Everest Base Camp Trek vs Annapurna Base Camp Trek

There are many famous trekking destinations in Nepal. Among many, Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp is the most preferred trekking destinations. Both of these trekking destinations are most walked trekking terrains in the world.

People often get confused about choosing a better trek between Everest base camp trek and Annapurna base camp trek. They both offer incredible views of the highest mountain ranges and spectacular classic sense of adventure. It’s really difficult to select between these two treks, for people who are sitting with this dilemma we have made it easy.

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most beautiful and most walked trekking routes in the world. The trekking trails of the Annapurna region offers you unforgettable spectacular close views of the Annapurna Himalayan range.

You will encounter many glimpses of the diverse natural beauty of the Annapurna region throughout your journey to Annapurna base camp. You may fall in love with the most unique terrains through the subtropical and alpine landscape which passes via many small village settlements.

ABC trek takes us through the wilderness of rice paddy fields and soaring rivers passing through many small ethnic group settlements along the way.

Other major highlights of this trek are the closeup views of Mt. Annapurna 8091m, Mt. Machapuchare 6993m and Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m.

It’s not necessary to carry camping gear while trekking Annapurna Base Camp. You will have your rest at tea houses which are attached along the trail.

Everest Base Camp Trek Overview

Everest base camp trek is the biggest dream for most of the trekkers around the world. It has always been on top of the adventure list among trekkers and travel enthusiasts alike.

Your trekking journey begins after a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. Trekking route starts from the traditional village of Namche Bazaar, leading towards Tengboche 3870m.

Tengboche monastery is an amazing place that you need to explore and enjoy during your trek. The preserved culture and Buddhist practices in the ancient monastery can be a very unique experience.

Then your path leads towards Dingboche 4360m, and Lobuche 4940m. You pass via many suspension bridges and witness prayer flags and prayer wheels in the gompas in your trail.

Other important highlight that needs to be mention about EBC trek is its most mesmerizing viewpoint at Kala Patthar 5545m. It is also the highest elevation you reach during your Everest Base Camp trek.

Here are a few things to consider if you’re having a hard time choosing between these two treks.

Accessibility

Everest Region Accessibility

The gateway to the Everest (Khumbu) region is Lukla. To reach Lukla you should take a short flight from Kathmandu, and flights to lukla go multiple times in a day. The aeroplanes that fly to Lukla are small, and flights get disrupted often by poor weather conditions.

The only alternative option to not fly Lukla is to trek the “pioneers’ route”, it was the route that the early Everest climbing expeditions used in the mid-twentieth century. Walking towards Lukla adds about a week onto any trek in the Everest region. After two days of walking from Lukla, you reach the bustling sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. You cannot find any vehicular roads in this area.

Annapurna Region Accessibility

The Annapurna Himalayan region is accessible from Pokhara, you can reach Pokhara after a short flight or 6-8 hour bus ride from Kathmandu. Many standard trekking itineraries in the Annapurna region starts just an hour’s drive from Pokhara.

Roads have been constructed more extensively in the Annapurna region in the past few years. New roads have made terrains very easier but many hardcore trekkers have lamented this, saying that it has spoiled the atmosphere. One thing to be understood is more roads means greater accessibility.

Accommodation options in Everest & Annapurna region

Everest Trekking Accommodation

It is not difficult to find good accommodation facilities in the Everest region. If you want hot showers and a beautifully decorated room it is very much possible in Everest region. You can find very comfortable lodges in Everest region. It may cost you more than a budget room which normally include twin bedrooms.

You can find several tea houses and lodges between the trail. Finding the budget accommodation facilities with sharing twin rooms is not very difficult here. One thing to remember is guest houses get very busy in peak season. Pre-booking is very important for safe accommodation facilities.

Annapurna Trekking Accommodation

The Annapurna region offers good accommodation, but of course, these facilities range from expensive to more comfortable budget. Annapurna region has classic Nepali tea houses and lodges and guest houses where you can get a room. Another beautiful attraction of the Annapurna region area is the homestay networks. If you’re someone who wants to get a taste of rural Nepali life by staying in a home with a separate guest room, then this is possible in the Annapurna region.

Cultural Aspects in Everest and Annapurna

Everest Region Culture

The Khumbu region is mainly Sherpa territory. People of these regions aren’t just the guide/porter in the profession but they are also very famous around the world due to their unique culture.

Sherpas are ethnically Tibetan, migrated over the mountains before few centuries. They also speak a language similar to Tibetan and practice Tibetan Buddhism or Bon culture. You can spot sherpa and Tibetan Buddhist culture everywhere throughout the region.

The Everest region has a huge cultural background for many centuries. It is very much profound with spiritual sense and beauty. Colorfully painted prayer wheels; exquisite monasteries; people clothed in their traditional dress shows their indiscriminate sense towards the culture. You will pass via enormous prayer stones etched with Buddhist scriptures which look magnificently beautiful.

When you’re in Namche Bazaar it’s a good idea to spend some time exploring the remarkable Sherpa cultural sites around Namche, such as the Khangba Ngingba house, the oldest traditional Sherpa home.

Annapurna Region Culture

The Annapurna region has a more ethnically diverse culture than the Everest region. In a sense, many ethnic groups live in this region, Gurung, Thakali and Manangba people are most common here.

You will find different diverse cultures that represent their unique styles along different routes in the Annapurna region. Many cultures of the Annapurna region are not distinctive as Sherpa culture, but it has its own significance. You can witness fascinating dress and architectural styles in this region. You can get magnificent trans-Himalayan culture insights.

Mountains you will see in Everest and Annapurna Trekking

Mountains you will see during Everest Trek

Mount Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Ama Dablam (6812 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m)

Mountains you will see during Annapurnas Trek

Machhapuchhre (6993 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Gangapurna (7,455mtr)

Altitude sickness and Acclimatization

Everest Base Camp

Everest is very famous for its and unique heights. Since it is the base camp of the highest peak in the world EBC trek, it will take you through some high passes which ascend 5380 meter above the sea level. Since you need to walk in the high altitudes you need proper acclimatization. Trekkers usually use Namche bazaar as the location for acclimatization.

The chances of altitude sickness are very high at EBC. Before you start your trek it’s better if you prepare yourself physically. Since the altitude is above 5,000 meter you have to be mentally prepared. Make sure you have medicine that can be used in case of emergency. As you ascend further up in higher altitudes you should not rush. It is best to rest periodically for better acclimatization.

Annapurna Base Camp

Comparatively Annapurna Base camp nestles 1000 meters below the EBC, the highest elevation of Annapurna Base Camp still reaches up to 4,130 meters during your trek. The chances of altitude sickness are pretty low in comparison to the EBC trek.

As you ascend higher you should take care of your pace, it’s better if you walk slowly. After you pass Deurali the chances of altitude sickness arises. You can lower chances of altitude chances by having enough water for hydration.

Villages you will find in your Trek

Another important thing that trekkers enjoy during their trek is the passing through villages and settlements. Village and small settlements are very unique in the Himalayan region. You can learn many things about culture and tradition while passing via villages. Both the EBC and ABC encompass several beautiful villages between the terrains which are both historic and unique.

If you choose to trek ABC trek, visiting Ghandruk village is a must. You can explore the magnificent village and learn about the existing culture and tradition. The magnificent landscapes are seen from Gandruk villages. You can find many other small villages like Bamboo(2340mt), Himalaya(2900mt).

If you’re trekking EBC exploring Namche bazaar is very fascinating. Namche bazaar is a semi-urban small town. Namche Bazaar is one of the most important trading hubs between Nepal and India. As you ascend forward in upper hills you pass via beautiful settlements in Tengboche. Many standard itinerary includes one day for tengboche monastery exploration.

Guide and potter

Everest Base Camp Trek

Guide and porter are personal choices that many trekkers have. However, hiring a guide and porter can make your trek very easy and safer.

Since your trekking above 5,000 meter, it is very important to hire a guide and porter. Ebc trek has a long itinerary and carrying your backpack and walking those steep trails may cause serious back pain. It’s better if you hire a guide for a trek.

In such high altitudes in case of an emergency, you need help or you may risk your life in danger. You do not altitude sickness or any other problem arising in trails.

