With fascinating views of snow-capped Himalayas and thrilling winter hiking trails, Yuksom in Sikkim will make you fall in love with it in no time.
Out of the three hidden winter gems that our digital network picked for a recent social media contest, Yuksom, suggested by Mithun Chatterjee, offers the most offbeat slice of Himalayan life in the Northeast.
Nestled far away from the din at an altitude of 5,840 feet, Yuksom in West Sikkim is a maze of steep valleys, meditative monasteries, and lush subtropical woodlands. Once the capital to the clean and green state, this little hamlet is often revered as ‘the meeting point of three lamas’, thanks to its close proximity to monasteries like Dubdi, Tashi Tenka, and Tashiding. The culture of Yuksom complements its scenic natural beauty. Visit the peaceful Coronation Throne of Norbugang, and spend some time watching a variety of fish in the shallow waters of the pristine Kathok Lake. Base yourself here if you wish to explore the famous Goech La trail or reach the basecamp of Mount Kangchendzongha .
To truly witness the alluring landscapes in their full glory, arrive here in winter when the temperature drop down to sub-zero degrees. Take in the fascinating views of snow-capped peaks like Kabur, Jopuno, and Narsing. Later, and spin a prayer wheel at Mani Hall. Enjoy a great safari experience at UNESCO-listed Kangchendzongha National Park where you can sight the elusive snow leopard, sloth bear, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan blue sheep, and the endangered red panda.
What to do near Yuksom:
Make sure you have ample time in hand to do some high-altitude trekking when in Yuksom. The popular week-long Dzongri La trail takes you through remote snowy landscapes of Tsokha and the densest forest cover in the Himalayas and rewards in the mesmerising panoramas of 16 Himalayan peaks!
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Where to stay in Yuksom:
Nomadic Weekends lists a decent homestay that offers a comfortable stay and farm-to-table Sikkimese delicacies, run by the local Limboo tribe! The Tashighang Resort has a warm staff, a variety of rooms, and mountain vistas on offer.