Home to Everest and the tough Gurkhas, Nepal boasts the most spectacular Himalayan views and treks. Kathmandu, chaotic, home to numerous palaces and temples, lies at the junction of two trade routes. A flight round the Everest is one of the highlights of the trip. The city is full of surprises and captivates all who visit. But Everest is not the only peak as nearby Pokhara, on the shore of the Phewa Lake, acts as the gateway to the Annapurna range.