Machhapuchhare has never been climbed to its summit. For the Nepalese people the mountain is a holy mountain, and therefore off limits to climbing. Machhapuchhare is particularly sacred to the god Shiva.
Nepalese children fly a kite from a hill in the fields surrounding the Khokana village near Kathmandu. According to Hindu mythology, Nepalese start flying kites after rains have stopped to celebrate the end of the monsoon season.