Day 1: Travel from NJP/Bagdogra to Yuksom by jeep.
It is a 6-7 hour ride through the hills. Upon arrival in Yuksom, prepare for the trek that starts the next day. If time permits, one could also see around Yuksom. The Dubdi monastery, the Coronation throne are a couple of the local attractions. Additionally, Yuksom is a historically important place for Sikkim as it was announced the first capital of Sikkim in 1643 AD.
Day 2: Yuksom (1750m) to Sachen (2250m). 8km appx.
This is a fairly easy walk and helps trekkers to find their rhythm and gradually get used to the demands of the trail. The distance is about 8km and it takes between 3.5-4.5 hours for most trekkers to reach Sachen. Trekkers tend to skip this campsite at times, however, this is not recommended unless one is a regular and experienced trekker who has done multiple 800m single day altitude gains before.
Day 3: Sachen (2250m) to Tsokha (2950m). 8km appx.
The walk begins in an easy fashion from Sachen and takes about an hour to the bridge over Prek Chu (chu meaning river). From the bridge to Tsokha is a straight ascent of about 5 km and is a good introduction to the climb the next day. Bakhim (meaning Bamboo Hut) breaks the climb. There is a tea stall at Bakhim and one can sit here and enjoy the views of the valley below. Trekkers are often astonished at how much they have climbed in the previous hour and a half. Rhododendron trees abound around Bakhim and here onwards till you are above the tree line they will remain a constant companion. It is a further hour and a half to Tsokha.
Day 4: Tsokha (2950m) to Dzongri (3950m). 10km appx.
This day is often referred to as the ‘test day’ since it is a relentless and fairly steep climb from Tsokha to Dzongri. You will gain altitude fast and it is important to not rush up the slope. Time the ascent to reach Dzongri is about 5-6 hours and you will still reach comfortably by 2 pm, assuming you start at around 8 am. The trail passes via Phedang (3679m appx.) which almost slices the walk into the half. It looks like a possible campsite but teams do not prefer to camp here because of lack of water near the campsite. Water here must be brought from far (20 min walk one way). Thus, teams rest here for a while, have their packed lunch/rations provided to them in the morning, and proceed to Dzongri. In an hour, you will come across the Deorali top, the highest point on this day at over 4100m. Here on the trail eases out and descends slightly to dzongri. Many people, upon arrival in Dzongri will experience a mild headache due to the 1000m effective gain. Make sure you stay warm and hydrated. Let the guide/team leader know about any a headache or health difficulty. Usually, the headache should subside in a couple of hours.
Note: There is no water source on the trail on this day and trekkers must fill up at Tsokha and ration the water wisely.
Day 5: Rest Day. Acclimatization.
This day you stay on at Dzongri and take rest. You may choose to wake up early and walk up to Dzongri top to see a full panoramic view of all the snow-capped mountains around at sunrise. One can see at least 10 peaks here from left to right, including Kokthang, Rathong, Frey’s peak, Black Kabur, Kabru dome, Kabru north and south, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Tenzingkhang, Japnoo, Narsing and a few others. Return from Dzongri top to the campsite and rest here for the day.
Day 6: Dzongri (3970m) to Thangsing (3800m). 10km appx.
This day you ascend a little from the Dzongri campsite and then walk through meadows with gentle up and down slopes till you arrive at the steep descent to the Kokchurang campsite by the Prek chu. The descent is challenging for almost everyone and can take around an hour. Kokchurang campsite is nestled in a dense forest by the riverside and is a perfect spot to rest for a while. We do not set up camp here on our way up. After some rest, we proceed to Thangsing, our camp for the night, through some more beautiful forest. On a clear day, the Thangsing campsite gives you a welcome gift of outstanding views of Mt. Pandim right upon arrival. Soak in the beauty of the sights before you and surrender to nature’s splendor. Thangsing is a wide open field and you will often find trekkers or local staff playing cricket, football or volleyball here. Join in for some fun and to test your lungs!
Day 7: Thangsing (3800m) Chemathang (4,693.mtrs). 8km appx.
After breakfast trek to Chemathang is about 5 to 6 hours located at the base of mount Pandim 6,691 meters. The begin trail to Chemathang is very easy towards from Lamuney camp side after Lamuney the trail is gradual ascend from first views point through from wonderful lake called somitey. It is the deep lake with crystal clear greenish blue water surrounded by gorgeous mountains. As you look inside the lake you get the amazing view of the snow mounts of Pandim, Kanchenjunga, Kabru, and others. And around the boundary from lake, you can watch varieties of birds. After lake, the trail steep ascends towards from first viewpoint it in front of Mount Pandim. an elevation of first viewpoint 4600.meters where there you can get unimaginable views of snow-capped mountains The mount Kangchenjunga, The Mt.Pandim, The Mt.Tenzingkhang, The Mt.Jopnu, The Goecha Peak The Thumb Peak The, Fork peak(I, II, III) and many more peak approach you very close and take impressive photography then trek towards from Chemathang. the trail continues goes ahead from the first viewpoint and the small step down words near from Chemathang where there have more sand dunes like a dessert after one km you will reach to your campsite. It’s located in a quiet and serene area around fully big bolder and this hold day you will walk through the Onglathang valley overnight at camping.
