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Lake Namtso

Lake Namtso

With a surface area of 1,940 square kilometers and at an elevation of 4,718 meters, Lake Namtso (Chinese pinyin: Na mu cuo) is the largest inland lake in Tibet. It is the second largest inland lake in China next to Qinghai Lake and the highest salt lake in the world. “Namtso” is translated as “Heavenly Lake” in Tibetan. It is considered one of the holiest lakes in Tibet.

The scenery around Lake Namtso is splendid, poetic, and dreamlike. Words are far from enough to describe the beauty of the lake. The water here is crystal blue. The clear sky combines the surface of the lake in the distance, creating an integrated, scenic vista. Many believe that the clear water of Lake Namtso can purify the soul of the visitors. Walking along the peaceful lake you may feel like you’re in heaven.

There are five islands that surround the waters of Lake Namtso, the largest one being Liangduo Island. Additionally, many bizarre stone peaks and reflections in the lake can be found. Some of them appear like trunks, the figures of human beings, while others look like trees. All these vivid shapes can arouse your imagination. Also, there are many grottos that are masterpieces of mother nature. Some grottos are long and narrow, while others are full of stalactites presenting visitors with a picture of mystery and fascination.

In summer, wild yaks, ducks, donkeys, hares and other wild animals are along the lake shores of Lake Namsto. Sometimes fish jump out of the water to enjoy the warmth of sunshine. Sheep and cattle ramble on the green grassland that stretches far. In addition, Lake Namtso is also a famous sacred Buddhist place for pilgrims to worship. It has been a destination for Tibetan pilgrims for centuries.

In 2005, Lake Namtso was selected as one of the five most beautiful lakes in China by China National Geography Magazine. The unexploited beauty of Lake Namtso should not be missed by any tourist in Tibet.