Mountains

on undefined yearns…

Moraine filled mountains near Pangarchulla (~4,400 mts), Uttarakhand, India

the sense of expansiveness brings about a longing… a desire to partake in all but not knowing what in… one yearns for a past built upon the corrected plinths of the present… the mountain becomes more a curtain than a barrier, never refusing a passage but strongly suggestive of moving on… 

snowy mountains surrounding Brahmatal, Uttarakhand, India
Trekking towards Brahmatal (~3,100 mts), Uttarakhand

the elements become a tad too disintegrated in such large dimensions… sun, wind, hail… snow, moraine, scree… thousands of everything congregating in their own spacious shelves or filling every nook and cranny… crouching, whispering, babbling… animism starts making some sense as the mist rolls… the snow breathes in and draws the pedestrian with it, repudiating any notion of an easy thoroughfare… the ice simply cracks up at that thought…

near the top, life begins as it ends, the two ends rather indistinguishable… violent avalanches laying the foundations for a fragrant spring… unremitting flows of water sculpting stones, and posterity… landslides surgically scarring the landscape to heal, wiping away some silent angsts… thunderstorms coercing adrenaline out of withering dispositions… dew of the night refrigerating life for the dawn to defrost… 

Scree filled mountains near Khandedhar, Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh, India
Camping near Khandedhar (~4,000 mts), Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh

there are anecdotes at every stumble and heartaches at every slip… and in that exasperation of hindered mobility one comes across seeds of the sanguine, the ephemeral hope in the harsh… the sense of timeliness gives way to the sense of time… the constructs of mortality agree to disagree with the nonchalance of transience… and one stumbles across that perfect campsite to reminiscence upon the remains of the day…

View of high mountains from the summit of Stok Kangri (~6,100 mts), Ladakh, J&K, India
View from the summit of Stok Kangri (~6,100 mts), Ladakh, J&K

maybe that is why the big mountains intoxicate… like the sea, they embosom memories, pain, joy and aspirations… unlike the sea, their horizons do not lead to infinity but a little underneath… distant enough to overwhelm yet near enough to tantalize… hence one trudges forth, to deposit the departed at a height, for them to percolate into the future through these hallowed grounds…

Descending the icy mountains from Thamsar Pass (~4,800 mts) towards Bada Bhangal, Dhauladhar Ranges, Himachal Pradesh, India
Descending from Thamsar Pass (~4,800 mts) towards Bada Bhangal, Dhauladhar Ranges, Himachal Pradesh

ruminating on mountains… treks across Himalaya…

Author: Parth Joshi

Allured by the outdoors, the author is made up in parts of that quintessential lost soul wreathing under the pangs of biophilia in a desk job, a wannabe elegist mostly ending up in dungeons of poetasters and an optimist waiting for the senility of the modern world to fade away while sampling shoots and leaves. In saner times, he has a keen interest in areas pertaining to tourism, history, agriculture and climate change, especially with respect to historical interpretations, emerging technologies and future livelihoods. An avid trekker, runner, cyclist, birder and photographer, he is more often than not found gloating over anything hinterland, on foot or over computer monitors, and fantasizing solutions that can foster inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods for communities at the grassroots.

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