The reason why we came to Everest vs Annapurna Base Camp is that Everest Base Camp (EBC) and Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) are the two most popular trekking destinations of Nepal. It’s really confusing to choose one. Both of them are equally beautiful and mesmerizing. One takes you to the land of the world’s tallest mountain in the world, Mt Everest; whereas the other Annapurna Base Camp takes you the home of beautiful Annapurna Range and lush green forest covered with Rhododendron trees. Both of them have their own charms.
Major Highlights Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp
Everest Base Camp
- Reaching the base of the world highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest
- Panoramic view of other neighboring mountains like Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and so on
- Seeing giant majestic mountain throughout the journey
- Kala Patthar, a perfect place to see the sunrise over Everest
- Culture of Sherpa people
- Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier
- Tengboche Monastery
- Various species of plants and wildlife around Sagarmatha National Park
Annapurna Base Camp
- Breathtaking view of Mount Annapurna Range including Macchapuchre and Dhaulagiri
- Standing in the foothills of two base camps in single trek i.e. Macchapuchre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp
- Natural Hot Springs for relaxation
- Best for sunrise and sunset from Base Camp
- Magnificent Scenery and landscapes of remote places of Nepal
- Cascading Rivers, and huge waterfalls
- Traditional Villages of Gurung Community
- Diverse flora and Fauna Species of Annapurna Conservation Area
Altitude of EBC and ABC
Everest Base Camp takes you to an altitude of 5380 meters. If you go to Kala Patthar to see the different side of Mt. Everest then it takes you to the height of 5554 meters. EBC trek is high altitude trek and also the duration of trekking is quite longer than ABC’s. One needs to properly acclimatize their body before marching to EBC. Or, else chances of getting altitude sickness are high. So, before planning for your trek, kindly consult your travel agency about your health and check whether the itinerary includes enough days for acclimatization or not.
Annapurna Base Camp is just 4130 meters. It is low altitude trekking and one doesn’t have to worry about altitude sickness. But you need to be careful or else it might ruin your whole trek.
Best season to trek EBC and ABC
Another main factor to consider while selecting Everest vs Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the weather. Both base camp trekking lies in the Himalayan region of Nepal, which means winter will be much colder as compared with other seasons. Everest Base Camp lies at an altitude of 5380 m, whereas ABC has an altitude of 4130 m. Now you must have probably analyzed that EBC is cold and harsh than ABC.
The best time to go for Everest Base Camp trek is spring and autumn season. This time weather will sunny and bright and you can see an unobstructed view of the Himalayan Range. Similarly, you can also trek to EBC in monsoon season as there will be less rainfall in the higher altitude of Nepal. But if you are planning to go to EBC trek in December or Jnauranary then that is not a good idea. The temperature there will be around -20 degrees centigrade, it will be so cold and harsh.
Likewise, Annapurna Base Camp trek is suitable for throughout the year. It lies at lower altitudes than EBC and in winter also ABC has a minimum temperature of -8 degree centigrade. But rain during the monsoon season is very high in Annapurna Region, so a big problem is, even if you reach the base of Annapurna, part of the Himalayas will be covered by clouds. And to make things worse, the leeches will attack you in such a way that you have never imagined.
Generally, if you are planning to go for EBC or ABC then, go in the spring season.
Everest Camp Base Trek is a bit longer than Annapurna Base Camp trek, as you have to acclimatize for a couple of days before heading to Everest Base Camp. Everest Region lies at the highest altitudes, so one needs to fully acclimatize their body to prevent oneself from getting AMS. Altitude sickness a common at highest altitude can be prevented if you descend to the lower level immediately and take proper rest. Or else, if you push it too hard, it can be life-threatening as well.
Normally Everest Base Camp will be completed in a maximum of 15 days whereas Annapurna Base Camp will take a maximum of 12 days. If you don’t have enough time for Everest Base Camp, then you can go for a short 12 days trek in the Everest region. Check out 12 days, Everest View Trek. Apart from that, if you wish to go by road, a traditional route to Mount Everest is via Jiri, which takes around 25 days to complete.
Everest vs Annapurna Base Camp-Accessibility
Both airways and roads are accessible to the EBC and ABC. The choice is yours, which would you prefer.
For, Everest Base Camp you can take 35 minutes flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Or, you can bus ride drive to Lukla from via Jiri, which takes around 8 hours’ drive.
Similarly, for Annapurna Base Camp, you have to reach Pokhara, the gateway to the some of the most popular destinations of Nepal like Mustang, Annapurna Region, Manang, Saribung Pass Trek, Mardi Himal Trek and so on. It takes 25 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You can also opt-out by taking the road which takes 6-7 hours long drive.
