The classic 13 day long trek circling north of the Annapurna massif offers a great opportunity to discover the diversity and beauty of Nepal. We climb from the exotic valley of the Marsyandi River -where Hindu farmers cultivate their rice fields with water buffaloes- to the Buddhist highlands of Manang and Pisang, where traders from Tibetan origin live in medieval dwellings. In Braga we visit the oldest monastery of the area, probably 500 years old. On our track to the Thorung La (5 460 m) we walk through high alpine scenery while Annapurna II (7 937 m), Annapurna III (7 555 m) and Gangapurna (7 454 m) tower above us. After conquering the Thorong La, situated at 5 416 m, we have a splendid view over the Kali Gandaki canyon. We head to the pilgrimage place Muktinath and descend to Kagbeni, the gateway to Mustang and finish in Jomson from where we fly to Pokhara.