Kibber is a village situated high at an altitude of 14,200 ft in Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. It's world’s third highest inhabited village and lies in a narrow valley on the summit of a limestone rock. The village is known for its scenic mountains, barren splendor, Key Gompa or Key Monastery and the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary.
The landscape of Kibber resembles that of Ladakh and Tibet. Houses are constructed in the Tibetan architectural style. Houses are made of stones and adobe bricks. The rooftop is loaded with dried branches or twigs to serve both as a cushion and insulation during snowfall. The architecture of the houses and fortified look of the village are worth seeing. The high altitude and pollution free atmosphere is a boon for sky gazers. The village has all the basic amenities like electricity, school, post office, hospital, restaurants, and hotels and so, the travelers can manage to stay here comfortably.
Ki Monastery is the most important Buddhist centre in Spiti Valley. The monastery is famous for its murals, thankas, rare manuscripts, stucco images and wind instruments. Serkang Rimpochhe of Tabo founded the Ki Monastery. According to local legend when the mortal remains of the Lama was being cremated, a water source burst from the earth. In August, 2000 Dalai Lama performed Kalchakara ceremony which was attended by devotees and lamas from across the world.
India’s only wild life sanctuary in a cold desert, is located here - Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. It is home to the ibex, blue sheep, red fox, Tibetan woolly hare, Himalayan wolf, lynx, Pika, Tibetan wild ass and the snow leopard. Trekking, mountaineering and Himalayan wildlife photography are the main adventure activities in Kibber. The Dandmachan peak here is quite popular with trekkers and mountaineers. Another claim to fame is the presence of large amount of fossils in and around Kibber. The village is among the most fossilferous region of the world and has earned Spiti the sobriquet of ‘Fossils Park’.
This is the perfect place for adventure enthusiasts and Nature Photographers. Watching the night sky from Kibber is an amazing experience. The stars and the constellations can be seen clearly even with the naked eyes. The barren landscape, rivers and mountains and Gompas make it a photographer’s paradise. The best time to visit Kibber is during the summer months (June end to September). During winters the village remains covered under the blanket of snow.
Things to do –
- Nature walk
- Visit Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary
- Himalayan wildlife photography
- Visit Key Monastery
- Landscape photography
- Night sky photography