The road from Manigango to Derge (Dege)

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The grassland region to the northeast of Tro La pass-4864m is known as Yilhun.Here two rivers,the Tro-chu and Dzenu-chu drain from the Trola Range to form the Yi-chu,a fast-flowing tributary of the Nyag chu ཉག་ཆུ་ (Yalong). Here I visited the sacred glacial lake of Yilhun Lha Tso-4110m,situated some 30km below the Tro La pass. This lake is one of the most beautiful in all Tibet བོད. Its shores bedecked with colossal carved mani stones, many of which are the work of a local stone carver named Trador. The mountains and rocks surrounding the lake are said to assume the divine form of the Cakrasamvara mandala to those who have the pure vision to perceive them as such.


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Taken on August 31, 2010