Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake is located at the altitude of 4, 718 meters (15, 479 ft) at the Northern Nakchu grassland in Tibet.

240 Km towards north from Lhasa, with a driving duration of around 4-5 hours, there is one of the most beautiful holy Namtso Lake, which is the largest salt lake in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Namtso lake is known as one of the most stunning regions located in the Nangchen Tangla Range, surrounded by white snow mountains and grassland where Nomads will camp in the summer with groups of Yaks.

There is even a signboard near the Namtso Lake written you are in the heaven, please cherish everything here.

Namtso lake is also a very important meditation area in the late 11th Century, in the stories of Maha Siddha Milarepa's Biography, his female Disciple Maha Siddha Rechungma used to meditate at Namtso and later many other great Yogis. 

Nowadays Namtso lake is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Tibet, every day many Travelers will travel to Namtso Lake.

Namtso lake is also known as one of the best places to witness the sunrise, sunset and most importantly stars in the night shown in the photo. If Travelers prefer to travel near the Lake in the night, Travelers should beware of the dogs. Travelers can ask help from our Tour Guide. 

Accommodation at Namtso lake is a basic room without private bathroom and shower.

It is not allowed to built mud or brick house at Namtso Lake, which is a good thing so these sacred places will remain beautiful and natural.

Travelers can also choose to stay in Damxung town, which is around 60 km from the Namtso Lake at a 2-star hotel with private bathroom and hot shower. 

They are four ways to get to Namtso Lake 

1. Travel from Lhasa to Namtso Lake directly.

2. Loop tour from Lhasa through Lhundrup valley, Tidrum nunnery, Drigung Till monastery, and Reting monastery.

3. The third route is to travel from Golmud to Lhasa overland visiting Namtso Lake on the way.

4. The final route is to travel western Tibet Mount Kailash region from Lhasa or Xinjiang or Nepal border and travel through big loop Changtang region including Nyima town and Double glaciers no man land.

There is also a beautiful trekking route to Namtso Lake from Damxung town.

This trek route will start from the Kangma monastery on the east hill near Damxung. Trek route will camp one night on the high pass at the altitude of nearly 5, 000 meter. The stunning view of the mountain ranges and grassland with stars in the night will make this trek special.

A few years ago, one of my American friend Jamin with a Tibetan Tour Guide Jamyang had done this trek for a duration of 3 days. Jamin loved this trek and that is also one of the reasons Tibet Travelers would like to share this trek with other fellow Travelers.

Travelers can send us Email regarding more information on this trek.

Namtso lake is also one of the most favorite one day or two days travel destination for many Travelers.

Most of the Travelers from mainland China will travel as a day trip to Namtso Lake but for the west and other Asian Travelers, we highly recommend to stay a night at the Lake.

After around the 3-4 pm when the day trip Travelers goes back to Lhasa, the Lake will become more peaceful.

Travelers can travel to the retreat area of ancient great Tibetan Yogis near the Lake. There is also a kora route to the small hill near the Lake, which is known as a holy site for local Tibetans.

Travelers can also climb the small hill near the Lake to see the sunrise and sunset. 

Many Tibetans will come to do the kora pilgrim around the Lake for a duration of 4-5 days during the Saga Dawa festival, some pilgrims will do the short kora around the hill near the Lake.

Saga Dawa Festival in Tibet 

Tibet Travelers arranges 10 days Group Tour or Private Tour to Namtso lake every month.

Travelers can also travel to Namtso Lake as a customized Tour with Travelers preferred itinerary. 

They are many different itineraries to Namtso Lake that Tibet Travelers can recommend to all the Travelers. 

1. Travel from Lhasa to Namtso Lake as a one day or two days trip.

2. Travel to Namtso Lake with a loop tour including Reting monastery, Tidrum nunnery hot spring, Drigung Till monastery and travel back to Lhasa through Lhundrup valley and Ganden monastery with Drak yerba meditation caves. 

