National Park Location:
Pin Valley, Spiti in Himachal Pradesh.
675 sq. kms.
A National Park in 1984
May To October
Valley National Park
encompasses the Pin valley of Spiti in Himachal
is a typical cold desert. The Pin valley national park was
constituted in 1984 to conserve and preserve the rare flora and fauna of the
region. A considerable part of the area of this national park
covered by snow. The elevation of the National Park ranges from about 3,500
metres near Ka Dogri to more than 6,000 metres at its highest point. The
Pin Valley national Park
represents the biogeography of the Trans
Himalayan cold desert with its characteristic flora and fauna. The Park
forms the natural habitat of a number of endangered animals including
Himalayan Ibex, Snow Leopard, Bharal, Wooly Hare, Tibetan Wolf, and Snow
Cock. The apparently scanty vegetation in the Park contains many plant
species of high conservation value. Prominent amongst these species are
Ratanjot (Arnebia euchroma & A. benthamii), Salampanja (Dactylorhhiza
hatageria), Somlata (Ephedra gerardiana), Seabuckthorn (Hippophae
rhamnoides) and Ateesh (Aconitum heterophyllum). Wild rose (Rosa webbiana),
with its gorgeous pink flowers and bright red fruit, provides a striking
contrast to the otherwise dry surrounds.
The Pin National Park
, can be approached only on foot from
the nearest road terminus at Mikkim in Pin Valley
Visitors need to carry sleeping bags
and food and can stay in bunkers constructed by the Department in the Park.
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