The picturesque town of Pokhara is the gateway to the magnificent Annapurna Range which consists of five mountains over 7200m including Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world and Machhapuchare which despite falling short of 7000m, is one of the most extraordinary mountains due to its unique ‘fishtail’ peak. The Annapurna Region is the most popular place for trekking in Nepal, due to its incredibly diverse landscape; giant snow capped mountains, beautiful rhododendron forests, terraced hillsides and rice paddies. The lookout point at Poon Hill reveals one of the most spectacular panoramas of the high Himalayas in Nepal; a sea of peaks line the horizon.
The scenery is spectacular as one is dwarfed by the towering peaks above. Treks begin out of Pokhara, a valley 200 km west of Kathmandu. Ascending out of Pokhara's township, the trail first follows rice paddies, tropical oak forest, then moves upwards into rhododendron and fir forest before reaching the treeless landscape of the high mountains.
It passes through the homeland of the famous Gorkha soldiers, and their pleasant little hamlet surrounded by neatly terraced fields with groves of banana and bamboo, then
through fern and orchid huge forests, all the time with magnificent views of the approaching Annapurna mountain.