There is no other place in the world where you can sit below 1,000m and marvel at 8,000m peaks. Machhapuchhre (Nepali for ‘Fishtail’) is the most prominent peak in the Annapurnas due to its unique shape and it being only 30kms from Pokhara. Fishtail is also regarded as a holy mountain and as such it is forbidden to be climbed. Three of the world top 10 highest mountains, Dhaulagiri I (7th), Manaslu (8th) and Annapurna I (10th) can be seen from various parts of the Pokhara Valley and its surrounding hills, such as Sarangkot, Ananda Hill (World Peace Pagoda), Kaskikot, and the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara.
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Pokhara is the starting/end point for the popular Annapurna circuit trek. It’s also a great place to explore the Mustang region and several other popular trekking areas. Pokhara’s Lake, Phewa Tal, supplies the electricty that keeps most of the city running. If you are not looking for adventurous activities then Pokhara also offers some of the most scenic locations in all of Nepal to relax in. From sitting by the still lake reflecting the Annapurna mountains to visiting cultural villages there’s plenty to enjoy.