The Gateway to Kangchenjunga
There are a few trekking destinations in the World that can leave a lasting imprint for a lifetime. One of them is the Goeche La trek. Goecha La is located in the Gyalshing District of West Sikkim. Trekking through this trail has gained tremendous momentum making it the best treks in India sought-after by adventurers and aspiring mountaineers. As we reach the summit, the trekkers' eyes gradually awaken to the looming view of the World’s third-highest mountain, Mt. Kanchenjunga. The Goechala Trek route will challenge your toughest muscles and senses. Yet, it is one of the most fulfilling journeys of life that you can gift yourself.
“Nature is one of the most under-utilised treasures in life.
It has the power to unburden hearts and reconnect to that inner place of peace.”
" As a Guide, I become an instrument of nature to navigate through it and find peace with it."
Dominic Savio Rai , Gochala Trek leader
Dominic is from Chisang village in Kalimpong District. He has been hiking up to Goecha La for the past 7 years. Yet, he waits for the autumn to set in every year so he can embark toward Goecha La again. The trek has a different trail, and each experience is different. The most intense moments for him are when the trekkers share their happiness at Summit with teary eyes. It even makes up for the wet sleeping bags at high altitudes. The trek is close to his heart, more like a meditation where he learns to be friends with himself. He says he forgets his worldly matters for a while and finds himself free in the high Himalayas. Dominic is also a pillar of the Muhaan and Neora Valley Ecological Society and has been an active mobilizer for community empowerment.
Trek height - 7200 ft to 16,207 ft Distance : 80 kms over 8 days Terrain: dense forests, frequent ascents and descents.
Temperature : 6 to -3
The Goechala Trek is every trekker's dream. This high mountain pass in Sikkim Himalayas rises tall at an elevation of 16,207 ft., bringing you surprisingly close to the majestic Kangchenjunga. Starting from Yuksom, the Dzongri trek route meanders through the dense forests of Kanchenjunga National Park and passes through three iron bridges. The rigorous ascent offers an incredible sunrise view from Dzongri Top. Further on, you can soak in the scenic serenity of the mirror-like Samiti Lake. Part of the Kanchenjunga base camp, the trail will also bless trekkers with a panorama of 14 big mountain views from India.
Travel With Care
Let’s be carefree wanderers that care for the Earth
The entire route is an important part of the Himalayan mountain ecosystem. The hiking trail passes right through Kanchenjunga National Park, which is the first mixed heritage site (natural and cultural) in India declared by UNESCO. The mountains, lakes, and forests are sacred to the native Himalayan communities and should be approached with reverence. The Himalayas are home to many communities, flora, and fauna. A feeling of empathy and accountability from travelers is appreciated. Let’s be mindful of the waste we bring or generate and take them back with us. Let’s approach the terrains gently and let their fragility be undisturbed.