Nagqu Travel Guide

Nagqu lies in the north of Tibet and the center of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It’s the place where Yangtze River, Nujiang River, Lhasa River and some other rivers originated from. With an average elevation of more than 4500 meters above sea level, Nagqu is one of the highest and most windswept areas in Tibet. The administrative center of Nagqu is Nagchu Town which is the core of political, economic, cultural, transportation, information and communications in North Tibet. There are rich sources of traveling in Nagqu. The beauty of natural scenery remains the same from ancient times. Zhang Zhung, the cradle of Tibetan civilization and the incredible Bon religion, was a powerful ancient country before the seventh century.

The map of Nagchu in Tibet.
Nagqu Attractions

Nagqu Horse Racing Festival, as a great traditional feast in the vast grassland of North Tibet, is very much worth joining in the summer. The holy Lake Namtso is known to the world by its beauty and sanctity, as well as Yampachen Hot Spring for its unique curative.

How to Get to Nagqu
Nagqu transportation. Nagqu map

Today, the transportation system in Nagqu is well developed and travelers can get to Nagqu by train or road (driving).

Train to Nagqu
The construction of Qinghai-Tibet Railway Station makes it possible for travelers to get to Lhasa by train from gateway cities such as Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongqing, etc. Trains heading to Lhasa and these gateway cities always have stopovers at Nagqu Railway Station, so travelers can easily board a train from Lhasa or these gateway cities to Nagqu. Traveling by train to Nagqu gives travelers the opportunity to experience a memorable journey. Travelers will see Qinghai Salt Lake, Qinghai Lake, Hohxil Nature Reserve, Kunlun Mountains, etc. It takes 3 hours 30 minutes to travel from Lhasa to Nagqu by train.

Driving to Nagqu
Some tourists travel to Lhasa by flight first before driving to Nagqu. Driving from Lhasa to Nagqu is a very long journey, but you can stop for sightseeing along the way. The distance of the road connecting Nagqu and Lhasa is 330 km and it takes about 7 hours to cover this distance. After your Namtso tour, you can continue driving to Nagqu, which takes about 5 hours to get there.

Best Time to Visit Nagqu
Nagchu travel advice, including shopping tips, top restaurant, climate, transportation and its local customs beyond.

The climate of Nagqu is humid subtropical with low oxygen levels, large temperature difference between day and night, windy, and cold climatic conditions throughout the year. Summer in Nagqu is cool and winter is cold. The town has an annual average temperature of about -0.9 °C to -3.3 °C.

The best time to visit Nagqu is May – September as the weather is relatively warm and you can enjoy the panoramic views of the beautiful prairie. However, the rainy season also happens during that period so it is advisable to take waterproof and protective clothes and shoes.

Accommodation in Nagqu
Nagchu accommodation.

Most of the hotels in Nagqu are located in the capital of the prefecture, Nagqu County.

Presently, there are no 5-star hotels in Nagqu despite the heavy presence of many luxy hotels in the capital. The hotels and guesthouses here are comfortable with good facilities and offer good food and services which will make you feel at home.

The highly recommended hotel in Nagqu for tourists is Zhongxin Nagqu. The hotel is located 10 km away from the Nagqu Railway Station and it takes about 20 minutes to travel between them.

Zhongxin Nagqu Hotel offers dining, accommodation, business, recreation and shopping to all its guests. The hotel offers different kinds of rooms with various sizes to satisfy the needs of all their guests. The rooms are spacious, well equipped, and fully decorated. See all


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