Yuksom is a small village in Sikkim. It is said that it was the first capital of Sikkim.
Very calm and peaceful. A real get-away for those who want to avoid the tourist crowd.
Reach here in 5 hours from Gezing using shared or private jeeps
The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP)which is about 150 km from Yuksom. From NJP , one can get book a taxi to Yuksom in Rs. 2000 ( as in march 2009). Be careful to leave NJP by 11am as it takes around 6-7 hours to reach Yuksom via Jorethang. The road to Yuksom is poorly lit and it is not advisable to travel in night.
The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, 12 km west of Siliguri , about 170 km from Yuksom.
It is a very small village so getting around is on foot.
Yuksom is the base camp for many trekkings in Sikkim. One can trek to Tashiding/Dzongri peak/Goecha La from here. You can also trek to Kachupuri lake from Yuksom. Its a relatively tough steep trek (10kms) if you not a high altitude trekker. There are no shared jeeps to/from Kachupuri lake, but it might be possible to join a tour jeep for this journey.
It is a very beautiful place. It is surrounded by majestic mountain peaks (some of them are covered with snow throughout the year).
You can trek to Kachupuri lake (1 day)
Trek to Dzongri (4 days)/ Goecha La (8 days) you get a wonderful view of Kanchandzongha from here and get to see yaks too. A few travel agencies are around and you can often find groups to join. Permits are easily available via travel agencies. You can also rent hiking gear in travel agencies around Yuksom (e.g. Glacier Treks & Adventure +91 8768809566).
Yuksom is very close to the Kanchandzongha national park. It will take you 2 hours to trek into the wildlife sanctuary and go to a particular waterfall on the way to Dzongri. Very beautiful. You can also bathe here but will need to be careful. Its the coldest , purest and sweetest water ever!
There is a village buddhist temple where prayers happen every evening at dusk. A must to experience.
The place is so beautiful that you can just be here and relax and gaze at the nature for one whole week and you will not know when would time fly by
14 day trek to Kanchandzongha base camp can also be done from here.
If you are a certified Himalayan trekker you would know that all the high altitude treks including Kanchandzongha start from here.
If you are one of those light weight carrying backpackers. You can buy basic clothes for your travel. Nothing fancy or touristy can be found here. Its not a regular tourist destination.
Please be ready to have vegetarian food here. Although non-vegetarian food is available her but refrain from it as it is a very remote area, hence , meat supplies are rare to reach this place.
There are couple of restaurants, Yak Restaurant ( Mr. Ugen) Similarly the other are Norling,Gupta restaurant at the main junction here that serve Indian and Italian foods.
The restaurants open at 5:30 in the morning are are closed by 10 Pm in the night. Although the quality of food is not so great ( Try Yak restaurant) sometime they have good food... especially the beef rice and morning alu parathas.. but one may find decent Pizzas and beer here.
You may also be lucky enough to encounter Yak cheese momos, these are particularly fantastic after a long days trekking, they taste like they are filled with a very strong fetta cheese, fantastic!
Most of these restaurant also serve TONGBA ( Bamboo Drink) Try this... its a juice of the fermented Millet served in a bamboo container and the especiality of the drinking part is you will also be given a small straw made of bamboo to sip the millet wine from the bamboo container..
There are two brands of bottled beer available Hit and Dansberg. Dansberg is a wonderful mild beer brewed and bottled in Sikkim. Hit on the other hand is a strong beer.
The other option is to go for the local brew called "Bamboo". It consists of fermented Millet grains in a broad bamboo stem cut to be used as a tumbler. Warm water is added to the container, within a few minutes it acquires the flavour of port wine. It is drunk through a narrow straw also made of bamboo. More water is added to the tumbler when it runs out. With time the flavour of the Bamboo gets milder.
The potency of the drink is dependent on the aging of the millets used. Millets fermented for ten to fifteen days result in a medium to mild drink. Upto three month old fermented drinks can result in a very strong brew.
A very beautiful government guest house with two dormitories. total # of beds 6. 50 Rs each in Aug 2007. Three private hostels are also present.
Hotel Yangri Gang and Hotel Tashi Gang are the two main hotels here.
There are several treks leading from this place. Also, there is a Khangchendzonga Natiional Park close by (which is a kind of heaven on earth).
There is only one jeep (Aug 2007) out of Yuksom , starts at 5:30 AM. You need to book it one day in advance to be sure you get a seat. Goes to Pelling and Geyzing