Everest Base Camp VS Annapurna Base Camp is an interesting way to judge and experience both base camps. As Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp are wide apart, from Far Mid-East to Far North Mid-West. The landscapes and duration of walks and perspectives are quite different in nature and its surroundings. From the world’s number one highest Mt. Everest to the world’s tenth highest Mt. Annapurna, certainly makes a difference to compare.
Everest Base Camp VS Annapurna Base Camp, where choices of different perspectives, from views and local culture to climate. As well chances of getting high altitude sickness are high at Everest base camp, than at Annapurna base camp. The duration of trekking is less to Annapurna base camp, walk to Everest base camp requires more than a week.
However, both regions are exciting adventure destinations to venture into, depending upon one choice and delights. Everest base camp trekking involves a walk and climbs to high altitudes above 3,000 m to 5,000 m. But on Annapurna base camp maximum height is 4,130 m high, which makes the trekkers more at ease.
It all depends upon trekkers’ choices with dreams to reach and enjoy the highest point in the Himalayas. Where trekkers can still have a wonderful experience also, on less than 5,000 m high.
Everest Base Camp Trek normally starts after flying into Lukla town airport from Kathmandu to start the walks. Walking from the height of 2,820 m high from Lukla town, on a gradual path following the Dudh Koshi River upstream. Entering the Sagarmatha National Park, which is added to the list of World Heritage Sites enriched with flora and fauna.
Where a steep winding climb reaches the famous Namche Bazaar, the major hub of Khumbu Sherpa’s as well for trekkers. Where all travelers need acclimatization days at 3,440 m high at Namche Bazaar, before heading to higher terrain. An interesting and lively large village almost the size of a town, where trekkers can explore its scenic viewpoints.
The walk leads following a nice wide trail, high above Dudh Koshi River facing views of towering Mt. Everest. The trail leads down and then up into a lovely forest of rhododendron and pine trees then reaches Tengboche Monastery.
One of the highlights of the Everest region, Tengboche offers a wide panorama of the snow-mountain range with views of Mt. Everest. Overlooking grand majestic. Ama Dablam with time to visit the impressive Buddhist monastery, and experience the local Buddhist culture.
The trek from Tengboche leads beyond tree lines and lush green vegetation reaching arid and barren mountain wilderness. Spending a few overnights at Dingboche and Lobuche in nice lovely lodges, having great comfort and good foods. As well enjoy the grand vista of surrounding beautiful snow peaks on walks reaching higher ground. Finally from Lobuche adventure takes you to the bottom of Mt. Everest at base camp through Gorakshep. Standing beneath Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse peaks, where views of Mt. Everest are blocked by adjoining peaks.
Enjoy the dramatic scenery of remorseless fields of ice and glaciers with a close look at the massive Khumbu Ice-Fall. Everest base camp trekking, adventure does not complete without a climb on top of Kalapathar at 5,643 m / 18,514 feet. Which is higher than Everest Base Camp at 5,364 m / 17, 598 feet a steep climb of a few hours. Offers a breathtaking panorama of surrounding giant peaks with the closest and clear views of Mt. Everest.
After completing all the major highlights adventure leads downhill with a few short ups to Lukla for the flight to Kathmandu. An enjoyable adventure of 12 to 13 days on Everest base camp trekking with a climb of Kalapathar Hilltop.
For visitors and trekkers with limited holidays, but with great interest to experience being close to Himalayan peaks. Annapurna base camp will be the right and perfect choice, where one can complete the whole trek in a week. Where altitude rises slowly and gradually reaching the highest point at Annapurna Base Camp. Which is above 4,130 m / 13, 550 feet high beneath the towering East Face of Annapurna-1, the world’s 10th highest peak.
Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most scenic and shortest base camps trekking in the whole Himalayas. As well as safe from getting altitude sickness or AMS, where one can enjoy the walk throughout the trekking adventure. Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from the beautiful city Pokhara blessed with natural wonders of the high Annapurna Himalayas and serene lakes.
A lovely and interesting walk a short drive from Pokhara reaches the starting point of trekking trails. Walk follows uphill to a large village of Chomrong, the last permanent settlement on route Annapurna base camp. The other places beyond Chomrong are temporary settlements to cater to the trekkers for overnight stops.
Amazing to know that Annapurna base camp is the only base camp around the Himalayas with nice cozy lodges. Walk from Chomrong leads down and uphill through a dense forest of rhododendron and pine trees. Reaching Modi River gorge at Bamboo a small settlement with several lodges, the walk follows Modi River upstream. A nice lovely walk with much climbing with a few gradual paths past Dovan, Himalaya Hotel to Deurali. From Deurali tall tree lines fades for short bush and shrubs reaching Machhapuchare Base Camp at 3,700 m high.
Located beneath the towering North Face of Machhapuchare Himal is the famed Fish-Tail peak, a place with few lodges. From MBC starts the scenic and picturesque Annapurna Sanctuary, a beautiful valley and a plateau.
Surrounded by tiers of snow peaks of the Annapurna Himalayan range, a lovely pleasant walk on the trail of Annapurna Sanctuary. Finally walk ends on reaching Annapurna Base Camp, the highest spot of the adventure. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Annapurna Himalaya range of peaks as far as your eyes can take.
A great place is Annapurna base camp in the comfort of a lovely lodge, where rooms face grand views of snow peaks. After wonderful and mesmerizing scenic moments at base camp enclosed by giant mountains. The walk leads downhill back to the green forest to Chomrong and then drives to Pokhara. After a glorious and magnificent experience at Annapurna Base Camp.
Annapurna base camp trekking with various options for trekkers, one can complete in a week duration. People with more time can extend the trek by visiting other beautiful places to Ghorepani and Poon Hill also.
For Annapurna & Everest base camps, as well around the whole Himalayas range spring and autumn seasons are the best. Spring starts from March to May, a lively time where mid-hills covered in a forest will be active. A perfect time for wildflowers in seasonal bloom, especially the rhododendron of various species and different colors. Where sunlight hours are longer with enough sunny days, but cold morning, late afternoon, and night time.
Autumn/fall is another best season for trekking and adventures, starting from September to November. Most days are clear for views and pleasant walks, but colder morning and nighttime without adding the wind-chill factor.
Interested people can trek to Annapurna and Everest base camps during the winter times of Christmas and New Year. Around Everest much colder morning and nighttime with shorter days due to sunlight hours.
Annapurna base camp will be great to trek during wintertime also, the lower areas are much warmer. Gets colder reaching the higher hill and at Annapurna base camp, but most days are clear for views and walks. Except for these two Base Camps, the Manaslu Region Treks and Langtang Region Treks are stunning destinations in Nepal.