Goecha La or Goecha Pass is a Himalayan mountain pass in the state of Sikkim. At an elevation of 16,200 ft, Goecha La serves as the gateway to Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.
Trek to Goecha La figures high on the must visit destinations for trekker because of the thrill it provides. The heady mix of adventure and scenic vistas lures many a trekker. Goecha La serves as base camp for those who want to scale the Kanchenjunga.
Goecha is not connected by roads which have protected its pristine nature. Goecha is over 50 km from Yuksom, the nearest road head. The south east face of Kanchenjunga is visible from the Goecha La.
Indian travellers to Goecha La need to register themselves with Yuksom. A guide is required to navigate you through the difficult terrain. The trek to Goecha La and back to Yuksom takes about a week. Foreign travellers need permission and are allowed to travel only in groups.
There are important points to stop for resting and refreshments on the way to Goecha La. Sachen, Bakkhim, Tshoka, Phedang, Dzongri, Kokchurong, Thansing and Lamuney are important stopovers between Yuksom and Goecha La.
The trek winds through dense forests which gives way to alpine meadows known as ‘bugyals’. The terrain changes as you reach closer towards Goecha La. You encounter rocky terrain with a wide variety of woody, evergreen and deciduous plants with vibrant colours that look their best in the month of May.
Trekking in Sikkim and especially to the Goecha La is unique. The trails are beautiful, the people you meet on the trek are wonderful and the culture that you witness is something unparalleled.
The trek to Goecha La is very romantic as it takes you through the Tshoka rhododendron forests, beautiful meadows and icy trails.
WHERE TO STAY
There are no places to stay at the Goecha La except for tented accommodations. Most trekkers carry tents and sleeping bags.
WHERE TO EAT
There are no eateries in Goecha La except for tea stalls that sell tea and biscuits. Carrying food during the trek is always a good idea.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Goecha La is as given below. The best time to visit Goecha La is also specified.