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Nestled amid the cold desert region of Lahaul and Spiti district, Pin Valley National Park is a paradise for nature lovers and a haven for adventurists with the Pin Valley Park Trek. Perched at an altitude ranging from 11,500 feet to 20,000 feet, Pin Valley Park was constituted as Wildlife Park in 1987. Apart from the abundance of wildlife, the Pin Valley Park Trek is characterised by natural scenic beauty that adorns the place. 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.
The floral wealth of mesmerising Pin Valley Park is also exceptional which includes more than 400 plant species. The park also boasts of its medicinal herbs and two rare species of plants: Juniper and Birch. If you are on a wildlife excursion, then winter is the perfect time when the animals migrate to the lower regions owing to the cold weather. Situated in the Valley of Pin River, one can see the huge influence of Tibetan Buddhism in the region, which is practised here profusely, which has also helped with the protection of the wildlife.
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