Sam’s Exotic Travel to Namtso Lake Tibet – the World’s Highest Saltwater Lake
Namtso Lake (meaning Heavenly or Sky Lake) is considered one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet and a site of frequent pilgrimages. The other two are Yamdrok Yuntso, which we also visited, and Lake Manasarova. The sapphire blue Namtso Lake is fed by five inlets, which are considered by the Buddhist faithful as the incarnation of the Buddha of five directions.
The lake on a large plateau located near Damxung between Lhasa and Shigatse. With abundant grasslands, the surrounding plains are frequented by Tibetan nomads and their herds of cattle and sheep. The snow capped mountains on the distant shore provided a great backdrop.
A nearby hill from our tent city provided a good view of the lake and its1900 square kilometers. Spending the night afforded both sunset and sunrise views, as well as a great place for star-gazing away from the lights of Tibetan cities.
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