Pin ValleyLAND OF IBEX & SNOW LEOPARG
PIN VALLEY IS FORMED BY THE PIN RIVER, WHICH RISES ON THE EASTERN SLOPES OF PIN PARVATI PASS.
PIN VALLEY IS MUCH MORE RUGGED AND BARREN THAN THE MAIN SPITI VALLEY. 17 KM BEFORE KAZA. COMING FROM THE KINNAUR. ONE NOTICES A BOARD PROCLAIMING THE:-
PIN VALLEY NATIONAL PARK- LAND OF IBEX & SNOW LEOPARD
THE NATIONAL PARK IS SITUATED IN THE COLD DESERT OF SPITI VALLEY, THIS VALLEY ALSO KNOWN AS PIN VALLEY LIES ON THE BOTH SIDES OF PIN RIVER, WHICH JOINS SPITI RIVER ON THE RIGHT BANK NEAR DANKAR. THERE IS A PLACE KNOWN AS ATTARGO BRDGE. WHICH IS ABOUT 25 KM FROM TABO. BY CROSSING THIS VILLAGE METAL ROAD LEADS TO THE PIN VALLEY 30 KM TO KUNGRI VILLAGE. THIS PLACE ADJACENT TO THE PARK. IN THIS AREA VISITORS COME ACROSS BIG HERDS OF IBEX & BARAL, SNOW LEOPARD IS ALSO FOUND IN THIS PARK.
THIS AREA CAN VISITED ONLY BY THOSE WHO HAVE TOUGH LEG MUSCLES AND STRONG LUNGS.
PIN VALLEY IS A PROTECTED AREA, WITH RUPI BHABBA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY TO ITS SOUTH. AND THE GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK TO ITS SOUTH WEST. BARA SINGRI GLACIER FORMS PART OF THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF THIS PARK. WHICH CONTINUES ALONG THE HUNDUNGMA RIDGE SEPARATING THE SPITI VALLEY AND PIN VALLEY WATERSHEDS. THE EASTERN BOUNDARY RUNS ALONG THE KILLUNG NALA TO JOIN THE PIN RIVER NEAR LARANG LA.
WINTER (JAN. TO MARCH) IS THE CRITICAL PERIOD IN THE YEARLY CYCLE OF THE LIFE OF AN IBEX.
THIS IS A THE PERIOD WHEN ALL THE VEGETATION IS TOTALLY DRY AND COARSE. AND EMBEDDED IN METERS OF SNOW. THE ONLY FORGE THEY CAN GET. IS FORM THE DANGERIOUS AVALANCHE PATHS AND PATCHES WHERE LARGE SHRUBS WILLOWS, AND ROSES (ROSA SPP) OCCUR. THEY MAY EVEN DIG IN THE SNOW WHERE IT FORMS A THIN LAYER, TO GET ACCESS TO SOME PLANTS. THIS THE PERIOD THEY SUFFER MAXIMUM MORTALITY BECAUSE OF STARVATION AND AVALANCHES. THIS IS ESPECIALLY SO IF THE WINTER IS UNUSUALLY LONG.
COME SPRING WITH THE SPROUTING OF LIFE - GIVING PLANTS AND THE BIRTH OF A NEW GENERATION OF IBEX, THE CYCLE CONTINUES.
MAINLY THREE VILLAGES AROUND PIN VALLEY: KUNGRI, SAGNAM & MUD. GENERAL TOURIST CAN VISIT UP TO MUD BY CAR.
WHERE YOU STAY: ONE OR TWO GUEST HOUSES, HOME STAY IN MUD & SAGNAM & PWD REST HOUSE SAGNAM.
Height: 3800 mtrs.
AVARAGE POPULLATION: 400
SEASON: MAY TO OCT.
DISTANCE: FROM SANGLA OR KALPA. 235 KM VIA AKPA, MORANG, SPELO, KHAB, NAKO , TABO, FROM MANALI, 280 KM, VIA ROHTANG, GARAMPOO, CHOTA DHARA, BATAL, KUNZUMPASS, LOSAR, KAZA
TREKKING ROUTE: FROM KAFNU (KINNAUR) TO MUD 6 DAYS
KUNZAM PASS (4551m) : 76 km. One of the highest motorable pass. Goddess Kunjum keeps guard over this pass and wards off evil.
CHANDER TAL LAKE (4270m) : 7 km from Kunzam Pass, is one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire Himalayan region. Surrounded by snow, this deep blue water lake has a circumferences of 2.5 km. River Chandra flows very close to the lake.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INDIAN AND FOREIGN TOURISTS
The Kinnaur and Spiti area of Himachal Pradesh has been opened to Indian and Foreign tourists. While going via Shimla and Rampur - Kalpa, Recong Peo and Sangla Valley can be visited by Indians and Foreigners without any restrictions. To travel beyond Jangi in Kinnaur to Kaza in Spiti one requires an inner line permit for foreign nationals which can be obtained from the following offices:
District Magistrate - Shimla, Recong Peo (Kinnaur), Kullu, Keylong (Lahaul)
Sub District Magistrate (SDM) - Shimla, Rampur, Kalpa, Nichar, Keylong, Udaipur
Additional Deputy Commissioner Office in Pooh and Kaza.
The best place to get the permit is at Rampur and Recong Peo. The office of the SDM at Rampur is just opposite the Police Station in the main bazaar and the office of the District Magistrate at Recong Peo is near the bus station. The permit is free of cost and holds good for seven days. To get a permit, one must have a letter of introduction from a recognised travel agency, three passport size photos, and a photocopy of the front pages of the passport. Making several copies of the permit is suggested, as one may have to submit them at checkpoints on the way. Foreign nationals can travel with permits in a group of four or more persons. Foreign nationals cannot stay overnight between Jangi and Kaza.
Indian nationals do not require any permit to travel in this area however retaining a proof of identity is suggested.