Potatso-Pudacuo National Park

Hiking around Shudu Lake

Potatso-Pudacuo National Park

Potatso-Pudacuo National Park

Lakes, meadows, forests and mountains characterize this national park, located 20 kilometers southeast of Shangri-La City. A new expressway allows access from the city in only 30 minutes. The Tibetan name for the park is Potatso and the Chinese name is Pudacuo (普达措国家公园).


Visitors must leave their vehicles at the entrance station, as only park buses are permitted to access the interior. The main tourist activity centers around Shudu Lake (属都湖), twelve km from the entrance. Most visitors stroll the boardwalk which stretches for some three kilometers along the south shore.


Simple huts inhabited by residents of Tibetan origin are scattered around the lake. They are not normally visited by tourists, but intrepid hikers can explore the area if they keep a low profile. A walk around Shudu Lake takes about three hours.


Bita Lake (碧塔海) is located in the southern area of the park and was open for hiking and boating until 2017. In that year, the lake and adjacent lands were closed in order to protect an endangered fish species.