Darecuo Lake
Darecuo Lake

Darecuo Lake

Darecuo is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 5.411m (17,752ft) above the sea level, located in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The road to the summit is rocky and gravel. Large, sharp rocks require tight maneuvering, increasing the likelihood of tire damage. 

Do not take this drive if you have respiratory problems or any type of heart condition. High clearance, skid plates and differential lockers required. No stock vehicles. A complex network of poorly defined roads makes route-finding very difficult, even following a GPS tracklog. Although the size of the lake is less than 0.25 square kilometers, the landscape is very beautiful with an oval shape and is surrounded by hills. Never drive this trail alone. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! High winds blow here all year long. Even in summer you can confront with snowy days. Temperatures here in the winter are brutally cold. Darecuo, if translated directly from Tibetan means yogurt. The lake is located about seven kilometers from the northwest of Niemula Shigatse of Tibet. It’s a mine road. Located east the pass, a minor gravel mine road climbs up to 5.450m (17,880ft) above the sea level.

 

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