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Sacred Lakes of Tibet

The holy lakes of Tibet are majestic, large, and beautiful and not to be missed!

Best time: April–June | September

Sacred Lakes of Tibet
Sacred Lakes of Tibet
Sacred Lakes of Tibet
Sacred Lakes of Tibet

While travelling in Tibet, you will find spectacular natural creations, such as the sacred lakes. The most popular are Lake Manasarovar, Lake Yambrok, and Lake Namtso. Manasarovar is the Mother of the Holy Lakes. This gorgeous lake is located more than 2,000 km from Lhasa, and it is quite hard to get to. The lake can be found at the elevation of 4,500 m, and its surface has a perimeter of 90 km and depth of 77 m. It is the holiest lake, and its clear and sweet water can wash off all sorrow and evil, according to local believers.

Close to the west side of the lake, you can find another water reservoir. Lake Rakshastal is considered to be the devil's lake. It has the shape of the crescent moon, and its water is bitter and astringent. But Tibetans worship this lake as well.

Yamdrok Lake is located high in the mountains and provides some of the most breathtaking views in Tibet. Nestled between the snow capped peaks at the height of 4,441 metres above sea level, this beautiful lake opens to incredible scenery. The length of the lake from east to west is 130 km. The total area of the lake is 638 square km, while the deepest point is 60 m. The lake is surrounded by Tibetan villages and fields, where yaks are often seen. The road to the lake is closed from November until March, due to heavy snow and ice. June-August is the rainy season in this part of Tibet, not the best time to travel. October is usually marked by first snowfalls.

Lake Namtso is translated as "Heavenly Lake." It is the largest salt lake in Tibet and also the highest salt lake in the world. You can find it at an elevation of 4,718 m. The total area of the lake is 1,940 km2, it is 70 km long, and 30 km wide.

We recommend visiting the lakes in April–June and September when the roads are open, there is not too much rain or snow to

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What is the significance of Manasarovar Lake in Tibet?

The holiest lake in Tibet is Manasarovar, believed by the adherents to be able to wash off all sorrow and evil. It is regarded as the Mother of the Holy Lakes, one from which the sweet, clear water purifies pilgrims before visiting Mount Kailash, considered to be the holiest mountain in Tibet. Show more

When is the best time to visit the sacred lakes of Tibet?

The best window for visiting the sacred lakes of Tibet is from April to June and September. During this time, the climate is mild, with less rain or snowfall, making the trip around and to the lakes more comfortable. The period from June to August constitutes the rainy season in Tibet, while November to March is the period characterized by heavy snow and ice. Show more

What is the distance between Lhasa and Manasarovar Lake?

The distance that needs to be covered to reach the Manasarovar Lake from Lhasa is over 2,000 km, which takes a few days given the rugged terrain and altitude. The trip to the lake is made by most visitors by 4x4 vehicles, which have the necessary equipment to navigate the challenging terrain and high elevations. Show more

What is the elevation of Yamdrok Lake in Tibet?

At 4,441 m above sea level, the Yamdrok lake is located in the Tibetan mountains, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The scenic location is surrounded by small villages, providing tourists with a captivating view and exceptional cultural experience. The road that leads to the lake is shut from November to March due to heavy snow and ice. The lake is best visited during the fall and spring seasons. Show more

Are there any restrictions to travel to Lake Namtso in Tibet during specific months?

Travel restrictions do not exist for visiting Tibetan Lake Namtso, but tourists must prepare for high altitudes and the harsh conditions that come with this. The lake is located at an altitude of 4,718 meters, making it the highest saltwater lake globally. Travelling to Lake Namtso requires warm clothing and precautions against altitude sickness. For instance, it is essential to take precautions during the winter months when temperatures drop below zero. Show more

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