We knew that roads are again going to be bumpy. While coming to Kaza, 40% of the roads were covered in low light or darkness and we will get to witness the jaw-dropping views of the landscapes this time and we were also visiting the pending Kee Monastery at Kibber. After nodding our Good Byes we left for the day around 9:30 AM. We were excited for the day activities upcoming and also the fact being, this would be the last day venturing into the new horizons. We were about to witness the Serene Kee Monastery, Chicham Bridge, Chandratal Lake.Kee Monastery (Alt 13668 ft.)
Kibber - Alt 14200 Ft. We would be visiting this place on our return journey and share the details accordingly.
Just like the last day, I woke up early in the morning. The plan was to visit the famous Kibber-Chicham bridge in the morning and then leave for Kaza. At an altitude of it is Asia's highest bridge. But God had different plans.It had snowed heavily last night and roads were covered with 1-2 feet thick snow. Though the bridge was only 2kms from the village, snow would have covered the footsteps making it difficult to spot the way. I still decided to give it a shot. Uncle gave me a brief idea about the route and with my cam in my hand, I left from the house. Since there is no mobile network in Spiti valley except that of BSNL, I had already downloaded Google maps offline for the worst. The route was quite clear up to a point though it was covered with heavy snow. But after a point, I lost the way. I tried creating some way myself and ended up putting my foot in 3 feet deep snow. I wasn't carrying any trekking poles which made it difficult to figure out the depth of snow. Moreover, there was no one around who could have helped me in finding the correct way. In the end, I surrendered to the situation & decided to return back to the village.
Once hailed as the Highest motorable village in world, Kibber, originally known as Kyber, is unarguably not only one of the most beautiful but most famous villages of Spiti Valley. Perched in the narrow valley of Parilungbo Canyon at an altitude of 4270 meter above mean sea level, Kibber is the base for Kibber Wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary covers around 1400 square kms in the cold deserts of Spiti valley and in it reside the Ibex, Blue Sheep, Red Fox, Tibetan Woolly Hare, Himalayan wolf, Lynx, Pika, Tibetan Wild Ass and the most famous of all – the Snow Leopard. Kibber is located on the outer limits of the sanctuary and becomes a base in winters for people interested in spotting this rare, shy and beautiful large cat. Kibber is also the starting point for Parang La and Kanamo Peak trek.To understand the significance of Kibber as a village or of Kibber monastery, we must take into account that HH Dalai Lama wishes to retire in Kibber someday. The Kibber Monastery was established by Serkong Rinpoche, the teacher of the current Dalai Lama who died in Kibber in late 80s.