- Trek Overview
- Inclusions / Exclusions
Goechala in many ways is a perfect trek option for seasoned trekkers or fit individuals. Lying inside the Kanchanjunga National park, it offers spectacular views of the complete range. The trail snakes through dense Rhododendron forests which will bloom in April-May. It is a difficult trek and requires proper preparations.
About the area
You trek inside the Kanchanjunga National park. This area is famous for the variety of species of flora and fauna it houses!
On your trek expect sightings of Blood Pheasant, Tragopans, other exotic Himalayan birds and who knows, maybe even a Red Panda!
Chances of Rain/Hail: Very less. One can expect a mild occasional drizzle.
Snow on trail: Possible in March and April
Minimum Temperatures: Afternoons up to 10 to 12 degrees Nights around -5 to -7 degrees
How are we different?
We take a smaller group size (12 people) and maintain a high staff (skilled) ratio which offers more safety on the trail and a better experience. Plus we love sharing information about local flora and fauna and also the culture.
In short we provide a complete all-round outdoor experience!
Day 1: Arrive at Yuksom (1710 mts) (Base village)
Time: 7 hour drive*.
Night stay in a homestay / hotel.
*We can help arrange the travel till Yuksom once the group is formed.
Day 2: Trek to from Yuksom to Bkahim (2822 mts).
Trek distance: 11Kms; Trek time: 7hours
Night stay in camps.
Day 3: Trek from Bkahim to Phedang (3000 mts).
Trek distance: 4kms; Trek time: 3hours
Night in camps.
Day 4: Trek from Phedang to Dzongri (3945 mts) via Phidang (3660 mts).
Trek distance: 7kms; Trek time: 6hours
Night in camps.
Day 5: Acclimatization day at Dzongri.
Morning Hike to Dzongri top for sunrise (4175 mts).
Time taken: 2-2.5hours
Post breakfast hike to Dzongri pass (4400 mts). (optional)
Time taken: 3hours
Night in camps.
Day 6: Trek from Dzongri to Thansing (3920 mts).
Trek Distance: 12kms; Trek time: 7hours
Night in camps.
Day 7: Trek from Thansing to Goechala view point 1 (4575 mts) and back to Thansing (3920 mts).
Trek distance: 10kms; Trek time: 8hours
Night in camps.
Day 8: Trek from Thansing to Chokha (2940 mts).
Trek Distance: 16kms; Trek time: 7hours
Night in camps.
Day 9: Trek from Chokha to Yuksom.
Trek Distance: 15kms; Trek time: 6hours
Night in homestay / hotel.
Day 10: Depart for Siliguri/Bagdogra/NJP
Day 11: Buffer Day (Optional) - This is an optional day only if the weather turns bad. Trekkers are requested to account for this when booking their Flight/Train tickets. If this day i used an additional amount of ₹2500/- will be charged (on the spot) If we do not use this day you will have one extra day after the trek.
Trek price includes
- Stay and Meals at Yuksom.
- All meals and accommodation starting from your arrival at Yuksom to your departure on day 11.
- Forest entry charges
- Rentals for all common gear provided to you like tent and sleeping bags.
- Guide and Expertise charges
- A high altitude medical kit which includes oxygen cylinders, Oxymeters, BP meter and Medicines.
Trek price excludes
- 5% GST
- Transport to Yuksom and back. We exclude this service for Goechala as trekkers very often end up staying back after the trek or come in a couple of days early. We can help arrange your transport to and from Yuksom.
- Meals and Drinks purchased by participants during the trek.
- Rentals for personal gear (you are expected to get your own personal gear
- Flight/train till Siliguri.
- Backpack offloading charges. You are expected to carry your own backpack. Trekkers unable to do so can opt for a porterage service at ₹400/day.
Ideally, try to reach Yuksom by 5 pm on Day 1. This means you should try to leave Bagdogra/Siliguri by 10 am if you are coming by a booked cab. Shared local cabs reach later in the evening
We can arrange for a cab from Bagdogra/siliguri to Yuksom. The cost of this can be shared by the trekkers. The cost of a Sumo is approximately 6000 INR and of a Innova is 8000 INR. Trekkers who want to book local shared cabs for Yuksom, can do so too. You will have to book a shared cab to Jorethang and then a subsequent shared cab to Yuksom. In this case you will reach Yuksom by 7 pm. If you don't wish to reach this late, You can stay the previous night (a night before reporting day) at Jorethang and book a morning local shared cab to Yuksom.
A certified trek leader, a guide, cook & porters will accompany you during the trek
The common perception is that alcohol makes you feel warmer, however it also dehydrates you & dehydration can be fatal while trekking. Hence consumption of alcohol is prohibited. Smoking in camps is not allowed.
Wild animals do not frequent camps. They tend to stay away.
We’ve been organizing treks for over three years and have had many female trekkers trek with us. In fact, a lot of them come solo for treks. There has never been a complaint about the atmosphere of a trek, about other trekkers or our professionalism. They have all been kind enough to leave a review.
You will be sleeping in twos or threes in your tents in sleeping bags. The sleeping bags are snug and comfortable. If you are used to sleeping on a pillow, do carry an inflatable pillow or any small cushion that could provide you pillow-like comfort to sleep.
In all the camps where the accommodation is in guest houses/home stays, there will be proper toilets. On the day of camping, we will have toilet tents, the standard, most hygienic way of answering nature’s call. A deep pit will be dug in the ground and once you’re done, you will have to use a shovel & throw in some dirt from a mound of dirt kept nearby. These will be dry toilets with no water hence please carry tissue roll for the toilet tent (refrain from using wet wipes as they are not bio degradable), for the rest of the days, you can carry rolls as per your convenience.
On day 1 you may get bathing facilities at the home stay. Through the rest of the trek, there are no bathing facilities at campsites.
Mobile network won't be available on this trek.
Tents do not have charging stations.
Meals will be provided by us. However you may carry snack items to much on like dry fruits, or protein bars, or nuts.
1. Good Sturdy Backpack: Prefer a trekking pack over a backpacking one. The size of the backpack depends upon the participant. Normally for a 7-9 day trek a 50-60 litre pack should suffice. 2. Shoes: Any Waterproof trek (not hike) shoe would be ideal. 3. Socks: 3 pair cottons and 3 pairs of woolens. 4. Trek pants (Ideally Water Resistant): Get two quick dry summer trek pants .On summit climb or a major altitude gain day you can replace one dry fit trek pant with Shell trekking pants. If you don’t have a trek pants you can replace it with Gym Track pants. 5. T shirt/Base layer: Get 3 T shirts/trekking base layer on the trek, one of which should be thick and full sleeve. Avoid cotton and prefer dry fit. 6. Fleece/ Sweater/Good quality Hoodie: Get 1 fleece jacket or sweater . Fleece is preferred over sweater or hoodie as it is lightweight and easy to carry. Sweaters and Jackets can be heavier than Fleece for the warmth they offer. 7. Down/ Padded Jacket – Down/Padded jacket (Upto -5 degrees ). If you don’t want to get a padded/Down jacket, get two fleece. Cotton track pants for camp – These are specifically for cold evenings at the campsite.This can be ignored if you are comfortable wearing your trekking pants in the camp. 8. Thermals : 1 pair. We wear thermals only upon reaching the campsite not while trekking. 9. Windproof Jacket: All rain proof can be used as Wind proofs. Required as an additional layer during trekking in windy conditions. Avoid if you have a rain proof jacket. 10. Rainwear: Option A – Rain set – One Waterproof jacket (3000 mm waterproofing), Rain proof pants and Bag cover Option two – Poncho that covers your body and bag completely. We ideally recommend Option 1 as poncho makes trekking difficult. 11. Woolen Cap/ Balaclava: (1) To cover your ears, head and neck.Get one woolen cap and one neck warmer or balaclava. 12. Neck Warmer/ Scarf (1): For evenings. Avoid if you are comfortable using a Balaclava. 13. Gloves: 2 gloves out of which 1 can be water proof and one woollen. The waterproof one has to ideally be padded and a size larger than you normally use. This is so that you can wear both your gloves together if required. 14. Suncap – 1 15. Sunglasses – 1 16. Toiletries – Also include sunscreen, moisturizer and lip-cream 17. Headlamp/Torch -1. Preferably headlamp. 18. Two water bottles (1 litre each) – One can be a thermos Flask. One can also get a hydration pack. 19. Camp shoes/Flip flops for camp Plastic covers for inside the backpack to keep your clothes dry 20. Daypack – Required if you have a summit days climb. Preferably one that can be compressed. 21. Documents: 2 passport sized photograph, Address and Photo proof (Driving License or Aadhaar card), Doctor’s Medical certificate saying that you are fit for the trek. We reserve the right to not take you on the trek if you fail to produce this. 22. Trekking pole
10-12 kms slow jog OR 35-40 kms cycling Pace is not important, consistency is important (non-stop jogging/running/cycling);;;;;;; Squats 50 x 3; Lunges 50 x 3; Calf raises 50 x 3;;;;;;;;;; Climbing stairs 35-40 floors with bagpack
On a trek one is expected to carry your own backpack. Trekkers unable to do so can opt for a porterage service accordingly. The charges for this are ₹350/- to ₹400/- per day per bag. The charges for this are not included in the trek price.
In case of cancellation If you cancel – – 60 days before the trip: we can process a complete refund minus minimum processing charges. – between 30-45 days before the trip: you will be refunded 50% of the trek fee. – within 30 days before trek starts: No refund. – and your spot is replaced in a full batch: we will process a complete refund after canceling minute operational charges. (For fixed departures only) Covid cancellation policy- 15 days before the start date of the trek – 100% refund or Wandering Boots Adventures voucher. 7 days before the start date of the trek – 50% refund or Wandering Boots Adventure voucher.