DZONGRI GOECHALA TREK – Adventure Trekking

The first European to explore the Khang-chen-dzonga area was Douglas W. Freshfield, who reached its base in 1899 from the Green Lake area (North Sikkim). K.N.P has an area of 850 sq km. The area is bounded in North by Tent Peak and ridge of the Zemu Glacier, in the East by the ridge of Mount Lama Angden, Mount Narshing and Mount Pandim in the South and mighty Khang-chen-dzonga and few peaks of Nepal in the West. Because of its formidable location, it remained ecologically untouched, which provided natural protection to the flora and fauna in this area. The Fauna includes Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer and Red Panda etc. The Flora includes Juniper, Silver Oak, Rhododendron etc.

Altitude: 16,210 ft (4942 Mts.) highest point in the trek Goechala.
Requirements: warm woolen cloths, rain gear, first aid, sleeping bag, torchlight, woolen cap, toiletries and medicine.


Write-up from lonely planet about trek

This is the most popular trek in Sikkim, and offers superb views of Kanchenjunga. To start this trek, your basic permit must be endorsed for Yuksom, and to do the trek you must currently be in an organized group of at least four. However, this rule may be relaxed or even waived in the future (see the permits section earlier in this chapter).

There are trekkers’ hut at Baktim,Tsokha,Dzongri, Thangshing and Samtiti Lake, and these are the best bet if it’s cold.

From Yuksom(1630m),the trail follows the Rathong Valley through unspoilt forests to Baktim (2740m), from where there’s a steep ascent to Tsokha (3050m). Above Tsokha, the trail enters magnificent rhododendrom forests to an intermediary camp site at Pethang (3760m). It’s a good idea to either bring tents and spend a night at Pethang, or spend two nights at Tsokha, to acclimatize.

The next stage brings you to Dzongri (4025m). From Dablakang,200m above Dzongri, there are excellent mountain views. If spending more than one night at Dzongri to further acclimatize (recommended), walk up to Dzongri La (4550m)-four hours retrun – for more great mountain views.

From dzongri, the trail deops steeply down to the river where there’s a trekkers’ hut; then follow the river to Thangshing (3840m). The final stop kis at Samiti Lake (4200m),from which an early morning assault is possible to the head-spinning Goecha La (4940m) for the best views of Kanchenjunga. After that it’s down to Thangshing for the ninght, and then back to Yuksom two days later.

Do and Donts

  • Never walk alone
  • Never throw garbage
  • Any problem ask Mr. Guide
  • Never pluck wild flower.
  • Always carry your precious and important things together.

Please tell us before

  • If you have any health problem
  • Skin allergic
  • High blood pressure
  • Sugar problems
  • Low eye sight.


  • Day 1 :- Gangtok to Yuksom drive 5-6 hrs altitude 1880m. On the way visit Tashiding Monastery overnight stay at Yuksom.
  • Day 2 :- Trek starts from Yuksom to Tshoka 6-7 hrs walk altitude 2950m. Passing through the dense forest covered by Rohododendron and Magnolia.
  • Day 3 :- Tshoka to Dzongri 5-6 hrs, altitude 3950m. Stiff walk. Pass through lots of Pine Tree and a family of Rohododendrn called Chimal, reach camp site Dzongri known as meeting place of Man and God.
  • Day 4 :- rest for acclimatization. Early morning hike to Dzongri top experience the beautiful view of mountain range. Day time walk around Dzongrila pass and visit yak herders camp to test local cheese.
  • Day 5 :- Dzongri to Thangshing 5 hrs walk altitude 3800m. Walk along the foot of mountain. And camp just below the Mt.Tinchinkhang and Mt.Jopunu at Thangshing.
  • Day 6 :- Thangshing to Samiti 3-4 hrs 4600m. , overnight stay at Lamune near Samiti, just below the Mt.Pandim.
  • Day 7 :- Samiti to Goechala Pass 16,210ft. and back to Thangshing. Rich the highest point in the trek and get the mirror view of world third highest mountain. Chances to see blue sheep (mountain Goat)
  • Day 8 :- Thangshing to Tshoka (back trip)
  • Day 9 :- Tshoka to Yuksom
  • Day 10 :- Yuksom to Pelling drive, On the way visit Kechopalri Lake (wishing lake) Pemayangetse monastery, Sangachoeling Monastery the second oldest monastery of Sikkim and Rabdentse ruins. Overnight stay at hotel.
  • Day 11 :- Exit from Peeling for further destination (end of trekking programme)

Note:- Excluding Pelling sightseeing trek will end at 9 day. Transport fair or charge to next destination after Yuksom has to be paid by client themselves. Six days trekking itinerary can be made upto Dzongri if the client has short time for trekking.