Namtso is a salt-water lake with the highest altitude in the world. It is 4718 meters above sea level. The lake is 70 kilometers’ long to an east-west direction and 30 kilometers’ wide to an south-north direction with an area of 1920 square kilometers. It is the second largest lake in Tibet and one of the three holy lakes among local people. The name Namtso means Heavenly Lake in Tibetan Language. Sometimes there are pilgrims circulating around the lake. In the lake, there are 3 islands, which is an ideal habitat for all kinds of aquatic life. One of the islands is made of calcareous sandstone. It is characterized by the stone pillars, natural stone bridges and the stalactite caves. The beaches of the lake are a beautiful natural pasture. Wild life is having a good time there.
The best time to visit Namtso is during June and September. It is usually windy with a lower temperature comparing with Tibet. It is advised to wear some warm clothes even in summer. Namtso Lake is about 240 kilometers from Lhasa, which is about 4 hours’ drive. Most tourists would like to take a one day Namtso tour from Lhasa. Some tourists would like to stay near the lake overnight. However, the accommodation and facilities are not very good near the lake.
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