Economy Of Yuksom

Yuksom’s economy is mainly tourism centric due to activities like trekking to Khanchendzonga National Park, which makes Yuksom the base camp. Some of the other activities contributing to this are several innovative programs planned by the village community as stakeholders and the Forest Department as the chief coordinating agency. All these programs are planned to promote eco-tourism, incidental with encouragement of local handicrafts.

There are well established primary and secondary schools in village. There are three primary schools, one junior school and a senior secondary school. Schools have well established amenities like primary health, portable drinking water, gas and electric supply, post and telegraph office. The village also has developed enough infrastructure facilities like hotels, guest houses and transportation to accommodate the increasing inflow of tourists every year. Though tourism has become one of the greatest sources of revenue, the village community also takes appropriate measures from time to time to maintain the ecological balance as well as preserve the bio-diversity of the village. The social activists keep a close watch on the environmental and economic conditions in the village.

The economy also receives its eco-tourism boom from the popular Yuksom-Dzongri Trek, along the Rathong Chu River in West Sikkim. This trek passes through dense forests, alpine forests and ends at Mt. Khanchendzonga. The tourism revenue is also gained from international visitors from England, USA, Germany, France, Australia, Netherlands and Switzerland and the two main trekking seasons of March to May and September to November have been noted as the peak months. The winter months of January and February are the lean months. The government is working towards planning innovative additional trek routes to encourage eco-tourism. Besides Tourism, the economy of Yuksom is also agrarian in nature. Agriculture is the second source of revenue in the economy.