Monday, 1 December 2014

Yamdrok-Tso lake, China

Dazzling Yamdrok-tso is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la (4700m). The lake lies several hundred metres below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. For in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m). Yamdork-tso is shaped like a coiling scorpion. It doubles back on itself on the western side, effectively creating a large island within its reaches. For Tibetans, it is one of the three holy lakes (the others are Namtso and Manasarovar) and home to wrathful deities. Devout Tibetan pilgrims circumambulate the lake in around seven days.

The lake is one of three holy lakes in Tibet. It is the largest freshwater lake at the south foot of the Himalayas with an area of about 638 square kilometers. The lake is in a length of 130 kilometers and a width of 70 kilometers. The surface of the lake is about 4,441 meters above the sea level. It is quite a deep lake as the average depth is about 20-40 meters and the deepest point is almost 60 meters below the surface.

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