Goecha La Trek Completed Successfully

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Hi guys, missed the forum for these days but I enjoyed more my Goecha La trek . Just returned today, lots of good and bad things happened due to a big group of 11 people which is odd for transportation, some could not make it till the end, but anyway me and 6 of the team members have successfully reached upto the end which is Goecha Lake. The bad news is that, local guides and porters aren't allowing anyone to cross the pass . Anyway will post my pix. and blog link soon.

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#2 Oct 16th, 2008, 14:50
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Congratulations !!! Eagerly waiting for blog & pics ....
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Congratulations Supratim. Why they did not allow to cross the pass?
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Which lake are you talking about ? Is it Samiti Lake ?

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there is a big glacial lake near the pass, locals calls it goecha lake. Local guides and porters said that sikkim tourism and sikkim govt. jointly took the amendment that nobody will cross the pass and the porters and guides association will look after that matter.
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Congrats! Also I am headed into the same direction.

Hi Supratim,
Congrats once again. My name is Ravindra. I am planning to go to Sikkim next week and would like to do the Goeche la trek in about 9 days from now. I wanted to know quite a few things
- I am travelling alone. Can I get a guide/porter etc and do the trek? is it easy to get into a group in Yuksum?
- How much money should I pay ? Should I go with a company? Is it safe to hire local porters?
- Should I plan to make all the arrangements in Yuksum? And not in Gangtok?
- How about food? Do porters prepare the meals? Are you supposed to buy food before leaving - or do they take full care of it and you just pay them a daily rate?
Any other info? It would be very very helpful.
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You can do this trek alone, but first 2 days i.e. Yaksom-Tsoka & Tsoka-Dzongri is very very tiring, so you should be mentally prepared hard to walk that long way all alone.

You can search for other group in Yaksom and merge with the group, many trekker do that.

You can arrange guide/porter/yak/mules all from Yaksom, no need to do that from before. We hired a guide named J B Gurung, very responsible person, you can find for him near hotel "Dzongrila".

You can buy ration from Yaksom but that will cost you near x1.5 times. So in my opinion try to buy your stuffs from Shilliguri.

Happy trekking.
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Djongri

I have been to Yuksom twice. First it was for Samiti Lake. Second time it was for HMI Base Camp.

Thanks for your proposal.

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You are a very very experienced trekker. Can you tell me at what time you have started from Samiti Lake for your onward transmission to Goecha Lake ? You have not yet replied to my earlier thread "What was the kind of surface you have faced after you have crossed the ridge of Samiti Lake" ?

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Hi Ravindra

I am also planning on going in Nov-08 for a trek, and I will be traveling alone. I am making some inquiries with trek operators, but don't have any details yet.

Have you finalised your plans?

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Hi Bhaskar,

Actually, now camping after Lamuney is not possible, specially at Samiti. So we camped at Lamuney and started for Goecha La at around 2:00 PM , it was terribly cold and we have to walk for 3 hours using torch light . There was two main ridges, one before Samiti and another after Samiti. After Samiti Lake ridge, we had to walk on boulders fully.
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Hi Supratim
Thanks for your response. A few other questions
- Can you let me know approx how much the guides charge in Yuksum? Also do the guides arrange for food/camping/hut etc?
- Do I need to take any utensils etc? Do the porters/guides have containers for oil, food,dal etc?
- Upto Dzongri, are there villages where you can get food from locals? Like a chai stall/dhaba? As I understand after that you are on your own with your group to cook food.


I am planning to take sleeping bag and a mat. this plus some winter clothes. And thats it. No other stuff. Let me know if other essentials are needed
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Guide charge 400 per day, porter/yak/mule 150/200 per day.

if you don't have any utensils or containers etc. then your guide will arrange or buy that for you but you have to pay for it.

take adequate ration and let your guide check it, confirm the ration by your guide.

you can buy things at Bakhim, Tsoka and Dzongri and not after that, prices are near to double.

add good woolen gloves and 2 pairs of woolen shocks to your list.

Happy trekking.
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hi supratim
hot congratulation to u with shubhovijoya, waiting for your pics and blog.

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hi guys, somehow I managed to upload the pics. to my blog, but still picture captions yet to be added. you can check those pics here: http://goechala.blogspot.com/

happy trekking.
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