Nam Tso, or the ‘Sky Lake,’ is Tibet’s largest lake, a magnet for pilgrims, many of whom undertake a ritual circumambulation (taking 18 days), as well as a sanctuary for many fascinating species of native and migratory birds.
The lake, 190 km from Lhasa, is 70 km long, 30 km wide and is situated at an elevation of 4718 metres.
Our trek takes you across Nyenchen Thaglha, Tibet’s magnificent median range, whose snow-capped mountains flank the lake, with the highest peak Mt Nyenchen Thanghla (7088 metres), towering above the water.
The trek is circular, beginning and ending in the Damzhung Valley. We climb out of the valley via Largen-La (4970 metres), and then descend to the Tashi Dorje hermitage on the lake’s south-eastern peninsula. Here there is a network of dozens of deserted limestone caves, some of which contain unusual, primitive cave paintings. This part of the lake, with its unsurpassed sense of space, is among the most breathtakingly dramatic areas of central Tibet.
From Tashi Dorje, we trek back to the Damzhung Valley via the remote region of Nyenchen Thanglha and the 5150 metre Kang-La pass.
The best season for trekking around the Nam Tso Lake is late May to mid-October. However you should be prepared for the possibility of wet weather, snow and cold winds at any time. Summer rain can be quite persistent during July and August and fallen snow sometimes blocks the route at Largen-La.
Because this region is very remote, we always carry camping and kitchen equipment and provisions for the whole trekking portion of this holiday.
We can customize the trekking programme from 2-7 days, depending on your available time. It is also possible to combine the Nam Tso Lake trek with a Lhasa tour – or with any Tibet tour that begins and ends in Lhasa.