For someone looking to visit Nepal for trekking, this must be one of the debates going on in your mind. So let us help you put this debate to an end and help you decide which trek is best suitable for you.
The Everest region and the Annapurna region are popular trekking regions not only in Nepal but the world. Many people dream to climb or at least reach the base camp of the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. Nepal is home to 8 of the 14 tallest peaks in the world which makes Nepal a popular if not the most desirable country to trek in.
Now, let’s compare the Annapurna Base Camp Trek with the Everest Base Camp Trek:
Everest Base Camp Altitude: 5364 metres
Annapurna Base Camp Altitude: 4130 metres
It is clear that the Everest Base Camp is at a higher altitude which makes it less suitable for first-time trekkers and people having problems with altitude. This does not necessarily mean than you won’t feel any altitude sickness in the Annapurna Base Camp trek. The point is here comparative difficulties.
After tackling the issue of altitude sickness, we come to the journey from respective starting points and ending points. The journey to Annapurna Base Camp is strenuous due to fluctuating ascent with uphill and downhill trek throughout the journey. Meanwhile, in Everest Base Camp trek, the journey is constant ascent which makes the journey easier.
Landscapes and Views
If you expect beautiful natural scenery of mountains, waterfalls, forests and more, then the Annapurna Base Camp trek is preferred for you. However, if you want to enjoy snowy mountainous views more, the Everest Base Camp trek is preferred.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary is 9 to 12 days meanwhile the Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary is 15 days, so the number of holidays you have or the number of days left in your visa also plays a factor. Also, I should let you know that the Annapurna Base Camp trek can be shortened to 5 to 7 days.
In terms of physical endurance, the Everest Base Camp trek much harder due to higher altitude and small climbs along the way. Both the treks require stamina though.
Best Season and Weather
The Best Season for any trek in Nepal is Autumn and Spring as an easy answer. The monsoon season (June to August) is not suitable for many treks due to natural calamities like floods and landslides. However, the Everest Base Camp can be reached even in the Monsoon season.
If you are going to trek during winter, then Annapurna Base Camp can be the better option as, during winters, the temperature in the Everest region reaches up to -20 Celsius and below while in the Annapurna region it remains around -8 Celsius.
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