Waiting Too Long
Today we left Kychiu hotel in the morning for a two day excursion to Namtsu lake. The road out of Lhasa runs in full view of china famous railway track. This elevated rail road with numerous bridges and tunnels through the mountain is certainly a marvel of railway engineering.This entire area is also highland pastures for Yak and sheep and we show large herds through out the route.
The snow clad mountains form an impressive backdrop to the otherwise yellow ocher slopes of this region. For lunch we stopped at a town called Tamshung and later went over the 5190 meter La gan pass. It was extremely windy and cold and from the pass we got our first glimpse of the massive 1940 square km lake. Situated at an altitude of 4718 meter above sea level, it is claimed to be the highest and largest salt water lake in the world. The view of snow covered mountains surrounding the lake on side reflecting in crystal clear water has made it a popular tourist attraction.
It is an almost U shaped water body raped around a rocky out crop which also has some interesting ancient caved dwellings raved by the Tibetans. For the photographers in the group it was an untreatably exciting place and we were also blessed by an interesting sunset. Just after the sunset the place became too cold to venture out of our makeshift guest house.