Day 6: Visit to Tsomgo Lake, Old Baba Mandir, Elephant Lake, Thambi viewpoint and transfer to Zuluk/Padamchen.
Altitude: 5500 FTS (Gangtok), 11200FTS (Thambi View Point)
Distance: about 100KMS
Duration: Whole Day
After a heavy breakfast, we started our journey towards Zuluk by about 9 am. Due to heavy traffic, we could not move not more than 6kms/ hr, which delayed the whole trip. We visited Tshangu Lake (40 km) – enchanting oval shaped Sacred Lake en route Nathula Pass where you will also see hundreds of Yaks. We also took a memorable Yak ride in its vicinity.
Further, we drove to Elephant/Kapup Lake. Then we stopped by old Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, the memorial is dedicated to the brave soldier of the Indian Army who lost his life around 30 years back in this region. Google about him for fascinating stories.
From there we continued our journey to Thambi viewpoint, located at 11200 feet, which offers a panoramic view of mountain ranges and loops of silk route and Zuluk village. Viewpoint had only one stall where I tried a local dish Tukpa and some boiled eggs with hot tea. The view from up there was incredible. We drove further down to Padamchen village passing through Zuluk village which had the eye-catching landscapes. We reached Padamchen by 5 pm and were welcomed by authentic local black tea and snacks by our Homestay owner. Zuluk and Padamchen villages are of scenic value and very rejuvenating. No matter where we saw, we could only find scenery that was worth taking a thousand pictures. There are no resorts or hotels in these areas. You will find Homestays only. As it’s one of the remote villages of the country, there was no electricity at all and we spent the evening just in candle light which cannot be forgotten and resumed our travel the next day.
Tips: It’s biting cold in the regions of Zuluk. So make sure to cover yourself well and just to let you know there is literally no network in the area. Be prepared for the #ultimatedegitaldetox. There might not be electricity so make sure to charge your gadgets well before and I also suggest carrying a power bank just in case you don’t want to run out of battery to capture the beautiful place.