Kanchenjunga Trek, Goecha La Trek, Трекинг к перевалу Гоча-Ла, Канченджанга, Трекинг к Канченджанге
|Type of Climb:||
Asia, India: (State of Sikkim)
??/1/1979 Pete Boardman
1 780m / 5 840 ft
3 220m / 10 564 ft
88km / 55 miles
15 Mar-15 Jun;
01 Oct-15 Dec;
Cellular Network: Yes (Accomodation)
Mobile Internet: Yes (Cellular network covers all the way until Yuksam (1 700 m). There is no coverage above.)
To do the trek you will have to contact a local tour operator - these are the rules for all of the travellers in mountain areas of Sikkim. During the trekking you can be accommodated only in lodges or tents, excluding Yuksam where there are some hotels. Don't forget to take some money for tips to pay after your trekking finishes. Usually it's 10% of the trekking's cost. You don't need any kind of vaccination for visiting India but in any case you have to be very attentive to these criteria: drink only bottled water or water after boiling and no ice, don't buy dubious drinks or foods, don't buy food on the streets, wash your hands regularly. If you are going to visit southern areas of India don't forget to bring special tablets to protect yourself from malaria. It will be Lariam, Doxycycline or Malarone that is the most effective one.
|Base Camp Elevation:||4 920 m / 16 142 ft|
|Summit Camp Elevation:||Please update|
|Accommodation in Base Camp:||Both - huts and tents|
|Accommodation above Base Camp:||Tents only|
|Number of Camps:||5|
|Avg. Cost:||600 USD|
|Descent Route:||Another Route -Please update|
|Specify descent time:||3 Day(s)|
1 780 m / 5 840 tf
|Old capital of Sikkim Kingdom (now Sikkim is one of the Indian states). Tourist centre and the start point of the routes.|
3 000 m / 9 843 tf
|A little village with some houses and a tiny Buddhist monastery.|
4 000 m / 13 123 tf
|A camping site that is located not far from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute's base camp.|
4 180 m / 13 714 tf
|A view point with the best view on the Himalaya and Kanchenjunga.|
0 m / 0 tf
3 900 m / 12 795 tf
|A camp site with stunning views of Kanchenjunga and Pandim Mountains.|
4 160 m / 13 648 tf
|A holy Buddhist place. Base camp for travellers who is going to climb Goecha La Pass.|
4 940 m / 16 207 tf
|The route's target. High mountain pass from where you can see spectacular Kanchenjunga.|
0 m / 0 tf
|A sacred lake.|
3 680 m / 12 074 tf
|A camp site on the bank of Rangeet river.|
Trekking starts from the old capital of Sikkim named Yuksam (1 780m). The path brings you to Tsokha (3 000 m). Be prepared for a moderately difficult but beautiful journey. You'll proceed along the river valley through dense subtropical rainforest where huge rhododendrons grow. Last 3 km will be the most difficult because of the steep slope ascending. And here you are - in a small Tsokha village with its dozen houses and a tiny monastery.
Hiking to Dzongri (4 000m). It is one of the most sacred Buddhist places because one of the four "Great Caves" located close by.
Be sure to start early (before 4am). A short walk to Daplangang view point (4 180m). You will enjoy the best mountain panorama in Sikkim and sunrise above Kanchenjunga. It will be good for your acclimatisation to ascend to Dzongri La Pass (4 380m) and to visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute's base camp. Return to Dzongri.
Steep descending through the rhododendron forest to Rangeet river. Smooth ascent along mountain river to Tangsing (3 900m).
This morning you will be stunned by the views of Kanchenjunga and Pandim peaks. Hiking to the holy spot Lamuni (4 160m) along the river valley.
Start before 4am. If you will be lucky you will have a chance to see the sunrise above Kanchenjunga at the view point. It's unforgettable! Climb to Goecha La Pass (4 940m). It's a sacred place that attracts travellers from all over the world. Descent back along the same route. Short rest near holy Samiti Lake. Return to Lamuni and hiking further to Kokchurong (3 680m). The path follows the ancient caravan track that joined India and Tibet. That path also follows the Central Asian expedition of famous Russian artist and explorer Roerich and the way of Nepalese and British squadrons during the Tibet invasion. Overnight on the bank of Rangeet river.
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