At a distance of 249 km from Manali Bus Stand and 437 km from Shimla, The Pin Valley National Park is located in the Lahaul of Spiti district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Pin Valley is one of the most beautiful treks in Himachal state and among the prime place to visit on a Manali tour. It was declared as a national park in 1987.
Sprawling over an area of 1150 sq km as buffer zone and 675 sq km as core zone, Pin Valley National Park is a part of the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area. Established in 1987, the elevation of the park ranges from about 3500 m near Ka Dogri to more than 6000 m at its highest point.
Pin Valley National Park is located in the cold desert region of the Spiti valley. The Park forms a natural habitat for a number of endangered animals. Snow leopard is the most important resident of the park. Besides snow leopard, Siberian ibex, bharal, weasel, red fox, marten are other animals that are the highlight of the park. It is home to birds like pika, snow cock, bearded vulture, chukor, golden eagle, griffon and raven.
Even though it's high altitude and cold climate do not support dense vegetation, the park features around 400 plant species. Pin Valley National Park is populated with numerous medicinal herbs and spices that make it a valuable land for pharmacists.
There are two approach routes to reach Pin Valley National Park. The first one is via Manali - Rohtang Pass - Kunzum La - Kaza - Mikkim. This route is open from July to October. The second one is via Shimla - Tapri - Kaza - Mikkim. March to December is the best time to approach the park via this route. From Mikkim one has to trek 10 km to reach the Park.
The area around the Pin Valley National Park is largely dominated by the influence of Tibetan culture. The major attractions in and around this national park are Ki Monastery. Other places include Dhankar, Pin Valley, Kunzum Pass, Langza and Kibber.
Bunkers have been constructed by the wildlife authorities in the Pin Valley National Park region which is a suitable way to stay there. Camping is the best way to spend night in the park. One can also avail accommodation at Kaza, the nearest town which is also the administrative centre of Spiti.
The best time to visit the Pin Valley National Park is between the months of July and October, which August is considered to be the most favorable time to visit the park. Foreigners are not allowed into the park. Indians have to take permit to enter the park.
Timings for Entry: 6 am - 6 pm on all days except national holidays.