THE DAY I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MOUNTAINS - MY FIRST AVALANCHE

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Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018 · 5 min read

I have loved mountains from my very childhood but my mountain love became prominent that day, the second day of my trip to a village called siklesh, Kaski, Pokhara. The day when I decided I would live for these mountain trips and I have to say, I still do today(This might just be too deep but these things happen when you write a post with Indie Folk playlist in the background LOL). And every long holidays since then, I have tried to fulfill my mountain dreams.


Today I woke up with this feeling of being remembered by someone and the call was nothing but my mountains remembering me - as they say

“The Mountains are Calling and I Must Go”

So I decided why not forget the “Work Sleep Repeat” schedule I have been following for these past two months(this full time working certainly is a new experience for me and I am earning for myself now but something was missing this morning). And I decided to respond to my mountain calls by revisiting this trip, I made about 6 years ago with my parents, through this post.

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I have this philosophy that I should not miss out on my opportunity of travel, I readily go out with my parents too(which most of the youth despise these days) and you will be surprised to know that I have also gone out on religious India travel with all other fellow travelers about 20 years older than me. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t go out with friends too LOL. I am planning to go solo too someday but it can get too risky sometimes.

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The visit to the Siklesh started late that evening when we reached this place all gloomy and dark. Now that I rethink and visit these photos, I can see that the first day’s landscape was something worth remembering too. But for younger me, they weren’t as special as they are for me today.

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The little Siklesh village is wealthier than other villages we have around here. They even have their own electricity and they are mostly inhabited by gorkha armies(rich ones). I was surprised to see this and the place was very clean and beautiful too. But I had no expectations for what I would see the next day.

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The village


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THE NEXT DAY

I woke up the next day and started shooting some photos because I had recently got a new compact camera and was amazed by its amazing features. It was a long zoom one and it also had inbuilt features like HDR, automatic B&Ws. And I have to say I was a huge HDR freak back then.

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I was pretty unknown about the scene on my back side. So I tried shooting some landscapes with the village in the foreground.

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And then my mother shouted “Hey have you seen the mountains” and I was like “Woah!”. But I had seen them closer before.

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But then we were told that we would see them very close if we hiked for about 45 minutes and so we decided to do so. We started our short hike and I got busy taking shots as I was already too fast than my old ones.

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The wheat field

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Trying out the B&W feature of this newly bought one.

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And it also had this long exposure feature. So I tried making this harmless buffalo a fearful one.(Foolish little cave!)

But the mountains were getting closer and closer and after about 15 min walk it was closer than any mountains I had even seen.

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After about 5 mins

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After about 10 mins

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After about 15 mins
Little cave’s obsession with HDR LOL

I thought it wouldn’t get any closer but I was even more surprised while taking every other step and my love for the mountains was growing fiercer and fiercer.

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The next step

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Even more surprising on the next step

And then we finally reached the spot and we sat down. Sometimes we were sleeping amidst the beauty and sometimes jumping and shouting. It was already the best visit I have ever had and everyone making the trip.

I tried shooting a small video. Just look at it and see how beautiful it was around the place. You can see Mt.Lamjung(the large one) and also Annapurna II and IV.

But then there was a loud BOOOM! The Mt.Lamjung got all smokey and I experienced my first ever AVALANCHE!. It was so beautiful and we were the luckiest.

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The moment we heard the loud boom

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Then there was smoke everywhere

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The falling of glacier

After a while I finally remembered that I could shoot a video too!


Not a great video but you can see smokes and falling snow cap.

Not to worry the place is at the safest distance possible to view them. But you must be very lucky to witness them avalanches.

The wonderful sighting of the avalanche turned me into a hardcore mountain lover. I have made numerous trips to basecamps and other breathtaking places but the place is the most special to me.

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Btw this is little cave back then :D

THE PLACE WHICH MADE THE MOUNTAINS MY DEAREST

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himalayannomad
... @himalayannomadDecember 2018

Now, I can understand why you feel like living a nomadic life :D Nice post. I loved the pictures, specially the falling glacier. It definitely needs to be reviewed by @csquared ! Thanks for sharing :)


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

Thanks man. Loved the encouragement!
I think my cave-man alias roots from this too.


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Great story, thanks @cave-man.
You could really compliment your mountain love by learning paragliding...


