Sikkim Dzongri & Goecha La Trekking Tour

  • Experience Sikkim, a North East Indian Hindu kingdom, situated close to Nepal and Bhutan, influenced by ancient Tibetan Buddhism – historically and culturally
  • Yuksom, located at the entrance of the Khangchendzonga National Park, is a breath of fresh air, where the villagers play an active role in protecting the region’s biodiversity
  • Enjoy scenic views of the valleys below as you get up close and personal with the world’s third-highest mountain – Khangchendzonga
  • Hike in the remote, alpine environments of Samiti Lake, Dzongri La and Goecha La, from forested valleys through to glacier-ridden peaks

Located In the north-east of India, to the south of Tibet, between Nepal on the west and Bhutan on the east, is the petite state of Sikkim. This ‘Happy Homeland’ is home to the world’s third highest mountain, the 8,586m high Kanchenjunga, which is nestled in snow peaked valleys that rise from the lowlands – just 300m above sea level. The mountainous backdrop and the ancient cultural and historic influences of Buddhism from Tibet will be vivid and apparent on the Dzongri and Goecha La Hiking Tour. The Buddhist monasteries and the gardens in the valleys here will soothe your mind while the hiking trails will be a feast for your eyes and keep you on your toes.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    14 days / 13 nights

  • Start / End

    Gangtok, Sikkim / Kalimpong, West Bengal

  • Price

    From $1,995 pp dbl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Camping / Tea Lodge

  • Activity Level


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Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
1 – 2Gangtok2
3Yuksom (1,760 m)1
4Baktim (2,760 m)116 km/10 mi
5Phedong (3,660 m)111 km/6 mi
6 – 7Dzongri (4,020 m)27 km/ 4 mi
8 – 9Thansing (3,930 m)
& Goech La Pass (4,940 m)
214 km/ 8 mi
18 km/ 11 mi
10Tsokha117 km/ 11 mi
11Yuksom120 km/ 12 mi
12 – 13Kalimpong1

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Gangtok
You will be picked up on arrival at Bagdogra airport in Gangtok, Sikkim’s bustling little capital, and whisked away to your hotel. Once refreshed, your trip leader will help you get oriented and walk you through the journey ahead over dinner.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Gangtok
In the morning, you will get to experience the local culture as your Trip Leader will take you on a walking tour through Gangtok. With an array of indigenous handicrafts and textiles offered in the shops here, you could take in the atmosphere and even get a quick start on collecting souvenirs for friends and family back home. You will have free time to explore Gangtok on your own in the afternoon and finish the day at your own leisure. Meals: Breakfast and lunch only

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Yuksom
You will be transferred by car from Gangtok to the trailhead at Yuksom village. The rolling terrain, changing flora, fauna and the quaint architecture of the region will keep you entertained. Once at Yuksom, you can stock up on supplies if needed and settle in for the day with a pint of the locally brewed millet beer to go with your meal.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Yuksom(1,760 m) – Baktim(2,750 m)
Get an early start from Yuksom, on your first day hiking here, to enjoy morning vistas and ascend to Baktim – located 1,000 metres above – without hurry. As you slowly put civilisation behind you, the waterfall ridden bamboo forests will take you into their folds while the ancient oaks and conifers that dot the trail tower high above your head. And don’t you worry, the views of the valleys, the ridges and the peaks will be worth the effort put in to reach the campsite for the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: ~ 5-6 hours, 16 km/10 mi

Day 5: Baktim(2,750 m) – Phedong(3,650 m)
Further on this hike, you will encounter prayer flags fluttering in cool wind and Rhododendrons trees all around, brightly beaming at you when in bloom between mid-April to mid-May. As you to climb on towards Phedong, where you will next camp, the small settlement at Tsokha (3,050 m) , perched over the scenic Yuksom valley, offers reprieve.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: ~ 4-5 hours, 11 km/6 mi

Day 6: Phedong(3,650 m) – Dzongri(4,020 m)
Make your way through to Dzongri, trying to spot the monasteries and shrines, tucked away in the forests that surround the peaks of Kanchenjunga(8,586 m), Pandim(6,691 m), Rathong(6,679 m), Kabru Dome(6,600 m) and Forked Peak(6,108 m), your companions for this hike. An early start might win you great rewards – clear views of these snowy summits – just as the sun rises. The terrain and the alpine climate dictate things here as the campsite at Dzongri is at an altitude of 4,020 m.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: ~ 2-3 hours, 7 km/ 4 mi

Day 7: Rest day at Dzongri for acclimatisation
With a well deserved day off at Dzongri, you can choose to do small(3-4 hours, 10 km) walk up to the peak, Dzongri La(4,550 metres) and savour panoramic views of Rathong Glacier and the Kanchenjunga and Singhalila mountain ranges. Alternatively, if you are looking for more of a challenge, we could take you to Rathong Valley for spectacular views along a difficult trail.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: ~ 6-7 hours, 13 km/ 8 mi

Day 8: Dzongri(4,020 m) – Thansing(3,930 m) – Samiti Lake(4,200 m)
If you have a keen eye, try to spot the route towards Samiti Lake. The hike on this stretch beyond Dzongri is breathtaking with peaks, glaciers and moraines around you, as you climb and then descend towards the Prek river. You are now in the high mountains where we remain for the next couple of days. From Thansing, the trails climbs to Samiti lake gradually beyond which lays the Goecha La pass.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: ~ 6 hours, 14 km/ 8 mi

Day 9: Thansing(3,930 m) – Goecha La pass(4,940 metres) – Thangsing(3,930 m)
If you want to get a good glimpse of the lightscapes that the Indian Himalayas can offer, then gear up for a 3 AM start to catch sunrise views of eastern ridge of Kanchenjunga. The early start will give you plenty of time to go from Thansing across the Goecha La pass and return to camp at Thansing having observed Talung Glacier and Onglakhing Glacier.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: ~ 7-8 hours, 18 km/ 11 mi

Day 10: Thangsing – Tsokha

Having spent 6 days away from the basecamp at Yuksom, you will begin your descent through the Prek valley back towards Tsokha(3,050 m). The wooded trails are lined by Magnolia plants, Birch, Maple, Rhododendron, Chestnut, Silver Fir, Ash trees and more with birds fluttering around as we leave the mountain goats on the higher ridges.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance: ~ 6-7 hours, 17 km/ 11 mi

Day 11: Tsokha – Yuksom

The descent to Yuksom is quite long as it is 3,200 m away from Tsokha but we are sure you will appreciate having a soft bed in your room and plumbing and hot showers in your bath again.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance: ~ 5-6 hours, 20 km/ 12 mi

Day 12: Transfer to Kalimpong

Your Trip Leader will will then arrange for your journey to Kalimpong from where you can plan to head home or travel further.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Kalimpong

Having accomplished the Dzongri, Goecha La hike, you are free to relax in Kalimpong as you get to decide about how you would like to spend the day.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Shuttle to Airport

Your Trip Leaders will make arrangements for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast