Spread over an area of 675sq.km, this park is located in the Pin valley
of the Spiti region of Lahaul and Spiti district. It was declared a National
Park on 9th January 1987. The area has a mountainous track with elevation
from 3,700 to 6,600mts from the mean sea level. The park is perpetually
covered with snow above 5,000mts.
The vegetation is sparse and cold desert type prominent
shrubs are wild rose, hipochea, ephedra etc. The main species of animals
in this park are snow leopard, snow wolf, Himalayan brown fox, ibex, Bharal,
Himalayan blue sheep, Red Indian Fox, mouse hare and marmots, porcupine,
weasels, lizards and rare species like the wooly hare, Tibetan gazelle
etc. Prominent birds are Himalayan snow cock, chakar partridge, hill pigeon,
yellow and red bill chough, coots, teals and pen tails.
The wildness and remoteness of the rough terrain makes
the area difficult to access for commoners. Foreign tourists are not allowed.
Even Indian tourists are required to obtain a permit for entry from Deputy
Commissioner, Shimla or Sub Divisional Magistrate, Rampur.