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Nam Tso Lake

Nam Tso Lake is situated at an altitude of 4590 metres at the edge of the Qhiang Tang, Tibet’s vast Northern Plateau. This trek begins at Duojia Temple and after four days of hiking through glaciated valleys and the mountains of the Nyenchen Thanglha range around the Nam Tso Lake one arrives at Tashi peninsula. There, one can visit Tashi Dorje, a cave temple of the Nyingma Sect at the southeast of the Tashi peninsula. During the summer months the wide open spaces are filled with nomad herders and their yaks and tents – an intoxicating sight. Other spots to visit are holy shrines and the bird sanctuary.

Since the region is very remote, all camping and kitchen equipment and provisions for the entire trek must be ported. The Nam Tso Lake trek can also be combined with a trek to Lhasa, or any other Tibet tour that ends or commences in Lhasa.

The best season for trekking in the Nam Tso Lake region is between late May and Mid-October, however one must be prepared at all times for wet weather, snow and cold winds. Summer rain can be quite persistent during July and August; snowfall may also block the way at Largen La sometimes.

Day 01: Lhasa/Namtso lake/Duojia Temple
Morning drive to Namtso through Yangbache hot springs, Damxung and arrive at Namtso Lake for lunch. Afternoon visit to Duojia Temple, the biggest in the area by the Nam Tso Lake.

Day 02: Trekking Duojia/Buguzhari/Bularanka
Trek to Buguzhari Cave. Inside the cave are numerous images of birds, animals, trees, flowers, clouds and other figures to be seen. Incredibly, these images change constantly. Sometimes they are clear and at others faint.

Day 03: Trekking Buguzhari/Qiaduonanka Island/Angbakonglong Island
On the Holy Qiaduonanka Island, there are many naturally made Buddhist images and characters as well as many caves. The remains of the former Qiaduo temple, which had been destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, faces toward Nyenchentangla Mountain ridges. Several giant, upright stones are regarded as the entrance to the holy mountain. Herds of Mongolian gazelles and blue sheep can be seen along the way.

Day 04: Trekking Angbakonglong Island/Jiachangcuiguo/No.1 Camp
Jiachangcuiguo is regarded as one of the Four Great Bathing Gates of the Holy Nam Tso Lake. It is believed by the people that bathing and baptism in this holy lake will bring luck and longevity.

Day 05: Trekking No.1 Camp/Nam Village/Tashi Peninsula
The sighting of the Tashi Peninsula indicates that the walk around the holy lake is nearing completion. It is the biggest peninsula among the islands of Nam Tso Lake and can be explored by walking around the holy hill, the cliffs of which have been eroded over the centuries. Also to be visited is Tashi Dorje, a cave temple of the Nyingma Sect at the southeast of the peninsula.

Day 06: Nam Tso Lake/Yangbajing/Lhasa
Morning walk around the peninsula and then drive back to Lhasa passing by Yangbajing. En route, take an invigorating bath in the high-quality hot springs. Wonderful! Drive on to Lhasa. Trek ends.

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