Pakistan is blessed with variety of beautiful parks. Chitral Gol National Park is situated in the beautiful valley of Chitral. Chitral Gol is a narrow valley, its gorge running for some 18km before broadening out into a basin surrounded by high peaks.
Chitral National Park is one of the National Parks of Pakistan. Until 1983, Mehtar of Chitral considered Chitral Gol as their private property. There was difference of opinion between Mehtar of Chitral and the Government of Pakistan, regarding the status of the park but according to the current result conducted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan was that the entire park will be the personal property of His Highness.
The park has very narrow and dangerous way leading to it and during rainy season it becomes more unsafe. It is sited between 1450 meters and 5000 meters above the sea level and includes an area of about 77.5 square km. This park includes three valleys. Several glaciers also lie in the park through which several springs make their way and ultimately form a stream which runs 18 KM. Numerous tributaries drain into the Chitral Gol, which flows southwards into the Kunar River.
Visitor Facilities Include two hunting lodges, originally built by the Mehtars. The cold water of this stream flows towards the east, into the River Chitral. The park is rich in trees particularly cedar trees. The park also serves to provide shelter to a vast bio-diversity, especially markhor, an endangered wild goat species. The subspecies, which are found in the park include the astor markhor. Despite a decline from over 500 to only around 200 individuals in the park during the 1980s, Chitral National Park still holds the largest population of the astor markhor in the world.
Also present in the park in small numbers are the siberian ibex, ladakh urial, as well as the asian black bear. The snow leopard does not appear to be a permanent resident of the park, but is sometimes seen there. The tibetan wolf, red fox, yellow-throated marten and himalayan otter are all found in the park. Common birds in the park include, the bearded vulture, himalayan vulture, golden eagle, demoiselle crane, peregrine falcon, himalayan snowcock, himalayan monal, snow partridge and rock partridge.
The park encompasses numerous diverse species of flowering plants, Aves and mammals. The weather of the park remains beautiful as the annual rainfall of this area is estimated to be 462 ml but during September it rains very much on the magnificent peaks adjacent to the park. On the other hand it rains more in November on the valleys and on the lower peaks. In September, it rains more on the spectacular peaks surrounding the park. However, in November, the rainfall is more in the valleys and on the lower peaks.
In winter season there is also a session of snowfall which covers the white peaks and adds beauty to the park till June and after that the snow starts melting. The general weather is cold and dry. The temperature ranges from -12.2 to 43.3 °C. Documentary shows rare animals such as wild Lynx and shows a detailed review of conservation status of “Markhor” or Mountain goats residing in the National park premises. Scenes of Markhor fights on near vertical mountain slopes are awe inspiring.