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Prayer wheels by the Namtso lake in Tibet
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Prayer wheels by the Namtso lake in Tibet

Namtso Lake

Tibetan women walking sacred kora around Namtso lake in Tibet
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Tibetan women walking sacred kora around Namtso lake in Tibet

Namtso is the Tibet’s largest saltwater lake, and at 4718m, also one of the highest lake in Tibet. The lake is over 70km long, reaches a width of 30km and is 35m at its deepest point.

A newly paved road cuts across country from a turn-off northwest of Lhasa and approximately 250km. Driving on the paved road over 5190m high pass (Largen La), it takes an hour to reach Lake Namtso: the road runs through a grassland valley, with the odd nomad encampment visible, and herds of yaks, sheeps and goats roaming around. For the nomads, life is dependent on yaks: they live in yak-hair tents, and use yak-dung as their main fuel source.

Namtso is a sacred lake: there are cave- temples, hermitages and a nunnery for contemplation at Tashi Dor. From this area you can see one of the most beautiful natural sights in Tibet and the lake is a miraculous shade of turquoise with snow mountains (Nyechen Tanglha).

The Nyechen Tanglha (Tangula) range in distance, to the south, 7088m snow cap of Mount looms up, along with the range of the same name.

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