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Where is Namtso Lake and How to Get to Namtso Lake


Where is Namtso Lake?

Address: Namtso Lake, Damxung County, China

Namtso Lake is a mountain lake on the border between Damxung County of Lhasa Prefecture and Baingoin County of Nagqu Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, approximately 112 kilometers away from Lhasa. It is the second-largest saltwater lake in China, after Qinghai Lake. It is over 70km long, reaches a width of 30km and is 35m at its deepest point.

How to Get to Namtso Lake

By Bus
Lhasa travel agencies offer minibus tours for around Y250 per person, which often includes the Y120 entry ticket, but exclude the accommodation and meals in Namtso Lake area. However, as day trips go, this one is pretty long and exhausting. It's better to make this a two-day trip, stopping off at Tsurphu and Yangpachen en route. Visitors can find the minibuses at Barkhor Street area or the square of Potala Palace. The journey takes about 4 hours.

By Renting a Private Car
It is highly recommended to renting a private SUV car with a local experienced driver a tour guide to get to Namtso Lake from Lhasa if you have enough people in your group to share the expense. The trip on the way would be much comfortable and flexible. TopChinaTravel can offer this chartering car service with a tour guide for tour guests. If you need, just let us know.

Travel Tips

The lake is at 4730m so you'll need to acclimatize in and around Lhasa for a few days before heading this way. It is not unusual for visitors to get altitude sickness on an overnight stay out at the

The best time to explore the most beautiful scenery in Namtso Lake is from May to October. And the opening hour of the scenic area is 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. 

►Recommended Tibet Tour: 6 Days Lhasa and Nagqu Experience
(Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, Tibet Museum, Namtso Lake, North Tibet Grassland, Yangpachen)