Yuksom to Tashiding Hike

This wonderful one-day hike requires no permits and can be done quite easily if you start in Yuksom. Figure on at least six hours of walking (19km), excluding stops. Porter-guides are available in Yuksom for around ₹600 if you're not confident with way-finding.

Start by ascending to Dubdi Gompa, descending behind the monastery and contouring around on the road to Tsong (around 4km total). There are some rough steps up to the left of the road around 100m before you reach Tsong's three-jeep parking stand and shop; if you miss them there's a second chance with clearer steps rising up to the volleyball court. The stone-reinforced trail runs behind, heading up, then down, finally steeply up again in around 45 minutes to reach lonely Hongri Gompa (keep left when the path splits). At the toilet block directly behind the gompa the path splits, offering three directions – take the grassy central option, then five minutes beyond take the lower path. Allow around an hour to reach upper Nessa hamlet, staying high at any major junction. Some 10 minutes further is the village of Pokhari Dara, locally famed for its little pea-green pond. After another 3km by road (slightly less using a rather overgrown parallel footpath) you reach the access path for Silnon Gompa. From here it's an hour or so down steps and steep trails to Tashiding, starting behind the yellow school building – but check with monks that you're on the right path, because if you miss the key shortcuts, it's a 12km plod by road.

If you arrive at Tashiding by 2pm it's usually possible to find a shared jeep back to Yuksom the same afternoon.