THE GREAT Himalayan National Park, covering an area of 754 sq km (291 sq miles), ranges in altitude from 1,300 m (4,265 ft) to 6,100 m (20,013 ft), and abuts the cold – desert region of Pin Valley National Park. The variety of flora and fauna found here represents the entire Western Himalayas. A vast range of subtropical species along with alpine grasslands are covered heasant with edelweiss and oak forests. Mammals include the Himalayan tahr, musk deer and the elusive snow leopard. Among the 300- odd species of birds, there are at least six kinds of pheasant. A number of trekking trails and forest huts in the buffer zone offers an opportunity to explore the park.