Explore Tibet Team introduces new Yamdrok Lake camping trip

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Explore Tibet Team, a professional Tibet travel agency based in Lhasa, introduces Yamdrok Lake and Palde village to visitors, saying:”A camping trip to Yamdrok Lake is a Tibetan tour experience like no other, and we are now offering the opportunity for travelers to camp outdoors by the deep blue waters of this holy lake, in a valley surrounded by rugged snow-capped mountains.”

Explore Tibet Team, a professional Tibet travel agency based in Lhasa, introduces Yamdrok Lake and Palde village to visitors, saying:”A camping Tibet trip to Yamdrok Lake is a Tibetan tour experience like no other, and we are now offering the opportunity for travelers to camp outdoors by the deep blue waters of this holy lake, in a valley surrounded by rugged snow-capped mountains.”

Yamdrok Lake is located about 100 kilometers southwest of Lhasa. It is one of the four most sacred lakes of Tibet. Tibetans believe that the lake holds protective spirits; therefore many people make spiritual pilgrimages to the lake. The pristine natural environment and deep turquoise color of the water also makes the lake a popular trekking destination.

To reach Yamdrok Lake by car from Lhasa travelers must go up the 4,700-meter Kampala pass. Once over the pass the lake is visible, with holy mountain Nyenchen Khangsar in the background. The lakeside campsite is located near Palde village. Locals use the lake for fishing, and the surrounding area and some of the islands for grazing livestock.

Samding Gompa, a famous nunnery in Palde village, is located on a peninsula of the lake. Early in the morning villagers walk kora, circumambulating the nunnery and burning incense at a sacred spot on a ridge behind the village. This nunnery is famous for being the traditional home of Dorje Pakmo, the highest female incarnation in Tibetan Buddhism’s lamaist hierchy. Although it is called a nunnery, both monks and nuns live at Samding Gompa.

Camping at Yamdrok Lake is a special opportunity for visitors on a Tibet tour. Visitors to the lake are also encouraged to visit Palde village and nunnery, which offers an authentic experience of the rural Tibetan way-of-life and Buddhist culture.

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