Yuksam, a popular tourist’s destination in west Sikkim, opens for treks and tourism


PRITAM LAMA

Geyzing, 20 Oct:

A joint meeting was held at Yuksam today to withdrawn their local ban of Tourism and open Yuksam for tourists.

A meeting chaired by Yuksam-BDO, Samber Man Limboo and was also attended by SKM District Coordinator (West), Nandu Gurung, SKM Tourism Wing Secretary, Phumphi Bhutia, Private secretary to Dy Speaker, Kesher Khatiwada, SKM Tourism Coordinator, Suk Rani Limboo, Gram panchayats, KNP officials and large numbers local tourism stakeholders.

Yuksam is a getaway for Popular Dzongri-Goechala trekking and also for Singalila and Kasturi round trekking inside the India's first UNESCO World Heritage site under mixed criteria. World heritage site Khangchendzonga National Park. KNP is a UNESCO World Heritage site in mixed criteria situated at area of 1,784kms in northern and western part of Sikkim.

SKM Tourism Wing Secretary, Phumbhi Bhutia said, Yuksam open for tourism after the through consultations from the local community and tourism stakeholders of Yuksam and adjoining areas. She also thanked the state government for resuming the Tourism in the state on behalf of the Tourism stakeholders.

The meeting also deliberated on safety and precautions to take against the COVID-19 while operating the Tourism.

Local Tourism stakeholders and pack animal operators placed their grievances. Meeting also discussed on Dzongri-Goechala trekking routes restoration and maintenance for the trekking.

Local Tourism stakeholders expressed their Happiness and supported the decision of resuming tourism.

KNP-Range officer, Tenzing W Bhutia said after submitting the required permits from Tourism Department and requisite documents and fees the trekkers will allow to enter into Khangchendzonga National Park for Dzongri-Goechala trekking.

Meeting also stressed on strictly follow of SOP guidelines and dos and don'ts while on the trekking and Tour.

BDO, Samber Man Limboo stressed on to follow the SOP. We must follow the State Government's decision and guidelines. Tourism sector being worst hit sector and said decision of the Government is in favour of its People.

The state government has opened all the tourist’s destination and National park and zoos earlier issuing the notification.

A trained and SOP guidelines friendly guide and supporting staff to be deployed with every trekking group in trekking.

Tourism stakeholders were also sensitise on COVID protocol and SOP guidelines.

Local Tourism stakeholders should have to follow SOP guidelines and COVID protocol strictly while operating the tourism.

Since the KNP is a protected area and Tourist stakeholders must follow the SOP guidelines issued by the Tourism Department.

Rescue team would be formed, especially for the trekking routes,

Meanwhile, A meeting was called by DC-west today the DC west directed the Gram panchayats those who imposed restrictions locally for Tourists. DC directed those Gram panchayats to lift their restrictions and allow tourism activities in their area.

Local Tourism stakeholders and local people showed their support for reopening the tourism.

A pack animal operator, Passang Bhutia, who owns 10 yaks said opening of tourism is a happy news for us those who owns yaks and horses. To keep 10 yaks idle without tourism activities is a tough job for us adds Passang Bhutia.

With the reopening of tourism in our area we are Thankful to the State Government, said a yak Herder.

Another Yak owner, Thinley Bhutia who engaged his yaks in transportation of Ration for HMI also thanked the State Government for resuming the Tourism.

A Tour guide, Tashi Bhutia from Yuksam said that resuming the tourism is a welcoming move. We are suffered a lot during the lockdown as we are professionally involved in tourism sector for livelihood. Resuming tourism in the state is a welcome move and we wholeheartedly support for the same.

Dhan Raj Gurung a travel agent from Yuksam also showed his support on resuming the Tourism and Trekking saying that the Tourism Play a vital role in economy of our place and life. Now with resuming the Tourism is happy news for Travel agents and tour operators like us who are directly involved in the tourism industry. There is a lot of enquiry from the National to International Tourists for visiting Sikkim, especially, for Dzongri-Goechala trekking but such locally bans put us in problem but now with the opening of Tourism we will accept the bookings. He thanked the State Government for proactive supports on lifting the locally bans of Tourism.

Thousands of National and international tourists visit Yuksam. Yuksam is famous for Dzongri-Goechala trekking trail and Khangchendzonga National Park.

Yuksam is popular Tourists destination for adventure tourism. 90% Tourists visit Yuksam for trekking, mountaineering and adventure purposes. Almost 80% of local people from Yuksam depend on Tourism sector.

SKM District Coordinator (West), Nandu Gurung thanked the Sikkim Chief Minister, PS Tamang (Goley) for taking the bold decision on favour of its people by resuming the Tourism in the state. He recalled that the Trekking permit is start issuing by State Government Tourism department the trekking permit from Pelliing giving the huge relief and relaxation for the Tourism stakeholders of west Sikkim. He thanked the State Government for this also.

Kesher Khatiwada informed that the Yuksam is open for National and international Tourists to visit for trekking and Tour. He also informed that the Dzongri-Goechala trekking inside the Khangchendzonga National park is also open for the tourists.