The Mystical Fishtail Mountain
The Fishtail Mountain commonly known as Machhapuchhre is one of the most beautiful peaks of Nepal. The second highest peak in the Annapurna Himalayan Range got its name from its top that resembles the tail of a fish.
Standing proudly at the height of 6,993m, some 25 km north of Pokhara, it is considered sacred by the locals bonding it with Lord Shiva. Hence, the climb is restricted here and one can only wish to climb its summit. The beautiful peak covered in thick snow blanket is a mystical sight to see.
It lies across the Modi Khola in Pokhara that is only about 28 kilometers from Phewa Lake. One of the most photogenic mountains in the world, the mystical Fishtail Mountain is an unforgettable sight when touched by the early morning rays of the rising sun.
It is said that the only attempt made to climb the summit was in 1957 by a British team under the leadership of Jimmy Roberts. The climbers Wilfrid and A.D.M. Cox climbed up to 50 m of the summit via north ridge but did not go to the top as they had promised not to set foot on the actual summit. The mountain has been declared sacred since then and the climb is restricted.