Chinese name: 纳木错湖
Location: 220 km from Lhasa
Opening time: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ticket: 120 RMB/per.
Recommended length of visit: one day
Namtso Lake means “Heavenly Lake” in Tibetan. With 4720 meters above sea level and an area of 1,920 square kilometers, it is the highest saltwater lake in the world and the second-largest saltwater lake in China (after Qinghai Lake). Namtso Lake is far away from the pollution of modern civilization and maintains the original natural ecology, and it is a holy place in the minds of pilgrims. The Tibetan Buddhists believe that when you go round the lake to make a pilgrimage and complete a difficult journey in the Tibetan Year of the Sheep, you can get great blessings. The pilgrims pray and lie prone on the ground at each step. It takes 20 to 30 days to finish the pilgrimage.