17 Days

“Adventure on the foot-hills of world 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga massif
Exciting tour of Gangtok the capital town of Sikkim Far North East Himalaya
Magnificent views of Kanchenjunga massive peaks on scenic drives and trekking
Trekking on remote corners of Eastern Himalayas within fascinating landscapes
Enjoy the adventurous walks from dense green forest to arctic zone at Goecha-La“ 


Sikkim Goecha-La Trekking & Tour takes you to Far East Himalaya within the shadow of the world’s 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga. Sikkim is a small 22nd state of India, borders Bhutan, Tibet / China, and Nepal, a country of varied landscapes.

Sikkim is a land of multiethnic and multi-languages, once a small Himalayan kingdom before it was annexed with India. A country with high scenic hills and snow-capped peaks with the main massif Mt. Kanchenjunga, that dominates all the scenic views.

Sikkim Goecha-La Trekking & Tour begins from Kathmandu after a wonderful tour around world heritage sites of great cultural interest. From Kathmandu flying high parallel with great Himalayan Mountain range, facing views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga.

The plane lands on the flat plain of Nepal Far Eastern Terai belt, within a sub-tropical climate. Close to the border of Nepal and India, the drive takes you to high green hills past farm villages and towns.

Then reaching at Gangtok, the main town and commercial hub of Sikkim, starting with an interesting tour. Visiting impressive sites of Tashi View Point and famous monasteries, with Ganesh Tok temple and high Ban Jhakri waterfalls.

After a pleasant time at Gangtok, our real adventure begins heading far North East of Sikkim to Yuksom town. The earlier capital of Sikkim before it shifted to Gangtok, from Yuksom walk starts towards higher mountain wilderness.

The adventure begins heading higher on leaving Yuksom, the start and ending point of this marvelous Sikkim Goecha-La Trekking & Tour. From Yuksom on an uphill trail to Tshoka, a nice village inhabited by Tibetan refugees.

At Tshoka, having a rest day is a perfect height for acclimatization at above 3,000 m high. From here leaving the last village for complete wilderness, a steep climb through beautiful woodland of rhododendron and pine trees.

The adventure takes you on top of a high ridge at Dzongri, a great spot for excellent views of Singali-La ridges. A lovely scenic place for a stunning sunrise over array snow peaks with views of massive Mt. Kanchenjunga range.

From Dzongri, the route follows downhill to Samiti Lake after an overnight at Thansing, around the summer pasture of local cattle herder.

The walk continues on a gradual path and then leaves the tree lines towards a wide valley where Samiti Lake is located. A glacial lake, once a year on an auspicious day a religious fair is held as per the Buddhist Lunar calendar. Samiti Lake is our final destination having an extra day for an adventurous full-day hike to Goecha-La Pass. A high mountain pass at 4,940 m / 16, 207 feet for the closest view of Mt. Kanchenjunga South East Face.

The world’s 3rd highest peaks at 8,586 m and 28,169 feet high, straddles in between Nepal and Sikkim. First climbed by British Expedition on May 25th, 1955 by legendry mountaineers late George Bans and his team. The Goecha-La pass, which is also a base camp for aspiring mountaineers to scale Mt. Kanchenjunga.

From the pass, one can witness a panorama of the eastern Himalayan Mountain range, along with a close look at massive Kanchenjunga. After achieving our target and the main highlight of the adventure, return journey back to Yuksom town on downhills.


Leaving Yuksom and Sikkim heading towards the Nepal border for a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. After an overwhelming adventure of a lifetime experience on Sikkim Goecha-La Trekking & Tour.


Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:          Arrive in Kathmandu received by Unique Holidays staff.
Day 02:          In Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation for the trip.
Day 03:          Fly to Bhadrapur 340 m, drive to Gangtok 1,640 m at Sikkim- 06 hrs.
Day 04:          Full day sightseeing tour of Gangtok around places of interest.
Day 05:          Drive to Pelling 2,060 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06:          Drive to Yuksom, Sikkim 1,780 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07:          Trek to Tsokha (Chokha) 3,006 m (16 k.m.)- 06 hrs.
Day 08:          Rest day at Tsokha (Chokha) 3,006 m (16 k.m.) – 06 hrs.
Day 09:          Trek to Dzongri 4,030 m (10 k.m.) – 05 hrs.
Day 10:          Trek to Thangsing 3,780 m – 04 hrs.
Day 11:          Trek to Samiti Lake 4,308 m – 04 hrs.
Day 12:          Hike to Goecha-la 4,940 m and return to Samiti Pokhari – 05 hrs.
Day 13:          Trek to Kok-Tshering 3,550 m -06 hrs.
Day 14:          Trek to Tshoka – 04 hrs
Day 15:          Trek to Yuksom – 04 hrs.
Day 16:          Drive to Kalimpong 1,247 m-04 hrs.
Day 17:          Drive to Nepal border for the flight to Kathmandu.
Day 18:          International departure for homeward bound.


Best seasons for Sikkim Goecha-La Trekking & Tour:

The best time for this wonderful tour and adventure is from the mid-spring and autumn seasons, mid-spring from March to May, and autumn/fall begins from September to November months.


Springtime from March to May will be much lively with wildflowers in seasonal bloom, especially the magnolia and rhododendrons the national flower of Nepal.

March to May fine clear day most of the time, with longer sun-light hours but can get overcast in the late afternoon with chances of snow sometimes on high altitude areas as well on passes. Autumn / Falls another best time for this trek with a fine clear day for views and walks.


But days are shorter with sun-light hours can be freezing cold at Sandakphu and Tiger Hill, especially in the morning, and night times will be clear with bright starry nights. Chances of snow above 1,800 m higher.


Religion and Culture:

Sikkim is a small North-East state of India located within the far eastern Himalaya in the close shade of the world’s 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga. The hill town of Gangtok the capital of Sikkim about 75 % of Nepali origin people, migrated more than 500 years ago. A mixture of both Hindu and Buddhism religions, but Buddhism is the main large religion. A mixture of ethnic tribes from Nepali to indigenous people of Sikkim the Bhutia and Lepcha’s. The blend of both Buddhism and Hinduism makes the local culture more impressive and fascinating to experience.




On arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport, received by our guides and staff for short transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city.
Checking your lovely room, and after a refreshing rest join with other members for Sikkim Goecha-La Trekking & Tour. Our guide or group leader brief you about the treks, do’s and don’ts, local culture, as well foods provided and lodges on route trek.

A full good information which will help to enjoy your adventure with us, followed with welcome group dinner in a Nepalese restaurant with folk-culture program as entertainment while you enjoy the dinner.

Morning after breakfast at given time, our city guide will meet for interesting sightseeing of best world heritage sites around Kathmandu.
Tour includes old Durbar (royal palace and courtyard) square, with Temple of Kumari (Living young virgin Goddess). Visit famous Nepal landmark Swayambhunath Stupa a 2,500 years old, a Buddhist Stupa with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Afternoon tour of holy Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath and visit Bouddhanath, Asia’s largest Stupa with four cardinals eyes of Buddha surrounded with prayer wheels and small market, this place is also known as Little Tibet due to strong Tibetan influence.
After an exciting day tour back to hotel for preparation trip to Sikkim with last minute briefing from your leader and guide.

Depart from the hotel, after early breakfast transfer for short drive to Kathmandu domestic air terminal. After checking in, board on a plane for 45 minutes flight to land at South Eastern Nepal at Bhadrapur airport.
An exciting flight facing views of high snow peaks includes Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga, on arrival at Bhadrapur received by our staff. Drive takes you at the border town at Kakarvita for necessary immigration formalities, and then cross the border to Indian side at Pani Tanki, for another passport and visa, custom checking. After clearing all formalities, an interesting drive heading higher green hills covered in dense forest and sea of Tea plantation.
After an interesting drive following the hilly road, reaching at nice lovely Gangtok town, transfer into a nice hotels.

Morning after breakfast, our local guide of Sikkim receives you for exciting tour at places of interest around Gangtok visiting famous Buddhist monasteries, and palace of late king Chogyal of Sikkim with afternoon free to browse around the interesting market of Gangtok.
Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim, which was established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s. The town became capital of an independent monarchy after British rule ended, but joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist center and a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges
Enjoy tour of Tashi View Point and the Bakthang falls, a visit to Ganesh Tok is an absolute necessity while in Gangtok. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is situated amidst beautiful nature. The view from this temple is mesmerizing. Spend time at the gallery close to the temple to enjoy a gander view of the scenic nature. After a pleasant tour around Gangtok visiting at places of great interest back to hotel, afternoon at leisure to browse around the streets of Gangtok.

Leaving Gangtok after a pleasant time, having good breakfast our adventure starts heading beyond Gangtok to Pelling. Drive leads through maze of tea plantations to low sub-tropical area at Teesta River, after crossing the bridge. Drive leads to climb uphill on winding road to Pelling onroute Yuksom. On arrival at Pelling transfer to a nice hotel. Pelling is a placid travel destination, situated at above 2,060 m. A small town famous where visitors can enjoy magnificent view of massive Mt. Kanchenjunga and its adjoining peaks.

Enjoy the morning grand vista of Kanchenjuna peaks, after breakfast drive to Yuksom the starting and ending point of our trek. As drive climbs from the town of Legship, and then on hilly road to Yuksom, a small farm town at one time the capital of Sikkim. At Yuksom enjoy the comfort of a nice hotel for overnight.
Yoksum was the first capital of Sikkim and it was here that the 1st Chogyal a king or monarch, consecrated and received blessing by the three holy Lamas in 1642 AD. At Yoksum enjoy short walk to Dubdi monastery one of the oldest in Sikkim

From Yuksom, adventure begins on leaving the town area with climb and skirting the hilly trails through meadows and meandering through small farm villages. After an hour of gradual walk through sub-tropical forest and crossing bridges, the climb begins of another 3-4 hrs on a path lined with sky embracing trees and carpeted with leaves from the surrounding vegetation brings you to Bakim.
From here another one hour climb to our overnight camp at Tsokha the last village on route to our destination. Tsokha a small Tibetan village consisting of dozen houses and a monastery with a Government Trekkers Hut. Camp is made on the premises of this hut an excellent campsite on a flat surface with a view of Pandim peak towards northeast.

A leisure day for local excursion around the village of Tshoka and hike around, visit to the monastery and free afternoon for individual activities and to catch up with your dairy. As well interact with the local Tibetants and witness the culture of age-old heritage.

After a pleasant rest day at Tsokha, morning after breakfast prepared by our kitchen staff and camping cook. Clearing the nice camp, and start the adventure heading for a climb past the monastery reaching on top of the village.
As walk progresses entering lovely woodland of rhododendron, pines and hemlocks trees. After a steep climb for some hours, and then on reaching a small clearing at Pedhang for lunch stop. A nice place with grassy meadow with a small hut and an old rundown view tower, from Pedhang an hour steep climb then reaching a wide scenic valley at Deurali. Facing grand view of Mt.Kanchenjunga massif and Kabru peak, walk continues as tree lines fades for short vegetation of dwarf rhododendron (azalea) and juniper bush. Another hour of undulating walk brings to Dzongri for overnight camp on a wide valley with number of huts of cattle herder.
From Dzongri enjoy majestic view of Mt. Pandim offers excellent view of Kanchenjunga and adjoining snow peaks.

Today's walk on relatively gradual path with superb vista of Mt.Kanchejunga, our route diverts heads north, as walk follows with short climb and then on gradual trail, after few hours of good walk descend to a river, as the trail leads to steep downhill slope for less than hour reaching a stream. Walk leads back again within tree lines, continue walk with few steep ups then reachin a wide glacial valley at Thangsing for lunch and overnight camping. Thangsing has good camping ground with a large hut which serves as a Guest House also.

Another short day walk to Samiti Lake our final destination before hike to Goercha-La Pass. From Thangsing a walk of 4 hours on pleasant winding path towards our overnight camp near the lake of Samiti, located on a glacial valley. Samiti Lake, regarded as a holy spot a glacial fed lake, once a year on auspicious time as per the Tibetan Buddist calendar, the place is flooded with pilgrims from all around Sikkim and Darjeeling for worship and a bathe on the lake.
Samiti Lake with couple of lodges and a wooden hut for travelers, where our overnight camp is set nearby on a wide valley.

