Photographer's Note

Located 100km southwest of Lhasa and at an altitude of 4,440m, Yamdrok Yum Tso Lake is one of the four holy lakes in Tibet.

Covering an area of 638 km, it is fan-shaped, spreading to the south but narrowing up to the north. It freezes in winter.

Like mountains, lakes are considered sacred by Tibetan people, the principle being that they are the dwelling places of protective deities and therefore invested with special spiritual powers. According to local mythology, Yamdok Yumtso lake is the transformation of a goddess, thus became a site for pilgrimage. It is said that if its waters dry, Tibet will no longer be habitable.

We were lucky to see this lake on a very sunny day: its waters were of turquoise, clouds were a bunch of sheep, whereas the earthly sheeps were crossing the road to reach the shore. It was an awesome experience and I look forward to returning there one day to spend more time.

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Source: Yamdrok Tso Lake

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