Day 8: Kaza - Pin Valley National
Park - Kaza
Declared a national park in 1987, Pin Valley is located in the cold desert region of the Spiti valley, Himachal
Pradesh. With its snow laden unexplored
higher reaches and slopes, the Park forms a natural habitat for a
number of endangered animals including the Snow Leopard and Siberian Ibex. The elevation of the Park
ranges from about 3,500 M near Ka Dogri to over 6,000 M at its highest point. Because of its high altitude
and extreme temperatures, the vegetation in the area is scant
and mostly dominated by alpine trees,
patches of Himalayan cedar and smatterings of several medicinal plants. In summer, owers decorate the
valley with startling hues.
Along with animals, rare birds like the Himalayan Snow Cock, Chukor, Snow
Partridge and the Tibet Snow Finch also ourish in the area.