, as no networks can be accessed over there. Spend the evening at ease before an early dinner is served. Stay for the night in trekkers’ hut/Tent.

Meal Plan – B, L ,D

Day 4: Tshoka to Dzongri (3930m) {10kms, hike/6 hrs, stay in Trekkers’ Hut/Tent}

Wake up to an untimely and clear morning as the sun comes out pretty early. You get spectacular views of the Kangchendzonga range from here, although the mighty peak won’t be showing up until you climb up Dzongri top. Today’s hike is a bit strenuous than the last one, as you climb up to the top of the mountain, climbing almost 1000m in less than 6 hrs. Pre-monsoon season in these mountains is pretty cloudy; without much rain, while one can witness clear skies in the months of September till December. On reaching the campsite, you are advised to go for a walk uphill, so as to get proper acclimatized to the altitude. Stay for the night in trekkers’ hut/Tent.

Meal Plan – B, L ,D

Day 5: Dzongri {acclimatization day- hike to Dzongri La pass (4417m), hike/6hrs, stay in Trekkers’ Hut/Tent}

Wake up early in the morning and go for a hike to Dzongri top catching the first rays of the sun illuminating the snow-capped peaks. The hike is a small one with only chilling cold weather as the real challenge. After witnessing a breathtaking sunrise, descend down to the campsite, have breakfast and rest a bit. Around noon you will go for an acclimatization hike towards the Dzongri La pass. Come back to the camps towards the evening, have a nice cup of tea and some snacks. Stay for the night in trekkers’ hut/Tent.

Meal Plan – B, L ,D

Day 6: Dzongri to Thansing (3800m) {10kms, hike/5hrs, stay in Trekkers’ Hut/Tent}

Today we will hike to the next campsite of the journey, at Thansing (3800m), built in the same fashion. Starting from Dzongri the trail goes up and then down straight into the valley, where you cross a wooden bridge on a roaring river. Majority of the route for today goes downhill through a thick population of around 30 kinds of rhododendrons, which makes it more enjoyable. Stay for the night in trekkers’ hut/Tent.

Meal Plan – B, L ,D

Day 7: Thansing to Goecha La pass (4930m) to Thansing {14kms, hike/7 - 8 hrs, Stay in Trekkers’ Hut/Tent}

Today is the final and most arduous hike of the venture, as you start at around 3 in the morning and start walking towards the Goecha La pass. The hike moves through the vast moraines of some ancient glaciers that melted away long time back. Enroute, you pass a small glacial lake called Somiti. From here the trail gets a bit rough as you start tackling the moraines. Depending on the condition of the snow and ice, you will first reach view point I, then II and then finally the pass at 4930m, although your guide will give the final call for it; depending on the weather conditions. Spend some time enjoying the views of the mighty Kangchendzonga and the surrounding peaks, then start walking back towards the campsite, as the weather changes dramatically over here in the high altitudes. Reach back at the camp and spend the evening at leisure.

Meal Plan – B, L, D

Day 8: Thansing to Tshoka {16kms, hike/6 - 7 hrs, stay in Trekkers’ Hut}

Today you start walking back towards the first campsite at Tshoka, taking a different route, skipping Dzongri. The trail moves through one of the most magnificent forests of rhododendrons and oaks. The gradient is gradual up and down making it easy to cover the long distance. On arrival to Tshoka, rest for a while, and get ready for the special but concluding dinner of the journey in the mountains. Stay for the night in trekkers’ hut/Tent.

Meal Plan – B, L, D

Day 9: Tshoka to Yuksom {17kms, hike/6-7 hrs, stay in the Hotel}

Post breakfast; prepare yourself for the final stretch of this venture. You retrace your footsteps back to where you started, marking the completion of one of most beautiful and a challenging trek of the Himalayas.

Meal Plan – B, L, D

Day 10: Depart to NJP

After breakfast we drive back to NJP/Bagdogra. The trip ends here.

Meal Plan – B

PRICE 


TRANSPORT OPTIONS

Transport can be arranged by us which you can pay directly

Please Note: If you need cost to book on double sharing basis (2 people staying in a room/ tent) please ask us for the price for the same.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 2 guides for the group. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks
  • Accommodation in a basic hotels/ campsites/ guest houses with neat and clean rooms with basic amenities on triple sharing. Sharing pattern can change at times depending upon the availability
  • High quality Camping equipment
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn't mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses
    • Toilet tent (1) forwomen
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • Meal plan In the detailed itinerary given to you, on all days you will see B, L, D mentioned against each day, this indicates the meal plan for the day. If you have (B, D) mentioned it signifies you will get breakfast and dinner on this day. Similarly (B, L, D) indicates you will get all meals and so on.
    On our backpacking treks you get simple food which is fresh, hygienic, tasty and has a strong local flavour The meals will be self-cooked by the team ( participants and guides)
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Service Tax
  • Insurance

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE

EQUIPMENT

RENT*

Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)

250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300

Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover

75

Warm Gloves

50

Waterproof Trekking boots

300

Balaclava

50

Rucksack (60 ltrs)

150

Waterproof gaiters

50

Warm high-length woollen socks

50

Poncho/Raincoat

50

Trekking poles

60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of GREAT INDIAN OUTDOORS (P) LTD. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
  • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
  • Cancellation Policy
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund

VITAL INFORMATION


Transport Options (Delhi – NJP/Bagdobra – Delhi)

For travel to Sikkim and back one can choose between air, rail & road. Bagdobra airport is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.

