Pokhara valley (200 km. mid-west of Kathmandu - approx. 7 hrs. drive/ 30 minutes by flight) occupies the most central location in Nepal and is dominated by the Annapurna Himal. Its unique setting may be judged from the fact that the town of Pokhara (900 m) on a tropical plain is only 50 Km. from Annapurna I (8091 m). From the summit of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail - 6697 m) that crowns the valley, there is a loss of 6000 meter in altitude within a short distance of 29 km. Thus the region provides a dramatic contrast in a landscape. A 70 Km. long wall of snow and ice with numerous peaks defines the northern horizon. The prominent peaks from east to west are Annapurna south (7219 m.), Varaha Shikhar (Fang 7647 m.), Annapurna I (8091 m.), Kangsar Kang (Rock Noir - 7454 m.),Tarke Kang (Glacier Dome 7193 m.), Gangapurna (7455 m.), Annapurna III (7555 m.), Machhapuchhre (6997 m.), Annapurna IV (7525 m.), Annapurna II (7937 m.) and Lamjung Himal (6983 m.). In addition is visible Dhaulagiri to the Northwest and Manaslu-Himalchuli peaks to the north-east. Pokhara valley drained by the Seti River is also studded with numerous lakes. Phewa Lake at the western end and Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake to the east are prominent ones. The valley floor is made-up of tremendous thickness of gravel cut into intricate terraces and deep canyons by the rivers.
Similar to the contrast between the level plain and rugged hills, there are variations in culture pattern. These tropical plain and low hills are the home of Hindu population while in the temperate highlands inhabits the tribal Gurungs. Above the highest villages at 1900 meter extend extensive temperate forests and alpine pastures further beyond.
The prevailing climate is humid sub-tropical with a heavy rain during the summer, spring, autumn and winter are ideal seasons for visiting and trekking around Pokhara valley.