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Following a cloudburst in Sikkim, the Teesta river has flooded multiple regions in Sikkim. This has affected trekkers headed to Goechala, who were forced to take a diversion to reach the basecamp. The trekking trail, however, is completely safe from the floods.
“The flash floods disrupted the route going via Malli between Siliguri and Joerethang. But there is an alternate route—via Darjeeling—that connects Siliguri to Jorethang. Our transport coordinator has confirmed that it is possible to reach Yuksom through this route,” shares Slope Manager Gourab Nani.
“This detour adds approximately 30 km to their journey, and it will take them about 1.5 hours more to reach Yuksom. But it’s a good alternative to reach Yuksom,” shares Caroline Mathew, Experience Coordinator for Goechala and Sandakphu-Phalut treks.
Government authorities are working round-the-clock to repair the damage caused by the flash-floods. But it may take a few days to repair the route via Malli. Till then, our trekkers will continue to take the route via Darjeeling to reach Yuksom.
The first group of Goechala is preparing to reach Yuskom tomorrow. We’ll post more updates about the upcoming group right here.