Tibet Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake

  • Chinese Name: 纳木错
  • Address: Damxung/Baingoin, Tibet, China
  • Typesalt lake
  • Coordinates: 30°42′N 90°33′E
  • Max. length: 70 kilometers
  • Max. width: 30 kilometers
  • Average depth: 33 meters
  • Surface area: 1,920 km2 (740 sq mi)
  • temperature: subtropical monsoon climate
  • Altitude: 4,718m
  • Admission Fee:Peak Season, May to October: 120CNY
  • Off Season, November to Next April 80CNY
  • Maximum depth: 120 meters
  • Lake area: 1961km² (757.15 square miles)
  • Storage capacity: 93.2km³ (22.3 cubic miles)
  • Islands in the lake: 5
  • Lake type: saltwater lake
  • Culture: the birthplace of ancient Xiangxiong civilization
  • Opening hours: 06:00~18:00
  • Famous attractions: Nagenla, Tashi Peninsula, Gassho Stone
  • Lake elevation: 4718 meters
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Namtso Lake

Namtso, located in the central part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, is the second largest lake in Tibet and the third largest saltwater lake in China. The lake surface is 4718 meters above sea level, and it is approximately rectangular in shape. It is more than 70 kilometers long from east to west, and more than 30 kilometers wide from north to south.


Early scientific investigations believed that the maximum depth of Namtso was 33 meters, but the re-measurement of the lake in the last two years found that the deepest point of Namtso was more than 120 meters. With a water storage capacity of 76.8 billion cubic meters, it is the world’s highest large lake.

Heaven Lake

Namtso, Tibetan means: Tianhu, is one of the three holy lakes in Tibetan areas. Namtso has a vast area and is the second largest saltwater lake in my country except Qinghai Lake. The continuous snow-capped mountains on the south bank of the lake are the Nyainqentanglha Mountains. When the wind is sunny, the majestic snow-capped mountains are reflected in the lake, making them look peaceful and peaceful.

Pilgrimage To The Lake by Walking Around

Namtso means in Mongolian: Tengger Sea. According to legend, it is the dojo of Shengle King Kong, the deity of Tantric Buddhism, and is a well-known holy place of Tibetan Buddhism. Every year in the Year of the Goat, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Dharma protectors will set up altars in Namtso to hold a Dharma assembly. If believers go to worship at this time, turning around the lake to chant scriptures once is better than going to the lake to chant scriptures once, which is better than going to the lake to chant scriptures 100,000 times at ordinary times. Therefore, in the Year of the Goat, monks and lay believers will go to Zhuanhu Lake even if they travel long distances. During the Saga Dawa Festival on April 15th of the Tibetan calendar every year, there are more monks and laymen who come to Namtso to turn around the lake.

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Namtso Lake Travel Guide

Namtso Day Tour

WestChinaGo offer one-day join in tours to Namtso, usually departing in the morning, arriving in 3-4 hours, and returning on the same road after 2-3 hours of play. If you don’t want to charter a car, you can only choose this way, which is also the conventional way to play Namtso. If you don’t want to follow the crowd, you can charter a car or find someone to carpool in Lhasa. The route is the same, but the advantage is that you can travel freely and stay overnight by the lake.

Nagenla Mountain Pass

Coming out of Dangxiong County, passing through the Nagenla Mountain Pass at an altitude of 5,190 meters, you can see the blue water from a distance. There are two huge stones standing side by side on the left and one right by the lake. They are the welcome stones of Namtso, also known as the husband and wife stones. It is said that they are the door gods of Namtso. According to legend, Namtso is the goddess who is in charge of the wealth of the grasslands in northern Tibet. If traders want to go out to do business, they must first come here to pray for the blessing of the goddess to ensure a prosperous business. Therefore, this stone is also called the God of Wealth Stone.


There are a number of prefabricated houses built next to the Tashi Peninsula, including restaurants and inns. This is the place where board and lodging are provided by the Namtso Lake. If you come to Namtso by chartered car, you can stay here for one night. You can enjoy the beauty of the setting sun at dusk, or get up early to welcome the sunrise on the Tashi Peninsula, and look up at the sky at the Namtso Lake in the middle of the night, and you can even distinguish the outline of the Milky Way.

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