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Sikkim & Goech-La Trek
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* Trekking in and around the five jewels
* Panoramic views of snow capped peaks, Asia's highest hill station
* Warm local, colorful bazaar, traditional culture, Buddhist monasteries
* Pristine forest of rhododendron and magnolia, breathe taking sunrise
* Sunset view in the very heart of world's 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga”.    

Introduction:

This beautiful trek takes you to Geocha-la at 4,942m, opposite the eastern face of Mt. Kanchenjunga 8,435m the third highest in the world and one of the most magnificent massive peaks in the entire Himalayan range.

Most of our trips in the eastern Himalaya and across the border, starts with a sweeping flight to the Gangetic plains of south east Nepal. From here a scenic drive to Sikkim with a visit at the Queen of the Hills in Darjeeling in the comfort of the Hotel, where the hospitality still retains the touch of heritage from the British Raj.

From Darjeeling with a wonderful tour, a drive takes to Yuksom for our stunning adventure on the foothills of the great Mt. Kanchnjunga. The trek begins through dense sub-tropical forests and passes vast pasture lands of grazing yaks and reaches the alpine region leaving the lush vegetation behind for few arctic high Himalayan plants and shrubs. Once in the alpine region observing constant view of the great snow capped peaks nearly every day of the trek, after reaching our high destination at Goecha-la with the superb view of the Kanchanjunga, we retrace our fabulous journey back to Yuksom with a drive to Kalimpong another queen of the hill station, after a memorable trip we drive back to Nepal border for the panoramic flight to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu. 1,300m. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. 1/2 Day guided tour.
Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur approx 600m. 45 minutes flight and drive to Darjeeling.
Day 04: In Darjeeling tour of Tiger Hill 2,550m (8,500ft).
Day 05: Drive to Pelling.2,060m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 06: Drive to Yuksom, Sikkim. 1,780m 5-6 hrs ride.
Day 07: Trek to Tsokha (Chokha) 3,006m. 16 km. 6 hrs .
Day 08: Rest day at Tsokha (Chokha) 3,006m. 16 km. 6 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Dzongri 4,030m. 10km. 5 hrs walk.
Day 10: Trek to Thangsing 3,780 m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Samiti Lake 4,308 m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 12:

At Samiti Lake for hike to Goecha-la 4,942m. Return trek to Samiti Pokhari.

Day 13: Trek to Kok-Tshering. Approx. 3,550m. 6 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Tshoka. 3-4 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Yuksom. approx. 6 hrs.
Day 16: Drive to Kalimpong. 4-5 hrs ride.
Day 17: Drive to Nepal border for the flight to Kathmandu
Day 18: Free day at leisure.
Day 19: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Day 01:

Arrive Kathmandu. 1,300m. Transfer to Hotel.

  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where one of our leader or a Sherpa guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek/Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
   
Day 02:

Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

  After breakfast proceed to Sightseeing Tour of Pashupati and Bouddhanath.  Pashupatinath Temple is situated 5 km east of Kathmandu, the temple of Lord Shiva, Pathupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is considered one of the holiest shrines of Hindus. The stupa of Boudhanath lays 8 kms east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal stupa is one of the biggest in the world and the center of Buddhism in the world. It was listed in the UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979.
   
Day 03:

Fly to Bhadrapur. Approx. 600m. 50 minutes flight.

 

Our journey starts with a forty five to fifty minutes flight from Kathmandu to the near border town at Bhadrapur, this scenic flight offers a spectacular scenery with arrays of snow capped peaks from the central Himalayan range of Langtang, Dorji Lakpa Himal to the eastern Himalaya range including Mt. Everest, Mt Makalu and Mt. Kangchenjunga. After a wonderful flight to Bhadrapur, a short drive will bring us to the frontier town at Kakarvita, here after going through the immigration formalities, we exit Nepal and continue drive towards the Indian border at Panitanki, here again have to go through the passport and visa formalities.

After the paper works, a gradual smooth scenic drive to Darjeeling leaving the plains behind and start climbing up and see the lofty green promontories ahead of you, as you enter a different domain altogether. Brilliant red rhododendrons, charming white magnolias and majestic pines welcome you to the land of Tea (Darjeeling). And all the while the slopes gently flow down in waves and waves of green tea-bushes as you arrive Darjeeling.

   
Day 04:

In Darjeeling tour of Tiger Hill 2,550m (8,500ft).

 

An early morning drive to Tiger hill, situated about 11 km away from Darjeeling. Tiger Hill offers one of the most magnificent views of the Kanchendzonga, Talung, Kabru, Pandim and Siniolchu which are all located in Sikkim. In the North-East, the beautiful peak of Chomolhari in Bhutan peeps over the Chola Nathula range.

On a clear day even the tips of Mt. Everest and Makalu in Nepal can be seen in the distance.As the sunrises, the mountain tops are lighted one by one and then slowly the probing sunlight enters the valleys revealing forests and rivers.

After the superb views of the sunrise and the mountains, we return back to Darjeeling for breakfast with a brief stop at the Yiga Choling Monastery and the Bhatase Loop. Afternoon free for individual activities.

   
Day 05:

Drive to Pelling. 4-5 hrs. 2,060m.

  After an early breakfast, our adventure continues towards Sikkim the drive is interesting through the maze of tea gardens coming to subtropical area at River Teesta after the bridge over river Teesta on the Sikkim territory, we will stop for a lunch break at Mele Bazaar. From here our journey takes on the road to Pelling and then to Yuksom. On arriving at Pelling transfer to Hotel. Pelling is placid travel destination, situated at an altitude of just above 2,000m a small town famous for the magnificent view of the snow capped mountains of Kanchenjunga.
   
Day 06:

Drive to Yuksom, Sikkim. 1,780m  4-5 hrs  ride.

  The road to Yuksom climbs uphill from the town of Legship, on arriving Yuksom we will take comfort in the nice campsite for the overnight. Yoksum was the first capital of Sikkim and it was here that the 1st Chogyal (king or monarchy) was consecrated by the three holy Lamas in 1642 AD. Overlooking Yoksum half an hours walk uphill is the Dubdi monastery one of the oldest in Sikkim.
   
Day 07:

Trek to Tsokha (Chokha) 3,006m. 16 km. 6 hrs.

 

Today our most awaited Himalayan adventure begins after breakfast the walk to Tsokha starts with the trail skirting meadows and meandering small farm villages. After an hour of gradual walk through the sub tropical forest and bridges, the climb begins of another 3-4 hrs on a path lined with sky embracing trees and carpeted with leaves from the surrounding vegetation brings you to Bakim.

From here another one hour climb to our overnight camp at Tsokha the last village on route to our destination. Tsokha a small Tibetan village consisting of  dozen houses and a monastery with a Government Trekkers Hut. Camp is made on the premises of this hut an excellent campsite on a flat surface with a view of Pandim peak towards northeast.

   
Day 08:

Rest day at Tsokha (Chokha) 3,006m. 16 km. 6 hrs .

 

A leisure day for local excursion around the village of Tshoka and hike around. Visit to the monastery and free afternoon for individual activities.

   
Day 09:  

Trek to Dzongri 4,030m. 10km. 5 hrs walk.

  After a wonderful time with the rest day at Tsokha our walk leads uphill past the monastery  perched on top of the village, the path passes through the enchanting forest of rhododendron, pines and hemlocks after a steep walk uphill for 2 ½ hours the trail comes to a gentle climb to a small clearing at Pedhang for lunch, a good place for camping here on the grassy meadow. Pedhang has one small hut with an old rundown view tower. After Pedhang an hour steep climb to the ridge of Deurali, an outstanding magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga massif and Kabru peak can be seen from this wonderful spot. From here onwards we leave the tree line behind for sparse vegetation of dwarf rhododendron (azalea) and juniper bush another hour of undulating walk brings us to Dzongri a wide valley with 5-6 shepherds huts. Dzongri has good view of Mt. Pandim an hour walk to the Dzongri top from the campsite offers excellent view of Kanchenjunga and neighboring snow capped peaks.
   
Day 10:

Trek to Thangsing 3,780 m. 3-4 hrs.

  Today's walk leads us to a relatively gradual trail with a clear view of Mt. Kanchejunga, our route diverts towards north west for a while, the path follows a short gentle climb with gradual walk most of the way for two hours before we descend to the river, the trail leads to steep downhill slope for 45 minutes coming to a hut near the river, here we are back again in the pine tree lines, after a short break here our walk leads to a gentle climb with few steep section till we arrive on the large glacial valley at Thangsing for lunch and overnight stop. Thangsing has good camping ground with a large hut which serves as a Guest House also.
   
Day 11:

Trek to Samiti Lake 4,308 m. 3-4 hrs.

 

From here another 3-4 hours walk takes us to camp at Samiti lake, the walk follows a gradual climb for an hour or two at the end of this glacial valley, on leaving the valley behind our walk leads to a steep climb on the rocky path and moraines, as we reach the ridge top overlooking great views of the nearby snow capped peaks and the valley down below, a short descend brings us at the level ground to camp at Samiti Lake. Samiti Lake, a sacred glacial fed lake.

On auspicious time as per the Tibetan Buddist calendar, this place is flooded with pilgrims from all around Sikkim and Darjeeling area. Near our campsite there is log hut for people to take refuge when required.

   
Day 12:

At Samiti Lake for hike to Goecha-la 4,942m, return trek to Samiti Pokhari.

  The trail leads to a climb along the gully. As the path is uneven on the moraine and boulders as you reach the highlight of the trip at Goecha-la on the highest spot of this trek with the superb views of the east face of Mt. Kanchenjunga. After a marvelous time here our walk takes you back to the camp at Samiti Pokhari.Trek for 3-4 hours and descent to Samati-Pokhari for the overnight.
   
Day 13:

Trek to Kok-Tshering. Approx. 3,550m. 6 hrs.

  From Samati lake walks leads to Thangsing on the same path, after Thangsing we will take an alternate route to Yoksom via Bakhim instead of going back to Dzongri, the route descents all the way to Bakhim through the dense forests. From this spot our route meanders to a steep climb for hours through the dense forest of rhododendron, firs, hemlocks and pines and finallay the walk follows on the gradual path and eventually reaching to our overnight camp at Koktshering where the trail from Tshoka to Dzongri meets. Kok-Tsering situated in the midst of the beautiful forest.
   
