When it comes to trekking or hiking then the first thing that comes in your mind is either Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp. Isn’t it?
So today I am going to describe in this blog about Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp about:
- Why this both trek is popular in Nepal?
- Training or physical requirements for both trek.
- Which trek to choose as per your physical condition?
- Price & Value+many more
First of all, I want to let you know that comparing these treks can’t be done because both EBC and ABC are equally awesome and “must be visited once in a lifetime“. But, without any further due, let’s start our Everest Base Camp Vs Annapurna Base Camp.
Everest Base Camp Trek:
So you may think “Why Everest Base Camp is popular in Nepal?”
The first point that makes the Everest Base Camp trek popular is due to the highest altitude in the world that 5,545m which makes it worth trekking. Similarly, it’s the path that was left by the first climber-Tenzing Sherpa and Edmund Hillary who climbed to Mt. Everest.
And not forgetting about the panorama views, lush vegetation’s, waterfalls, rivers and other beautiful things we can’t describe these things in words. To be honest, EBC is my best trekking experience so far and most thrilling adventure.
Here are some of the beautiful Wonders seen during Everest Base Camp Trek:
- Mt. Everest (one of the highest peak in the world)
- Khumbu Icefall – 5,486m
- Khumbu Glacier – 7,600m
- Lhotse – 8,516m (the fourth highest mountain in the world)
- Makalu – 8,481m (the fifth highest mountain in the world)
- Cho You – 8,188m (the sixth highest mountain in the world)
- Nangkartshang Peak – 5,083m and many more
If you think that trekking EBC is hard for you but still want to visit there once in a lifetime then you can have another option which is a helicopter ride.
So, what if you want to do trekking in Everest Base Camp? struggling all the way to top but enjoying every step diving in nature, customs & cultures, meeting peoples, and many more. For that, you can swipe down to “How fit do you have to be for EBC and ABC trekking?”
Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
Another most popular trek in Nepal is Annapurna Base Camp. But why Annapurna Base Camp became is popular?
For this answer, you have to look at the package of “Annapurna Base Camp trek” because you will find some heavenly places inside the itinerary. Rather than that here are some of the highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
- It is a moderate level of trek best for families, couples, and students.
- You can see the grandeur of Annapurna Massif including impressive wilderness, cultures, and many more.
- Dip in natural hot springs that will heal your exhaustion, outstanding view of sunrises, and lush vegetations.
Likewise, here are some wonders seen during your Annapurna Base Camp trek:
- Annapurna I, II, III, IV
- Gangapurna (7,455m)
- Dhaulagiri (seventh highest mountain 8,167m)
- Machhapuchhre (6,993m)
- Manaslu (eighth highest mountain 8,156m)
- Pisang Peak (6,091m)
- Tilicho Peak (7,134m)
- Paungda Danda (4,730m) and many more.
Similarly, during the hiking or peak season, the environment gets even better due to favorable weather, customs and cultures, new peoples, and many more.
However, if you want to avoid the crowd during your ABC trek then you can choose your time in late Spring or late Autumn season. And check our “Complete Guide to Annapurna Base Camp” too if you want full details.
As you may know, Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate trek but even though it’s moderate trek, you need to prepare your physical and mental strength too. So,
How will you prepare for this trek?
Because without any preparations, you won’t be able to complete the Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp trek. So, the first thing that you should prepare for ABC & EBC trek is your physical and mental condition. So,
How fit do you have to be for EBC & ABC trekking?
First of all, overweight, old, young, slim, thin, etc doesn’t matter when trekking. The only thing that matters is “how much you have stamina and mental power?
Because with the stamina you can overcome all the obstacles in your path and with mental strength you can prepare for the worst.
So, the best way to prepare yourself is by doing some:
Aerobic Exercises for trekking:
Aerobic exercises like swimming, cycling, running, walking, hiking, etc are the best exercise to prepare yourself for trekking. This kind of exercise helps you to build-up energy/stamina.
And the most important thing that aerobic exercises help you with Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp trek is by controlling your oxygen consumption. Scientifically, aerobic exercise is the best way to tackle altitude sickness. The more you train the more you will feel easy to do trekking in Nepal.
Either its hard level Everest Base Camp trek or moderate level Annapurna Base Camp, above exercises can help you achieve your goal.
If you think it’s not enough and want to know more about fitness for Everest Base Camp trekking because it’s a hard level then you can check our “Fitness for Everest Base Camp” blog.
So, now it’s in your hand which trekking you want to choose according to your health status. Whereas, we suggest people not to go Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp if you have the following problems.
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
There may be some people who may have completed even with these problems but we don’t want you to take any risk. That’s all.
Price & Value of EBC & ABC:
Even though Everest Base Camp is the most popular trek, the price for this trek is fair according to the itinerary. You don’t have to worry about any hidden charges or frauds after you pay the sum that is written in the package. If the company charges you other sums rather than in package then you can report in TAAN too.
So, how much do you have to pay for Everest Base Camp Trek?
The answer is twisting because different trekking agencies charge different prices according to their services and itinerary for both ABC & EBC.
However, the average price for Everest Base Camp trek for 14 Days itinerary is around $1300. And the 14 days itinerary includes:
The 14 Days Itinerary for Everest Base Camp trek is very popular too and you can customize as per your desire too.
If you want to know what do you pay for in Everest Base Camp then you can check our “Cost for Everest Base Camp Trek” blog which covers in detail. For short details here is the price your money goes for EBC:
- National Park Permit
- Rural Municipality entrance fee cost
- Flight Cost (Ktm-Lukla-Ktm)
- Accommodation cost during EBC trek
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Guide Cost
- Porter (optional)
- Other minor Costs.
The average cost for Annapurna Base Camp trek is $799 per person (+1 group) for 14 Days itinerary. The 14 Days itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp trek includes:
Similarly, 14 days Annapurna Base Camp trek is the perfect itinerary and also cheap. Your money will be spend on:
- Guide and Porter
- Accommodation cost
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Transportation Cost
- Other minor costs.
Everest Base Camp vs Annapurna Base Camp
Once again, which trek do you want to do now? Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp? If you had asked me now then I would choose Annapurna Base Camp because I feel exhausted too soon and I’m getting old. However, when I was young I did the Everest Base Camp because it’s the pride you take.
So, whichever trek you choose I guarentee that you won’t regret it. And it will be my pleasure to guide you in these both trek. Be safe be good.