Yet another stunning natural landscape highlight in Tibet, Yamdrok Lake is appreciated for the way in which it sustains life in Tibet as a vital water source. Unique for its location, Yamdrok Lake has no natural outlets despite receiving snow melt water from several channels. It is beautifully picturesque and unsurpassed for photographic opportunities, and as with all natural and built environments throughout Tibet, the lake holds spiritual significance for locals who still subscribe to its mythical heritage. Pilgrims walk the route around the lake performing koras as a way to accumulate merits and to be absolved of the past. Even observing this practice is a meditation of sorts. Another unique feature around Yamdrok Lake is the Samding Monastery, which is located to the south. As the only monastery which is led by a female reincarnation, Samding Monastery is special indeed. And for an insight into the willingness of monks to go deep, visit Rituo Temple, which is located on a northern peninsula of the lake. Going by the moniker of ‘the lonliest temple in the world’, it’s no wonder. Just one monk lives here and looks after the temple. For best experiences without the limitations of seasonal weather, the lake should be visited between April and June, or in September.
Update: May 11, 2023