Blogs about Goechala

Goecha La trek: In the shadow of Mt. Kanchenjunga  by Nithin Uliyar

333Its summer again!!!! and its time to keep our annual date with the Himalayas. After exploring the central region of these majestic mountains which was followed by exploring the upper reaches  it was time to explore the eastern Himalayas. And going by what was on offer from our previous trek organizer (Indiahikes), only Goechala trek(Sikkim) fit the bill and GOECHALA TREK it was. This was exactly how we shortlisted our trek, no reviews, no difficulty level, no total duration etc was taken into consideration.

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Goechala Trek,Sikkim-Truly mesmerizing… -Arijit Maitra

1-gWNFZtl1VFDunyjRWh5MkwIt starts with a decision to do a Himalayan Trek in the summer of 2016…After a lot of google work finally decide that this season i am gonna do this trek. Like I believe we are not born for only work and pay bills,,some times you need a break from everything and mountain serves that for me. So i geared up and start my packing and board a train from Kolkata to New Jalpaigudi Railway station for my new adventure which i recon as “Mountain Calls”.

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In the lap of the Kanchenjunga by Varun Koundinya


Yuksom- a place so remote that apart from the difficulty in reaching the place, its the thought of “whether our whereabouts can ever be traced if something were to happen to us here” that usually bothers everyone. But then, none of the troubles bothered anymore as the sheer excitement of witnessing the Kanchanjunga from extremely close quarters was enough of a reason to brave a mere 6 hour bumpy ride. from Bagdogra.

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Goecha La Pass by Ishita

Goecha La 3It had been three years since I had been on a proper trek with dad, and I had promised him that no matter what, I would be joining him this year. So I slogged it out and submitted the first draft of my graduation project to my guide at college and ran off to the hills of Sikkim with dad and his trekking buddies for ten days.

The trek was organised by Indiahikes.

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A video blog of Goechala by Priyank Badola 


Swathi Chatrapathy

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10 thoughts on “Blogs about Goechala

    1. October would be the best month to do the Goechala trek. The air is clear and you get crisp views. The trek become snowy from the second week of November onwards and it gets bitterly cold. It is accessible again only in April – which is also an excellent trek to do because the forest trails are alive with rhododendrons.

  1. in the Gechal trek itinerary it is mentioned on summit day, we will reach till view point 1 and come back. in earlier trek itineries ( I checked itinery in 2015 and at that time it is mentioned that on summit day, we reach till view point 2 or 3 and come back ). so does the trek distance got reduced? or does the view point 3 renamed to view point 1?

    1. Hi Phaneendra,
      Starting 2017, the government has banned entry beyond View Point 1 on the Goechala trek. This is why you do not see a mention of View Points 2 and 3 anymore.
      The total distance that you trek on that day has reduced because of this.

  2. Why is there an upper age limit of 55? I think what is more important is that the trekker should be fit and able to complete the trek. I am 60 and have participated in the Kedarkantha trek in March 2018 and Sandakphu trek in November 2018, and I think I was in the top 50% of the trekkkers in terms of ability. In fact I got the best trekker award for the Sandakphu trek, and I walked 21 km on the Phalut route.
    I think you need to revise the eligibility criteria for the trek. The trek is about walking steadily for 10 to 20 km a day, no where is it about running.
    I will not be getting any younger and I would not like to miss out on the Goechila and Everest base camp treks because of the limitations on maximum age.
    I will urge you to rethink on the age criteria, putting more emphasis on the fitness of the person.

    1. Our age limit is not hard and fast. We would just like to talk to any body above the age of 55 and make sure they are fit enough to go on a trek. If you’re fit, you’re welcome to go on the trek. Our trek coordinators will not stop you. 🙂

  3. Phew, glad to hear that! I appreciate your efforts to have fit persons on the trek, and it certainly makes it easy on all team members to complete the trek.

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