Should I stay overnight at the lakeside of Namtso? -- This is a question often asked by travellers. As a local agency, Tibet4Fun here below give you the pros & cons of staying overnight at the lakeside of Namtso, but as to how to choose it exactly, it depends on what kind of traveller you are, essentially what kind of person you are.
Approximately 240km northwest of Lhasa, Namtso Lake (elev 4730m) is the second-largest saltwater lake in China and one of the most beautiful natural sights in Tibet. Namtso Lake is over 70km long, reaches a width of 30km and is 35m at its deepest point. When the ice melts in late April, Namtso Lake is a miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wide open spaces, dotted with tents of local nomads, are intoxicating. The Nyenchen Tanglha range, with peaks of more than 7000m, towers over Namtso Lake to the south. Namtso Lake is at 4730m so you’ll need to acclimatize in and around Lhasa for a few days before heading this way. It is not unusual for visitors to get altitude sickness on an overnight stay at Namtso Lake.
Pros of Staying Overnight at the Lakeside of Namtso
Staying overnight at the lakeside of Namtso is the best way to avoid the tourist crowds and give you more time at Namtso Lake. Unlike day travellers who only gotta couple of hours at Namtso, you will have much more time here to enjoy the view quietly. Also to see the sunset at Namtso Lake, the starry sky at night, and the sunrise the next morning.
Cons of Staying Overnight at the Lakeside of Namtso
Lodgings at the lakeside of Namtso, usually are metal cabins. Not a looker from the outside. Inside bedding is provided but no private bathroom, only a public toilet outside which means a shower for the night is out of the question. It’s cold here at night all year long, but the rooms don’t have air-conditioners. Guesthouses here usually provide you with an electric blanket for heating.