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Yuksom

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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.

Get in

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.


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trekking destination DZONGRI TREKKING 5 DAYS GOECHALA TREKKING 7 TO 8 DAYS

SIKKIM DARJELLING SIGALILA TREKKING 16 DAYS

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Do

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.

  • One day trek. Trek up to Dubdi and Hongri monastery( 4 hours one way), the views are superb,the trail passes through a small waterfall and a small village upm in the hills called Chung.Truly a rewarding experience.
  • YUKSOM (1800 METER), YUKSOM WEST SIKKIM (WEST), +918768809566. HOW TO REACH YUKSOM? YOU have fist reach in siliguri rail way station or air port from there you have to find the taxi to jorthanj station from the station you will not get having direct yuksom you should have come to in jorthang then fromthere you will get available jeep to yuksom but you should reach there aroun 12 to 1 o clock after there it is very hard to find the jeep. after jorthang you will be at in yuksom after 3 hours. and in yuksom you don't worry about hotel food whatever else.


Buy

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.

Eat

Please be ready to have vegetarian food here. Although non-vegetarian food is available, since it is a remote place, meat supplies are rare.

There are a few restaurants: Yak Restaurant (Mr. Ugen), Norling, and Gupta restaurant at the main junction, which serves Indian and Italian food.

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 day's trek. They taste like they are filled with a very strong feta cheese.

Most of these restaurants also serve tongba (bamboo drink). Try this. It's a juice of the fermented millet served in a bamboo container, and you will also be given a small straw made of bamboo to sip the millet wine from the bamboo container.

Drink

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.

Sleep

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.

  • Demazong Hotel, Main street, Yuksom. Nice hotel in the village center, in front of Gupta restaurant. Clean and well furnished, some rooms are ensuite while others are not: prices for doubles are between 150 to 300 Rs. The owner is a friendly Tibetan woman. 100-350 Rs..

Get out

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). To get out of Yuksom, Jeeps are available but mostly they run in the morning, starts at 5:30 AM. You need to book it one day in advance to be sure you get a seat. Goes to Pelling, Geyzing and Jorethang.(2012)



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