Yakten (or Yaakten) is a small human settlement in the foothills of the Himalayas in East-Sikkim. It has marvelous views of the Kanchenjunga range and the lush green valleys. Located near Pakyong – the proposed site of the first international airport at Sikkim, Yakten is still a quite peaceful place to spend your weekend. You can also end your travel there after visiting the Young Husband Track (Old Silk Route) or the North Sikkim.
With it’s uninterrupted views of mountains and valleys, Yakten also offers rich cultural heritage of Sikkimese people. You can also enjoy the local cuisine and beverages. you can also go for a hike inside forests or trek to the historical ruin in Budang Gadi. Located in the heart of high pine trees, Yakten featured traditional houses of all the ethnic communities of Sikkim such as Lepcha, Bhutia, Sherpa, Limboo, Tamang, Gurung, Rai, Newar, Chettri, Bahun, and Manger, with a rich display of local cuisine and drinks.
Adventure enthusiasts can hike through the rhododendron trail to Jhandi Dara and Budaang Gadi, the ancient ruins of the fort with the majestic view of Kanchenjunga range. While staying at Yakten, you can walk to Bojeytaar, Bojeytaar cave, Kartok Monastery, or Tamang Gumpa.
Villagers of Yakten are now offering homestays for the travelers. These are basic stays with clean rooms and attached bathrooms. Freshly cooked foods are served by the owner family.