Situated at an altitude of around 4500 m, Nagqu County nestles in the northern part of Tibet autonomous region and covers an area of 400,00 sq. km. Nagqu has become one of the most important political and economic centers of Tibet, famous for trading and exporting of different commodities like animal products, mineral ores, and many agricultural products. The County has a population of around 331,000 most of them belonging to different communities. The people of Nagqu are the most colorful and ardent custom followers full of courtesies and hospitality.One thing that you must be quite aware of is the climate of Nagqu. The average annual temperature here ranges between -.9 C to -3.3 C. It means that you just cannot enter the city without warm clothes. Due to vast areas of plain lands, the County is extremely vulnerable to the violent sandstorms that are pretty frequent. Once you take preventive measures you are all ready to explore the different hues of the city. Shopping in the city is actually a great experience for people who are looking for antique and traditional items. The specialty of Nagqu is jak, dried meet and Aweto. When in Nagqu, don't miss the various festivals like ghost exorcising festival, Tibetan New Year and Herb festival.
Looked upon as one of the four most sacred lakes in Tibet, Lake Namtso mean 'Holy Lake' located in Nagqu prefecture is an important pilgrim destination for Buddhist pilgrims. The lake is situated at a height of 4720 m and covers an area of 1900 sq. km, is the highest and largest salt lake in the world. Experience it with leisure.
Situated in the heart of Nagqu County, Shodain Monastery is the most famous Yellow sect in Northern Tibet. The monastery dates back to more than 200 years back and once was the pride of Tibet. It used to be a home to more than 350 monks but now only around 60 monks reside here. Still it holds huge importance in the lives of Tibetan people. It is the venue where the Grand Summons ceremony is regularly held in January. And in August the Changmo dance is also performed here. The performance by professional dancers is an absolute treat to watch.Zhoima Canyon is one of the most brilliant areas in Nagqu. The best time to visit this spot is in summers when the entire surrounding is covered with numerous varieties of colorful fragrant flowers. Walk around this scintillating area to discover splendid lakes that contain absolutely crystal clear water. Situated at a distance of 92 km south of Nagqu and at an altitude of 4700 m above sea level, Zhoima Canyon is well connected to the County and is easily accessible. Though it is advisable that you hire a vehicle from the city.Towering to a height of 6482 m above sea level, Purugangri Glacier covers an area of around 400 sq. km. These high snow peaks are the most pristine glaciers in the world. Looking at them from a distance is an absolutely magical sight with your eyes only getting in vision, the pure white color of the snow covered peaks.
You will find ample of hotels in the city with most of them being budget or a little above budget. All your basic needs will be met here with absolute satisfaction. Many of these hotels are located just by the side of the highway that makes them easily accessible. The hotels that can be safely recommended are Nagqu Prefectural Government Hotel, Nagqu Hotel and Changtang Xinyuan Hotel.
The nearest airport to Nagqu County is in Lhasa. It is around 330 Km away from here and takes around 6 hrs to reach here by road. Qinghai-Lhasa Highway passes through Nagqu .This is one of the busiest roads in Tibet and has a lot of transportation options, mainly mini buses or you can hire a vehicle which will be a better option.The transportation system inside the city is developed and all the parts are well connected. Buses are the main mode of transport in the city.
The County is quite different from other parts of Tibet. That is why women will have a great time shopping for unique items of medicinal values like aweto, snow lotus flower and caladium. There are also number of adventure options available in the city. Youngsters can trek their way to Lake Namtso and Meimo Lava Caves situated at a higher altitude. The route is quite basic and is great for starters.