Pin valley national park is located in the cold desert of Spiti and Lahul region of Himachal Pradesh state of India. With unexplored landscape, the park came in to existence in 1987. It is situated between 3500 to 6000 meter altitudes; make it one of the highest parks in India. Most of the areas of the park remain unapproachable during January and February as temperature goes down to -32 degree celcious. In July and August, the weather remains hot. May and June are the most favorable time to visit the park.
Due to the harsh weather and extreme temperature, the vegetation of the area is mostly dominated by the alpine trees, patches of Himalayan cedar and smattering of several medical plants. In summer, the park is covered with enchanting white flowers. It is an ideal home to several birds such as goldfinch, gold-fronted finch, brahminy myna, grey wagtail, yellow headed wagtail, yellow billed chough, horned lark and Himalayan griffon. The pin valley Park boasts off some endangered and rare mammals for instance Ibex, Bharal, Snow Leopard, Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf, Marmot and Woolly Hare.
Because of the higher altitude of the park there are no roads, but many trekking routes are available for exploring the cold desert of Himalayan region. Beside the wildlife sanctuary, the region is remarkable place for adventuring tourist and sightseeing. Around the park there are many worth seeing places such as:
Dhankar Gompa- It is a 1000 year old monastery and has been a witness for many upheavals of the history. The monastery is located with an altitude of 3870 meter and situated 23 km from Tabo. The hill station emerges as a medical hub of India due to cultivation of medical plants.
Tabo Gompa- Located at an altitude of 3050 meter; it is 48 km away from the park. Built in 996 Ad by Ringchen Zangpo, the monastery is the largest monastery complex of Buddhist region. The current place is declared as the place where the current Dalai Lama will retire.