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Pin VAlley National Park

At a Glance

This National Park is situated in the cold desert of Spiti Valley. In this area visitors come across large herds of Ibex and Bharal. Snow leopard is found in this park. This area can be visited only by those who have tough leg muscles and strong lungs. Visitors can contact Divisional Forest Officer Wildlife Division Sarahan, Assistant Conservator of Forest Wildlife Kaza or Range Officer Wildlife Tabo for information about the park. The area is closed to foreign visitors. Indian visitors are also required to obtain a permit for entry from Deputy Commissioner Shimla or Sub Divisional Magistrate Rampur.


Climate :Alpine and Western Himalayan temperate climate dominate the park. The hills experience heavy snowfall in the winter. January being the coldest month leads to temperature dropping to as low as –10 °C. On the other hand, the mercury touches nearly 40°C in the summer.

Pin Valley was declared a National Park in 1987 and is spread over an area of approx 9700 sq km. It is located in the cold desert region of the Spiti valley. With its snow laden unexplored higher reaches and slopes, the Park forms a natural habitat for a number of endangered animals including the Woolly Hare, Tibetan Gazelle, Snow Leopard and Siberian Ibex.

One has to stay in Kaza and visit this amazing Himalayan park. The Asst. Conservator of Forest Wildlife, Kaza can provide further information about the park and wildlife

       History :Declared a National Park in 1987, Pin Valley is located in the cold desert region of the Spiti valley. With its snow laden unexplored higher reaches and slopes, the Park forms a natural habitat for a number of endangered animals including the Snow Leopard and Siberian Ibex. Spreading south of Dhankar Gompa near the Tibetan border, the park marks the border between the formerly separate districts of Lahaul and Spiti. The elevation of the park ranges from about 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) near Ka Dogri to more than 6,000 metres (20,000 ft) at its highest point.

       Geography :Pin Valley National Park is located in the rough Himalayan landscape. The elevation in this park varies from 3,500m, close to Ka Dogri to over 6,000m, being its highest point.

       Flora at Greate Himalaya National Park:The area of this national park is dry and hence vegetation is not lush. There are some medicinal plants that grow around. Dry alpine scrub and some juniper and birch trees can be spotted in this area. There are about 400 types of plants that have been seen in this park. Flowers can be seen blooming during July and August.

       Fauna at Greate Himalaya National Park:The fauna in Pin Valley National Park is native to Himalayan region. There are over 20 species of animals that have been spotted. The endangered Snow Leopard has been preserved in this area. Other animals include Ibex, Red Fox, Bharal, Griffon, Marten, Pika, Weasel, Snow Cock, Chukor, Bearded Vulture, Golden Eagle, Himalayan Chough, Raven etc.

       Trekking :Trekking in Pin Valley National park is a good activity. There are several shepherd routes that visitors can take to explore this park and see its medicinal plants and blooming flowers. During treks, tourists can also see villages and gompas.

How To Get There

The Pin Valley National Park can be accessed mainly by road.

Air: The closest airport to the park is Bhuntar Airport.

Rail : The closest railway station is in Shimla.

Road : The road from Manali to Mikkim is open from July to October. From Mikkim, this park is about 10Km on foot. Winter route, however, is different; it follows from Shimla to Tapri then Kaza and then to the park.

Where To Stay

Accommodation facilities are not very luxurious. Visitors can opt for camping or stay at the bunkers built within 10-15km from each other. Staying at monasteries or villages is also a good option. There are a few guesthouses in Kaza, about 42Km from this park. Gulling and Sangam villages also have guesthouses.

Best Time To Visit

Summer :Summer months from July to October form the best time to visit Pin Valley national Park. This is the time when visitors can spot many animals migrating to lower Himalayas and also see various flowers in full bloom.

Monsoon :The area does not receive much rainfall.

Winter :The winter months from December to March are usually harsh and not recommended for visiting this area

The best time to Visit the park is between the months May – September.