Phadamchen is a small mountain village located in east Sikkim. This tiny village is one of the best place to be acclimatized before taking uphill towards high-altitude Zuluk or Nathang Valley. This is another Himalayan foothill village, is situated on the Old Silk Route circuit. Place is surrounded by fertile forest of birds. Tourist has to stay at Phadamchen or Zuluk before visiting Nathang valley and covering Old Silk Route. Phadamchen offers relatively nice staying accommodation than Zuluk.
What to see:
In Phadamchen there is a small village monastry. Apart from that one can have evening stroll to the nearby helipad.
A few kilometre's drive from Phadamchen would take the tourists through a winding road of Zuluk to the Thambi view point. The Thambi View Point at an altitude of 11,200 ft provides excellent sunrise view. The entire eastern Himalaya can be viewed from this spot.
Further ahead you will reach Lungtung at an altitude of 13,000 ft.. You may continue till you visit the Adi Baba Mandir and the Kalpokhri Lake. Further one may go up to Kupup and Memenchu Lake. Kupup is another army base and is known for the highest golf course in the world at an altitude of 13,500 ft. The Memenchu Lake is also known as the Hati Lake (Elephant lake) as the contours of the lake looks like an elephant from up the hills. The road further ahead connects with the famous Tsongo lake near Gangtok.
How to Reach:
NJP to Phadamchen : 138 kms, 6-8 hours drive. Either one can reach Rangpo from NJP/Bagdogra and then proceed to Phadamchen via Rongli or one can stay overnight at Aritar or Reshi khola or Sillery Gaon and proceed to Phadamchen the next day. Same can be done during return journey or one can take the Nathula - Baba Mandir-Tssomgo Lake route and can stay at Gangtok. Permit : A trip to Phadamchen requires special permits. The permits though would be arranged by us and as a guest you would only need to provide your id proof and 2 copies of passport size photograph.