The highest saltwater lake in the world, Lake Namtso (meaning “heavenly lake” in Tibetan) is the type of place that earns its name. Almost three miles above sea level, this massive lake is valued highly as a holy place and is known for its majestic views of distant, snow-capped peaks, and the many cave systems at its perimeter that are home to Buddhist shrines and local etchings.
If you hunger to see a world that exists despite the rampant modernization of most sectors of the Earth, a world of horse-backed nomads, migratory birds, and epic vistas, then travel the 200 km (124 miles) or so to the northwest of Lhasa. Many tours head to Namtso from Lhasa, but the big drawback on the lake is its lack of infrastructure. Unfortunately, travelers will tend to encounter garbage and a poorly maintained guest house area where metal huts have been propped up to serve tourists with food and accommodation. The beauty and significance of the lake is undeniable, and coupled with the journey at altitude through the Tibetan landscape, one can tend to overlook the horrible kitsch of neon lights and unsanitary bathrooms.
Note:A popular stop nearby is the Tashi Dor Monastery, which overlooks the lake.