Thursday, October 6, 2022




Goecha La Trek is an 8-day trek in the eastern state of Sikkim,India. It is one of the wettest parts of the Himalayas due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal and a direct line of influence from the Indian monsoon. The journey is first on an often muddy path through dense rain forests and then gradually the lowland forest is replaced by beautiful rhododendron forests that are in full bloom in early May.The first view point is from Jongri Top where you can see both Kangchenjunga and Mount Pandim. Dzongri itself is a stop for many,but it is worth trekking further to Samiti Lake,a sacred lake whose crystal waters are the source of the Preak River. Goicha La (16,000 ft/4876 m) serves as a basecamp for those looking to southeast Kangchenjunga. Here are 4 other great treks in Sikkim.


This has to be our all-time favorite trek in the Himalayas.Spectacular views of Everest,a nice trail,amazing tea houses to stay in and almost continuous views of some of the highest peaks in the world will keep you hooked during what is usually an 11-day trek.The trail ends at the Everest Base Camp where you can watch the snowfall of the Khumbu Glacier directly towards the summit of Everest which is still an impressive 3500 meters above you. On the way you will see 3 of the 10 highest peaks in the world.Apart from Everest, Cho Oyu (8201 m/26,906 ft) and Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft) are also included.The snow-clad walls of Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft) and Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft) are as spectacular,if not higher. Trekking is possible from September to June and although it is cold in December and January, perhaps there is a time of year you can find solitude.


It is actually two treks that can be done either separately or together.Like the Everest Base Camp trek,it offers a great trail and great tea house lodging for those looking for a little bit of rest. If you have just four or five days then the trek to Poon Hill is one of the best short treks in the Himalayas and offers spectacular views of Annapurna.If you have a little more time,visit Annapurna Base Camp, located in the famous Annapurna Sanctuary,where you can go near Annapurna I (8,091 m / 26,538 ft).On the south side one can have a spectacular view of the 10th highest peak in the world. The route to the base camp provides spectacular views of the hanging glaciers and the colossal cliff of Machapuchere (6,993 m / 22,943 ft), known locally as the “Fish Tale or the Matterhorn of Asia”.. fish tail is sacred to the locals and out of bounds for the climbers.


Manaslu Trek is a 14 to 16 day tea-house trek that encircles the 8th highest peak in the world.The tea houses and trails have been improved in recent years and the trek is quickly becoming a popular alternative to the Annapurna Circuit.The total number of visitors over the years has been around 2000,most of whom arrive in October.This is one of the great treks in Nepal and it makes you away from the crowd at the same time. The trek stays in a restricted area which means trekkers are charged $50 per week.


The Upper Mustang Trek sheds light on the beauty of the desert and the ancient Tibetan cultures of Nepal. The 18-day trek continues north from Jomsam,at the far end of the Annapurna Range. A special permit is required to enter the area and the trek needs to be organized as a combination tea house and camping trek.Very few tourists (perhaps 1000 per year) travel to see this remote part of Nepal.Some of the highlights of the trek include the ancient “Forbidden City” and the ancient monasteries and caves. The arid mountainous landscape may seem similar to Ladakh in India then other treks in Nepal.


This 6+ day trek (pilgrimage) takes you to the source of the Ganges River, the holiest river in India. The trek starts at the end of the road near the temple town of Gangotri and travels a distance of 18 km to Gomukh which is believed to be the source of the Ganges at the base of the glacier. The landscape here is splendid with views of Shivling Parvat and Bhagirathi mountain range.One of the largest glaciers in the central Himalayas,this is a great trek to see the beautiful peaks.


An ancient route along the frozen Zanskar River.This 6-day trek connects the villages of Zanskar Valley with the village of Chilling which is situated on the road to Leh (Ladakh, India). It is best to take this trek in late January and early February when the conditions are coldest and the frozen river can be used as a route.It is an amazing and beautiful trek if you can survive the average daytime temperature of -10C which drops to -20 to -25C at night.The trek can be difficult in places where the river is not completely frozen and a new path must be made on the snow-laden banks. It is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.



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