Sam's Exotic Travel Photos - Yamdrok Yumtse Lake and the Road from Lhasa to Gyantse
The Kampala Road from Lhasa used to be the most treacherous in Tibet climbing 1,700 meters to the Kampala Pass, and its scenic view of the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake (or Yamdrok-tso) lying on the other side. Fortunately for us, a new paved road twisting up the mountain was completed in 2003 and the ride allowed us the luxury of enjoying the scenery as we climbed up the 4,800 meter peak, instead of gripping on for dear life.
From the summit, the turquoise blue lake spreads out like a fan below, wide toward the south, narrowing to the north. Snow capped mountains are to the north and west and the lake’s Coral Lake of the Highlands nickname is due to the fact that it follows the contour of the hills surrounding the lake. Pastureland surrounding this picturesque lake is a favorite pasture site during the summer months for nomadic shepherds. A few homes also dot its shoreline.
One of the three holiest lakes in Tibet, it is a favorite pilgrimage site for Tibetans. Many believe that its water can make the old young again, grant the middle-aged a longer life and make the children smarter.
The route to Gyantse follows the far shoreline of Yamdrok Yumtso Lake over two other mountain passes: Karola Peak at 5,050 meters and Semela Peak, at 4,330 meters.
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