One of the most well-known treks in Nepal, the Round Annapurna Trek, encompasses the whole Annapurna Massif. The journey begins in the village of Dharapani, about seven and a half hours' drive from Kathmandu. From there, hikers cross the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters, travel through the Marshyangdi River Valley, and then make their way via the Kali Gandaki River Valley to reach Pokhara. The hike is rated as moderate to difficult, so you should be in good physical shape before setting out on it.
The trail passes through a variety of environments, from lush woods to barren high-altitude deserts to rural communities. You will visit villages and meet locals of several different ethnic groups, including the Gurung and the Thakali, where you can see their traditions and customs. Annapurna I, the world's tenth-highest peak, and Dhaulagiri, the eighth-highest, can both be seen during the trek.
There is a wide variety of places to stay, which range from simple teahouses to luxurious lodges, as well as many places to eat and drink. The Round Annapurna Trek is best done during the months of September and November, or March and May, when the weather is typically clear and stable.