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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. The National Park is most famous for its incredible trek which is a delight for all its visitors. It snows for the most part of the year rendering the trek a thrilling and adventurous expedition. However, make sure you obtain the required permits. Also, foreign nations are not allowed inside the park.
The Pin Valley park’s core zone is sprawled across a vast area of 675 sq km while its buffer zone is extended over almost 1150 sq km. Today it is home to almost more than 20 species of flora and fauna including the endangered snow leopard which is the most significant inhabitant of Pin Valley Park. There are also Siberian Ibex, Bharal, red fox, weasel and marten that call this place their home. Several species of birds also inhabit in the region such as pika, snow cock, bearded vulture, chukor, golden eagle, griffon, Himalayan chough and raven.
Must Know before you Go : 5-6 hours
Rail: Shimla Railway station serves as the nearest rail head to Pina valley Park. It is about 443 kms away. Chandigarh rail junction is another option, which is well connected to several major cities of the country.
Road: The Park can only be approached on foot from the Mikkim, which is the nearest road terminus. You can either follow the route of Manali, Rohtang Pass, and the Kunzum La, while the second option is via Shimla, Tapri and Kaza.
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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