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Sarangkot offers you breath taking panoramic views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Situated very close to Pokhara town, it is a semi developed village located on a hill top. It is a two hour walk up the staircase, or you can do most of the way up by Taxi. In any case its going to be a hard climb up the stairs to get to the hill top. Do leave early in the morning while it is still dark if you want to catch the sunrise. Later in the day the clouds are going to gather around the mountains and there wont be much of a view left.
We reached the view point well before sunrise although it was a hard climb. The mountains however glowed in the before dawn sky light. This is a view of Pokhara town and Phewa lake.
Machhapuchhre catching the first rays of the sun. The Annapurnas are the first to catch the rays of the sun as they are taller.
Sarangkot has great views in all directions. Pokhara and Phewa lake are to the south. The grand Annapurna panorama is to the north and rolling hills to the east. To the west is a distant view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). The mountains you can spot from here are Annapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091 m.), and the most beautiful Mt. Machhapuchhre.
Machhapuchhre, which means Fishtail in Nepali, stands beautifully in the distance. Climbing Machhapuchhre is not permitted and it is has never been climbed. This mountain is revered by the Nepalis. Although is not quite 7000m in elevation it is certainly one of the most beautiful looking in form and shape.
Pokhara town and Phewa lake in the valley below. The little white spot on the hill top in the distance is the World Peace Pagoda. Alternatively you can get just about the same views from the World Peace Pagoda site as well although Sarangkot is much closer to the mountains.
If you havent had enough of this view you can trek around the Annapurna Mountains which would take about 18 days to make one full circle. The Annapurna circuit trek is supposedly one of the best treks that you can do in Nepal. The trek goes counter-clockwise and reaches its summit in Thorung La (pass) at the height of 5416m, or more than 16,000 feet. The route goes past the following mountains: Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri; passing through the world's deepest gorge between those two 8,000-plus meter peaks. Towards the end of the trek Poon Hill affords fantastic panoramic of South Annapurna and Macchupucchre. The trek also goes through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites, most notably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus.