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Duration: 30 Days
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Goechala Tour
 

The Yuksam-Gochala trek, inside India’s Highest National Park is the most unspoilt trek in the Himalayas and rated among the top ten treks in the world. This area also offers you a closer view of the world’s third highest mountain - Mt. Khanchendzonga with panoramic views of other mountains in the vicinity. As you wander up the lush green trails you begin to amaze and wonder at the unspoilt natural splendor and dramatic terrain.
 
You may chance upon the shy Musk Deer or the exotic Red Panda perched among the tree- tops. Revel in the excitement of being part of a unique culture, a rich tapestry woven with legends, myths, rituals and festivals. This trip takes you to Gangtok-a bustling town with a blend of tradition and modernity & further to the famous Rumtek & Tashiding monasteries and finally to the wind swept top of Gochala-la. An experience in quest of enchantment, tranquility & adventure.

Fact of the Trip
Duration:  16 days
Maximum Elevation: 4995m
Per day walking: 6 – 7 hours
Grade:   Moderate
Season:   March, April, May, October-Dec

Highlights of the Trip
• Explore India’s highest National park
• View of Mt. Khanchendzonga
• Unique culture and tradition
• Tashiding Monastery
• Gochala - La

Suggested Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival
Pick up from Bagdogra airport/ Bhadrapur Airport & drive to Gangtok. Stay
O/N at hotel.

Day 02: Gangtok
A leisure day in Gangtok visiting places of tourist interest including Tashi view Point, Ganash Tok, Hanuman Tok, the famous Enchey Monastery, Institute of Cottage Industry, Dro-Drul Chorten, Rope way and Flower snow world and the famous Rumtek Monastery. Return back to hotel. Evening walk to the Mall for shopping/leisure. Stay O/N.

Day 03: Gangtok to Yuksam(1780m)
Drive to Yuksam (1780 m) from Gangtok. Arrive at Yuksom in the evening and take a walk to the Yoksom Coronation site, - a simple stone bench, where the three monks appointed the first king of Sikkim. Visit the nearby Ani Gompa {Buddhist nunnery). Overnight at Yoksom.

Day 04: Yuksam to Tshoka (3050m)
The very first day of the trek is the toughest. Starting at an altitude of 1780 meters, we have to climb up to 3050 m. The route has many ups and downs, with some rock staircases. No landmarks are visible, and it is easy to loose orientation. A steady walk with plenty of halts enables the enjoyment of the fantastic range of flora. After crossing the green Praig Chuu River at Bakhim, we climb steeply to reach the last village on this route, called Tshoka, (a clearing in the forest). Overnight in Guest House or in camp.

Day 05: Tshokha – Dzongri meadows (4320 m).
A steep climb through rhododendrons, with some views of the snow peaks brings us to Dzongri at 4320m. It is a lovely undulating plateau, used as a yak pasture, extending nearly to the Kabru and Pandim glaciers on either side. The first view as you step on to the meadows is indeed breathtaking, as you suddenly come face to face with the great peaks. Overnight in camp.
 
Day 06: Dzongri – Thansing (3920 m).
Wake up early, to walk up to the top of Dabla Khang, a mountain-top from where the Sikkimese worships Mount Khangchendzonga. After the short walk, the sunrise view of Khangchendzonga, Kabru, and Siniolchu, is spectacular. After breakfast in camp, trek to Thansing 08 Kms in 04 hrs. A fairly easy trek, with good views. Initially traversing marshy ground with bushy rhododendrons, for about 02 kms, the track descends very steeply into the Praig chuu valley. We pass through meadows of grazing yaks, wild flowers, and rhododendrons, with spectacular views of Mount Pandim. The river comes cascading down from the snow  capped mountains. We climb out of the valley, to the trekkers hut at Thansing.

Day 07: Thansing to Camp in Lampokhri, 4230 ( via Samithi Lake 4500m).
Trek steadily uphill for 04 hrs to camp near Samthi Lake at 4500 m. Overnight in camp

Day 08: Lampokhri or Simithi lake to Gochela, (4995m) to Thangsing(3800m)
Today we have a long days trek. Starting just past midnight, we climb, along a gully on a trail of moraine and boulders, with spectacular views opening up. Following a short descent to the white sands of Zimethang we make the steep climb reaching the highest point of the trek, in time for the sunrise. From Gochela we see the Talung Glacier, Khangchendzonga East Face, Jannu, Simvo, Sinolchu, and many other peaks. Descending down we retrace our steps to spend the night at Thangsing in the Priag chhu valley. Overnight in camp.

Day 09: Thangsing  to Tsokha.
Return along the route to Tsokha O /N. at Tsokha.

Day 10: Tsokha to Yuksam.
Retrace our steps to Yuksam. Check in hotel. O/N at Yuksam.

Day 11: Yuksam to Pelling 
Early morning drive to Pemayangtse to visit Khechoperi Lake Drive 24 Kms ( 01.30 hrs). Continue the journey for another 30 Kms ( 1.30 hrs) to reach Pelling. O/N at Pelling.

Day 12: Pelling sightseeing
Today full day sightseeing covering Pemayangtse Monastery, Changay Falls, Singsor Bridge & Dentam Village (includes Alpine Cheese Factory). Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13: Pelling to Kalimpong
Early morning drive from Pelling to Kalimpong (95 Kms/ 4 Hrs). Check in at Hotel.Overnight at Hotel. Evening Free/Shopping O/N at Kalimpong.

Day 14: Kalimpong to Darjeeling.
 Early morning visit Dello hills, Dr. Graham’s Home, Flower Nurseries, Nature Interpretation Center and Durbin Dara Hills & Jang-Dong-Palriffo Brang and Durbin Monastery. After lunch Transfer to Darjeeling (70 kms / 3 hr.)Optional rafting on the way to Darjeeling over Night at Hotel.

Day 15: Darjeeling
Early morning tour to Tiger Hills (at around 4 am) to view sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak (subject to clear weather). On way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast visit to Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday), Tenzing & Gombu. Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center (Closed on Sunday) & Tea Estate. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 16: depature
 Bhadrapur Airport/NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport. Transfer to NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport, (100 Kms / 3 Hrs) for onwards connection. (Trip ends).

 
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