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To Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, and Shigatse

Yamdrok Lake     The China-Nepal Friendship Highway (Hwy.  318) runs from Lhasa southwest through the Himalaya, to the Chinese border at Zhamgmu.  After three days in Lhasa, our itinerary took us to Yamdrok Lake and then to  Gyantse, where we spent one night, and then on to Shigatse, for another night’s stay.     Ready for its close-up:  rent-a-yak, Yamdrok Lake       From my notes:  Tuesday, July 13 Day 4:  Hard to believe that the Tibet trip is already half over. We left Lhasa today at 8 AM – after I’d had a satisfying triple cappuccino and a slice of lucious Cheesecake at The Summit coffee house of Beijing East Rd. We stopped for a photo op at an 11-th century Buddha rock carving outside Lhasa. Our 4-WD Land Cruiser [me eternally in the front seat, a concession to advanced age and/or status] droved through some of the most amazing scenery I’ve ever seen:  rock, sand, rivers, lakes, scrubby vegetation, grazing yaks, the Gamta Pass, then to Yamdrok Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. Lunch buffet in a nondescript nowhere town, then drove through a delicious and refreshing rain.  Oh yes, we saw a glacier – I ran through the cold and wet to the restroom, then jumped back in the vehicle. Before we knew it, we had arrived in Gyantse and the gate of the Palkor Choede Monastery. We would visit one of the highlights of the tour for me, the famous Gyantse