Annapurna Base Camp vs Everest Base Camp Trek
Nepal, a small landlocked country is a home to hundreds of Mountain Peaks, rivers, lakes, temples and many more. It is the way Nepal is called as the Land of Himalayas. Apart from this, Nepal is a multicultural, multi-lingual, multi-religion country. Thus, Visiting Nepal would be the best’s choice if you love to travel and explore new places. Nepal consists of many popular mountain peaks that are even listed in UNESCO world heritage sites. People from all around the world come to visit Nepal to see its true natural beauty. It consists of great Himalayan trails. Not only is this, the trail routes expanding from east to the west the most venture trekking route that every travel enthusiast would love to travel.
While listing out the name of the popular trekking destination, there comes many. Despite the difficulty to list out the best destination among hundreds of destination, Everest region, and Annapurna region falls into first and second positions. Your Nepal visit may not be counted as completed if you do not visit one of the above-mentioned regions. Every year, especially around spring and autumn season, the trails along this region are all filled with trekkers. If you are a real trekker and travel geek, I am sure that your trekking destination can be full filled by visiting Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp trek , and Everest Base Camp.
These two destinations are always on the top of the bucket list of enthusiastic travelers. But determining which of the two treks is the better one is a challenging task. Commonly, People are still confused as to which of these treks is better. Both of this trekking destination is unique in its way and depicts a special feature that surely melts your heart. The beautiful, marvelous and dazzling mountain is the pride of the country. To shortlist, the praiseworthy highlight of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is its hospitality environment offered by local people, clean and comfortable lodges/hotels, and pristine environment.
Many travelers, hikers, and trekkers make a trip to Nepal to visit Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp trekking both are undoubtedly the bests travel destination due to its overwhelming scenic beauty. You will have a dynamic flavor of nature visiting both of these places.
The tough question, if you had to choose one of the trekking destination, Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp trek, which one would you go for? The answer to this question is super complicated. This article will make a clear distinction between the two regions. Doing so would clear you for your choice based on your comfort and time duration.
Comparing the Everest Base Camp Vs Annapurna Base Camp includes lots of natural, environmental factors, other considerations. Many travel experts who possess lots of experience compare these trek based on the best time to trek, trip highlights, level of difficulty of the trek, trekking trail, weather and environmental condition of these regions, the total duration of the trek and other considerations. Choosing the best trek destination includes all those above-mentioned factors that make your wise decision.
Let us point out the special features of Annapurna Base Camp vs Everest Base Camp Trek: ‘which is the best or better?’
“Which trek to choose for your upcoming trekking on Visit Nepal 2020?”
This article will try to solve the most common queries among trekking enthusiasts and travelers.
I know that it is hard to go ahead and start comparing the Annapurna Base Camp trek with Everest Base Camp trek. Since they are both dynamic in their ways. And both of them have similarities but at the same time some contrasting features.
Firstly, both of these treks are extraordinarily amazing. So if you have lots of holidays then going on both treks would be of real pleasure. But if you are planning of choosing only one trek then this article would help for deciding for your best trek.
Here are some of the insights on both of these topics for an easy and wise decision.
Here is a guide to the Annapurna vs. Everest Base Camp trek.
Trip Highlights of the Everest Base Camp
- World’s highest airport in Syanboche and ancient monastery in Tengboche.
- Exploring Sherpa culture, getting insights into their lifestyles and monasteries
- Grabbing stunning Beauty of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m)
- Sightseeing Other peaks Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m) and Cho Yu (8,201m)
- Experiencing a wide range of Flora and Fauna along the trail route
- View of the stunning Khumbu Glacier
- You will observe the Wildlife like snow leopards, musk deer, and Himalayan Monal
- Incredibly Panoramic view of mountains from Kala Pathar (5,555m)
- Lying on the Lap of the world’s highest Mt. Everest (8,848 m) is a real pleasure
Trip Highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp
- Observe the best fascinating views of various huge peaks such as Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri and many more from the ABC.
- Enjoy Natural Hot springs (Tatopani)
- Observe the viewpoint for sunset and sunrise, Picturesque area for photographs
- Smooth, great landing within beautiful Annapurna Sanctuary and at base camp above 4,130 m high
- Explore Traditional and cultural villages
- Eye-catching views of the snow-capped mountains against the skyline
- Stunning Views of Machhapuchhre and Himchuli is fascinating.
- Rolling green hills and Scenic Helicopter Tour will give eye-catching views.
- Lying on the Lap of the world’s tenth highest Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m).
- Walking around the picturesque and dramatic scenery of valley and hills dotted with farm villages looks spectacular.
