Pagsum lake lies in a deep valley at an altitude of 3,538 metes (11,607 feet). It is 15 kilometers (9 miles) long, and 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) wide on average. The deepest parts of the lake reach 166 meters (545 feet). It is a crescent covering 27 sq kilometers (10 squire miles), surrounded by mountain ranges and lush trees, like an emerald embedded in a valley.
In Tibetan language, Baksum means 'green water'. The water is green because it is so pure and clean that the surrounding green trees are reflected in its surface. The water is so crystal-clear that fish can be seen even deep below the surface. Sand gulls and white cranes leisurely fly over the lake surface. Around Pagsum lake, there are both snow-capped mountains and mountains dotted with evergreen trees. In spring, vigorously blooming flowers are mirrored in the lake surface, forming a splendid picture. When autumn comes, flaming maples leaves light the whole mountain and reflect on the water, making it a sea of red color.
Pagsum lake is also a religious resort. It is viewed by the local Tibetan people as the holy lake of the Nyingmapa (Red) Sect. On the islet at its center, the monastery constructed in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) is the most famous temple of the Nyingmapa Sect. Every year, thousands of adherents flood here to worship. Ferrying across Pagsum lake to the islet is a great fun. While staying on the island, the sounds of the monks' reciting sutra make you feel far away from earthly troubles.
Additionally, the primitive culture and unique customs enhance the charms of this scenic zone. The Tibetans living in the Kongpo Gymdo County retain their unique architecture, festivals, clothing and language. The unsophisticated and hospitable villagers are ready to show visitors their hospitality and smiling faces.
The snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear water and lush vegetation add much charm to this mysterious land. Indulged in such beautiful scenery, you will feel like living in a fairyland.
1. Make medical consultation on how to treat high altitude acclimation before planning your trip.
2. Take enough clothes to keep warm, sunglasses and sun cream to avoid sunburn.
3. Be sure to respect the local customs and religious beliefs.
Take a bus from Lhasa Dongjiao Bus Station to Bayi Town and then hire a local car to the lake.
How to get to Pagsum lake from Lhasa
|Entrance Fee||May - Oct.: CNY 120 |
Nov. - Apr.: CNY 60
Free admission from Jan. 1 to Mar. 15 and Oct. 15 to Dec. 31, 2021.
|Sightseeing Bus||CNY 50|
|Opening Hours||9:00 - 18:00|
- Last modified on Apr. 08, 2021 -