Tours to Tibet: Namtso Lake

NAMTSO LAKE at (4,700Meters) is one of the biggest lakes in Tibet and is 70Km long and 30Km wide. The landscape is dominated by the snow peak of Nyenchen Thangla to the south west of the lake. Tashi Do hermitage stands on a promontory with more than 50 small caves including some small chapels. Pilgrims do a half hour walk (kora) around Tashi Do hermitage.
After breakfast, you will start your day excursion to Tsurphu and Nenang monasteries. It is around 2hrs drive from Lhasa to Tsruphu enroute Nenang monastery. On the way, you will enjoy the beautiful Tibetan farmers and nomads families.

Tsurphu monastery is the seat of the Karmapa and it was founded in the 1180s by the first Karmapa Dusum Kyenpa, some forty years after he established the Karmapa order in Kham, the place where he was born and Tsurphu was the third Karmapa monastery to be built and after the death of the first Karmapa, it became the head monastery for the Sakyapa order. The monastery is composed of one main assembly hall and some chapels. The main object of the monastery are some very revered relics of the 16 th Karmapa, as well as statues of Amitabha and Shakyamuni. Tsurphu has 300 monks nowadays.

Nenang monastery is located on the right side of the road to Tsurpu monastery in Gurum village at the distance of 35Km from Lhasa and it was founded by the first Zhamarpa Tokden Drakpa Senge in 14th century and it later became the seat of the successive incarnations of the first Pawo Chuwang Lhundrup Rinpo che in 15th century, the most renowned of whom was the historian the second Pawo Tsuklak Trengwa in 16th century. The main things that we can see in Nenang monastery are the Lhakang Chenmo and Jampa Lhakang which is also the assembly hall of the monastery. Jasmpa Lhakang is dedicated to the statue of Maitreya Buddha and a throne of Pawo Rinpoche. There is also a large gilded stupa reliquary containing the ashes of the tenth Pawo Rinpoche who passed away in India, flaked by two smaller ones containing relics of the sixteenth Karmapa and the fifth Pawo Rinpoche.