Sikkim Goecha-la Trek is one of the most fascinating trips in Sikkim & Darjeeling. Experiencing tremendous views of Mt. Kanchenjunga in North Sikkim and from Darjeeling, straddling the border with Sikkim & Nepal.
Sikkim Goecha-la Trek offers breathtaking views of the world’s high mountains Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m-28,169 ft), Kabru (7,353 m–24,124 ft), and Talung (7,349 m-24,111 ft), Mt. Jannu (7,710 m-25,295 ft).
Along the ridge, facing North, enjoy very clear views of Kokthang (6,147 m-20,167 ft), Rathong (6,679 m-21,913 ft), Kabru South (7,317 m-24,006 ft), to the east, breathtaking sights of beautiful Pandim (6,691 m-21,952 ft), 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m-27, 766 ft), Baruntse (7,160 m-23,491 ft), world highest Mt. Everest (8,848 m-29,29, 029 ft), the 4th highest Lhotse (8,516 m-27,940 ft) and the whole range of Khumbakarna Himalaya with many other adjoining smaller peaks in the far horizon.
This amazing Sikkim Goecha-la Trek starts with a short scenic flight to the low warm area of southeast Terai of Nepal at Bhadrapur. Take an interesting drive to the starting point of this wonderful trek in Darjeeling popularly known as “Queen of the Hills” where we can find world-famous Darjeeling Tea. We have great sights of the Pass tea plantation in the rolling hills. Drive through the charming villages of Kurseong, Ghoom, and Sunadha. Follow the famous small Toy Train Railway tracks.
Sikkim Goecha-la Trek range was put on the trekking map in the early 20th Century. The traditional Goecha-la, Singalila Ridge trek begins from Yuksom in Sikkim, the old capital of Sikkim when it was an independent kingdom. In 1976, India took over this small country and annexed it as the state of Sikkim of India.
In Darjeeling take a wonderful tour which includes a stunning sunrise at Tiger Hill, a visit to Asia’s first Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and Zoological Park. Here find the breeding and conservation of the rare Snow Leopard and Red Panda along with other Himalayan mammals. Experience Darjeeling’s colorful market and the tea gardens. Following the Darjeeling, drive to Yuksom in Sikkim and begin our adventure on the high hills in the shadow of massive Mt. Kanchenjunga.
The Trek begins with a walk through dense sub-tropical forests and past vast pasture lands of grazing yaks. Moving forward, walk towards the alpine region leaving the lush vegetation behind for arctic Himalayan plants and shrubs of juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes (azaleas). Once around the alpine region around Singalila ridges with great views of snow-capped peaks every day on the trek, walk slowly to reach our highest destination at Goecha-la at 4,942 m-16,214 ft. This place offers fabulous views of the world’s 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga with other distant peaks including Makalu and Mt. Everest.
After a remarkable adventure and experience in the high Sikkim Himalayan country, walk back on the same route to Yuksom with a scenic drive to Kalimpong, the 2nd largest town of the Darjeeling district. Kalimpong is the gateway to Sikkim, Bhutan, and to Tibet. It is a sleepy charming town with a touch of British Raj heritage. After an overnight, drive back to the Nepal border at Kakarvita and to Bhadrapur for a scenic sweeping flight back to Kathmandu or transfer to the next destination on your program.