Namtso Lake

October 05, 2004


Provided and copyright by: Alton Valadares
Summary authors & editors: Alton Valadares; Jim Foster

The artistic photo above showing Namtso Lake in central Tibet, China was taken this past August. Namtso Lake is often described as sapphire blue in color and is ringed by a number of magnificent snow covered peaks. At 4,718 meters (15,475 feet) above sea level and covering 1,900 square kilometers (735 square miles), it's the highest saltwater lake in the world and the second largest saltwater lake in China. Meaning "Heavenly" or "sky" in Tibetan, Namtso Lake is regarded as one of the holiest lakes by Buddhist pilgrims.

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