Trekking in Tibet » Namtso Lake Trekking

Namtso or the heavenly lake lies 190 km north-west of Lhasa at an elevation of 4718 metres above the sea level, 70 kilometers in lenghth, 30 kilometers in width and 1940 square kilometers in size. It is located 60 kilometers northwest of Dangxiong County. It is both the highest and biggest salt water lake in the world.

Meaning Heavenly Lake in Tibetan, Namtso is respected as one of the four holiest lakes and the seat of Paramasukha Chakrasamvara by Buddhist pilgrims. Buddhists believe Buddha's, Bodhisattvas and Vajras will assemble to hold religious meeting at Namtso in the year of sheep on Tibetan calendar. Circumambulation around the lake at the right moment equals 100 thousand times of that in normal years. Hence thousands of pilgrims from every corner in the 5th & 6th month of the Tibetan calendar each year, many Buddhists come to the lakeside on pilgrimage to pay homage and pray. Deep tracks are worn into the lakeshore due to this activity. In history, monasteries stood like trees in a forest around Lake Namtso attracting large numbers of pilgrims with eminent monks in Buddhist temples developing body and character and extending Buddhism. On the four sides of the lake stand four monasteries, which have Buddhist meanings.

onferred with titles and authority to administrate. After the Ming Dynasty was established, Tibetan high lamas were summoned to the imperial court to receive titles and appointments.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

Day 02-03: Sightseeing tour of Lhasa.

Day 04: Drive to Reting monastery.

Day 05-08: Trek from Reting to Joktso La.

Day 09: Drive from Joktso La to Damshung.

Day 10-12: Trek from Damshung to Namtso

Day 13: Camp at Namtso.

Day 14: Drive back from Namtso to Lhasa.

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu.