• Nagqu Tibet Travel 2024/2025
  • Nagqu Tibet Travel 2024/2025
6 Days Nakchu Horse Racing Festival Tour
Taste of Traditional Festival

Nagqu Travel Guide - Attractions, Transporation, Weather, Tours

Nagqu, named after Nagqu River and also known as Nagchu, Naqu or Nakchu, is a prefecture-level city located in the northern part of Tibet – between Tanggula Mountains and Nyainqentanglha Mountains. It borders Xinjiang and Qinghai Province, and neighbors Chamdo Prefecture to east, Lhasa, Nyingchi, Shigatse to south and Ngari to west. It helds strategic importance in the history. Covering an area of 450,543 square kilometers, Nagqu is the largest prefecture in Tibet. Apart from a small area of farming-pastoral region in east, it is mainly a pasturing area. With many greatest rivers (the Yangtze River, Nujiang River, Lhasa River etc.) originated here, Nagqu has rich water resource which contributes to shaping the beautiful views.

Nagqu – Flourishing Region with Unique Scenery!

Being sparsely populated, Nagqu features in its protected wildlife, unpolluted grassland, bright snow mountains, azure blue lakes and unsophisticated Tibetan life. Among the various wild animals growing in Nagqu, there are over 10 species are existemic rare animals, including wild yaks, Tibetan antelopes, snow panthers, barhead gooses and so on. Tibetan people always live harmoniously with these animals. If you visit Nagqu during the special festivals, you can also see the Tibetan people on traditional costumes.

Top Nagqu Attractions and Activities

Though Nagqu is not a very popular destination in Tibet, it never fails to strike the tourists’ heart by its fascinating views. Its long-stretching snow-covered ranges, endless stream of spring, and boundless prairies will be the first impression to people. As you travel deeper in Nagqu, more than natural beauty, you will learn its history, culture, art etc. The most eyes-catching attractions in Nagqu must be Qiangtang Pairie and Nyqinqentanglha Mountains. In addition to them, there are Ancient Xiangxiong Ruins, Basu Rock Paintings, Yarlung Scenic Area etc. The most featured activity in Nagchu is Horsing Racing Fair, which shows performance as well as games.

Changtang Grassland

Type: Nature

Altitude: 5000 meters

Best time to visit: June to September

Qiangtang is one of the five greatest pastures in China and you can enjoy one part of stunning view in Namtso. In this mountain meadow, there are luxury brushes, swarp grass, and some impressive flowers

Nyainqentanglha Mountains

Type: Religious Sites, Nature

Altitude: 6205 meters

Best time to visit: June to September

Close to the ranges of Nyenchen Tanglha, visiting Namtso offers a splendid sight of these peaks. The continuous peaks are always covered by long-lasting snows and leave their inverted image in the water.

Horse Racing Fair

Type: Festival, Competition

Location: Changtang Grassland

Opening Time: August or September usually

Horse Racing Fair is a traditional festival holding in Nagqu. It will last for over 10 days. During the festival, you can enjoy many interesting competition. Besides, the Tibetan people will wear their most beautiful clothes.

Useful Nagqu Travel Notes

  • 1. How to Plan Nagqu Travel
    Nagqu is always an extended destination from Lhasa, and most tourists travel to Nagqu during Horse Racing Fair. After arrive in Lhasa by train or flight on day 1, tourists usually spend two other days in exploring the landmarks of Lhasa, including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka etc. On Day 4, drive to Nagqu to admire the local performance and interesting competition. Stay one night in Nagqu and then drive back to Lhasa. You can adjust your itinerary to visit Nagqu when the most exciting competition takes place.
  • 2. High Altitude Sickness Tips
    The average altitude of Nagqu is over 4,450 meters, and you need to pay attention to High Altitude Sickness. You can spend several days in Lhasa for acclimatization. It will be helpful to take some precautionary measures, like drinking more hot water, always keeping warm, avoiding strong activities, eating fresh vegetables and fruits etc. Your tour operator will also prepare oxygen supply for emergency use.
  • 3. Wearing and Packages
    It is suggested to pack your stuffs in two bags – a bigger backpack and a smaller carryon bag. The backpack is used for your daily use while the carryon bag is for your important documents and valuables. It is necessary to keep warm and protect yourself from the harsh natural power. Remember to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Because of the strong sunlight and ultraviolet ray, it is also important to bring the necessary medicine and sunscreens.
  • 4. Necessary Permits for Visiting Nagqu
    Tibet Travel Permit is a must to travel in Tibet, and you can’t board your flight or trains to Tibet without it. It is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau only and can be applied by travel agencies on behalf of you only. It must be obtained before you getting to Tibet, because you are not permitted to board your flight or train without it. Besides, Aliens’ Travel Permit is necessary to any places out of Lhasa. It is applied after you entering Tibet. Your tour guide will apply it with your Tibet Travel Permit and passport.

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