Namtso Sky Lake

Namtso "Sky" Lake lies at an elevation of 4,718 m/15,479 ft, approximately 70 miles from Lhasa. Bordered by the snowy peaks of the Nyenchen Tanglha, Namtso Lake is the second largest salt water lake in Tibet. Namtso has five, uninhabited islands. Tashi Dor Gompa, a small monastery located on a southeastern peninsula, is home to a number of ancient retreat caves including the hermitage of the famous Indian master Padmasambhava and his consort Yeshe Tsogyal. Surrounded by snow capped mountains and vast grasslands, the crystal clear lake is a bird sanctuary and a sacred pilgrimage site.