I know, it’s an hard choice. By this article we from Sikkim Trails aims to give you some more information that will help you to make the best decision for your trek. Whether it will be Sandakphu trek or Goechala Trek, you will not get disappointed.
Sandakphu trek is a relatively easy trek along the Singalila ridgeline. It could be a long trek if you include Phalut in the itinerary. It is 21km from Sandakphu and if you have time we suggest to include it. Why? It will be the best view of the trek, as you get closer to the mountain range. You can start to recognize the different features of the massive slopes. Sandakphu trek is a walk mostly in the path, but there will be unfortunately times when you forced to walk in the road. Road is of course almost trafficless, but still you can find jeeps on the way that might be annoying while trekking.
Goechala trek on the other side, is a remote way until the very heart of Kanchenjunga and Pandim mountains. Roads are far away and quiteness is the rule. There are no homestays or settlements on the way, so the accommodation will be in the wooden huts you find on the way, or in tents. The abandoned settlements on the way were previously home of Tibetan refugees forced to leave their country after the Chinese invasion. Goechala is definitely more demanding, either in terms of phisical requirements or altitude wise, as you go up to almost 5000 meters.
View: Goechala is much closer to the mountains, Dzongri Top and Goechala offer stunning views of Kanchenjunga and Pandim. On the other side, from Sandakphu you are not as close but you have a wider view of the Himalayan range, with several 8000’s as Makalu, Everest, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga.
Lenght: 45km of Sandakphu trek vs 70km of Goechala trek.
Altitude: 3700meters of Sandakphu trek vs the 4950meters of Goechala trek.
Price: Sandakphu around 30$/day, Goechala 50$ a day
Accommodation: Sandakphu is full of homestays and teahouses, Goechala only has huts and camping spots.
Level of phisical effort: Sandakphu is easy, Goechala way more demanding.
Flora and Fauna: both have an amazing wildlife.
In Sandakphu you may get some chances to see a Red Panda. Kanchenjunga National Park is more famous for birds instead. April is the best season for both to see blossoms and colorful flowers.
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