(had to include this tip here cos nam-tso isn't exactly in damxoi, just near it.)when planning a trip to tibet, i highly recommend including a trip to nam-tso, most stunning of tibet's four sacred lakes. although it is about 5 hours from lhasa by 4x4, nam-tso can be done in a day. you can leave lhasa early in the morning, get there just after...more
to get to nam-tso lake, you'll have to negotiate a 5200m high mountain pass. at the top of the pass, make sure you stop and take pictures. if you're lucky, the weather will cooperate and you'll have a stunning view of the lake below. if you're not so lucky, you'll encounter a snowstorm like i did! either way, pictures from this vantage point will...more
when on your way up the 5200m high mountain pass that leads to nam-tso lake, be sure to keep an eye out (and your camera ready) for the famous nomads of nam-tso - the drokpas of changtang plateau. (pls. refer to local customs tip for more info about them).you will be able to see their brown tents dotting the mountainside and may have to slow down...more
as you climb the pass on the way to nam-tso lake, you'll start noticing dark brown dots interspersed on the mountainside. a closer look will reveal that these are the tents of the drokpas, the nomads of changtang plateau.
being a nomad may seem hard enough but making your home range the changtang plateau is almost unbelievable. this is the most windswept part of tibet, not to mention the most unpredictable as far as weather is concerned.
the tents (usually four-sided) are made of yak's hair and is usually home to one whole family. they spend the summer fattening their herd of yak and sheep then head to the towns at the start of winter to trade.
the numbers of these nomadic tibetans are dwindling as more and more of them switch to life in the towns and cities. while it's still possible, try to get a glimpse into their life when you're on your way to nam-tso lake - it doesn't seem that this amazing way of life will last much longer.
if you are going to visit nam-tso for a day trip (not staying overnight), here's something to consider:when you see this sign - which is right at the entrance of the zigzag that goes to nam-tso lake - make sure you visit the loo on the other side of the gate. it's pretty much the last you'll find. i didn't see any while i was at the lake which is a...more
can't stress this warning enough:if you want to avoid symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS) during your stay in tibet even after you've acclimatized, all you need to do is follow this golden rule of high altitude trekking: "climb high, sleep low."this simply means that you should spend the night at elevations lower than the highest elevation...more
since the scale of the views at nam-tso lake is so vast, you'll definitely need a camera with decent zoom capability (at the very least 12x optical zoom). only by zooming in will you capture details of the snow-capped nyenchen tanglha mountain range at the other end of this mammoth 70km x 35km lake. the landscape features on the side of the lake...more
even if you don't usually like to video your vacation (like me), make sure you bring a videocam or at least a digicam with decent video capability (like i did) when going to nam-tso lake. why? video will be the only way to capture the roaring winds you'll encounter at the banks of the lake! pictures just won't do it! only video can record the...more
especially for people going to nam-tso for the day only, make sure you bring a thick jacket (windbreaker, waterproof if possible). the high elevation pretty much ensures cold winds even if you go during warm months. high winds and a drizzle at this altitude often translates into a snowstorm - the weather here changes quickly.weather protection...more