Day 8: Chemathang (4,693.mtrs). To Goecha Peak Base Camp (4,950.mtrs).
Goecha peak base camp is about 3 km from here on a steep route. It takes about 2 hours to reach and the terrain is full of rocks and boulders. goecha peak base camp it is between from second viewpoint and goecha la pass you will first steep ascend till from second viewpoint an elevation of 4 800 meters. Where there have great views of the mount Kangchenjunga, The mt Pandim, The Mt. Goecha Peak Goecha la pass and many more peaks also down words you can get majestic views from Goecha la Green lake overnight at camp.
Day 9: Goecha peak Base Camp (4290.mtrs) rest equipment distribute.
Day 10: Goecha peak Base Camp (4,950.mtrs) to Camp 1 lode free (5,647.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours. Steep ascend.
Day 11: Goecha peak Base Camp (4,950.mtrs) to Camp 1 lode free (5,647.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours. Steep ascend.
Day12: Goecha Peak Base to summit camp move (5,647.mtrs).
Day 13: Camp 1 Route Open for Summit.
Day 14: Day 15: Summit camp to goecha peak summit (6,050.mtrs) overnight back to Goecha Base Camp.
We start climbing around at night 11 pm to 12: am that you have had rest for a day the Goecha peak summit, you should be well prepared for the big climb. You should wake up early to start the climb. The route goes through Ice wall and glaciers and then comes to Gradual slopes and some place has a steep sloop to the summit camp. This is a long climb, so you should be mentally strong and prepared psychologically. It would take somewhere between 9 to 10 hours for average climbers. Slow climbers may take another 2 to 3 hours in addition and through the trail you can get good views.
The summit offers you great views of the area. The wide and open surroundings give you a royal feeling top of the peak you would get panoramic views of the unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and majestic spectacular, snow-capped mountains the third highest peak of the world the Mount Khangchendzonga 8,585 Meters. including many more peak higher above 6,000 meters. After summit take great photography then back to summit camp overnight at summit camp.
Day 15: Goecha Base Camp to Thangsing.
This Day after breakfast heading back to Thansing the trail same route that you came by during this stretch of the return trek. Through the wildlife century with the royal feeling unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and majestic spectacular, snow-capped mountains the world’s third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga. 8585. Meters including many more peak higher above 6,000 meters.
The Chemathang area it has been identified as having a significant concentration of blue sheep and the snow leopard. This area is a breeding zone for these species as well and has been demarcated as a conservation zone to reduce human interference. Carry a pair of binoculars with you to give yourself a chance of spotting a rare leopard or a flock of blue sheep. Leopard sightings are very rare as they are extremely shy and if you see one, count yourself very lucky. Overnight at Thangsing.
Day 16: Thangsing to Tshoka
This after breakfast trek to Tshoka began the trail is rocky downwards from Kokchurung through the rhododendron forest. The walk from Kokchurung to Phedang is through a very dense forest and no pack animals can do this trail due to the narrow nature and dense vegetation on the trail. For several hours you will walk through forests that might remind some of the forests in the Indian Western Ghats during monsoons. This part of the trail takes about 4-5 hours typically. Have the packed lunch provided to you, here. From Phedang turn left and down towards Tsokha. It is a continuous descent up to Tsokha and takes up 2 hours.
Day 17: Tsokha (2950m) to Yuksom (1750m). 16km appx.
Last day of the trek takes you back over the same route you took to come up. Descend all the way to the suspension bridge over Prek Chu below Bakhim. It can take anywhere between 1.5 to 2.5 hours. From the bridge there is a climb for about 20mins after which the trail takes you over gentle ups and downs while constantly losing altitude towards Yuksom. Expect yourself to reach Yuksom in between 5-7 hours. You will have packed lunch on this day as well and Sachen is a good point to take a break. As you near Yuksom mobile networks will become active again. Reach the road head and you are standing at the end point of the trek. A cozy bed and hot water will be waiting for you at your hotel/homestay.
Day 18: Leave Yuksom for NJP/Bagdogra as planned.
In morning after breakfast is ideally the final day of the trekking. It is advisable to start early since a long drive. Travellers we suggest you pack the luggage before have a delicious breakfast or before starting to your journey. The distance from NJP/ Bagdogra airport is 155 kilometers which ideally should take not more than 7 to 8 hours. Lunch can be enjoyed at Jorthang or malli where there are serving good local foods. After enjoying lunch drive continue to your destination at the N J P/Bagdogra Airport.