Literally 'fish tail' in English, is a mountain in the Annapurna Himal of north central Nepal. It's height is about 6,993 m. It is revered by the local population as particularly sacred to the god Shiva, and hence is off limits to climbing.Due to its southern position in the range, and the particularly low terrain that lies south of the Annapurna Himal, Machhapuchchhre commands tremendous vertical relief in a short horizontal distance. This, combined with its steep, pointed profile, make it a particularly striking peak, despite a lower elevation than some of its neighbors.