- Max Elevation: 5000 m
- Max Elevation: 5000 m
Period: Apr-May and Oct to Nov
The 8596 Meters elevated summit of Mt Khangchendzonga is the third highest in the world. It has always been a difficult mountain to climb, because of unpredictable weather and winds. The sikkimese, however believe that it is not meant to be climbed, but only worshipped; as it is the abode of five treasures of the snows. In deference to local sentiments, no expedition has set foot on the summit- but remained a few meters below.
Sikkim has lately, banned all climbing expeditions to Khangchendzonga. The Goecha la Trek offers trekkers a chance to reach a vantage point for a close look at the Eastern face of the great mountain.
The route traverses through forests and alpine meadows, to reach the 5000 Meters high view point, at Gochela (the lock pass). A depression, between Mount Pandim, and a spur of the Kabru Peak, form the pass. It looks down into the Talung Valley, with the Talung Glacier, winding its way down below. One is surrounded by great white peaks- Khangchendzonga, 8596 M, Simvo, 6811 M, Sinolchu, 6888 M, Pandim, 669I, Kabru, 7338 M, and Rathang, 6087 M.
The awe inspiring sight, instills a feeling of standing in the very lap of Khangchendzonga, and gazing up at its face.
The first part of the trek starts from Yoksom – the cradle of Buddhism, in Sikkim, at an altitude of 1780 Meters. The climb up to Dzongri, 4320 meters is steep over a distance of 25 Kilometers. We shall take three days, with two overnight halts. It is an an amazing trekking experience from the subtropical to the Alpine uplands passing through forests of rhododendron and magnolia teeming with Himalayan flora, and birds, to reach the Alpine Yak meadows of Dzongri.
Here we will walk upto Dzongri top for Incredible sunrise views of 6000 to 8000 m high peaks of the Khangchendzonga group. It is a 180 degrees grandstand view like no other.
The second part of the trek from Dzongri to the base of Goecha la, is an enchanting experience, walking through the Himalayan uplands of the Praig Chuu Valley, with the great white peaks dominating the skyline on either side. The final ascent to Goche la, 5000 m is challanging. However the views are indeed rewarding.
Version 1: 08 days trek : for experienced trekkers in a hurry.
All trek tours starts and ends at Yoksom.
On request pick up or drop will be arranged from Bagdogra / Kalimpong/ Darjeeling/ Gangtok or any other location in Sikkim, with transit overnights at Yoksom.Trek Itinerary
Entry permit for Sikkim and trekking permit is mandatory. Ask for our document detailing requirements and application forms for these permits.