General Pokharel joined Nepali Army in 1982 and served in uniform for more than 36 years. He has done various professional courses from Nepal, India, Bangladesh and USA importantly Senior Command Course from Army War College, India, Army Staff Course from Bangladesh, and Army War College from, USA. He also participated in Advance Security Cooperation Course from USA, Executive Program in Defense Decision Making from USA and in several Workshops & Seminars at home and abroad.
His notable appointments include Director Public Relations and Spokesperson of Nepali Army, Director General of Military Intelligence, Commandant Army Command & Staff College and the General Officer Commanding, Western Division Pokhara. Presently he is the member of Nepali Army Welfare Fund Management Committee and Colonel Commandant of Ranabhim Battalion.
He has a wide range of experience in UN Peacekeeping Missions (Lebanon, Former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leon, and Georgia). He holds Master in Strategic Studies from Army War College, USA, Master in Defense Studies from National University, Bangladesh, and Diploma in Defense Management from Indore University, India.