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Namtso Lake Trekking - 10 Nights/ 11 Days

Nam-tso lake trek is known as “Heavenly Lake trekking” in Tibetan, situated at an elevation of 4,718 (15, 475 ft) and located at 240km (150 miles) north of Lhasa is a famous pilgrimage destination for the devout Tibetans and a perfect trekking destination for adventure enthusiasts. This vast sapphire-blue inland sea on the Tibetan plateau is the second largest salt water lake in China, the largest being Kokonor Lake of Qinghai province. Surrounded by spectacular snow-covered mountains, it is a place of desolate beauty and the site of a holy hermitage that draws pilgrims from all over Tibet. It’s also a sanctuary for migrating birds that journey to Tibet from as far away as Siberia during the summer months.

Namtso Lake is an exceptional trek, you’ll tread upon the ancient caravan route of salt traders of the Changthang region and cross the glaciated valleys and mountains of the Nyenchen Thanglha range to the pebbled shores of the lake, visiting sacred spots, holy shrines, and passing nomadic herdsmen along the way. Once at the lake, you will get opportunity to join the devout Tibetans on a short kora hike in the vicinity of the Tashi Do Hermitage, and enjoy superb views of the mountains across the lake.

Namtso Lake Trekking is a 5 days strenuous trek that involves hiking in steep and rocky terrain and crossing of Kong La, 5240m ( 17, 187 ft). You will enjoy the serene beauty of the lake, spectacular views of Nyechen Thangla range of mountains that ring the lake and have an opportunity to peep into the lives of drokpas (Nomads), who dwell in the 4-sided yak-hair tents.

Namtso Lake Trekking - Day to Day itinerary

Day 01.
Arrival in Lhasa.
You will be met by our representative at the airport and transferred to hotel. Take rest for acclimatization. Overnight at Hotel
Day 02-03.
At Lhasa.
Spend two days in Lhasa, visiting Potala Palace, Norbulingkha Palace, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jorkhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Overnight at Hotel
Day 04.
Begin trek.
Drive 3 ½ hrs to Damxunga via Yangpachen Hot spring and begin trek. Camp by the riverside at 14,000ft. Total trekking 1 ½ hrs today. Overnight at Tented Camp (all meals)
Day 05.
Acclimatization.
Today, explore the nomad camps and a nearby monastery and stay overnight here for acclimatization. Overnight at Tented camp (all meals)
Day 06.
Trek to herder’s camp.
Today’s trek is a bit tough, requires 7-8 hours walking and crossing of several rivers on horseback; trail passes through sparse vegetation, rocky terrain, hummock fields, meadows and wild flowers. Camping at herder’s camp at 4, 725m (15,500ft). Overnight at Tented Camp (all meals)
Day 07.
Cross Kong La.
Conquer Kong La (17,187 ft) with spectacular views of Namtso Lake, Tibet’s second largest saltwater lake with a surface area of 798 square miles. Descend to a broad basin of red hills and green meadows intersected by large, rolling moraines. Camp at an elevation of about 4, 940m (16,200 ft.) overnight at Tented Camp (all meals)
Day 08.
To Tashi Do and Nam-tso Lake
En route, visit a few herders’ camps. Camp at the foot of the cliffs or by the wind-protected mani walls (rock with carved inscriptions) between the Tashi Do hills at 15, 100ft (7-8 hours hiking.). overnight at Tented Camp( all meals)
Day 09.
Explore the cave hermitage on the lakeshore, remarkable monastery, make short circuit around Tashi Do Chung, and enjoy the view of Nyenchen Tanglha mountain range. Overnight guesthouse.
Day 10.
Return to Lhasa by jeep and visit Tsurpu Monastery, en route.
Day 11.
Depart Lhasa for your next destination

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