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

Thanks man!
Great idea. I am yet to go on a paragliding yet let alone learn it haha.


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It's quite easy to learn paragliding; judging weather conditions is the harder part.
It is also highly addicitve....


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

Do you know how to? I am feeling that you already do :D


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yes; started 5 years ago, never stopped...
sometimes I am getting deperessed after too many days on the ground...


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

thanks for sharing captn. I might make this hobby my own someday soon!


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roxy-cat
Roxy-cat @roxy-catDecember 2018

Wow! Amazing post. I knew you love mountains but I had no idea how deep is your love. 🙂
I like all the photos (even the "not so scary buffalo" one) but those capturing the avalanche are simply amazing. And the wheat with its green...
Congratulations for this post! You really made me miss my home and the white peaks.
Btw, paragliding is super cool. You should try it as @captainklaus suggested. 🙂


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

Don't tell me you can paraglide too!
See my love is deep 😹
I know how you miss your home and mountains all the time! Glad I could help too


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roxy-cat
Roxy-cat @roxy-catDecember 2018

I did it before having my kids. Not professional level but it's still fun. Seeing the snowy peaks and the trees from above is something I cannot describe....orgasmic.
Thank you for these cool photos, they went straight to my heart. 🙂


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

So you mean like single glide without anyone to guide and you had your own glide too? If so I am going to love you more LOL.
And about that wallpaper thing, I totally forgot about it but now that I remember I will make it sure.


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roxy-cat
Roxy-cat @roxy-catDecember 2018

I had first sessions with an instructor then gliding alone. I never owned a paragliding kit (it's kind of expensive). Besides, my former highschool colleagues do have the gear, I just have to ask. 🙂
So I suppose you won't love me more since I don't have a gliding set? 😂
I knew you forgot about my wallpaper but I didn't. This is something you didn't know about me, my love. I have a bloody good memory. 🙂


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I went paragliding here it was amazing you should give it a go!! Or have you done it?


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

I have done zip flying but paragliding no.
It would be great if I could own my glide too!
Thanks for sharing this!


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Yes check it out mate it was so fun on over the lake the drive up there was crazy too lol


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

So you are talking about the phewa lakeside paragliding from the hills. Lovely mate lovely!


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moncia90
moncia90 @moncia90December 2018

Wonderful Landscapes!!!
The photos about the mountains are amazing!
Congratulations!!!
Steem on!


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

Thank you so much!
Steem on and keep on encouraging!


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Mountains are addicting @cave-man, you see one and the curiosity sends us higher and higher to check how it looks like. I loved seeing your enthusiasm, just be careful out there, don't let the bug of climbing bites you.


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

I love to go near to them but climbing is a different thing! I don't think I have much energy for it.
Thanks for caring about me and also for the curation.
Love and blessings


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

Thank you so much!


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It is so hard not to love mountains, their view and that surrounding them especially when viewed from the top reveals so much beauty about life. Plus it is always refreshing being there.

I feel that it does take just one great experience to have us astonished and feel connected to a particular thing about life. You being there that day was absolutely no coincidence. You must have been really thrilled and wowed seeing that happen right before your eyes. I would love to have that experience some day!

Hope you respond to the mountain's call by going to the mountains very soon. Maybe after the holidays?


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

Yea soon! I will have to!
Thank you. The enthralling moment to watch and that loud blast was feirce too!


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Wow! I will really love to witness that.


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porters
porters @portersDecember 2018

I have a love for the mountains too, making many visits to the Rocky Mountains here in Canada.
But alas I wasn't much into photography then.
Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful Mountain scenes and taking us into your experience of the avalanche!
I can totally see how this could create a life long love of the mountains!
Awesome photography and it's great to see different parts of the world!


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

I kind of got lost some years after that partly because my then camera got damaged. But now that I am into writing and posting I don't miss out shooting the lovely moments even if I don't have my camera with me(HDR on phone helps a lot too to get the dynamic range)
Thank you!
The moment was truly unreal!


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porters
porters @portersDecember 2018

Great that you have your camera or phone with you to capture all those moments! I'll be waiting to see what you capture next!


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

Thanks lovely one!


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blacklux
Luz... @blackluxDecember 2018

Oooh! Love this!


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cave-man
Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

Thanks ma. And your profile pic is just lovely too haha.


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