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  • Basum Lake

  • Area: Tibet Scenic Spots
  • Location: east of tibet
  • The lake, named Basum-Tso in Tibetan, is a stunning highland lake lying 90 kilometers west of Kongpo Gymdo County. Basum has another Tibetan name, Tsokou, which means "green water" in Tibetan. Besides offering awesome views, many glaciers on the upper reaches of the lake provide it with a constant supply of fresh water.

    Basum Lake has become a popular tourist attraction in Tibet. The lake covers a total area of more than four square kilometers and lies at an altitude of over 3,700 meters. The lake is shaped like a crescent and lies nestled in a small, but deep valley. Despite being far from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities, Basum Lake has become renowned because of its lush vegetation and the bluish green water.

    The lake water is extremely clear - you can easily see the bottom of the lake from the surface. The snow-covered mountains and the virgin forests encircling the lake are reflected in the water, much like beautiful girls enjoying themselves in a mirror. Sand gulls, white cranes, and other water-birds fly across the lake surface, searching for food or playing with each other. Fish swim leisurely in the lake, like those elderly people who stroll in the park in the early morning enjoying the good times. The whole setting is rather harmonious.