Is it a good idea to stay overnight near Namtso Lake? It is a question frequently asked by many travellers. As a local Lhasa travel agent, it is hard for us to give you a simple YES or NO answer because we’ve heard very conflicting feedback from our clients — Some say to stay overnight near Namtso Lake is heaven, totally worth it. Others complaint and call it a terrible experience… Well, I suppose essentially it depends on what kind of person you are and what you value more from your travel. Below Tibet Ctrip Travel Service Team provide you a fair sum-up of the Pros & Cons of staying overnight near Namtso Lake without prejudice or judgment. A simple list of facts to help you weigh the decision you are about to make as whether or not to stay overnight near Namtso Lake.
Option A: Visit Namtso Lake then return to Lhasa in a day
Day 01: Lhasa > Namtso Lake > Lhasa (500km, 8 hours of driving)
Option B: stay overnight near Namtso
Day 01: Lhasa > Namtso Lake (250km, 4 hours of driving)
Day 02: Namtso Lake > Lhasa (2500km, 4 hours of driving)
Is it a good idea to stay overnight near Namtso Lake?
|✔More time to spend at Namtso Lake. To go from Lhasa to Namtso Lake then back, the drive takes at least 8 hours. To stay overnight here, takes the edge of rushing back to Lhasa within a day
✔The stars at Namtso Lake are extremely beautiful – big and shining. What make you truly realize the fact that you are now standing at the highest plateau on earth is that how unbelievable close the stars look, as if you may be able to grab one by a stretch of arm
✔The next morning you can get up early to watch sunrise at Namtso Lake and do a light trek around Tashi Do, at the southeastern corner of Namtso Lake
|✘The accommodation at Namtso Lake has no private bathroom. You won’t be able to shower for the night. You need to use the shared public toilet which isn’t very clean
✘The guestrooms at Namtso Lake have no air-conditioner, and it is often cold here at night. The best local guesthouse can do is to provide you with an electric blanket or a heater
✘Namtso Lake situates at an elevation of 4730m.The air is thin at night and often very cold, thus easy for newly arrived travellers to have symptoms of altitude sickness
Accommodation Options in/near Namtso Lake?
Right besides Namtso Lake
There is very little options of the accommodations at Namtso Lake. No hotel was built here due to environment protection concern. The ‘guesthouses’ here are made of tabernacles and tents, concentrated at a corner of Namtso lakeside, called Tashi Byland. This kind of guesthouse is usually opens only from April to late October, the warmer part of the year. None of them have guestrooms with private bathroom nor air-conditioner. Dorm bed or twin room are most commonly available. It’s cold at Namso Lake all year long. If you plan to stay overnight here, down jacket is must, regardless which month of the year, even in the hottest summer month of August.
1hr-drive from Namtso Lake
Another option is to stay the night at Damxung county. Damxung is about 60km away from the lakeside of Namtso, and takes about 1 hour of driving. Damxung, literarily means ‘select pasture’ in Tibetan, has one or two decent hotels available. But hotel here is usually more expensive than the same standard one in Lhasa, due to shortage of goods and supplies, which is understandable. Among the most popular hotel in Damxung are Damxung Baima Hotel or Damxung White Horse Hotel. Damxung Pe Ma Hotel, has been opened since 2005 in center of Damxung county. Damxung White Horse Hotel is rated as 3 star by local standard, and has 100 guestrooms, such as standard room, deluxe standard room, and deluxe suite.
One man’s meat is another man’s poison! Your travel choices, simple as whether or not to stay the night near Namtso Lake, reflects one’s personality and preference. Not a choice between good & bad, it’s just different. Hope this article plays a little part in helping you with your Namtso tour planning. Should you have any other questions about Namtso tour, please feel free to contact us.