Himachal Tourist Guide

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Places of Interest in Lahaul Spiti - Himachal Pradesh


Kibber, Lahaul Spiti, HimachalKibber (Ki village to Kibber – 8 km, 4205 m). Till recently this was the highest permanently inhabited village of the region connected by a motorable road. Kibber is a village high in the Spiti Valley in the Himalayas at 14,200 ft in Himachal Pradesh in northern India. It also acts as the base for several high altitude treks, like upto to the Tso Morari Lake in Ladakh. It is 20 km from Kaza. It contains a Kibber monastery (Founded by Serkang Rimpochhe of Tabo) and the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. The Kibber Sanctuary that lies past the village has blue sheep and ibex and covers an area of 1,400 square kilometers. This road has further touched the village of Gete at 4995m where there were only six living families upto last year. 

Kibber lies in a narrow valley on the summit of a limestone rock. A bus service connects Kibber and Kaza in the milder summer months. Kibber is a rather pleasant village with plenty of cultivation. The moment you get down from the bus you are greeted by lush green fields which look strikingly refreshing against the arid backdrop of lofty hills. Agriculture forms the backbone of the local economy and lush green fields are abundant. Villagers count on the 3 day traditional trade route over Parang La to Ladakh to barter their horses for yaks or to sell for cash. The village has around 80 houses upto last year, unique, given that they are made of stone instead of mud or adobe brick used extensively elsewhere in the Spiti valley. Kibber has a civil dispensary, a high school, a post office, a telegraph office and a community TV set in the village. Panoramic views of Shilla Peak and Parang La Pass are the added features. Kee Gompa, on the way to Kibber, is worth a visit.The Kibber sanctuary also covers the highest peak in Himachal Pradesh, Gya (22,290 ft) in the north and it will touch another high point of Kamelong (19,362 ft) in the south. Kibber Sanctuary is linked with road via Lalung, Langcha and Kibber village.

The lama breathed his last in Kibber in 1983 and when he was being cremated a water source erupted from that spot. Even today the source is being used by the villagers. There is a traditional trade route from Kibber to Ladakh over Parang La. The Spitians go to Ladakh to barter their horses for yaks or to sell for cash. The trek to Ladakh takes minimum 3 night halts. Permits are required for this trek.

Fast Facts
Climate : Extremely cold during winter and difficult to approach, temperature drops well below even – 20 degrees, cold during summer. Rainfall is almost zero and Heavy Woolens both in Summer Winter.
Best time to visit :  Mid June to Late October.

How To Reach
Train : Joginder Nagar Railway Station from the Udaipur.
Air : Nearest Airport is Bhunter and Jabbar Airport near Shimla from Kibber for shimla side.
Road : Accessible by road from Manali on the Manali Leh road, also linked by National Highway No. 22 via Shimla. Buses, and Taxis available from Manali and Shimla.

Places of Interest around Kibber
Parang Pass : Parang Pass (Parang La), situated at an altitude of 5,580 m above sea level, connects the Spiti Valley with other parts of Ladakh. The Parilungbi River flows on the Spitian side of the pass and the track runs on its side. There is a glacier about 3 km north-east of this pass. There are a number of crevasses, which make it difficult to cross.

Tabo : Famous for its Monastery has priceless collections of manuscripts & thankas.

Tso Morari Lake : Tso Morari, sometimes spelt Tsomiriri Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Ladakh region, is situated at an altitude of about 4900 m. This lake which is almost like an inland sea, has a length of about 22 km and a depth of more than 30 m at the deepest point.

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