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Namtso Lake

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Visit namtso lake

Namtso or Nam Co is one Tibet's most sacred lakes, and is known by locals as a Holy Lake. With over 9 holy lakes in Tibet, Namtso is considered the most famous. This stunning, mountainous lake is located in Nagqu, a town in northern Tibet approximately 200 miles by road north-east of the capital Lhasa. The lake itself is situated at a height of over 4,572 meters, covering an area of 3,056 square meters; this is highest saltwater lake in the world.

Visitors here can enjoy the incredible surroundings with wild yaks, an endless variety of birds, hares and other local wildlife that are part of the ecosystem of this picturesque destination. Local people in their colorful traditional dress will happily pose for photos, and allow tourists to ride their yak for a small fee or enjoy a walk along the shore, climb the rocky landscape or visit the old monastery at the top of the hill cleverly built into the rocks.
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Namtso, Tibetan for ‘Holy Lake’, is often described as being next to heaven because of its lofty altitude, stunning beauty, pure blue water, and spiritual associations.
Dawa Tsering
Tibet Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Namtso Lake

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Boat trip on Namtso Lake

Crossing Namtso Lake to reach the Sera Monastery provides a memorable experience. A traditional Tibetan boat traverses the pristine blue waters to the foot of Tatipu Hill, where this impressive Monastery lies. Of great cultural significance to the Tibetan Buddhists, the building is one of only a few destinations where you can catch the famous debate session of the monks, a sight rarely witnessed by modern-day travelers.
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Camp in a yurt

Get in touch with abundant natural beauty and connect with ancient Tibetan traditions by camping in an authentic Tibetan yurt. Not only providing travelers with a unique experience, yurt camping also takes visitors back in time to how the nomads have lived for centuries. Constructed using indigenous materials, the yurt provides spacious-yet-cozy nights under the stars, where the gentle ripples of the lake can be heard.
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Ride a yak

A ride on a gentle and majestic yak around Namtso Lake offers a truly unforgettable experience of this rustic province. Tibetan Yaks can carry up to 300 pounds without struggle and are a way of life for everyone in rural Tibet. Snow-capped mountains, vibrant-open fields and effervescent wildlife make for stunning, natural scenery while trekking lakeside at a leisurely pace.

Best Time to Visit Namtso Lake

Best time to visit Namtso Lake is from June to September with warmer weather and higher oxygen content. The road to Namtso Lake is regularly closed from December to March due to the heavy snow and treacherous road conditions. April and November are still very cold, but dry, and sometimes the road is still closed due to bad weather.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
-11
Feb
-9
Mar
-6
Apr
-1
May
2
Jun
7
Jul
8
Aug
7
Sep
5
Oct
0
Nov
-6
Dec
-10
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
1
Feb
1
Mar
1
Apr
4
May
14
Jun
51
Jul
87
Aug
87
Sep
48
Oct
10
Nov
2
Dec
1
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
-11ºC
1mm

FEB
-9ºC
1mm

MAR
-6ºC
1mm

APR
-1ºC
4mm

MAY
2ºC
14mm

JUN
7ºC
51mm

JUL
8ºC
87mm

AUG
7ºC
87mm

SEP
5ºC
48mm

OCT
0ºC
10mm

NOV
-6ºC
2mm

DEC
-10ºC
1mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Namtso Lake, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Namtso Lake on a bespoke touring itinerary to Tibet, do not hesitate to contact us.
Grand Tour Of Tibet

Beijing - Lhasa - Tsetang - Gyantse - Tingri - Mount Everest - Shigatse - Namtso Lake