Pin Valley National Park
Situated in the Spiti sub division of the Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh,
the Pin Valley National Park came into being in January 1987. The landscape of the park is desert like and the altitudinal variation, which ranges from 3500 to 6000 mts make it a place ideal for flora and fauna typical of mountainous regions. The park offers its visitors opportunities to spot the rare snow leopard and other highly endangered animal and bird species.
Most of the areas in the park remain inaccessible during winters and the temperature may plummet to as low as minus 32 degrees in Jan-Feb. July and August are the hot months when temperatures may climb to around 30 degrees. The months of April and May are best for observing wildlife when the animals come down to the lower regions of the park.
Wildlife Attractions in Pin Valley National Park
Because of the harsh climatic conditions, the park has sparse vegetation with Herbaceous and shrub growth dominating the flora. More than 400 species of plants are believed to be found in the area which also include some rare medicinal plants. The amazing view of white flower covered valleys in summer is a spectacle worth watching.
The park has several trekking routes while there are no motorable roads. The only way to explore the park is on foot. Take a trek to the pastures where you may be rewarded with a rare sighting of the Ibex or the Blue Sheep. There are various trekking routes available ranging from the difficult ones to the easy for the 'not so fit' people. The Mikim-Debsa walk is a moderate rated trek while the Pin Parvati trek is a difficult one suited for trained trekkers.
Situated just 9 km from Pin Valley, the Kungri monastery dates back to more than 500 years. The place has a number of other monasteries around including the Tabo Monastery (45 km) and the Dhankar Monastery (35 km).
How to Get There
By Air :
Jubbarhatti airport near Shimla is the nearest airport. It is ideal to hire a taxi from Shimla to reach Spiti. Jagson Airlines operates a Delhi-Shimla-Kullu-Shimla-Delhi flight on Monday, Wednesday and Friday which takes off from Delhi at 7:15 and arrives in Shimla at 8:15.
By Rail :
Kalka is the nearest railhead with a broad gauge rail line, connected by daily trains from Delhi, the Paschim Exp. (9:40) & HWH DLI KLK Mail (22:20). Mumbai is connected with Kalka through the Paschim Exp. (11:35).
By Road :
The route from Shimla is NH22 to Sumdo via Narkanda, Rampur Bushehr, Wangtu, Karchham, Spello, Pooh, Yangthang and Chango. From there, follow the state highway to Atargu via Tabo and Poh, from where a link road leads to Mudh village via Mikim. The route from Manali is through the state highway to Atargu via Kothi, Rohtang Pass, Gramphoo, Batal, Losar, Rangrik and Kaza. From here, take the link road to Mudh village.
Distances from Major Cities
390 km (NE)
248 km (SE)
Travel Tips/Important Information
- Indian nationals do not need a permit for visiting the area while foreign tourists can easily obtain a permit from Kaza or Rekong Peo.
- Entry to the park is free.
- All the trekking routes in the park are at high altitudes of over 3600 mts. Choose the one that suits your physical condition.
- To acclimatise to the conditions, it is advisable to break journey at towns like Shimla.