Kibber is a village situated high at an altitude of 14,200 ft in the Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh state. 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 the fortified look of the village is worth seeing. The high altitude and the pollution-free atmosphere are a boon for sky gazers. The village has all the basic amenities like electricity, a school, a post office, a hospital, restaurants, and hotels and so, the travelers can manage to stay here comfortably.
Ki Monastery is the most important Buddhist center 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 were being cremated, a water source burst from the earth. In August 2000 Dalai Lama performed the Kalchakara ceremony which was attended by devotees and lamas from across the world.
India’s only wildlife 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 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 a large number of fossils in and around Kibber. The village is among the most fossiliferous 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 eye. 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 a blanket of snow.