Day-7: When in Lhasa [Namtso Lake] 🐎

Day-7: When in Lhasa [Namtso Lake] 🐎

Tuesday, 18th September 2018,

Today I had worse motion sickness. I was quite sure it wasn’t the high altitude sickness, since I was still okay when I was up to 5k meters above sea level… But today, the road to Namtso Lake was very bumpy, with many twists and turns. It made me feels like my head spinning and almost vomit. Most likely my lack-of-sleep last night contributed to this motion sickness. ☆o(><;)○

Our local tour leader was actually offered us for second option (not Namtso), due to the winding road to go there. But so far I never like their second option, and some of our group rejected the second option.

We left hotel at 6:30AM, tortured ourselves just to see the famous-and-over-crowded lake. By the time we arrived back hotel, it was almost midnight. (。T ω T。)

So what’s about Namtso Lake?

Namtso or Lake Nam (officially: Nam Co; Mongolian: Tenger nuur; “Heavenly Lake”; in European literature: Tengri Nor, 30°42′N 90°33′E) is a mountain lake on the border between Damxung County of Lhasa prefecture-level city and Baingoin County of Nagqu Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, approximately 112 kilometres (70 mi) NNW of Lhasa. Namtso lies at an elevation of 4,718 m above sea level, and has a surface area of 1,920 km2 (740 sq mi). This salt lake is the largest lake in the Tibet Autonomous Region. [source: wikipedia]

Namtso, Tibetan for ‘Heavenly Lake’, is often described as being next to heaven because of its lofty altitude, stunning beauty, pure blue water, and spiritual associations.

Around the lake, there were a lot of local sellers selling souvenirs, local restaurants, small post office, public toilets (of course there was no door, but by now I got used to it), horses and yaks for ride.

I didn’t go down all the way to the lake because my head feels like it was going to explode anytime. So halfway to the lake I decided to go back bus and rest. I tortured myself enough and I just wanted to sit down in the bus and waiting for my friend’s pictures. ~(>_<~)

 

And oh!

Our long and tough journey to Namtso has been interrupted by; hundreds of yak crossing the road and another accident ahead of our bus. (+_+)

Did you know, drying yak’s dunk on the wall is a common sight in Tibet. Domesticated yaks have been kept for thousands of years, primarily for their milk, fibre and meat, and as beasts of burden. Their dried droppings are an important fuel, used all over Tibet, and are often the only fuel available on the high treeless Tibetan Plateau.

So here are some pictures taken from my Xperia. Enjoy!

                                                    nomads living with their livestock
                                 hundreds of yaks crossing the street and creates the jam!
                                                        yak’s horns.
                                    yak’s dunks, something very common to see here
                                                    not-so-nice fried nan? no taste at all!

 

Aaaaand, tomorrow is the long-awaited train journey to Xining!

WOOT WOOT!!!! o(>ω<)o

つづく。。。

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