For those who love a grand and majestic view on their trek, then Goecha La is the perfect trek spot for you. With a panoramic view of the world’s most beautiful and largest mountain, Mt Kanchenjunga. Goecha La earned the popularity among trekkers rapidly and overnight. It was because of the Nepalese Civil War (1996-2006) that the place was shut for trekkers and people were desperately seeking other alternatives for the one. Goecha La is a high mountain pass in Gyalshing district, Sikkim, India in the Himalaya range. The southeast face of Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, can be viewed from the pass, which is also a base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain.
Kumara Parvatha Trek is an exciting place totrek in Karnataka that gives ample opportunities to explore the beauty of nature. Situated in the middle of the jungle, the path to the Kumara Parvatha trek covers the tall dense forest, vast lush grasslands, and volcanic rocks. The journey to Kumara Parvatha will also lead you to beautiful cascading waterfalls. This is one of the most loved trekking spots in Karnataka because of the opportunities it gives to enjoy the incredible nature within just 2 days.
The Goecha La is a high-altitude trek which takes you beyond 15,000 feet. The trek climbs rapidly, and is however long and strenuous. Having a prior experience helps in over coming the difficulties in the Himalayas. You may experience Acute Morning Sickness (AMS) on your climb, so it advised to do a little research and have a knowledge about it in order to avoid it on your trek. An acclimatization day is suggested in Dzongri as it will greatly increase your safety on the Goecha La Trek.
Altitude to Cover
Since the Goecha La Trek has an altitude of more than 15,000 feet, a spell of rain on lower slopes can lead to light or heavy snowfall anytime on the climb. It is highly possible that the rainfall or snowfall could last for more than four hours, if so happens, the trail could be flooded or could be too slushy, making it unsafe to walk on. The clear possibility of snowfall in Goecha La is in near Dzongri. These could obstruct the previous made paths and would indicate that fresh tracks have to be cut out of the snow.
There are several trekking sites that offers trek to Goecha La. Some of them are listed below:
Before you undertake a trek in Goecha La, make sure you have all the necessary items packed in your backpack. Also,it is mandatory for you to carry your documents along with you.
Documents to carry –
Foreigners (Non-Indian passport holders) must reach Yuksom, the base camp, a day prior the reporting day. It is required to obtain the foreigner trek permit from Gangtok. This is required by the Government of Sikkim. The permit costs around Rs. 2,000.
Goechala Trek Itinerary
The best times to visit Goecha La are in Spring – from end of March to middle of April and in Autumn – from September end to start of November.
Goecha La is a mountain pass at an altitude of 16,207 feet in West Sikkim. It is 60 km away from Jorethang which lies on the border of West Bengal and Sikkim.
The Goecha La is 65.7 km long from Yuksom. You gain approximately 10,000 feet in while covering the distance. During the trek you also get to witness Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, when you reach an altitude of 15,000 feet.
Spring and Autumn are considered to be the beast seasons to undertake a trek in Goecha La. The Spring is marked by oak forests and rhododendrons, while Autumn witnesses’ brilliant blue autumn sky.