Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok-tso ( Yamdrok Lake) is also called Yanghu Lake. It is located at the Nagarza County of Shannan Region some 110 kilometers to the southwest of Lhasa. The lake is 130 kilometers long from east to west and 70 kilometers broad from north to south. The lake bank is 250 kilometers long and its surface is 638 square kilometers. Standing at an elevation of 4441 meters above sea level, the lake's average depth is 20 to 40 meters, with the deepest point at 60 meters. It is the largest inland lake on the northern range of the Himalayas. Supplied with melted ice, the salt water lake has a low level of salinity. Azure blue and crystal clear, the magnificent lake is one of the three "holy lakes" of Tibet.
Yamdrok Lake
Tamzhog Yumcog is the largest habitat for migration birds in southern Tibet. When the birds come, the lake bank and the islands appear especially lively with numerous birds taking care of their offspring. The lake is famous for the fishes named Gymnocypris przewalskii, Schizopygopsis malacanthus and David's schizothoracin. With a fish capacity of over 800 million kilograms, fish-farming is flourishing and the lake gas become a" fish treasure of Tibet."
The bank of the lake is a beautiful pasture. At the west of the lake, a large peninsula extends eastward, providing ample space for a village. Among the dozen islands in the lake, the smallest one is just over 100 square meters. The air-dried bacon is a special food of the region. The Yamdrok-tso Hydropower Station built between the lake and the Yarlung Zangbo River takes up a world-leading place in terms of elevation and water drop. With a 6000-metre long water pumping channel, the hydropower station commands a water drop of over 800 meters. The station is equipped with four water turbo generators and 90000 kilowatts of capacity, boasting of many number-ones in China and the world.

Go to Tibet Tours