Goechala Trek is categorized as a moderate to difficult level trek and involves long trekking days with quick altitude gain on some days. It is rated as a moderate to difficult level trek because it requires lots of endurance and exposes you to high altitude sickness.
The terrain on the Goechala trek is not very friendly as it has uneven trails and has loose rocks and soil which makes walking difficult and tiring.
This trek climbs from 1785m (5856 ft) to 4940 m (16207 ft) in 8 to 9 days. The height gain and climb on this trek is one of the major challenges which exposes you to the risk of high altitude sickness if you are not careful and prepared.
The main difficulties you will encounter during the Goechala Trek depending upon your itineraries are
Yuksam (1785m) to Tshoka (3020m) trek in one day where you will be trekking for 6 to 7 hrs and gain 1200 m (3937 ft). However, this day can be split into 2 days by camping at Sachen on the first night and Tshoka on the second night.
Tshoka (3020 m) to Dzongri (4030 m) trek in one day where you will be trekking for 6 hrs and gain around 1000 m (3280 ft). However, this day can be split into 2 days as well by camping at Phedang first and Dzongri second.
We can customize the itinerary according to your need and time!
10 to 14 hours trek on the day to Goechala View Point from Lamune. This day you will make your way from Lamune at around 2 to 3 am in the morning to Goechala viewpoints 1,2 & 3. This day has a lot of rocky, boulders, and slippery sections on the way. Starting early in the morning at dark with torch lights makes it even more difficult so you need to be very cautious and attentive.
Cold Campsite at Lamune. Lamune campsite is cold and is directly exposed to the snow-capped mountains and is under constant heavy wind. Nights can be extremely cold. You need to have very good long inner wears, thermal and jackets.
It is highly recommended to layer up as soon as you reach the camp. A good sleep at Lamune camp is extremely important so that the next day you can trek for 10 to 14 hrs to Goechala viewpoint and back to Thangshing or Kockchurung without many difficulties.
The descent back from Phedang to Yuksam. The rapid descent from Phedang to Tshoka and then from Tshoka to Dzongi is exhausting and tiring. There are chances that you may experience sore muscles.
Mingma! Julay!namestey! hope you are in good health. Sorry to write you lately. Our trip to Thiland made us busy so we were unable to write you back. Mingma the trekking was well organised and I had a wonderful time with you.. . Ladhak is a wonderful place and your guiding made it much much better. We all are very happy and eager to visit your country sikkim next time.
The way you describe sikkim, it really seems to be a nice place. We will promote for you wherever we go. Thanks for your support when the chips were down..
Convey our regards to Jigmee,Arun and Horse man. Hope we will meet then again. Harry,Dorris Michael and Gracy Switzerland 2009
Max, hope you are doing fine business. We are thankful for your warm guidance and wonderful trekking arrangements in a short time. Mingma the food was excellent. We will return to sikkim with friends and family someday. We would no doubt recommend your company mountain tours and treks to all of our friends who want to visit India and specially sikkim and Darjeeling. Adam and wanda Netherland. 2010
Mingma, thanks for your mail. We are still in kerela and doing familiarization trip. Its very hot out here. Mingma your trekking arrangements was good and we had no hesitation in recommending your company. Your guide and cook was very good. We had more than enough varieties of food everyday. We surely hope that you will do well.
Well take care and best of luck Andrew, Roben and David Switzerland 2011 feb