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Gochala Pass Trek


Group Size: 15-20 People Max Altitude: m
Destination: Sikkim Difficulty:
Cost: $ Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
Arrival at: Kathmandu Departure from: Sikkim


Trip Introduction

  • Accommodation in twin sharing in Standard Deluxe Hotel with Breakfast in Gangtok and Darjeeling.  Yuksom accommodation will be in full board.
  • Transportation by Sumo or Maxx jeep non ac Vehicle and Sightseeing in Gangtok in Maruti Van as for the Government rule.
  • For 6 to 10 Pax 2 Vehicle will be used.
  • All meals during the trek
  • Services of porters, pack animals, camping equipments during the trek
  • Services of English speaking escorts/guide all throughout the trek
  • Services of porters at Airport and hotels
  • Welcome drink on arrival.

Itinerary

Day 01 : Today from Bagdogra Airport, New Jalpaiguri Rail Station, Phuntsholing Bhutan Border or Bhadrapur Airport transfer to Gangtok the capital of Sikkim. Check in at Hotel at Gangtok leisure overnight.
Day 02 : Today after breakfast Visit the places around Gangtok. The places you will visit in sightseeing are as follows.

  1. Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms or Government Institute of Cottage Industries – Established by Government to promote the manufacturing and selling of authentic and traditional arts and handicraft, handlooms and exquisite carpets, blankets and shawls in "Lepcha" weaves, furniture (Choksies), thankas, paintings, wooden decoration and bamboo products in authentic Sikkimese designs. Visiting Hours - Monday to Saturday from 9.30 Am. to 12.30 Pm. And 1.00Pm to 3.00 PM. Closed on Sundays, Second Saturdays and Government holidays.
  2. Enchey Monastery - About 3 km from the centre of town, a small hermitage was built by lama Druptob Karpo (renowned for his power of flying) at this spot after he flew here from Maenam Hill in South Sikkim about more than 200 years ago. During the reign of Sidkeong Tulku, 1909-1910. The present monastery was built in the form of Chinese Pagoda. It follows Nyingmapa order. The annual puja is celebrated with religious masked dances on the 18h and 19th days of the 11 month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar corresponding to the month of December.
  3. Research Institute of Tibetology - The Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology is a world-renowned research centre for Tibetan Buddhism and is well stocked with rare books and manuscripts on Buddhism. Contains rare collection of antique like coins, statues, rosaries, antic documents, brass bells, dorjis, and thankas. Ti has a collection of almost 30,000 volumes on diverse subjects like astrology, philosophy, magic and religion. It conducts research in the fields of language and culture of Tibet. The foundation was laid in 1957 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in October 1958. It also has a number of religious art and craftwork as well as books for sale. It's vast wealth of Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts attracts scholars from all corners of the world. The institute is open from 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM, Monday to Saturday and is closed on Sunday, Second Saturdays and on Government holidays.
  4. Rumtek Monastery - It is about 24 km From Gangtok nested in a lovely landscape. The first monastery was built in 1717 At Rumtek by the then Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal, but was destroyed by the  earthquake and aging. His Holiness the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa constructed the second monastery in 1960. It is the headquarters of the Kagyu-pa (Red Hat) sect of the Tibetan lamaistic Buddhism. It is an excellent replica of the original Kagyu headquarters at Tsurpu in Tibet. It houses some of the world's most unique art objects, ancient manuscripts and icons. Above the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre is a hermitage where the monks go into complete seclusion for meditation for a period of three years. The important chaam (religious masked dance) is performed on the 10 th day of the 5th month of the Tibetan Calendar, and presence eight manifestations of the Guru Rimpoche. This is highly colourful and spectacular and draws many pilgrims and visitors. Prayers at about 0400 and 1800 hours.
  5. Tashi View Point.