At Samiti Lake for another overnight, an early morning start after good breakfast and carrying pack lunch for the day hike. Starts with climb through a narrow gully, as walk leads on uneven trails over moraine of rocks and boulders. After a strenuous hike uphill as altitude gains then reaching our main highlight on top of the pass of Goecha-La. The highest point of the adventure enjoy magnificent panorama Mt.Kanchenjunga South East Face with more than fourteen snow peas that lines the Kanchenjunga range. The pass also a base camp for mountaineering expeditions to Mt. Kanchenjunga, which borders with Nepal on the North-West.
After an enjoyable tough hike reaching our goal, head downhill to Samiti Lake for overnight stop, after an exciting day.

From Samati Lake, today a long walk to Thangsing following on the same trail to Thangsing, and then on an alternate route to reach at Yuksom via Bakhim instead of trekking back to Dzongri. The route follows downhill to Bakhim entering dense forested area, and then a steep climb for few hours with some gradual sections and eventually arriving at Kok Tshering for overnight camp. A junction where trail from Tshoka to Dzongri meets. Kok-Tsering situated in amidst beautiful forest surroundings.

A short day walk back to Tshoka of little less than four hours, after a good breakfast, walk heads to a long descend till Tshoka for lunch and overnight camp on the high hills of Sikkim and Kanchenjunga area.

Enjoy the last day walk of trekking, as you leave the campsite at Tshoka following a nice pleasant trail for few hours, and then downhill on the same trail all the way to Yuksom for the last overnight around Sikkim and the end of trekking adventure.

After a wonderful time and adventure on the high hills of Mt. Kanchenjunga from Sikkim side. From Yuksom staying in a nice hotel, after breakfast morning drive down to Testa River at Melle Bazaar on route to Kalimpong one of the hill town within Darjeeling district. From the Meller Bazaar having lunch in a local restaurant, drive leads North East to Kalimpong, another sub division town of Darjeeling district. About 50 km away from main Darjeeling town the area is much warmer as you reach the town of Kalimpong for overnight in a nice hotel.
Kalimpong once a busy trading town and the gateway to Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim as well to Nepal during the British Raj days of 1800 to 1947 AD.

Kalimpong located on route Sikkim / Bhutan and to other parts of Indian cities like Siliguri, Kalimpong, famous for flower and orchids nurseries and it exports to other foreign countries also, afternoon visit monasteries and Nepalese Buddhist temple offers magnificent views of surrounding rolling green hills.

From Kalimpong back to Nepal, after a wonderful trek and stops in lovely villages, where drive takes you to low warmer areas. Where route diverts towards India and Nepal border on the same place as earlier.

After a brief time at immigration at Pani Tenki in India, then enter Nepal border at Kakarvita, here again for immigration formalities, and continue an hour drive to Bhadrapur town airport.
As per the flight time check into air terminal and board on respective airlines aircraft for scenic flight to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu airport transfer to your hotel, after an exciting experience around Darjeeling and Singali-La Trekking.

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, as per the time for your international flight homeward bound or to respective port of call. Our staff transfer you to airport, after a wonderful time and adventure of a lifetime experience on Sikkim Goecha-La Trekking & Tour.

Cost Includes

  • All arrival and departure ground transport Leh to Leh from airport to hotel and vice-versa.
  • Hotel accommodation on 3 stars or in tourist standard hotels in Leh, or in major towns like at Manali-Himachal Pradesh as per the itinerary and related trip cost. B-L-D.
  • From Leh and throughout the treks on full board from hotel-lodge-guest house accommodation with three time meals B-L-D includes afternoon tea and light snacks.
  • On treks and tours in a private cars, jeep, coach, or buses as per the itinerary to the start of trekking and at the end of trek.
  • On treks or tours all applicable entrance permits, including national park and conservation fees.
  • All guided tours with professional guides, tour escorts, and good drivers.
  • Applicable Trekking Permits and national park or conservation entry fees.
  • Wages, medical insurance, meals, and transportation allowance of guide, trekking staff, and porters. Including horse / yak or mule drivers.
  • Comprehensive Medical / First Aid Kit and Gamow Bag in high altitude trek.Groups briefing on arrival.
  • At Camping with large dining tents as per size of a group, includes toilet tents. Shower tents and generator to charge electronic gadgets on request.
  • Applicable Climbing Permits, with guide special bonus on above 6,000 m peaks.
  • Guides special climbing insurance, climbing equipment allowances.
  • Staying in guest-house or lodges where ever available on trek and climbing trips, includes all meals B-L-D.
  • Full board on tented camping with all meals included, with separate kitchen unit of cook, kitchen staff, guides and porters or horsemen.

