Namtso lake is also known as Namtso Chuk-mo. It is one of the most popular tourist destination in Tibet among both domestic and international travelers. The lake is one of the four biggest lakes in Tibetan plateau, highest largest in Tibet. Namtso lake is the salt lake. It is one of the main sources of salt production in Tibet.
Geographical information about Namtso Lake
The lake is located at 112 kilometers north of Lhasa on Tibet-Qinghai national High way. Locate between Damxung County of Lhasa Prefecture and the Pal-gon county of Nagqu Prefecture. In our language, the word Nam means sky and Tso mean Lake. it is known as the sky lake. The Namtso lake lies at the elevation of 4718 meters or 15,479 ft above sea level. The total area coverage of the Lake in 1993 square Kilometers. According to the local encyclopedic dictionary, the shape of the lake is larger on the western side and smaller on the eastern side which make Namtso looks like a spoon shape from the sky. The depth of the Namtso Lake is 125 meters.
Tourist guide to Namtso lake
As you reach the lake, you will see the lake surrounded by the mighty Nyenchen Tanglha mountain range. The lake is known as the most beautiful place in the Nyenchen Tanglha. The weather at the lake could change abrupt, snowfall and the sudden changes are common as being close to the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain range. For centuries the lake has the destination for Tibetan pilgrims and it’s very popular for its cave hermitages.
For travelers, a one day’s tour to Namtso lake is highly recommended, but many travelers do not choose to go to Namtso lake if there have Central and western Tibet in Itinerary as they would already have Yamdrok Lake Tso. trekkers can do the five days trekking to the Heavenly Lake Namtso for five days from Damxong county. As a local Tibetan, I would highly recommend every traveler to visit Namtso lake. All of my tour itineraries have an option of one day tour to Namtso Lake additional as an option.