Compare Everest Base camp with Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

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Everest Base camp Trekking is a high altitude trek in Mahalangur Himalayan range. The landscapes are different than other areas of Nepal. Most of the trekking trails are above the 4000 m and face the dry and not good for any cultivation apart from potatoes. Everest region is a home of Himalaya including world tallest mountain Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Cho You, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and much more trekking peak and world biggest and longest glacier Khumbu icefall and Ngozumpa glacier respectively. Namche Bazar is the get way to Everest Base camp and Gokyo Lake trek which are the most beautiful village in the Everest region.

Khumbu region is a home of legendary Sherpa who is the expert for the Mountaineering. Mountaineering is a profession of the Sherpa and they are caring for their profession from generation to generation. Most of the People believe in Buddhism, which is the calm religion and follows the Lama and worship in the Monastery. Every village there is a beautiful Monastery.

Annapurna Base camp trek is also topmost trekking trails and gives you the taste of different lifestyles and cultures. In the Annapurna region, you may see the multi-culture, multi-language, and multi tribes and diverse landscapes. Annapurna Base Camp itself a natural amphitheater (360 degrees) dominating by Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Tent peak, Fish Tails, Gangapurna and Himchuli Mountain. Ghorepani poon hill is a best viewpoint of the sunrise into the 180-degree mountain range including the Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range, and Mardi Himal neighbors in distance.

Before and after the ABC trek you have an opportunity to visit the Lake city Pokhara. This is the cleanest and calm city in Nepal. Above 8000m mountain like Dhaulagiri (8,156m), Annapurna I (8,091m) and Manaslu (8,165m) are dominating Fewa lake Pokhara.

Conclusion: In Everest Base Camp, the chances of rain in the Everest region is less even in the monsoon season because the higher altitude part of Nepal receives fewer rains than the region of low altitude. So if you are looking for a monsoon trek interrupted by less rain then surely EBC trek will be the best trek destination.

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Which one is better Annapurna Base camp or Everest Base Camp Trek?

Everest

The Everest base camp trekking (5,316 m) route is more up and down elevation gain so probably a bit more difficult. Annapurna Base Camp trek (4,130) also involves up and down but lower altitude. So, in a comparison EBC 5,316 m Vs 4,130m=1186m different between Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp treks. If you anticipate problems with altitude then ABC will be better.

Which is hard EBC or ABC?

Everest Base Camp trek can be harder because it involves about 13km-15km,6/7 hrs walking per day above the 4000m altitude. The total distance you travel from Lukla to Everest Base camp is 63km.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek involves 4/5 hrs, 10 to 14km a day. Start the walking from 1100m to 3100m and descend to 2600m and gradually go up to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m). This trek duration is about 10 to 12 days. If you are physically fit both treks can be done with any aged people.

Dingboche Everest

What are the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary?

Everest Base Camp trek itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2620m), 4hrs

Day 03: Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 5hrs

Day 04: Rest day in Namche for acclimatization

Day 05: Namche Trek to Tengboche (3680m). 5hrs

Day 06: Tengboche Trek to Dingboche (4400m), 5hrs

Day 07: Acclimatize day in Dingboche

Day 08: Dingboche trek to Lobuche (4900m), 6hrs

Day 09: Lobuche-Gorakshep (5100m). 3hrs (Optional hike to Everest Base Camp)

Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar and trek back to Pheriche (4250m), 6hrs

Day 11: Pheriche trek back to Namche, 6hrs

Day 12: Namche Bazaar trek to Lukla, 6hrs

Day 13: Lukla-Morning fly back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Kathmandu Hotel-Transfer to Airport (TIA)

Annapurna Base Camp trekking itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu (1,350 m) Arrivals and transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing

Day 03: Kathmandu drive To Pokhara (850 m), 200km, 6-7 hrs

Day 04: Pokhara drives to Nayapul (45 km, 1-2 hrs) and treks to Hile (1,450 m), 9 km, 4hrs.

Day 05: Tikhedhunga trek to Ghorepani (2,860 m), 10 km, 6 hrs.

Day 06: Ghorepani hike to Poon-Hill (3,200 m) and trek to Tadapani (2,600 m), 12 km, 6-7 hrs.

Day 07: Tadapani trek to Chhumrong (2,150 m), 10 km, 5 hrs.

Day 08 Chhumrong trek to Himalaya (2,900 m), 12 km, 7hrs.

Day 09 Himalaya trek to Annapurna Base Camp "ABC" (4,130 m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp "MBC" (3,700 m), 9 km, 6 hrs.

Day 10 Annapurna Base Camp Trek back to Bamboo (2,300 m), 14 km, 6hrs.

Day 11 Bamboo trek to Natural Hot Spring (1,750 m), 10 km, 6hrs.

Day 12 Hot Spring trek to Nayapul ( 17 km, 7 hrs.) then drive back to Pokhara

Day 13 Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 14 Departure to Airport for your onward flight.