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Namtso Lake

Namtso, or Lake Nam, is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and should not be missed by any traveler to Tibet. In Tibetan, Namtso means "Heavenly Lake." It is famous for its high altitude and imposing scenery. The lake lies at an elevation of 4,718 m, and has a surface area of 1,920 square kilometers. This salt lake is the largest lake in Tibet, and its cave hermitages have for centuries been the destination of Tibetan pilgrims. The Tashi Dor Monastery is located at the southeastern corner of the lake.