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Namtso Lake

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In Tibetan, Namtso means 'Heavenly Lake', Namtso Lake is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet Autonomous Region, covered with a veiling of mystery and sanctity.The lake™s altitude is 7111 meters and occupies a vast territory about 1900 square kilometers, with the deepest point about 33 meters. Beautiful sun rise Namtso Lake is both the highest and biggest salt water lake in the world only after Qinghai Lake. It is cold there,so the best time for travel is the 5th and 6th month Vast grassland spreads around the lake and make the Namtso Lake looks more charming together with the blue sky and white clouds. 

Namtso Lake, located in the broad prairie of north of Tibet, is surrounded by a tremendous dike - Nyantsentanglha Mountain. In the local legend, Namtso Lake and Nyantsentanglha are a pair of beloved couple, living together and deeply attached to each other. As a matter of fact, Namtso relies on Nyantsentanglha as the melting of snow on the mountain is the source of Namtso. Just because of this pure source, the water is exceptionally clear. When wind roars on the plateau, the lake waves and the blue-green waves are gleaming. Singing streams converge into the clean sapphire blue lake, which looks like a huge mirror framed and dotted with flowers

Circumambulation around the lake at the right moment equals 100 thousand times of that in normal years. Hence thousands of pilgrims from every corner of Tibet and other places such as Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan, cluster to Namtso after long and hard treks. On the four sides of the lake stand four monasteries, which have Buddhist meaning.


Five islets, planting themselves in the vast sapphire blue lake, is said to be the incarnation of the Buddha of Five Directions. Every pilgrim circumambulating the lake will piously worship them. Those islets are famous for their topography, covered by weird but vivid stones. Producing abundant fish and lodging many birds and beasts, the lake is also a heaven for animals and plants.


The most solemn festival in Namtso happens in the Year of the Sheep in Tibetan calendar. Every 12 years, thousands of believers flock here and walk around the lake. According to the tradition, if you circle Namtso Lake on foot, you will get great happiness and comfort.