The entrance to Kibber village
Kibber is a village in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, situated at altitude of 4200 m, approx. 20 km from Kaza and a few km from Ki Monastery. It's one of the highest inhabited village in the world.
There is a daily bus from Kaza in the afternoon, returning to Kaza from Kibber early in the morning. Sometimes shared jeeps are also available.
Hiring a jeep from Kaza taxi stand costs Rs 800 (July 2012).
Walk, take the bus from village to village, hitch a ride in a shared cab, or book a cab. Obviously the last few options only work where there is a road (for instance, to Tashigang and Gete villages).
- Buddhist monastery, (at the upper end of the village). A new, modern monastery. edit
- Old temple, (in the middle of the village). There are some frescoes and a big prayer wheel inside. edit
- Holy Source, (directly above the village). Marked by prayer flags, this is the spot where the teacher of the Dalai Lama passed away in the 1980s - a house set apart from the rest of the village. Apparently this was the Sarkhong Rimpoche of Tabo monastery, and his reincarnation is the new Sarkhong Rimpoche, a young man who visits this spot periodically, as well as the surrounding villages. edit
Kibber is a perfect place for short treks around the village, including the following:
- a 2-3 hrs walk to Chichum,. a village situated in the opposite slope, across the Parilungbo canyon. In a short time there will be a bridge across the gorge, making the walk shorter but less interesting. edit
- a walk to Gete and Tashigang villages. edit
- a hike up the Dangmachan peak (5157 m). , directly above the village. The hike is very easy, along highland pastures. The main summit is not directly visible from the village however, making the next fragments of the ascent visible only during the hike. Great views of the 6000+ Chau Chau Kang Nilda and Shilla peaks edit
- visit Key monastery. Walk, cycle or drive up to Key monastery, around 10km away from Kibber village, an ancient reputed monastery edit
Start or finish the trek to Tso Moriri lake in Ladakh over the Parang La pass.
There are shops with basic provisions, including bottled water, bottled drinks, canned food, muesli, etc, in some of the guesthouses and elsewhere. You may also be able to buy woolen clothing including socks, caps, gloves, etc.
Quite a few guesthouses have restaurants.
- Norling guesthouse - possibly the best food
- Tashi Zom - good food
- Khangsar guesthouse - the name is a bit more elaborate than listed here, its just opposite Norling guest house - sought-after indian food
- Sarkhang homestay - also offers food, eat with the family.
- Kibber Youth Council Cafe - a newly opened venture with snacks and beverages
Norling Guesthouse sells beer.
There are several guesthouses.
- Norling Guesthouse, (near the entrance to the village). The best place in Kibber with a friendly owner, good restaurant and a great balcony. Rooms on the 2nd floor have bathrooms. Beer available on request. 150 Rs for a basic room, 350 Rs for a better one with bathroom (hot water from geyser). edit
- Tashi Zom, (just before the entrance to the village), ☎ 01906-200228. The warmest place in Kibber, a bit out of the clutter of the village. Interesting owner (though he might not always be around), nice construction, VSAT Internet + wifi (at a price). Reasonably good restaurant. Might be a good idea to sleep here and go to Norling for food. Have a family room (big studio with tandoor for heating/cooking) for Rs 1000, prices discounted for all rooms if you stay more than a few days. 500 Rs for great double rooms (fully wooden, large windows/good sunlight, nice views of Khardung peak etc); good bathrooms attached to all rooms, with geysers with hot water. edit
- Serkong Kibber Home stay, (inside the village, not far from the bridge). A great source of village culture and natural living. Located in the heart of the village. Many comfortable rooms available and some of the most delicious home cooked food in Spiti and beyond. edit
- Pitch a tent in the grassy meadow opposite the Kibber Youth Council cafe, they charge a nominal rate for it