Namtso Lake, located the northwest of Lhasa is the highest saltwater lake in the world with an altitude of 4718 meters. As the second largest saltwater lake in China (next to Qinghai Lake), it covers an area of 1,920 square kilometers, with 70 kilometers in length from east to west and 30 kilometers in width from south to north. In Tibetan, Namtso means Heavenly Lake, also considered as one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, together with Yamdrok Lake and Manasarovar Lake. Consisting of over 1500 lakes and five big islands, which used to be the spiritual retreat, Namtso is the paradise of nature and a wonderful place for photo taking, especially in summer time. The Tashi Peninsula, the biggest island here stretches long and wreathed Namtso into its center, providing tourists a land for spiritual refreshment and hiking around.
Useful Travel Tips
1. Best time to go: from May to September is a great time to visit Namtso Lake with different scenery, especially in the summer months. From January to April and November to December, Namtso will be covered with snow ice and closed for visit.
2. The ticket info: 120 rmb per person for Peak Season (May to October); 80 rmb per person for Off Season (November to April).
3. With a changeable weather and strong wind during the day and night, you’d better bring some warm clothing, like down jacket, even visit in summer time. And remember to take sunscreen and sunglasses with you.
4. With the high altitude of about 5000 meters, prepare some medicine to avoid the altitude reaction. Meanwhile, do not act too fast or move quickly, especially when you taking photos at Tashi peninsula.
5. Accommodation & Dinning: for tourists who want to stay overnight here, there are many guesthouses in the Tashi Dor but the accommodation service is quite basic. Each room has 4 single beds or more and hot water and electricity are offered, but without independent bathroom. Also there are camps provided. As for the dinning, the food is quite pricey as for the high costs of transportation. Therefore, it’s needed to prepare enough snacks, some high-calorie food and water.
6. If you want to experience the hot spring in the Tibetan plateau, the Yangpachen Hot Spring near by the Namtso is a great choice when you drive back to Lhasa. Please contact our travel consultant for more details.