Set amidst semi-frozen rivers in the Pin Valley, the Pin Valley National Park is situated in the Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve situated in the Lahaul and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh. The elevation of the park ranges from about 3,500 metres near Ka Dogri to more than 6,000 metres at its pinnacle. One of the fascinating facilities of its kind, the Pin Valley National Park is home to the rare species of famous Himalayan snow leopards and their prey, the Ibex. Due to its high altitude, only a limited number of animals and plants thrive here. However, Pin Valley National Park is most famous for its incredible trek which is a delight for all its visitors. Owing to the many rare plant and animal species that it houses, the National Park was established in the year 1987 and has been a major attraction for trekking enthusiasts.
Pin Valley National Park acts as a joint between the separate districts of Lahaul and Spiti, and the Dhankar Gompa on the Tibetan border can be deemed as its exact starting point. With the picture-perfect backdrop of snow-covered mountain ranges, a trek to this destination is easily a nature lover's dream. The imposing mountains that stand tall here have a sublime quality of their own, and their stone bodies seem to dissolve into the clouds that hang low here. If you are interested in learning more about the vegetation of Lahaul-Spiti, you can study the spread of alpine and dwarf juniper scrub that is most common here. Animals here include woolly hair, Tibetan gazzle, snow leopard, fox, wolf, ibex, bharal, Himalayan marmot, Indian porcupine, blue sheep, red-billed chough, Patridge, snow Patridge, blue rock pigeon and Tibetan wild ass among many others. Visit this national park to witness species and sceneries you don't get to witness every day.
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Approx trekking distance (Both sides) : 20 kms
Base Camp : Mikkim
Highest point of trek : 4,551 m
Nearest Airport : Bhuntar, Kullu
Nearest Railhead : 443 km
Region : Spiti Valey
Starting point of trek : Manali
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