Usually in the peak season traffic remains heavy which can help you but its always better to have your people.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna base camp lies in 4,130mtr which makes trekking little easy in comparison to EBC trek. However, for one’s comfort and safety, it’s always important to hire a guide and porter.

Usually, you can find your access to reach ABC on different roads. So it also depends on your trek itinerary. You can complete ABC trek in a short period as compared to EBC. If you have previous experience of a heavyweight than you can carry your stuff but remember you may get serious back pain in between.

Helicopter Return

Everest Base Camp

You can make your choice of helicopter return during your EBC trek. Sometimes you may get some physical problems or you may want to explore the aerial view of Everest region, For these possibilities, you can always hire a helicopter for your return.

You can hire a helicopter from any point like Pheriche, Kala Patthar, Gorak Shep, Lobuche,Tengboche. The aerial view of the Everest region looks more beautiful from above.

You can fly back to Lukla or Kathmandu directly or any other places like Namche bazaar.

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Annapurna Base Camp

Helicopter Return from Annapurna base camp gives you magnificent views. This option is also great if you do not have enough stamina to return on foot or have some physical illness.

It takes about 20- 25 minutes of flight from ABC camp to reach Pokhara or you can also directly land back to Kathmandu both ways are possible. The views of Annapurna Sanctuary and Mt. Dhaulagiri looks magnificent from the above.

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Crowds

Since both Everest base camp trek and Annapurna base camp trek are very famous trekking terrains it is very difficult to compare the crowds. The number of crowds also depends upon the season of trekking. Usually, EBC trek is very crowded in peak season where large groups are common. If you’re planning EBC, you can trek at the beginning of the year to avoid crowds.

You can also find heavy traffic in the Annapurna base camp during the season. You can find many general trekkers and small groups in the Annapurna region as compared to the Everest region.

Best time to visit

Everest base camp

The Everest Base Camp trek can be done anytime during the year, but you can find the weather very supportive and moderate in spring and autumn. The peak season for Everest trek is autumn.

Spring season from March to May is also very suitable for your trek in Everest base camp. The skies remain very clear to encounter clear views. The terrains start to bloom with colorful rhododendrons.

Well, trekking in Monsoons and winter is also possible in the Everest region with good preparation but you may face many obstacles in the terrain due to weather conditions.

Trekking Annapurna base camp is also possible during any time of the year. But if you want to explore every beauty of the trek it’s very important to select the best season.

September, October, November and early December are very perfect for Annapurna base camp trekking. You can find heavy traffic in the terrains during this time. You can find the weather very supportive during this time of year. The views are more clear and look stunning during this time.

The other best time to trek ABC is during spring. You can also find the weather very supportive and moderate at this time. Trekking in monsoon from June to August may not be very suitable. Terrain remains very slippery during monsoon.

Difficulty

Annapurna base camp

Talking about the difficulties ABC trek is not a very difficult trek to accomplish. You will cover around 115km of distance during your Annapurna base camp trek. You walk about 6 to 7 hours usually during your trek at a moderate pace. Annapurna base camp trek can be leisure walk at the beginning but as you ascend through the steep terrains it will affect your knee a little.

Annapurna base camp is situated at an elevation of 4,130mtr which may cause altitude sickness often not always. It’s important to keep the body hydrated which lesser the chances of your altitude sickness. You pass via some steep climb terrains in the Himalayan region.

Everest base camp

The Everest region is more isolated in comparison to the Annapurna region. You cover the distance around 130km starting from Lukla. Everest base camp trek is a long trek that needs to cover 10-15km per day through very steep trails.

Base camp is situated at an elevation above 5,000mtr which can be very strenuous walk if you’re not prepared. The highest vantage point of Everest base camp is Kala Patthar which lies at the altitude of 5,545mtr. You have to take care of your altitude sickness problems. There are high chances of getting caught by altitude sickness.

Everest base camp trails are steeper as compared to Annapurna base camp, hence you may need some preparation before the trek.

Final words

Both trekkings are the best trekking option in Nepal. It depends upon you and your preferences to select. Both of them have similarities and also their uniqueness.

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