With its sub-zero temperatures and semi-frozen rivers, Pin Valley is the only cold desert National Park located in Himachal Pradesh. The park lies in the valley of the Pin river, from where it derives its name.
The region is also under strong religious influence with some very famous Buddhist monasteries or gompas located here. The valley is renowned for being Spiti’s main stronghold of Nyingmapa Buddhists and home to the last surviving Buchen Lamas.
Pin Valley is home to the snow leopard, and its prey, the ibex. Set against a back-drop of awe-inspiring icy mountain ranges, Pin Valley is snowed in for a good part of the year and a trek to this fascinating country should only be attempted by the spirited, adventurous and fit.