Lake Yamtso Yumtso
In Nagarze County in Shannan Prefecture, the lake is 4,400 meters above sea level. It covers an area of 800 square kilometres and is 30-40 meters deep. Yamtso means upper pasture and Yum means green jade in Tibetan. In a bird’s-eye view, the lake is like a big piece of sapphire inlaid in the mountains and is very beautiful.
Its surface is more than 800 meters higher than the Yarlung Tsangbo River at the foot of the mountain. Also here stands the Yamtso Yumtso Power Station well known for its high elevation in the world. To its south stands the magnificent Samding Monastery where Doje Pangmo, the only woman Living Buddha in Tibet, stayed and presided.