Namtso Lake Tibetan Sacred Lake

Namtso Lake Lhasa Tibet
Reputed as one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the Namtso Lake is a mountain lake that lies at an elevation of 4,718m. Here, the blue water blends with the blue sky, wildlife grazing on the banks and migratory birds make their nests for several months. And its cave hermitages have been the destination of Tibetan pilgrims. Everything about this scene is liberating, peaceful and serene.

Amazing Scenery

At an altitude of 4720 meters, Namtso Lake boast incomparable natural beauty. Called "heavenly lake" in Tibetan, no other name could better describe it. Highest saltwater lake in the world, crystal clear waters merge with the blue sky of the Tibetan plateau.
Stocked throughout the year by melting snow and glaciers that surround Namtso Lake, it is not decreasing. This is the third salt water lake in China after neighboring Qinghai Lake. Extending over 1920 km ², it is a veritable ocean of sight.

Paradise for Animals

Around the shores of Namtso Lake, you can see vast grasslands, the best natural grassland in northern Tibet. After the cold period, it is common to encounter wild animals such as yaks or Tibetan antelope. The five islands of the lake are destination for migratory birds to rest during their journey and take care of their young. This huge lake, fish arise in search of sunlight. In this exceptional landscape, it is possible to ride a trained Yak during your visit or spend the night near the Namtso Lake, as nomads living around.

Sacred Tibetan Lake

Tibetan pilgrims believe that there are three sacred lakes, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, Lake Manasarovar and Namtso Lake. As one of the holy lakes, its cave hermitages have for centuries been destination of Tibetan pilgrims.

Regarding Lake Namtso, the pilgrimage takes place during the year of the goat in the Tibetan calendar. It should then go around the lake praying and bowing to the ground with each step. It is then necessary for 2 to 30 days for pilgrims to perform a Hajj.
Other faithful, more fanatical, individuals cross the frozen lake in winter to reach one of the islands. They remain cloistered then the rest of the year to meditate and travel the opposite direction after the winter when the water freezes again. It should then be well prepared for the temperatures at this altitude are extreme and there is no food on the island.

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    4 718M Altitude Namtso Lake
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