Mountains and Scenery
Among all the factors this is the main thing that paralyzed most of the trekkers’ minds while selecting either Annapurna Base Camp or Everest Base Camp. Both destinations can be regarded as a synonym of the beautiful mountain range that gives pleasure to their eyes. Even it is difficult for us to say which one you should go for.
From Everest Base Camp, you can see Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8188), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7861 m), Mt. Pumori (7161 m), Mt. Abu Dablam (6812 m), Mt. Imja Tse (6160 m), and Mt. Thamserku (6623 m).
From Annapurna Base Camp you can witness Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna II (7937 m), Annapurna II (7555 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m), Gangapurna (7455 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Khangsar Kang (7485 m), Tarke Kang (7202 m), Machhapuchhre (6993 m), Hiunchuli (6441 m) and others.
Everest Base Camp is at a higher altitude, the sky is clearer there. As there will be less rainfall, the chances of clouds covering the mountains are lower than ABC’s. You will see an unobstructed view of mountains throughout the day. In EBC, no matter which corner of the landscape you go, the mountains will be always greeting you.
Everest Region is home to the Sherpas, who is highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism culture. There are several beautiful monasteries along with the most popular Tengboche Monastery, which is the most popular place for the Sherpa people to practice their faith.
Whereas Annapurna Region is inhabited by Gurung, Thakali, and Manangba people. You will be observing a mixed culture of Buddhism and Hindusim people.
Difficulty- Everest vs Annapurna Base Camp
Both of the treks are moderate to difficult. As EBC is at high altitude, it is a bit more difficult than ABC. So, some strength training will be best a couple of weeks before trekking to EBC and for ABC as well.
The main problem over here is Altitude Sickness. As most of the places in the Everest Region is above 3000 meters, altitude sickness might be problematic. It’s better you do some strength training. Likewise, both Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchre Base Camp lies above 3000 meters but it is slightly easier than EBC. So, for prevention, it’s better to do strength training as for ABC trek well.
As Everest Base Camp takes a few days more than Annapurna Base Camp, obviously the cost will be higher than ABC. Tea houses are less expensive than luxury hotels. Foods over there will also be reasonable. Even though you stay in teahouses, the price will automatically costly then ABC due to trekking duration.
Likewise, you need to hire a guide or porter. More days of trekking mean the cost of a guider or porter will also depend on the days.
Overall because of the geographical condition of the Everest Region, like transportation of goods is really difficult. So, the price of accommodation and food is more costly than the Annapurna Region.
If you want to reduce the cost of the trekking over both EBC and ABC, better start your journey via road than taking a flight to Lukla and Pokhara respectively. The charge of domestic flights is a bit expensive for international tourists.
If you want to go for the short trek to the see the mountains and outstanding green landscapes along with minimum expenses, then Annapurna Base Camp trek is best for you.
But, seeing Everest is your dream and can’t brace yourself to see the gigantic mountains every day, don’t think others than Everest Base Camp Trek.
Just go through the above-mentioned factors carefully, and you will get to decide. All the best for your next trek. 🙂
How long is Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek?
Usually, it takes 7-12 days to complete Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The maximum altitude of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is 4130 m.
How long is Everest Base Camp Trek?
It takes 11-15 days to complete Everest Base Camp Trek. Most of the people who have previous physical fitness can easily complete the EBC trek in 8 12 days.
Which is the best viewpoint to see Mt. Everest?
To see the extravagant view of Mt. Everest, you need to hike to Kalapatthar.
Is Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek safe?
Yes, ABC trek is very safe. Every trekking destination in Nepal is safe. Even though there is a risk of avalanches in Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you can take precautions by planning a trek in perfect season.
IS EBC trek is safe?
Yes, the EBC trek is very safe. Being situated in the highest location, altitude sickness can be a problem. You can prevent it by adding enough days for acclimatization.
Which is the best season to travel to EBC and ABC trek?
The best season to travel to EBC and ABC Trek is spring and autumn season. But the climate at the Everest Base Camp will be very cold and harsh than Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
ABC trek is very moderate and the maximum altitude is maximum altitude of the trek is 4130 meters. Any person having good physical health can easily complete Annapurna Base Camp trek.
How difficult is Everest Base Camp Trek?
Trekking around Everest Base Camp Trek is not so difficult. But you must add enough days in your plan for acclimatization, which is very necessary to avoid altitude sickness. The trek will be much dangerous if you try to complete this trek below 12 days and skip days for acclimatization.
What is the maximum altitude of Everest Base Camp Trek?
The maximum altitude of Everest Base Camp Trek is 5380 meters. To see the splendid view of Mt. Everest, you can little further trek to Kalapatthar which is 5554 meters above the sea level.
What is the maximum altitude of Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
The maximum altitude of Annapurna Base Camp Trek is 4130 meters. However, the trek starts from Nayapul, 1070 meters. And this is a very easy trek easy that takes you to the 10 highest mountain in the world, Annapurna.
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