The Yuksom - GoeCha La trek in Western Sikkim takes you right under the shadow of the mighty Kanchendzonga, the 3'rd highest mountain in the world. This 7-8 day trek, is one of the more remote and stunning treks in India, taking one through forests of Rhododendron and valleys covered with lichen and moss, offering numerous birding opportunities and encounters with herds of Bharal or Blue mountain sheep and not to mention the stunning vistas of some of the highest mountains in the world.

No wonder this is a very popular trek in Sikkim.

Permits and Logistics :

Individuals are not allowed to undertake this trek. You'll need to be accompanied by a guide or atleast a porter. This is done to promote job creation in the local villages and also to keep an eye on travelers for their own safety and prevent them from sneaking into Tibet. Also trekkers need to register themselves at the Yuksom police station and also pay the permit fee to the forest department (and take an inventory of all your disposable plastic items) before entering the Kanchendzonga national park.

Back in 2007, the rates were 300 Rs/day for guides and 150/day for porters. Pack animals cost an additional 150Rs/day. Although these rates might've changed in the 4 years since i've been on the trek. Trekking gear like sleeping bags (they have nice down filled sleeping bags available), sleeping pads, gloves etc can be rented at the Yuksom market. Your guide or porter can help arrange everything. You can also buy the necessary provisions like Rice/Veggies/Noodles/Bread etc from the Yuksom market.

For a fully supported trek with a guide, cook, tents, porters etc the cost was around 1500/Rs per person per day. Although all these costs might have changed considerably in the years passed.

The Food Situation:
This is not a tea house trek. The only restaurant available enroute is at Tshoka (the settlement above Yuksom and the first day's halt). The chowkidars (caretakers) at the various trekking huts may be able to whip you up something hot or share their Dal Chaawal with you (remember it was about 50Rs a plate) but do count on it. It is better to carry as much food as you can carry, remembering the fact that the load will get lighter as you climb higher.

Recommend carrying lightweight, high energy food items like dry fruits and nuts and a few chunky cheese cubes. Also carry oral rehydration packs like Electral to replenish your salts after a hard day of trekking. The glacial streams are pure and the water should be safe for drinking (especially after Tshoka), carry purifying tables for your peace of mind.