Lake Namtso with an elevation of 4718 meters above the sea level, is the highest and biggest salt water lake in the world.
Lake Namtso means Heavenly Lake in Tibetan. It is respected as one of the four holiest lakes and the seat of Paramasukha Chakrasamvara by Buddhist pilgrims. Buddhists believe Buddha will assemble to hold religious meeting at Namtso in the year of sheep on Tibetan calendar. Circumambulation around the lake at the right moment equals 100 thousand times of that in normal years. Every year thousands of Buddhists from Tibetan areas in the 5th & 6th month of the Tibetan calendar, come to the lakeside on pilgrimage to pay homage and pray.
Five islets, planting themselves in the vast sapphire blue lake, is said to be the incarnation of the Buddha of Five Directions. Every pilgrim circumambulating the lake will piously worship them. Those islets are famous for their topography, covered by weird but vivid stones. Producing abundant fish and lodging many birds and beasts, the lake is also a heaven for animals and plants. The natural pastureland around the lake offers ideal condition for animal husbandry. Wild animals, such as wild yaks and antelopes, can often be found in this area.
Lake Namtso is also rich in its products with its gorgeous and enchanting sights. The lake is full of islands and islets in varied forms with birds sporting over the water surface. There is a peninsula in calcareous stone southeast of the lake, called "Zhaxiduo Island",on which stands a forest of strange-shaped stones, among which occur numerous fantastic caves. Lake Namtso also has abundant resources of fish. The annual volume of fishing goes up to 350,000 or more kilograms. The views around Lake Namtso are beautiful and fantastic.