Oct 092017
 
Yumthang, Sikkim, India, hot springs, mountain, clouds, stream, Lachung River, uasatish,

Fast Flowing Stream

One of the best known hot springs in Sikkim is near Yumthang village. The waters have elevated temperatures, close 50 deg C, even in winter. The sulphur content is high. There are other minerals like calcium, lithium and magnesium that are dissolved in the waters. They are believed to have medicinal values.

Yumthang, Sikkim, India, steps, uasatish

Steps Leading to the Hot Springs

We walked a few hundred metres from the road to reach the hot springs. We passed a pedestrian bridge over River Lachung. The bridge is festooned with flags. Then we had to go up a long flight of steps. Finally we reached a small wooden cabin into which the hot water was trickling down. Please be aware that there are no lockers for storing valuables. Changing rooms are also not available.

Yumthang, Sikkim, India, hot springs, uasatish,

Hot Springs in Yumthang

The surrounding area is scenic. River Lachung flows at the bottom of towering Himalayan mountains. The beautiful Yumthang valley is nearby. Snow carpets the land in winter. Snowfall is a regular occurrence.

Yumthang, Sikkim, India, river, mountain, clouds, sky, uasatish,

Mountain Stream

Sikkim lies on the southern flank of Himalayan mountains. Most of the state is positioned at high elevations. Yumthang is at an altitude of 11,800 feet.

Yumthang, Sikkim, India, hut, uasatish,

Forest Inspection Hut

Yumthang Valley is sparsely populated. Yaks can be spotted grazing on the  meadows. Roads connect the area with rest of the state. Snow and landslides can make the roads difficult to navigate.

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Grazing Yak

Yumthang is 125 km from Gangtok. Nearest town is Lachung which is 25 km away.

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Sign at the Hot Springs

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