Day 14:

Trek to Tshoka 3-4 hrs.

  Today a short walk of less than 3-4 hrs to Tshoka, an opportunity to catch the views and the beautiful surrounding what you have might missed on the steep climb earlier. The path leads down hill all the way to Tshoka through the pristine forest of oaks, rhododendron and pines trees.
   
Day 15:

Trek to Yuksom approx. 3-4 hrs.

  The trail today leads to a nice pleasant walk for few hours on the downhill path to Tshoka, from Thsoka walk follows on the same trail all the way to Yuksom for the last overnight camping.
   
Day 16: Drive to Kalimpong. 4-5 hrs ride.
   
Day 17:

Drive to Nepal border for the flight to Kathmandu.

  We leave for Nepal from Kalimpong after an early breakfast, the drive is pleasant after reaching the subtropical area of the plains, on reaching the border on the Indian side, check in at the Indian Immigration department after this,  a short drive to Nepal frontier at Kakarvita for another Government formalities. After the paper work 45 minutes drive on the easy road to Bhadrapur for the flight scenic sweeping to Kathmandu. Once getting hold of the boarding pass we make our way to the terminal for security check, the flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu which takes less than an hour, a panoramic view of the snow capped can be seen from the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, one of our Tour Officer will be waiting to receive and escort you back to the Hotel.
   
Day 18:

Free day at leisure.

  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
   
Day 19:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our Office staff will take you to the airport for your final departure.
Price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast basis and Hotel in Darjeeling & Kalimpong on full board basis
2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu and Bhadrapur.
3. Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and Darjeeling with applicable entrance fees.
4. Internal flight Kathmandu / Bhadrapur / Kathmandu.
5. Local transportation as per itinerary by private vehicle.
6. Trekking & camping arrangement backed by crew on full board basis.
7. Applicable Permit & Entry Fees.
8. Insurance for crew.
   
Our price does not include followings:
1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.
2. India entry visa fees.
3. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
4. Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
5. Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
6. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
7. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
8. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park:

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies. ...(More)

 

Bardia National Park:

The far west Nepal is one of the least explored regions of the Himalayas. Within this region is a seldom visited National Park, which still offers challenging adventure. Bardia National Park is the largest park in the lowland Terai covering an area of 968 sq kms and remains a very much untouched wilderness which appeals to the nature lovers. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems ...(More)

 

Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. ...(More)

 

Tibet:

Encircled within Himalayan fortress, the image of Tibet has portrayed as “Shangr-la” in the western world. A ‘Land of Snows’ and the ‘Roof of the World’ is mysterious in a way that few other places are. Following virtual closure after the Chinese annexation of the Buddhist Kingdom, Tibet was opened to foreign tourism in 1984. Tibet has become dream adventure destination for the people living in the most sophisticated silicon cities. ...(More)

 

India:
The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape  ...(More)

 

Bhutan:

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values ...(More)

 

River Rafting:

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. ...(More)

 

Mount Everest Flight:
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Bungy Jumping:

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Paragliding:

(Flying like a bird): Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. ...(More)

 

Ultralight Flight:

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Hotels:

We have allowed our packages with just right number of nights of hotel accommodations which enables you to spend nights with quick visits of local market or monuments in the area. However if you have some extra days before or after your main package holiday, you can spend extra nights in Kathmandu or nearby destinations so that you can cover the interesting sights or just relax while you are here. ...(More)

 

Hotel Yak & Yeti:

The Hotel Yak & Yeti with the historic character, suitable for both short or long stay, is fashioned as the fusion of modern design and the noblesse of original heritage interiors. This exceptional city centre hotel is located minutes away from both domestic and international airport. It continues to be the city's leading luxury hotel for business and leisure. ...(More)

 

Hotel Shanker:

Shanker Hotel is housed in a palace built at the turn of the 19th century by a Rana Maharajah with a penchant for French architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted into a hotel in 1964. The façade and traditions were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they would expect of a world class hotel. You will live in palace when you live at Hotel Shanker. ...(More)

 

Hotel Malla:
Superbly located between the Royal Palace and Kathmandu's fashionable tourist district, Thamel, in the heart of the city. The Malla Hotel is only a 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu's International airport. Besides excellent accommodation and Central location the Malla Hotel is Offering a well equipped business center, extensive meeting and conference facilities, a health club with the latest work out equipment, sauna, massage, steambath and jacuzzi. ...(More)

 

Hotel Marshyangdi:

Hotel Marshyangdi situated in the heart of Thamel is the best choice for those who want to be in the main tourist hub of Kathmandu. Because of its friendly & professional staff, home like atmosphere, Marshyangdi has been a popular name and home away from home for most of the repeated visitors. The hotel now has 50 deluxe and 5 mini suite rooms besides the regular standard rooms. ...(More)

Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Sikkim & Goech-La Trek
  • Trip Duration : 19 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : 4942 m
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