The Untouched Twin-Summit of Machhapuchare, Nepal

The first view of the Machhapuchare is generally from Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna circuit, famous for its trails.

At just 6993m, Machhapuchare commands tremendous vertical relief in a short horizontal distance as it is positioned in particular low terrain that lies south of Annapurna. This, combined with its steep, pointed profile, make it a particularly striking peak, despite a lower elevation than some of its  neighbours.

Depending upon which angle one looks at, it appears as a steep pinnacle from Pokhara. Once you move out of Pokhara towards the north west into the Ghandruk valley, one sees its amazing twin summit which gives it its name “Machhapuchare”. translates as Fish tail.

Watch a short video on our trip to Ghandruk.

Officially, Machhapuchare has never been summited, making its ethereal heights one of the least-visited places on Earth. Machhapuchare’s peak has remained isolated and pristine. With other mountains becoming increasingly covered in trash, the climbing ban means Machhapuchare will remain one of the last places on Earth truly beyond our reach.

Do checkout another video of the sunrise with clear skies from Ghandruk.

For information(wiki) :

The Annapurna massif contains six prominent peaks over 7,200 m (23,620 ft) elevation:

Annapurna I (Main) 8,091 m (26,545 ft) Ranked 10th
Annapurna II 7,937 m (26,040 ft) Ranked 16th
Annapurna III 7,555 m (24,786 ft) Ranked 42nd
Annapurna IV 7,525 m (24,688 ft) 
Gangapurna 7,455 m (24,457 ft) Ranked 59th
Annapurna South 7,219 m (23,684 ft) Ranked 101st

Less prominent and other peaks in the Annapurna Himal include:

Annapurna I Central 8,051 m (26,414 ft)
Annapurna I East 8,010 m (26,280 ft)
Annapurna Fang 7,647 m (25,089 ft)
Khangsar Kang 7,485 m (24,557 ft)
Tarke Kang 7,202 m (23,629 ft)
Lachenal Peak 7,140 m (23,425 ft)
Tilicho Peak 7,135 m (23,409 ft)
Nilgiri Himal North 7,061 m (23,166 ft), Central 6,940 m (22,769 ft) and South 6,839 m (22,438 ft)
Machhapuchare 6,993 m (22,943 ft)
Hiunchuli 6,441 m (21,132 ft)
Gandharba Chuli 6,248 m (20,499 ft)

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