Trekking along the mountains with spectacular views of the peaks, valleys and diverse flora and fauna has a charm of its own, which is why we’d totally recommend that you go on a trek to Goecha La in Sikkim.
At an altitude of over 15,000 ft., Goecha La overlooks the mighty Kanchenjunga offering jaw-dropping views of 16 stunning peaks including Mount Pandim, Kabru, Rotang, sunrises and sunsets, lakes, rivers, meadows, wild flowers, rhododendron forests and! With steep trails, green landscapes and mesmerising views, Goecha La is nothing short of paradise for trekkers.
The trek starts from Yuksom and takes the route through Dzongri via Phedang up until Goecha La. You first trek to Sachen amid dense forests and scenic trails (you might just get to see mountain animals and yaks and mules!) after which your next stop is Tsokha at an altitude of 9,700 ft where you must catch a glimpse of the breathtaking sunrise over Mount Pandim, rhododendrons and alpine berries.
The trail, then, takes you to Dzongri via Phedang. The Dzongri Summit offers 360 degree views of the snow-clad peaks, including the Kanchenjunga. The route eventually makes its way to Thansing amid lush green meadows followed by Lamuney and finally an extremely difficult trek to Goecha La. But, trust us, the trouble is all worth it because the views of the Himalayan peaks that you get to see will be etched in your heart forever! The trek back to Yuksom is beautiful too.
There are some experiences that you must not miss out on while on this trek. Make sure you interact with the locals at Yuksom, sit back and enjoy panoramic views of valleys, dense forests and the Prekchu river at Bakhim and capture beautiful views of the Milky Way Galaxy at Thansing (photographers! Are you listening?).
This is one trek you must take at least once in your life. You won’t regret it, trust us!