Kibber, a hilly community located 4,205 meters above sea level, is famed for its natural beauty and monasteries. Many people believe that Kibber’s terrain is similar to that of Tibet and Ladakh, and that its charm rests in its barren splendor. The famed Ki Monastery, the valley’s largest monastery, is relatively close to the settlement, which serves as a base for various high-altitude hikes

Kibber is the world’s highest motorable village. This Himalayan village draws a considerable number of tourists each year for trekking and mountaineering. During the summer, it is also a popular camping destination.. 

Another attraction is the Kibber Sanctuary, which is located a bit further out of town and covers an area of 1,400 square kilometers.This is the only sanctuary in India that is located in a freezing cold desert, and it is home to blue sheep and ibex. Kibber is also one of the country’s most fossiliferous (contains fossils or organic remains) locations, making it an excellent spot to study about history. Kibber used to be the highest settlement in the region, permanently inhabited and accessible by a motorable road. 

How to Reach

Kibber is accessible by road from Kaza. Every day around 5 p.m., a local bus departs from Kaza and arrives in Kibber in an hour. The same bus returns to Kaza in the morning after an overnight stop. During the high tourist season, depending on demand, they may run a second bus route in the morning. 

You can either rent a cab or use a shared taxi to get to Kibber. Because this is an additional source of money for the villages, they may charge a premium. Remember to haggle for the best deal.

Best Time to Visit

Kibber experiences cold and mild temperatures all year. Kibber receives a lot of precipitation. Even in the driest month, Kibber experiences days of rain. The average annual temperature is about 1.6 °C, with nearly 518 mm of rainfall.

The warmest month of the year is July, while the coldest is January. The driest month is November, and the wettest month is August. Kibber’s temperature can plummet to -9.5 °C, closing all roads and bringing the little village to a halt.

Owing to the weather, the summer months of May to July are ideal for visiting Kibber and, by extension, Spiti Valley. Although cold, the weather is lovely. This is an excellent time for sightseeing and hiking. Avoid visiting during the winter months, when temperatures plummet below zero and roads may be closed for months.

We recommend avoiding monsoons since heavy rains can cause landslides and accidents.

Nearby Places to Visit

Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary

This is India’s sole cold desert refuge, with an elevation range of 3600-6600 meters and an area of 1400 square kilometers. This Himalayan forest is home to some unusual vegetation and creatures.

The majestic snow leopard, which is difficult to locate, is undoubtedly the star of this refuge. However, sightings of snow leopards have grown substantially in the last decade, and there are now approximately 25-30 snow leopards in Kibber sanctuary. It can also be found in Pin Valley National Park in Himachal, in addition to this sanctuary.

Parang La Trek

Kibber village is a starting place for the old Parang La trek. You might also begin the walk in Kibber’s area at Chicham village. The Parang La pass, with a maximum elevation of 18,400 feet, connects the Spiti valley to Ladakh.

It was once a traditional trade route connecting the inhabitants of Spiti, Changthang in Ladakh, and Tibet.

It is a long and strenuous journey that provides spectacular views of Tso Moriri Lake. The trail begins in the meadows of Spiti’s villages and descends the Kibber gorge before ascending Parang La.


Chicham is about 6 kilometers from Kibber. This village is home to Asia’s tallest (13,596-foot) suspension steel truss bridge, which spans a 1000-foot-deep valley and connects Kibber and Chicham. The challenge of building the bridge over such challenging terrain was obviously difficult, and it took 14 years to complete.

However, the bridge has already cut the distance between Chicham and Losar by 40 kilometers and provided much-needed direct connectivity to Chicham. Chicham is located across the Parilungbo canyon, and prior to this bridge was built (just a few years ago), a ropeway was the only mode of transportation between Chicham and the rest of civilization.

Gette & Tashigang

Gette is more of a cluster of a few homes distributed throughout the brown mountains, green fields, and many ponds full of blue water. Gette village is roughly an 8-kilometer drive away. However, the dirt road begins here, and you must trek to reach inside the village. 

The same dirt road leads from Gette to Tashigang, another hidden treasure. Yes, a village in the clouds! That’s how the locals refer to it. This village is another cluster of 4-5 dwellings surrounded by fields.

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Frequently Askee Questions

Kibber, also known as Kibber Khas and Khyipur, is a village in Himachal Pradesh, northern India, high in the Spiti Valley of the Himalayas at 4,270 meters (14,010 feet). It is also the world’s second highest motorable village in the world. It has a monastery and serves as a base for visitors to the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary.

The city has a lot to offer to both domestic and international travelers, making it a famous tourist spot in India.

Kibber is renowned as a cold desert due to its barren environment and high cold temperatures that ranges from minus 10 in winters to plus 25 in summers. There is very little vegetation growing here.

In recent years, tourism in Spiti Valley has grown significantly. As a result, even in isolated places like Kibber, you can easily find homestays to spend a few days. In fact, many people now shun Kaza altogether in favor of Kibber. However, there are no hotels in Kibber.

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