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  • Special Activities

    Hiking & Trekking

    hiking trekking Whether it's a leisurely stroll through the garden, a three-hour hike to visit local villages and
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    Cookery Lesson

    cookery lesson The farmhouse serves various Sikkimese cuisines which are prepared from
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  • Hearty meals

    hearty meals

    At Yangsum, you'll enjoy freshly -prepared, hearty meals to suit non-vegetarians or vegetarians. Wherever possible, fresh organic farm produce is used and you can sample Sikkim cheese, nettle soup and a wide range of other tasty, local dishes. Dine in Thendup and Pema's cosy living room or choose to be served on your verandah or in a gazebo overlooking the fields and hills.

  • Organic Farm

    organic farm

    While relaxing on your holiday it is easy to forget that Yangsum is a working farm. Cultivated agriculture yields maize, paddy, millet, potatoes, ginger, turmeric,and sweet potatoes. In addition to these, seasonal vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes and peas are also grown. The farm is fully organic.

  • Buddhist serenity


    Visit local Buddhist monasteries, some of them hundreds of years old. Watch young monks at their lessons or going about their chores. Spin prayer wheels, listen to chanting or just sit and enjoy the tranquility of these hilltop settings.

  • Misty citadel


    Visit Sikkim's former capital of Rabdentse, dating from the 17th century. Walk through lush forests to this hilltop citadel and see ruins of the palace in its well-tended gardens.


"Beautiful heritage property"
         We stayed at Yangsum Heritage Farm for 4 days. The property was beautiful, and I really appreciate the history that is very evident in the architecture and decor of the place. The owner host is very gracious and takes the time to chat with guests as well as show them around. He even showed us his wedding photos as well as family prayer room. The food was amazing and the meals were continuously the best that we had in our 3 weeks spent in India, and when we asked to learn how to make tibetan food, we were accommodated and showed all the steps in the kitchen. Do visit the kitchen if you are interested in cooking-the clay firewood stove is simply incredible. Thank you for the wonderful stay-we will be back. Also, Thendup also arranged for a couple of village walks with a local guide Prakash-the walk can be gruelling but it really is worth it. Prakash is a very knowledgable guide having grown up in the area.

Vancouver, Canada

"Perfect stay at Yangsum Heritage Farm"
         It takes a long time to go a very short distance in these mountains. In 5 hours we only traveled about 80km. We finally came to a gravel road which kept getting more and more bumpy and narrow. It was dusk and soon night. To our surprise little lights began appearing on the surrounding mountains. People actually lived up here. Finally after the umpteenth hairpin curve we arrived on a shelf where the Yangsum farm was. We were housed in a very attractive wooden octagonal building which we had all to our selves. In each their own houses were the other guests. This is an active farm which is run in a traditional fashion by Thendup and Pema, the lovely owners. We enjoyed picturesque walks and delicious food. If you want a taste of genuine Sikkimese culture under very comfortable but rustic surroundings - this is the place. Thank you Thendup and Pema!


"The most perfect summer vacation"
         It is the most perfect place to vacation with kids (age 3 and 7.5) for 8 days. We travelled with kids and my father (83) The farm is huge and there is so much place to run and have fun. watching cows get milked, feeding goats, watching hens, birds and of course playing with dogs and other curious activities like shouting 'fire fire' and running around. We were blessed to have other guests with kids. On one day, the count of kids were 8 (aged 2-15) and they were just having a super time exploring the farm and playing, some climbed trees too. You have cool nooks here and there which you read about in storybooks. When kids have fun, the parents have fun too. So we were able to leave the kids and go off on long walks...this is something you can never do in a hotel.

The food was awesome. fresh, different(local) and yum. Thendup and Pema and the boys were warm, friendly and eager for us to enjoy ourselves. The weather was perfect too. Pasang took us in his taxi on a day trip to sightsee. He was such a happy person who was just born to laugh. We loved the serene monasteries, the fluttering prayer flags, the loving dogs we met and communed with everywhere, the waterfalls, bridges, lovely picnic spots and lakes. And wherever we went, Thendup packed us picnic lunches :-)

On a clear day (after it rains) sometimes you are gifted with a grand view of the kanchenzhonga from the farm itself. Probably one small reason to go back there again and again.
Pune, India