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The Himalayas form the highest, sheerest rise from subtropical base to icy peaks of any mountain range on earth, and nowhere is the contrast more marked than at POKHARA (Pok-hur-ra). Spreading down a lush valley to the lakeshore, on clear days it boasts a nearly unobstructed view of the 8000m-plus Annapurna and Manaslu ranges, just 25km to the north. Dominating the skyline, in beauty if not in height, is the double-finned 6997m summit of Machhapuchhre ("Fish-Tailed") -- so named for its twin-peaked summit, though only one is visible from Pokhara. Nepal's main resort area lolls beside Phewa Tal …
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