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The trek to Goecha La offers two key highlights. From the midpoint at Dzongri Top at 4100m one gains a most wide view of the peaks in Western Sikkim. Two further days on from Goecha La at 4600m's one feels a sense of being immersed in the mountains virtually staring at the the Kabru Peak cluster and Kanchenjunga itself.


West Sikkim


April 2016


Trip Grading



12 days

Best Period

April, October


Attempt to reach

View Point 2


  1.  One of the classic treks in the Indian Himalaya

  2.  Multi terrain approach which include forest sections & moraine 

  3.  Superb views of Kanchenjunga and Kabru peak cluster

  4.  Unwind in Pelling after the trek

Goecha La Gallery

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The trek to Goecha La started from the sleepy town of Yuksom located in Western Sikkim.

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For the first couple of days the trail would ascend through dense vegetation as prevalent in the Eastern Himalaya.

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Tsokha just shy of 3000m was camp two on the trail up to Goecha La.

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Day 3 with a height gain of nearly 1000m was a challenging day on the trek.

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Finally by late afternoon on Day 3 Dzongri at 3950m came into view.

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Day 4 began with a short but steep climb to Dzongri Top offering a most dramatic 360 degree view of the area.

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The most dominating view from Dzongri is of Kanchenjunga the 3rd highest mountain in the world.

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Day 4 was a rest day for acclimatisation and was spent lazing around in the sun.

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Day 5 offered dramatic viewing options with Mt. Pandim 6991m dominating the views towards the east.

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From Dzongri the trail descends to the Prek valley which would later offer up and close views of Kanchenjunga.

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As the views open up the Kabru cluster was visible towards the west, Kanchenjunga towards the north and Pandim towards the east.

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Early morning on day 6 we began the approach to Goecha La and at dawn we were rewarded by seeing first light on Kanchenjunga.

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Smiti Lake at 4300m’s is a most scenic spot and comes bang on the route heading up to Goecha La.

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Smiti Lake at 4300m’s is a most scenic spot and comes bang on the route heading up to Goecha La.

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Goecha La view point 1 required a 4am start and a height gain of 750m’s to reach a point of 4600m.

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The descent from Goecha La would see us drop more than 3000m’s in just over two days.

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The town of Pelling in West Sikkim offers a number of top tier hotels to wind down after 10 days in the mountains.

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