Yamdrok Yumtso Lake

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake Shannan Tibet
Located in Shannan Region of Tibet, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is one of the three sacred lakes. With turquoise waters, it is like a holy sapphire surrounded by mountains. Renowned for mysterious colors and pure clean water, it was born as the result of the transformation of a goddess according to Tibetan mythology.

Turquoise Waters

As one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake extends over 638 km² to almost 4500 meters above sea level. It is a salty lake with wonderful turquoise waters. The contrast between the arid mountains and the color of the lake is a beauty.
The areas of streams are important to this site's environment, especially given that the melting of snow and glaciers feed the Lake throughout the year. This explains the impressive depth of the lake. On average, there are 20 to 40 meters deep, but, in places, the lake is 60 meters deep! The reflection of sunshine in different depths creats gorgeous and mysterious colors

Migratory Bird Habitat

Lake Yamdrok Yumtso is the largest stopover for migratory birds. In migration season, the islands of the Lake especially the banks are fully covered with birds and eggs. Do not forget the immense reserve of lake fish which is known as the "fish stock of Tibet." Wildness and turquoise water make this lake charming.

Sacred Lake

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake was born as the result of the transformation of a goddess. Each year, the pilgrims prostrate themselves every three steps during the whole pilgrimage to the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. They hope that the lake will bless and protect them until their next pilgrimage. These visitors bring much mystery and dignity to the holy Yamdrok Yumtso Lake.

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    4 441M Altitude Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
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