Everest Base Camp Trekking Vs Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

Trekkers often get confused while choosing the best trekking in Nepal-most of the time like which one? Everest Base Camp Trekking or Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?  When they ask Nepal Kameleon Holidays about it, this local company also feels a bit tough to recommend. But, of course, they are unique in themselves and quench the adventure thirst of the trekkers by the diverse sceneries of the Himalayas, Rivers and streams, forests, ethnic communities, and wildlife.


1. Trekking Routes

Everest Base Camp Trekking route is an epic one. This cannot be compared with any other trail, to be honest. It starts from 2800 meters altitude (Lukla-the gateway of Everest Trekking) and escorts you to 5545 meters altitude (EBC lies at 5364 meters and Kalapatthar at 5545 meters). During the trekking, you will encounter the breathtaking views of the alpine Sherpa valleys, cross the steel bridges over the Dudh Koshi River and walk through the woods. If we leave some exceptions, the EBC trekking is all the way up and all the way down. The downhill part is easier to walk also because of the altitude and upper part is a bit tough. However, this is the best option for adventure seekers.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be started from various gateways. The best-recommended route is via Poon Hill. The route is magnificent. First, it takes you to Poon Hill (3210 meters), which is the best Himalayan viewpoint and the miraculous surroundings. The route is frequently almost half of the trekking and it takes you through the straight uphill route. Annapurna Base Camp is located at 4130 meters altitude, surrounded by the giant Himalayan boulders. If you trek in March-April, you will remain spellbound with the breathtaking scenery of the rhododendron flowers.




2. Natural Attractions and Himalayas

Of course, if you think about Everest Base Camp, there will be Mt. Everest always. Trekkers impatiently hike to explore this tallest peak of the work from its base camp. Besides, the splendid views of Mt. Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and the surrounding peaks offer a lifetime experience.  The Khumbu icefall, slippery trail, alpine woods, and some of the rare views of the flora and fauna further increase the charm in EBC Trekking.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is diverse. The terraced hillside is dotted with the rhododendron forest. You will be exploring the paddy fields and other greeneries. Of course, the blooming rhododendron forest will make your trek exclusively spectacular. The Himalayan views of Mt. Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and neighboring summits can be explored during the ABC Trekking.             


ananpurna-base-camp-trek-rhododendron-forest Rhododendron woods dotted Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Trail


everest-himalayan-scenery-ebc-trekkingBreathtaking Everest Himalayan Scenery


3. Sherpa Valleys Vs Gurung and Magar Ethnic Communities

The Everest region is populated by the Himalayan Sherpa communities. Sherpa people are renowned around the world as the brave mountain climbers. EBC Trekking covers the upper part of the Everest region, which is known as the Khumbu region. Lukla and Phakding are the initial villages. Namche Bazaar is a bustling town along with Khumjung. Tengboche is a Buddhist spiritual center. Gorakshep is the last point of the human settlement on the EBC trekking route. The colorful monasteries, mani walls, prayer flags, chhortens, and other Buddhist cultural attractions make the journey excellent.

Let's move to ABC Trek. It guides you through the ethnic communities of Magar and Gurung people. Mostly, the Gurung villages can be found. Ghorepani, just at the foot of the Poon Hill is populated by the Magar people. And in other parts, Gurung people are dominated. Both groups have different and unique cultures, fashion, traditions, and celebrate festivals. But, they are equally rich in welcoming guests and hospitality.


namche-bazaar-ebc-trekkingNamche Bazaar, on the Everest Base Camp Route


annapurna-scenery-seen-from-ghorepaniAnnapurna Himalayan view from Ghorepani village


mani-walls-everest-base-camp-trekkingBuddhist mantras painted rocky side


4. Technicality and Altitude Difference along with AMS and Acclimatization

Everest Base Camp Trekking is an adventurous excursion. If you are not used to the high altitude, you need to take an acclimatization rest in two places. Even for the experienced ones, they need at least one stop. Namche Bazaar is the best place for the acclimatization rest, which will be fruitful to explore the local village, market, hospital, school, and monasteries. Another stop will be at Dingboche. Why do you need to rest? Because the thin air region can be ferocious for the trekkers and breaks will help you to accomplish the trekking.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a moderate excursion. However, in winter, it becomes a challenging one. As an organizer, Nepal Kameleon Holidays does not recommend acclimatization break, but you should be aware of the fact that if you feel something like dizzying, insomnia, dehydration then you should stop. Drinking water, having hot soup with garlic and ginger or tea will be highly advantageous.




5. Best Seasons and Off-Season Trekking

March, April, and May in the spring season are the best months for the trekking to both destinations- Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp. Spring is a season when the flowers bloom. The Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route via Poon Hill looks incredible with the rhododendron flower. Autumn is another best season. September, October, and November are great months with clear skies, cool nights, and warm days. Autumn is also a festival season. Teej, Dashain and Tihar festivals fall in this season.




Winter is not that favorable for the EBC Trekking. But, you can fully enjoy trekking to ABC even in December and January. Please, note that it becomes technical in the higher part, around ABC.

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