Nagchu – The Land of Nomad
If your last trip to Tibet didn’t make it feel like it, you are missing the true components of Tibet-ness in your Tibet tour itinerary. You need more of authentic Tibetan experience, which has become rare by a lot in the recent few years of full head-first stride of modernization. Among the few places left with that true bond to the real Tibet, Nagchu prefecture is one of the places rich in its nomadic life.
Nagchu prefecture, the biggest prefecture in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), holds 450,537 km2 in area and is divided into 11 counties. Nagchu town is the capital of this remote and vast part of Tibet. At an altitude of 4,500 m, the town thrives throughout the summers with a cool Alpine climate. Moreover, Nagchu prefecture boasts of the finest Caterpillar Fungus (Ophiocordyceps Sinensis), one of the most expensive medical fungi. The counties there have their own territorial hills of the fungus during its season.
The prefecture also includes the holy Namtso Lake, one of the three holy lakes of Tibet with Yamdrok Lake and Lake Manasarovar. Namtso Lake attracts most of the travelers coming to Tibet, at least when it’s not frozen. The lake has made all the Chinese tourists fall in love with it.
Nagchu is one of the most sincere and open-hearted bunch in Tibet. Their all-year-round animal skin layered Pak-Tsak (Tibetan traditional skin layered robe dress; worn mostly by Nomads) tells it all.
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