Nam-Tso, Heavenly Lake Trekking

Nam-Tso, Heavenly Lake Trekking 11 Days / 10 Nights

Trip Code: HAT53

Trip Type:
Tibet Treks

11 Days

Trip Starts:

Trip Ends:

Hotels, guesthouse and tented camps.

Best Time For Travel:
May, June, September and October

Trip Over View

Nam-Tso or “Heavenly Lake” in Tibetan, situated at an elevation of 4,718 (15, 475 ft) and located 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 the 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.

On this exceptional trek, you’ll tread upon the ancient caravan route of salt traders from 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 the 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.

This is 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 the Nyechen Thangla 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.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa.

Day 02-03: At Lhasa.

Day 04: Begin trek.

Day 05: Acclimatization.

Day 06: Trek to herder’s camp.

Day 07: Cross Kong La.

Day 08: To Tashi Do and Nam-tso Lake.

Day 09: Explore the cave hermitage on the lakeshore and remarkable monastery.

Day 10: Return to Lhasa by jeep and visit Tsurpu Monastery, en route.

Day 11: Depart Lhasa for your next destination.

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa

Meet our representative at the airport and get transferred to the hotel. Take rest for acclimatization. Accommodation in Dhod Gu Hotel or similar.

Day 02-03: At Lhasa

Spend two days in Lhasa, visiting Potala Palace, Norbulingkha Palace, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jorkhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Accommodation in Dhod Gu Hotel or similar.

Day 04: Begin trek

Drive 3 and ½ hrs to Damxunga via Yangpachen hot spring and begin trek. Camp by the riverside at 14,000ft. Total trekking 1 and ½ hrs today.

Day 05: Acclimatization

Today, we explore the nomad camps and a nearby monastery and stay overnight here for acclimatization.

Day 06: Trek to herder’s camp

Today’s trek is a bit tough, requiring 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)

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.)

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.)

Day 09: Explore the cave hermitage on the lakeshore and remarkable monastery
Make a short circuit around Tashi Do Chung and enjoy the view of NyenchenTanglha mountain range. Overnight in a guesthouse.

Day 10
Return to Lhasa by jeep and visit Tsurpu Monastery, en route

Day 11
Depart Lhasa for your next destination
  • Includes

    • Mid range hotel in Lhasa, guesthouse in Namtso Lake and rest of the places, there will be tented camping.
    • Daily breakfast in Lhasa and full board during trekking.
    • All transfers and sightseeing by a 4WD jeep and support truck for gears and supplies.
    • All camping gears that include sleeping tents, dinning tents, kitchen tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows etc.
    • Service of English speaking tour guide, cook, driver and necessary helps.
    • Pack-animals to carry luggage, gears and supplies.
    • Tibet entry permits.
    • Sightseeing admission fees


    • Lunch and dinner during hotel stays.
    • Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone etc.
    • Airfares in and out of Lhasa.
    • Airport taxes.
    • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
    • Travel insurance.