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HEAVENLY LAKE NAMTSO
"the most beautiful lake"

 

 
 
Namtso Lake
On November 14, 2005, Namtso Lake in the Tibet Autonomous Region was selected as one of the five most beautiful lakes in China by Chinese National Geography magazine. Namtso Lake is one of Tibet's MUST-SEES!
 

 

Heavenly Namtso Lake is one of the four most sacred lakes in Tibet. Namtso Lake is defined as 'Holy Lake'. This lake is located in Nagqu and is an important pilgrim destination. The lake is situated at a height of 4720 meters and covers an area of 1900 sq. km. This lake is the highest and largest salt lake in the world. Wild yaks, hares and other wild animals leisurely look for food along the expansive lake shores; countless migratory birds fly here to lay eggs and feed their young. The best time for photos is dawn or dusk when you can capture the reflections of the mountains on the water. There is no shortage of decked out yaks and yak canoes for photographic diversity. Dozens of men and women in colorful garb mosey on down to the lake  after breakfast, ready and willing to help you jump on on their finely combed yak for a few coins. But after all the touristy photo opportunities, take a nice long walk along the shore, climbs the stones, go to the top of the monastery on the hill overlooking the water, check out the old monastery built cleverly into the rocks. Check out the huge pile of mani stones and make friends with a local. This place will be one of your favorite memories of Tibet!
 
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Nakchu (Nagqu)
The Nakchu (Nagqu) area is at an altitude of 4,500 meters. The Qinghai-Tibet highway winds through the region providing easy passage amidst picturesque landscape. The ancient Shengshong culture ruins, Bonnist monastery, the Heavenly Namtso Lake and folklore of highland herders and farmers are all exceptional attractions to foreign visitors.

The Town of Nakchu by the Qinghai-Tibetan Highway is a political, business, cultural center of northern Tibet accessible by a network of highways. Nagqu has established itself as one of the most important economic centers of Tibet. It is famous for trading and export of various commodities like animal products, mineral ores, and a myriad of agricultural products. The city is quite different from other parts of Tibet. The city has a population of around 331,000 and most of them belong to different communities. The annual Horse-race Festival, the most lavishly celebrated in northern Tibet, is held in town. If you're looking for folklore activities and highland culture you will love this festival.

The festival is held in August, which is the best time of the year (visit anytime between May and September for best weather, but bring woolen clothing just the same). It is attended by tens of thousands of herders coming on horseback from as far as hundreds of kilometers away. A white tent city springs like summer blooms overnight. Horsemanship, archery on horseback and yak races are held along with local performances by itinerant balladeers and dancers. The swap market may be the highlight of your experience with every conceivable Tibetan gadget, blade and wear you can imagine.The specialty of Nagqu is jak, dried meet and Aweto, which is a creature found only here and is considered to be a great medicine to many diseases. Book ahead. There are few guest houses or hotels right on the lake and a travelers' resort village has been completed outside Nakchu. Other festivals include The Ghost Exorcising Festival, Tibetan New Year,and The Herb Festival. Ask your guide for more information.

Besides Namtso Lake, trekkers may be interested in checking out Meimo Lava Caves located at a higher altitude, Shodain Monastery, Zhoima Canyon and Purugangri Glacier. Make your guide aware of your interests.

Shodain Monastery
Shodain Monastery is to be found in the heart of Nagqu city. Shodain Monastery is the most famous Yellow sect in Northern Tibet. The monastery dates back 200 years and was once the pride of Tibet. It used to be a home of 350 monks or  more but now only around 60 monks reside here. It is still a very important holy place for Tibetan Buddhists. It is the location of the Grand Summons ceremony is recurrently held in the month of January. In the month of August the Changmo dance is performed here and is an absolute thrill to watch.

Zhoima Canyon
Zhoima Canyon is one of the most beautiful areas in Nagqu. Zhoima Canyon 92 km south of Nagqu at an altitude of 4700 meters above sea level. The best time to visit this spot is during summer when the entire area is blanketed by various varieties of colorful flowers. Walk around this enchanting area to encounter splendid lakes of crystal clear water. Zhoima Canyon is well connected to the city and is easily accessible. Let you guide know if you wish to stop here.

Purugangri Glacier
Purugangri Glacier towers to a height of 6482 meters above sea level and covers an area of around 400 square km. These high snow peaks are the most pristine glaciers in the world. Looking at them from a distance is an absolutely magical experience. 
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

   
       

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