Pin Valley National Park – Home of snow leopard

Pin Valley National Park
Snow Leopard

Location of Pin Valley National Park

Pin Valley National Park is the only National Park in Himachal Pradesh which is situated in the cold desert area. Pin Valley National Park  lies between 31° 34′ 27″ N and 77° 35′ 20″ E. It was declared as a Nationl Park in the year 1987.


Pin Valley National Park is situated in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The national park is spread over an area of 675 sq km. There are about 17 villages situated in the circumference of the park. The population of village is sixteen hundred. The local people belonging to buddhist community. The Chham dance by the Lamas of this Gompa are very famous dances in the valley.

Pin Valley National Park
Snow Leopard

Flora and Fauna of Pin Valley Nationl Park

The Pin Valley Park is home for 20 species of animals and birds also home of snow leopard. The Pin Valley National Park is famous as the land of ibex and snow leopards. We can see ibex and snow leopard here. Besides snow leopard we can see also bharal,red fox,marten,siberian ibex. The Pin Valley Park is is also home of snow cock,chukor,golden eagle. About 400 plants species have been reported in this area. The area is very rich in medicinal herbs and spices. These herbs and spices are collected by local Pharmacists for the preparations of medicines.

Best time to Visit: April, May, November and early December are best time for animal sightings. The best time for the people interested in plants and geology is July & August.

How to access

There are two main routes for this park

First route :This route is open from July to October (Summer Route)
Shimla to Chandigarh to Kullu by Air or by Bus (272 kms)
Kullu to Kaza by Bus via Manali, Rohtang Pass (3978 m) and Kunzam Pass (4551 m)-260 kms
Kaza to Mikkim by Bus or Jeep -32 kms
Mikkim to Park Aea on foot – 10 kms

Second route: Shimla to Tapri by Bus(Winter Route)
Tapri to Kaza by Bus
Kaza to Park Area as above 32 km+10km on foot.

By Train:  The nearest railway station is Shimla.

By Air: The nearest airport is Bhunter.