Then in the evening free at leisure. Leisure overnight
Day 03 : Today after breakfast transfer from Gangtok to Yuksom Village. The distance from Gangtok to Yuksom Village is 135km and it will take 5 hours. Check in at Hotel at Yuksom Village. Then in the evening Some tips of trekking in Mt Kanchendzonga.
Day 04 : Yoksum to Bakhim (2,790m) : We’ll get an early morning start when the traditional “bed tea”. After breakfast in Hotel, we’ll begin our hiking journey into Sikkim’s pristine wilderness. The hike today will last about six hours and pass through wooded hills of oaks, spruce, and giant magnolias and rhododendrons. We’ll break for lunch along the route, and then continue up the Ratong Valley, making a steep climb up to camp in Bakhim. The distance for the trek is 16km and it will take 5hours. Overnight in a forest bungalow or Camp.
Day 05 : Bakhim to Phedang (3,689m) : Today is the most challenging day of the trek as we gain altitude and the climbs are steep. After breakfast, we begin a moderate climb through yak- and sheep-grazing areas around Tshoka, a resettlement camp for Tibetan refugees and the last village encountered on the trek. This where we get our first close up view of Mount Pandim (6,693m). After Tshoka, the trail continues up through rhododendron forests to our lunch spot at Phedang (3,689m). After lunch, we will rest overnight at Phedang. The distance from Bakhim to Phedang is 10km and it will take 4hours. Overnight in Tents.
Day 06 : Phedang to Dzongri (4,031m) : Today the trail continues up through rhododendron forests. After breakfast at  Phedang (3,689m) We trek up to Dzongri ( 4,031m ). The time taken from Phedang to Dzongri is 4hours and distance is 9km. Reach Dzongri by Lunch. Overnight atDzongri.
Day 07 : Day hike to Gingay Dara (4,329m) for acclimatization.
If the weather looks good for viewing this morning, we’ll rise at dawn and hike up to a high overlook to watch the sun rise over Mt. Kanchenjunga and the Onglathang Valley. After breakfast we will take a day hike to Gingay Dara with its panoramic views of the Ratong Valley and Ratong Glacier as well as the snowy peaks of Koktang, Kabru, Frey and mountains to the south of the Kanchenjunga. We will also be able to see in the distance the H.M.I. Base Camp, the area designated for high altitude mountain training for students undergoing basic and advanced courses with the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. The hike to Gingay Dara is moderate, about four hour’s roundtrip. Night camp at Dzongri.
Day 08 : Dzongri to Thangshing (3,801m) : After breakfast, we begin our three-hour hike to Thangshing. Along the way we will have beautiful views of Kabru, Sinolchu, Simvo, Pandim, and Goechala Peaks. We’ll start with a nice easy walk with a gradual downhill through the thick low growing rhododendron forest for about an hour, then a steep downhill brings us to Kokchorung (3,689m). We then start a gradual uphill along the Onglathang valley through meadows and gorges to camp in Thangsing, which is by the Prek Chu river. We will reach Thangsing by lunchtime, with the rest of the afternoon free. Overnight in Thangshing.
Day 09 : Thangshing to Lamuney (4,207m) : Today we begin our approach toward our last camp at Lamuney. Today’s walk is a short (2½ hours) gradual uphill hike through the Onglathang valley past yak herders and grazing yaks. After lunch at camp, you’ll have the afternoon to do some optional day hikes around Lamuney. Overnight in camps.
Day 10 : Day hike to Goecha La (5,000m) – Thangshing (3,801m) : We’ll get an early start for the hike up to the Goecha La and back. The walk takes about 7 hours roundtrip and it is challenging and strenuous, depending on the weather; the terrain is also more challenging than the previous days on trek. The viewpoint provides great views of Kanchendzonga and the surrounding peaks. Then after Goechala we trek all the way to Thangshing and camp overnight.
Day 11 : Thanshing – Phedang – Tshoka : We’ll leave the Onglathang Valley behind as we descend to Kochchurong, about one hour from Thangshing, and trek back to Tshoka along a different route. This route is a little longer, off the beaten path, and goes along the edge of the hill for about three hours. We join our previous trail at Phedang where we’ll have lunch. Then, we continue for about two hours to the village of Tshoka, overnight at Tshoka.
Day 12 : Tshoka to Yuksom Village. : Today after breakfast we trek back from Tshoka to Yuksom Village. We will have our lunch for the day at Shachen and after lunch trek to Yuksom. Check in at Hotel at Yuksom. Evening meet the camping crew for farewell. Leisure overnight.
Day 13 : Yuksom Village to Darjeeling. Check in at Hotel at Darjeeling. Leisure overnight.
Day 14 : Today early morning Transfer to Tiger Hill to see the view of Sun rise over Mt Kanchendzonga. While returning visit Yiga-Choling (Ghoom). Then to the Hotel for Darjeeling Tea Breakfast and after breakfast transfer for sightseeing around Darjeeling the places you will be visiting are as follows.

  1. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park which has the Siberian tiger, Himalayan black bear, red panda, snow leopard and many other animal and bird species, and the nearby snow leopard breeding center.
  2. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, a training center for mountaineers which also houses the Everest museum' Natural History Museum, with its fine display of Himalaya wildlife.
  3. Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, a major center for the production of Tibetan carpets, woodwork and leather goods;
  4. Tea Garden and Tea Factory.
  5. Peace Pegoda.

Then in the evening back to the hotel. Leisure overnight.
Day 15 : Today after breakfast transfer to Phuntsholing ( Bhutan Border) or Bhadrapur Airport ( Nepal Border) and Bagdogra Airport. for your flight for onward tour. With wonderful memories of your tour of Sikkim and Darjeeling.

Date & Cost (Scheduled Trips)

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