Weather Details

The climate in Yuksom, which is located at a moderate altitude, is pleasant from March to June and September to November, while in the winter season, the coldest months are December and February. The climate of Sikkim can be termed as temperate in broad terms. Sikkim enjoys the five seasons of summer, winter, monsoon, autumn and spring. Sprawled in an area of 7,096 km², Sikkim lengthens from an altitude of 280 m (920 ft) to 8,585 m (28,000 ft). With such varied altitudes, the state observes tropical, temperate and frigid climate in different regions. In the southern part, the weather is usually sub-tropical, whereas in the north, it is generally tundra.

However, the colonized regions are dominated by temperate climate, where temperature rarely goes 28 °C maximum in summers and drops below 0°C in winters. The average annual temperature for the major part of Sikkim is recorded 18°C (64 °F) approx. During the months of March - May, the sun shines at its best in the state of Sikkim. The weather remains wintry and humid; with a frequent drizzling, makes it misty and cloudy.

Monsoon prevails from late-June to early-September. Autumn stays from September to October providing a nice time for tourists to visit the state. In India, Sikkim is one amongst the few states that receive regular snowfall. The snowline of Sikkim is approx. 6,000 meters. The high altitude in the northern region permits the temperature to drop below -40°C in winters. The proper winter season starts from late December till February.

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  2. Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  3. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  4. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  6. Woollen cap
  7. Woollen gloves
  8. Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  9. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  10. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  11. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  12. Raincoat / Poncho
  13. Small light weight towel
  14. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  15. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  16. Sun glasses
  17. Walking stick / Trekking pole
  18. Sunscreen Lotion
  19. Lip Balm
  20. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  21. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  22. Personal toiletries
  23. Books, if you like reading
  24. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  25. Carry rain cover for your bags
  26. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  27. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details..

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

10 Days | Apr-Jun, Oct-Dec| Vigorous| Max Alt: 4930mts (Goecha La)


SKETCH ITINERARY

DAY 01: Drive From Siliguri To Yuksom (Drive/7-8hrs)
DAY 02: Yuksom (1750 M) To Sachen (10kms, Hike/5-6 Hrs, Stay In Tents)
DAY 03: Sachen To Tshoka (3040m) {7 Kms, Hike/5-6hrs, Stay In Trekker Huts}
DAY 04: Tshoka To Dzongri (3930m) {10kms, Hike/6 Hrs, Stay In Trekkers Hut/Tent}
DAY 05: Dzongri {Acclimatization Day- Hike To Dzongri La Pass (4417m), Hike/6hrs, Stay In Trekkers Hut/Tent}
DAY 06: Dzongri To Thansing (3800m) {10kms, Hike/5hrs, Stay In Trekkers Hut/Tent}
DAY 07: Thansing To Goecha La Pass (4930m) To Thansing {14kms, Hike/7 - 8 Hrs, Stay In Trekkers Hut/Tent}
DAY 08: Thansing To Tshoka {16kms, Hike/6 - 7 Hrs, Stay In Trekkers Hut}
DAY 09: Tshoka To Yuksom {17kms, Hike/6-7 Hrs, Stay In The Hotel}
DAY 10: Depart To NJP

Description

Moving through one of the greenest zones on the planet, this trek starts from a small establishment called Yuksom, and takes you to the feet of Mt. Kangchendzonga, the tallest peak in India. Untouched by any effluence, these forests of the Kangchendzonga National Park (KNP) support a fine ecosystem, with innumerous species of unusual flora and fauna. The weather remains clear during the winter and dramatic during the pre-monsoon season, with misty clouds playing around with your imagination. The whole eco-system has maintained itself in harmony as no single tree stands unaccompanied! The giant pine tree supports ferns growing out of the moss that has blanketed the trunk and the branches, coiled by uncanny creepers, on which an army of ants can be seen working really hard, along with various insects and birds forming their nests, colonies and territories distributed all over one single tree, imagine a forest with a million such trees. Its pure joy to see how these big and small figures live in harmony.

This venture can be challenging in terms of distances between two campsites, demanding long and regular walks. One need to get properly acclimatized as huge altitude is gained in small time during this trek. You are advised to drink a lot of water and take proper diet to carry out this venture without any hassle. Once you gain that motion after the first day walk, it becomes easy to tackle the challenging distances, as walking is not the only thing that keeps you busy now on, keep your eyes and ears open to watch the drama that nature has set to play, with thousands of birds that keep singing in the background. At Dzongri one can witness a view so strong, that when the authorities first saw it they decided to feature it on the Rs.100 note, so keep a note in your pocket before heading out to Dzongri top for some re-assurance.

DETAILS
Duration 10 Days
Region Sikkim

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