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The Wayfarer Diaries: Kibber Finally

19-01-2017, 1430 hours, Kibber village, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India:

The drive to Kibber village was uphill with snow accumulated on the road on corners which were in shadow areas. With luck we were also able to spot a pair of Bharal (Himalayan Blue Sheep) on a snow covered hill side looking at the valley below. Upon reaching Kibber, we got down and were instantly spellbound by the views of the village and the mountains beyond it. In the distance, on a hill side, another village called Chicham was visible. I have heard that the people of that village use a Span Bridge suspended about 200 -300 m above the canyon for travelling to and from Kibber. A bridge is also being built here now, but till now there are only two ways: either the span or a road which comes from Kyoto (a small village further down the road ahead of Pangmo). We then treated ourselves to a hot cup of tea and stuffed Tibetan bread each (which though being cold, tastes exactly like a pizza), glued to the views around us.

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One of the numerous hair-pins/switch-backs on the road to Kibber; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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A Bharal (Himalayan Blue Sheep) pair; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Female Bharal (Himalayan Blue Sheep); Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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What a setting for lunch!!! ; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Kibber – What a settlement at 4270 m above sea level; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Kibber village with a slight glimpse of Chicham village in the background; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Majestic evening at Kibber; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Snow covered Chicham village seen on the way back from Kibber; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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