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Lake Namtso

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Address: Nakchu Region, Damxung County, China
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This holy body of water, located 15,475 feet above sea level and covering...

This holy body of water, located 15,475 feet above sea level and covering more than 730 square miles, is the highest saltwater lake in the world.

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2-Day Small-Group Lake Namtso Experience from Lhasa
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what a terrific place in the middle of nowhere, one of many holy lakes in tibet. I suggest to spend a night here and enjoy the feeling of beeing small!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 October 2016
Monza, Italy
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Namtso is one of 3 holy lakes in Tibet. It is a culturally important destination, the scenery is incredible, and there are good hikes in the area. However, I stayed in what Lonely Planet called the finest guesthouse, which only had rooms with 5 beds each, and no toilet. So if you need a toilet during the night, you find... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

It was definitely a beautiful sight - the sunset and wonder of seeing a lake so high up was humbling. We came here upon recommendation from some of our friends who said we could see the stars the best at night, but it was cloudy the say we arrived. Not to mention, the winds were merciless and freezing. We stayed... More 

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Monza, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

what a terrific place in the middle of nowhere, one of many holy lakes in tibet. I suggest to spend a night here and enjoy the feeling of beeing small!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This was an amazing experience: the landscapes on the way, the pass and views from the pass, the lake and the surrounding landscapes. The sunset views from the cliffs are nice and so was the morning khora. Not recommended doing Lake Namtso without proper acclimatisation in Lhasa.

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

if you can avoid staying here please do so as the accommodations are horrible. It is like all the smokers in the world descend on this tent and gas you to death literally!!!! The accommodations near this lake is very dirty and s*** all over the place. The toilets are horrible!!!!!

san francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

this is one of the most memorable place during my 3 month trek across tibet 20 years ago. i still look at slides from those days with much fondness. it should be on your bucket list.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

It was really cloudy and cold when we visited, there was even snowfall overnight. And this was in May! Accommodation is very basic, food not too great. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this as a destination. It's too far a drive, without too much else around.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

there is no word to describe this place; I visited in April 2015. it was freezing! the lake was frozen; there was a snowfall on arrival and then blue sky in the morning this place was just magic

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

We were lucky as this year the Lake was the holy place to visit. The lake is a really startling blue and surrounded by snow peaks. The walk round the promontary was moving , full of Tibetan pilgims (the Chinese do not like walking so they go straight to the lake for photos with Yaks) who are as usual very... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

It's a very big lake, but at 3.5 hours each way by car from Lhasa it may not be worth the trip. You'll see all there is to see within 30-60 minutes. You could trek around it, but still - it's just a very big lake. Interesting: there's an island in the middle where monks go to meditate, and apparently... More 

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