Lake Lhamo Nhatso

Lhamo Nhatso means “auspicious heavenly mother lake” or “numinous mother lake” in Tibetan and another name for it is Qiongguoje Lake. Standing on the mountain top as high as 5,100 meters and looking down, the holy lake is surrounded by mountains. And it takes a head bones skeleton shape like a mirror at the foot of the mountains and the scenery is elegant. Lake Lhamo Nhatso is a high mountain freshwater lake with an area of about 1 square kilometers. The lake surface keeps on freezing up about 7 months. When in summer, after it is thawing, the lake sometimes is as still and clear as a mirror; sometimes red clouds are gathering in the sky and there are waves without wind. Strange sounds are heard now and then and various fantastic scenes are appearing.

Though the lake is not large, it stands in a special position in reincarnation system of Tibetan Buddhism and it is revered by Buddhists. Every year those who are looking for the successors of Dalai Lama and Panchen Lamas after they pass away must go there, because their reincarnation could be found after seen in the lake. Every April to June of Tibetan calendar, numerous Buddhist devotees make a pilgrimage here and observe the wonderful sights. It is said different people see the same sight may get different views. It is also said that people can see their future life from the reflections of the lake. The 4th year of ZhengDe, Ming Dynasty (1509AD), Qukejiesi was built nearby by Gedun Gyatso, the Second Dalai Lama, which added more views to the unique views of the plateau.

Location:Located in the mountains of Gyacha County, with an altitude about more than 4,000 meters above the sea level.

Transportation: It’s very inconvenient to reach Lake Lhamo Nhatso but it’s worth of trekking there for the beautiful scenery.

You should first get to Gyacha County about 128 kilometers away from Tsedang, then to Cuijiu village in the north. Bumping along the dirt road about 20 kilometers to Daqiongje temple, which is the terminal of the bus to Lake Lhamo Nhatso. Then you still have a 15-kilometer mountain path to follow or you can rent a horse to ride there.

Evaluation: The most romantic lake in Tibet and the scenery is very beautiful.


1. From early May to late August, it’s an ideal scenic area for tourists to travel there by buses, horses or just hike.

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