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.
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.