Today was the last real day of the tour. Today was basically a free day, and the tour guides gave us the option of taking a ride out into the countryside to visit Lake Yamdrok. At 14500 feet, it's one of the highest lakes in the world, and it's a Buddhist holy lake.
The weather in the morning was rainy, and as we passed through Kambala Pass (approximately 16000 feet elevation) we could barely see outside the bus, so I was worried we weren't going to get much of a view. Once we descended below the cloud layer on the other side of the pass, however, we got an amazing view of the lake:
We spent about an hour hanging out at the lake, which was pretty peaceful. The clouds and mist kept rolling over the mountain peaks, and the view was spectacular. I think this picture captures the moment perfectly:
I spent the evening out with a few other Mudders, because it was my last chance before heading home (I'm flying back a few hours earlier than everyone else, which means I'm flying all the way back to Beijing tonight while they have an overnight in Chengdu.) This will likely be my last post until I get back to the US, but it has been an incredible trip.