These are the few important monasteries in different schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Reting monastery is the root monastery of Tibetan Buddhism Kadampa School.  

They were many masters who are from Kadampa school including Maha Siddha Atisha, Maha Siddha Dromtonpa, Maha Siddha Potowa, Maha Siddha Chenngawa, Maha Siddha Sharawa, Maha Siddha Langri Tangpa and so on. 

I have deep love towards these Kadampa masters, they are the one who cries even when they hear sufferings of strangers, they are the one who put all effort on taking the loss to oneself and giving the gain to others, which is the root of Buddha Dharma. 

Travelers can read my article on proverbs from Maha Siddha's from Kadampa school.  

Maha Siddha is a Sanskrit word. Maha means great and Siddha means someone who has achieved spiritual attainment. 

From Namtso Lake, it is around 140 km to Reting monastery, from Reting monastery it is around 135 km to Tidrum nunnery. 

Tidrum nunnery is the meditation area of Maha Siddha Padmasambhava and Maha Siddha Kandro Yeshe Tsogyal in the 8th century. 

The best hot spring of Tibet is located in the Tidrum nunnery. Travelers can read my article about what we can do near Tidrum nunnery. 

From Tidrum nunnery, there is around 14 km to Drigung Till monastery and around 140 km to Lhasa.

The best sky burial in Tibet is located in Drigung monastery. It is not allowed to visit the sky burial for Travelers since many decades ago some Travelers who had traveled to sky burial had taken photos and shared on the internet giving negative information.

The reason for sky burial from the Buddhist point of view, we humans have been eating animals meat every day and this is our chance to repay to the animals since when we are dead, the mind has left the body. 

The motivation or the intention is about giving to others without attachment.

Through these great deeds, we create lots of positive merits. Travelers can also read my article on Merit is everything in Buddhism.

From Drigung monastery, there is around 70 km to Ganden monastery and around 110 km to Drak yerba meditation caves. 

Ganden monastery was built during the 14th century by Maha Siddha Tsongkhapa, it is the first monastery of Gelukpa school in the Tibetan Buddhism. 

Drak yerba meditation cave was once the retreat school of 7th century King Srongtsen Gampo's Tibetan queen.

Travelers can still witness the meditation cave of few of the Maha Siddha's including the king Srongtsen Gampo.

Another route to travel Namtso Lake will be traveling from western Tibet Tsochen town to Nyima town and travel to Namtso Lake. 

This route is known as the biggest western Tibet loop route tour.This tour will take around 20 days or more. 

Fewer Travelers will travel this route since these are also one of the hidden regions where the Changtang is located. 

Changtang is also known as the region where they are fewer local people and lots of wild animals. 

Travelers can send us Email regarding traveling to Namtso Lake with a big loop from western Tibet. 


Namtso Lake is the number one destination in Tibet Travelers 2017 tour list so we highly recommend Travelers to travel to Namtso Lake through Nyemo valley where they are less tourist and more nature. 

The duration will be 10 days including the Mount Everest north face base camp.

Tibet Travelers is one of the Travel agencies who don't focus on speed trip like the 8 days tour to Mount Everest north face, we focus on a slower trip like the 10 days tour including the Namtso Lake. Travelers read this article on the reason behind choosing the 10 days tour to Mount Everest north face and Namtso Lake.

These speedy tours are not good for Travelers since Travelers have come to Tibet by spending lots of time and money.

Some Travelers have a dream to visit Tibet before 20-30 years ago and we want Travelers to travel slow and enjoy every part of it, that is one of the reasons we recommend Travelers the 10 Days tour instead of 8 days to Mount Everest north face base camp and Namtso Lake.  

Few dollars will be saved if Travelers choose the 8 days instead of 10 days but Travelers will miss the real Tibet and if travel to Tibet again then it will cost much much more dollar then that saved few dollars.

These are the information regarding Namtso Lake and its surrounding sightseeings. 

Travelers can send us Email for more information regarding traveling to Namtso Lake.


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