This lake, one of the 3 largest sacred lakes in Tibet, is 72 kms long and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Tibet's largest power station is at the western end of the lake. The depth of this beautiful turquoise coloured lake is really unknown. It lies around half-way between Lhasa and Gyantse on the "old road" ... not the newer Friendship Highway which goes directly to Shigatse from Lhasa. The "old" route", that is Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse is much more scenic and most tours up to the Everest Base Camp tend to take this route because of its attractions and stunning scenery. The lake is reached by first climbing up to the Kambala Pass (4,794m) one of the high passes in Tibet, via a steep and winding road but very scenic. At the Pass itself, there is great opportunity to take photos of the Yamdrok Lake ... plus other attractions (for a fee) such as a photo on the back of a yak and with large local Tibetan dogs. Certainly worth the stop for the stunning views of the lake but be wary of the high altitude.
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