Cost Excludes

  • International air-fare, Personal medical / travel insurance and flight from Delhi to Leh and back. As well India Visa entry fee.
  • Expenses of individual nature drinks, laundry, telephone bills, gratitude and meals in Leh or in major villages on route trekking or tour. As per the itinerary chosen. As well laundry, recharge of electronic items and hot-showers.
  • Personal Trekking-Climbing gear and equipment’s including down jackets- sleeping bags if not provided by the company as per the trip cost.
  • Single Supplement on hotel rooms as well on trek in lodge where clients should inform ahead on booking with extra charge on booking single private rooms where available.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportations including immediate Helicopter services if required on accidents, sickness and personal problems.
  • Early return from the tour or treks will not be entertainment with refund, where client should borne all the expenses incurred including accompany guide-porters services.
  • Gratitude / Tipping at the end of treks and climbs.

FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions):

01: How far is Sikkim from Nepal border?

From the border of eastern border of Nepal which is Bharapur and Kakarvita to
enter Sikkim is approx. 179 km / 112 miles driving distance.
First taking a 45 minutes flight to Bhadrapur airport the low land town of Eastern
Nepal. Then driving on private vehicle for more than 5 hours to reach Gangtok,
capital city of Sikkim.

02: What are the religion and culture of Sikkimese people?

Sikkim is a Buddhism small states of North East India, nearly 70 % are of Buddhism
ethnic tribes Lepcha, Bhotias and Tamang. The rest 25 % of Hindu minority, Kirat
Rai, Limbu, Chettries and Bhramin as well Dalits. 5 % of Christain and Islam
community. The tour of major monasteries in Gangtok and other areas of Sikkim
of great cultural interest.

03: How high do we trek, is there danger of altitude sickness?

The highest on this trek is climb to Goecha-La pass at 4,940 m / 16, 207 feet for
few hours. After getting the close views of massif Kanchenjunga, the heading back
for overnight stop at Samiti Lake which is above 4,308 m / 14, 134 feet height.
The trek climb with slow and gradual gain of altitude, having enough time for rest
to get acclimatize. Before reaching the highest point at Goecha-La Pass, as well
spending overnight at certain height will help for acclimatization. So there is not

much danger of altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). As long you
take slow pace with enough rest to catch your breathe.

04: Do we spend overnight in tented camp on treks?

Yes, sleeping in tented camp for a little more than week duration, the company
provides good spacious two men tents. Foods are served and cooked from our
camping kitchen tents prepared by expert cook and kitchen staff.
The company also provides a thin foam mattresses, trekkers can carry inflatable
mattress for extra comfort. Sleeping bags and inner linear to go in the sleeping
bags are necessary to bring with you.

05: Is there chances to charge our electorni devices?

From Yuksom town, we will be camping less chance of charging electronic
gadgets, but some few Guest House. Run and managed by Sikkim Government
may have electricity run by small Hydro or Solar power. Possible to charge your
electronic devices, it is best to carry a small battery portable solar power.
Which can be fit on outside of backpack to catch more sunlight, and charge for
your personal use at campsite.

06: What happens if someone get injured or sick?

If some gets seriously ill or get wounded the quickest ways to carry the patient
back to Yuksom. Then admit in the best hospital and medical center for proper
treatment, if gets better wait until the group returns back to Yuksom. Then join
for the drive to Nepal border via Kalimpong town, last overnight in Inida.
If the victim gets serious do not recover fast, transport on a private vechile to
Nepal border. At Bhadrapur airport for earliest flight to Kathmandu for better
treatment or take a flight back to your country for further treatment.
All extra expenses should be borne by the clients, then claim it through your
medical insurance back home.

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