At, 16,207 feet lies Goecha La pass in Sikkim, a popular destination among trekkers. The trail leads through picturesque valleys, green orchids and showcase a rich diversity of flora and fauna in this region. It is also the base camp for trekkers who wish to scale the great Kunchenjunga.
This nine-day trek starts from a little village called Yuksom, which was once the old capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD by Phuntsog Namgyal, who was the first king of this region. Adorned with serene greenery, this trail leads to the foot of Kunchenjunga (also known as Khangchendzonga), the third highest peak in the world and the highest peak in India. The rich forests of Kangchendzonga National Park (KNP) surround this area.
This trek covers the areas like Tshoka, Dzongri La Pass, Thansing and Goecha La Pass. The walk from Tshoka to a place called Phedang is sure to entice the romantic in you as spectacular red rhododendrons follow on both sides of the path. At one point, the place offers a canopy of rhododendrons over the head giving a surreal feel to the whole experience. When taking this trip in the pre-monsoon season, the misty clouds engulf the skies adding a dramatic mystic feel. The crossing of an old wooden suspension bridge takes you towards the enchanting meadows of Bakhim and Phedang.
The sight of Kunchenjunga mountain range accompanies you all along the way. One can witness that magical moment when the first rays of sunlight illuminate the peak. You will get a chance to acclimatize before ascending to the Dzongri pass. During this one-day halt, you can walk around the area and explore it at leisure. The journey will again start towards the Goecha La pass next day. To further enhance the experience, we will organize multiple outdoor night camps along the way. Imagine the charm of star-gazing by the bonfire.
This trek will get a little challenging at some places with long distances and ascensions between two camps. One will be better served to have proper, regular meals whenever we halt and carry sufficient amount of water. But rest assured, these long walks will give you an opportunity to appreciate all the beautiful birds and wildlife native to this region. Also at Dzongri, there is a particular spot from where the view of the mountains is so inspiring that it has actually been featured on the Rs. 100/- note.
This trek will be challenging in parts but equally satisfying. So don't forget to bring the camera along. Be in good health when you plan to undertake this trek.