Trekking in Nam Tso Lake & Nyenchen Thanglha


Nam Tso Lake, on the altitude of 4580m, is situated 190 km north of Lhasa. Measuring 70 kilometers in length and 30 kilometers in wide, it is the second largest saltwater lake in China and Tibet. Nam Tso Lake, "Nam" means Sky and "Tso" means Lake, is one of the famous pilgrimage lakes in Tibet. In summer it provides shelter for many species of migrating and local birds.


Trekking across the Nyenchen Thanglha Mountains to the pebbled shores of the holy Nam Tso Lake takes you about 6 to 7 days. The trek starts and ends at Damzhung valley, which is situated 160 km north of Lhasa on the Tibet-Quinghai highway. The spectacular trek climbs out of the Damzhung valley via Largen-La (4970 m.) and then descends to the mystical environs of Tashi Do hermitage and the vast Nam Tso. From Tashi Do we trek back to Damzhung valley via the remote region of Nyenchen Thanglha and the Kang-La pass (5150 m.)


The best season for trekking in Nam Tso Lake is late May to Mid-October, however you must at all times be prepared for various kinds of weather. Wet, snow or cold winds or combinations.



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Fly, Kathmandu / Lhasa. Overnight hotel 

Visit: Potala Palace, Sera Monastery & Norbulingkha Palace 

Visit: Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery & Barkhor Market 

Morning drive to Damxung and start trekking. Overnight camp 

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Trek back to Nagenla Pass and drive to Lhasa

Lhasa / Gyantse 

Gyantse / Shigatse 

Shigatse / Lhatse via Sakya Monastery 

Lhatse / Tingri 

Tingri / Nyalam  

Nyalam / Zhang-Mu then drive back to Kathmandu