Archeologists, risking their lives, are trying to unravel the mystery of the cave city in Nepal

Archeologists, risking their lives, are trying to unravel the mystery of the cave city in Nepal

August 28, 2013

Hidden in the Himalayas at a height of 50 meters from the ground, artificial caves are one of the greatest archaeological secrets in the world that scientists are trying to unravel to this day.
Thousands of holes are carved in a fragile sand-colored rock. This rock is located in a gorge that is so large that it overshadows the world famous Grand Canyon. A huge number of grottoes were dug into the rock thousands of years ago, but who built this cave city and why still remains a mystery. It is also still unknown how people climbed into them - the ridge of caves is located at an altitude of almost 50 meters above the ground.

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Ten thousand of these mysterious man-made caves were discovered in the former kingdom of Mustang, located in the northern part of modern Nepal. Those who have seen these caves say that because of them, the rock resembles a giant sand castle.

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Photographer and adventure lover Corey Richards joined mountaineer Pete Atans, archeologist Mark Aldenderfer and a team of researchers to find hidden relics of the ancients in mysterious caves.

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“I worked in a Nepalese village called Forte, where Pete was preparing a group of climbers for climbing Everest. Then he suggested that I take part in exploring the cave city,” Richards says.

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The photographer admits that one of the reasons why he agreed to take part in the expedition was Atans’s eloquence.

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“Pete started telling me about the place where we had to go. The words he used shocked my imagination and I realized that I should see this place with my own eyes,” says Richards.

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However, having reached the place, the picture that appeared to his eyes was much more impressive than he could have imagined.

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Climbing to the caves was not easy. The rock was unstable and team members were in constant danger. The ascent into the caves was so difficult and dangerous that the unbalanced Richards fell and broke his back. During the next ascent, the videographer Lincoln was hit by a falling stone that pierced his skull. However, both fully recovered.

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  • Archeologists, risking their lives, are trying to unravel the mystery of the cave city in Nepal

    Archeologists, risking their lives, are trying to unravel the mystery of the cave city in Nepal

    Archeologists, risking their lives, are trying to unravel the mystery of the cave city in Nepal

    Archeologists, risking their lives, are trying to unravel the mystery of the cave city in Nepal

    Archeologists, risking their lives, are trying to unravel the mystery of the cave city in Nepal

    Archeologists, risking their lives, are trying to unravel the mystery of the cave city in Nepal

    Archeologists, risking their lives, are trying to unravel the mystery of the cave city in Nepal

    Archeologists, risking their lives, are trying to unravel the mystery of the cave city in Nepal

    Archeologists, risking their lives, are trying to unravel the mystery of the cave city in Nepal

    Archeologists, risking their lives, are trying to unravel the mystery of the cave city in Nepal

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