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Hidden in the Tibetan mountains, the sacred Yamdrok Lake is a stunning sight and a deeply sacred place for Tibetans.

Nestled between dark mountains at 4,441 metres above sea level, the shimmering turquoise water of Yamdrok Lake adds a splash of colour to the Tibetan landscape. Seen from up high, it is a sensational sight and evokes a sense of wonder in visitors. It is no wonder then that the devout locals attribute holy powers to the lake, believing that the spirit of protective deities lie within and indicate to high ranking monks where the reincarnation of the next Dalai Lama can be found.

Yamdrok Lake is reached via a drive through the mountains from Lhasa and is a great way to venture out of the capital and see some of the landscape of the region. It is visited on the way to the monasteries of Gyantse and Shigatse as part of a two drive drive from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp on our Yak tour of Tibet. The lake can also be combined with a visit to see the afternoon monk debates in Sera Monastery, though must be arranged before your visits to ensure all necessary permits can be obtained.

Some of our favourite places to visit and things to do in Tibet
What to do in Tibet

9295 Karola Glacier

Karola Glacier

En-route to Everest we find this magnificent white glacier, framed by colourful prayer flags and high mountains.

 
9296 Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tashilhunpo Monastery

One of Tibet's most historically significant monasteries and home to magnificent stupa-tombs and Buddhist statues.

 
9294 Palcho Monastery & Kumbum

Palcho Monastery & Kumbum

Follow the path to enlightenment of the rare Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy fine views over the Dzong hilltop fortress.

 
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