Namtso or Lake Nam

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Namtso or Lake Nam is a mountain lake on the border between Damxung County of Lhasa prefecture-level city and Baingoin County of Nagqu Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, approximately 112 kilometres (70 mi) NNW of Lhasa.

Namtso or Lake Nam, Tibet
Namtso or Lake Nam

Being the second largest saltwater lake in China only after Qinghai Lake, Namtso is the biggest lake throughout Tibet. Meanwhile, it is the highest altitude saltwater lake in the world. The water here is a storybook crystal-clear blue.

Namtso or Lake Nam, Tibet
Namtso or Lake Nam

Clear skies join its surface in the distance, creating an integrated, scenic vista. Soul of every visitor who has ever been here seems to be cleansed by the pure water.

Namtso or Lake Nam, Tibet
Namtso or Lake Nam

Heavenly Lake Namtso maintains its levels from rainfall and melted snow flowing from high mountains. Five islands stand in the water area, among which the largest one is Liangduo island. In addition another five bylands stretch into the water from different directions.

Namtso or Lake Nam, Tibet
Namtso or Lake Nam

At the same time there are many quiet grottos which are masterpieces of nature. Some grottos are narrow and long like subways; some are full of stalactites; still, others are like louvers.

Namtso or Lake Nam, Tibet
Namtso or Lake Nam

Queer rocks, steep peaks, natural stone ladders and other landform wonders on Zhaxi byland present visitors a picture filled with mystery and enchantment.

Namtso or Lake Nam, Tibet
Namtso or Lake Nam

Besides the beautiful scenery, the place is also a famous sacred Buddhist site. There is a Zhaxi Temple in Zhaxi byland. In every Tibetan year of sheep, thousands of Buddhism adherents will come here to worship. As a rule, they will walk clockwise along the lake in order to receive the blessing of the gods.

Namtso or Lake Nam, Tibet
Namtso or Lake Nam

Getting there: There are no direct buses to the lake. The best way is to hire a taxi or a mini bus from Lhasa. Note: The sea level is 1100 meters (about 1203 yards) higher than that of Lhasa, therefore please bring lots of water and don't over-exert yourself.

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