Weather and Best Time to Visit EBC and ABC
Both Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp lie in the Himalayan region, so the temperatures of this region can go below 0 degrees in winter. These places can be extremely cold in the winter season. Annapurna base camp lies at an altitude of 4130 meters whereas Everest Base Camp lies at an altitude of 5380 meters. Comparatively, Everest Base Camp could be colder than Annapurna Base Camp on any given day. While both of these seasons have similar characteristics season-wise. They have four seasons, Summer, Winter, Autumn, and Spring. Among them, summer seasons are marked as the hottest season.
Spring and Autumn are marked as the perfect seasons for trekking in the Himalayan region due to favorable temperatures. Likewise, the winter season is called the coldest season. In Nepal, Summer season accords with the Monsoon season. Thus, there is the chance of high rainfall making the trekking trails wetter. Sometimes, heavy rainfall may block the trail and halt the trekking for some days. Carrying a raincoat, the long boot is advisable in this season so that you be safe in the slippery road. Because places with higher altitudes receive less rainfall, EBC will comparatively receive less rainfall than that of ABC during monsoon.
Thus, EBC can be the perfect trekking destination in the summer season to avoid rainfall problems. Everest Base Camp will be coldest possessing lower temperatures than that of Annapurna Base Camp in winter. In winter the average temperature can get as low as -20 degrees Celsius in EBC while, it can go down to -8 degree in ABC. Thus, winter trekking can best fit in Annapurna Base Camp.
Besides these, Spring and Autumn are the favorable seasons to trek in both Annapurna and Everest region. However, the journey can be extra-ordinary if you have the right gear in other seasons too.
Annapurna Base Camp trek route VS Everest Base Camp Trek route
The gateway to the Anapurna Base Camp is the beautiful city, Pokhara region. You get to explore Pokhara while trekking in the Annapurna region. It is comparatively easy to trek in the Annapurna region. Pokhara can be easily reached by bus or via a short flight. After this, the Annapurna circuit trek begins from Syange or Beshisahar. ABC trek can be as short as 7 days and can be as long as 16 days. The choice is yours. You can also have a short helicopter tour in the Annapurna region. You will fly over the gaint mountain peaks Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, LamjungHimal after boarding the Helicopter.
On the other hand, the trek to Everest Base Camp starts from Lukla (2,850m/9,350 ft). You can have a short 40 mins flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Or you can also enjoy the walk from Jiri to Lukla with extraordinary landscapes. Doing so will save your expenses of the flight and let you enjoy nature. Then your trek continues from Lukla to Namche Bazaar. The major task to do there is exploring to Namche Bazar (known as the gateway to Mt. Everest) as well as the trading center of the Khumbu region. Everest helicopter tours can be another best option for those you have a short period.
Annapurna Circuit vs Everest Base Camp Trek (Price/Cost)
While talking about the cost of the ABC trekking and EBC trekking, EBC trekking can be comparatively more expensive than ABC. The high elevation may be the prompt region for this. Thus, Annapurna trekking is a bit affordable and cheaper than EBC. Also, the transportation cost of ABC is low due to its easy accessibility. Other than that the price of the Helicopter tour can be similar in both regions. And most importantly, it depends upon the season on which you are traveling.
If you are traveling in peak seasons than cost can be high. Otherwise, if you are traveling in the off-season, you will be offered with a heavy discount. Tea house cost/ lodge cost, accommodation and flight cost can be similar to both trekking destination. However, a number of days you are traveling and the number of people with whom you are traveling make a lot more difference in cost. Booking tickets earlier would be a wise idea to avoid the high cost in peak season.
However, you will get to witness the breathtaking scenario and stunning mountain vistas in both of these adventure treks for sure. And the common things both of these trekking destinations possess are the developing time. Both of them are developed since the 1960s. They both have become one of the most intriguing trekking destinations through which you can learn a lot more. Both of these have become able to attract many tourists from all over the world. Another appealing thing about this trekking destination is its warm and hospitality environment to tourists. Apart from this, both EBC trek and ABC trek are moderate trek journey. These trekking can be accomplished by those who have an average level of fitness and enough energy and zeal to travel.
We must thank the Supreme beauty of the Annapurna and Everest region. Many adventure places had made Nepal a top destination for recreational and outdoor activities. Both of these regions are easily accessible through transportation and doable. You can fulfill your travel zeal, by traveling in the most venture places of Nepal. Thus, get out of your comfort zone and explore the whole world. Nepal is heartily welcoming all the visitors across the world to the peace of Land.
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