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Everest Base Camp Trek vs Annapurna Base Camp Trek

28 Feb 2024 Himalaya Trip

Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal are travelers’ delightful destinations. Both are most favorite trekking destinations among travelers across the globe. Everest Base Camp Trek has a maximum elevation gain of 5,550 m during the trek while the maximum elevation gain during Annapurna Base Camp trek is 4,130m. Both trek has something to offer to the travelers. Both these base camp treks have some similarities and some unique diversities that travelers can experience and cherish forever. Himalaya Trip presents Everest Base Camp Trek vs Annapurna Base Camp Trek article to shed light more precisely and decide on which one is best for travelers to trek.

About Everest Base Camp Trek

The worldwide renowned and iconic Everest Base Camp is at an elevation of 5,364m. Cross numerous suspension bridges and trek in the vicinity of Sagarmatha National Park. Witness a variety of wildlife and vegetation while trekking in the park’s surroundings. Admire the scenic and changing landscapes and visit Buddhist monasteries. Witness local Sherpa culture, tradition, and lifestyle and feel the warm hospitality of the local Sherpas. En route to the base camp, get impressive views of Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier. From the vantage point Kalapatthar (5,550m), witness up-close Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Pumori, and other Himalayan giants.

About Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp is at an elevation of 4,130 m and the trek to this camp is termed classic. The cultural richness and natural beauty combination during this trek is mesmerizing. Pass through scenic landscapes, interact with friendly locals, and feel their warm hospitality. Passing through authentic Gurung villages and being immersed in their local culture and lifestyle is a delightful experience for travelers. Witness the awesome views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks during this trek. In this 7-day trek, experience the diverse natural richness of the Annapurna region.

Everest Base Camp vs. Annapurna Base Camp in Chart

FeaturesEverest Base CampAnnapurna Base Camp
Highest elevation5,550 m (Kalapatthar)4,130 m (Annapurna Base Camp)
PopularityExtremely popularVery popular
PermitsSagarmatha National Park and Khumbu Pasang LhamuACAP and TIMS
Best Time(Mar-May) and (Sep-Nov) months(Mar-May) and (Sep-Nov) months
Himalaya viewsMt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Konde, Kangtega, Kusum Kangaru, Nuptse, and others.Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Annapurna South etc.  
Extended Side TripsGokyo Lake  Trek, Everest Three Passes TrekPoon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek
AccommodationBasic to Luxury Teahouses or LodgesBasic Teahouses or Lodges
FoodNepali to Continental VarietyNepali to Continental Variety
Duration12 days7 days
Trek Distance128 km60 km
Difficulty LevelDifficultModerate
Price (per person)USD 1099 – USD 1199 per personUSD 399 – USD 449 Per person
EBC and ABC Trek in chart

Features of Everest and Annapurna Base Camp Treks

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Highest elevation

Everest Base Camp is at an elevation of 5,364 m but the highest elevation gain during this trek is at an elevation of 5,550m which is Kalapatthar. Annapurna Base Camp is at an elevation of 4,130m which is also the highest elevation during this trek. It is comparatively at a lower elevation than Everest.

Popularity

Both Annapurna and Everest base Camps are popular but at an extreme level, Everest surpasses Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The Everest Base Camp trek is on the bucket list or travel diaries of numerous travelers around the globe. Everest Base Camp is an iconic trekking destination but Annapurna Base Camp is also a popular classic trek. Annapurna Base Camp is perfect for beginners while Everest Base Camp is slightly demanding for beginners.

Permit

Permits are mandatory for both Annapurna and Everest Base Camp treks and are listed below with their respective costs.

Trekking permit for Annapurna Base Camp trek

1. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) costs:

For Foreigners: NRS. 3000 (Approx. USD 30)

For SAARC Nationals: NRS. 1000 (Approx. USD 10)

2. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) costs:

For Foreigners: NRS. 2000 (Approx. USD 20)

For SAARC Nationals: NRS. 1000 (Approx. USD 10)

Trekking permit for Everest Base Camp Trek

1. Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit

For Foreigners: NPR 2000 (Approx. USD 20)

For SAARC Nationals: NPR 1000 (Approx. USD 10)

2. Sagarmatha National Park (SNP)

For Foreigners: NPR 3000 (Approx. USD 30)

For SAARC Nationals: NPR 1500 (Approx. USD 15)

Best time

Nepal has four main seasons: Spring (Mar-May), Autumn (Sep-Nov), Summer/Monsoon (Jun-Aug), and Winter (Dec-Feb). Spring and Autumn seasons are ideal for both base camp treks as it is a peak season that has stable weather and temperature.  These seasons offer clear and bright views with a comfortable trekking trail. Monsoon and Winter are off-seasons for trekking in Nepal. The weather and temperature are unstable during these seasons which makes it challenging for trekkers to trek. Everest and Annapurna Base Camp Treks are possible to do throughout the year with systematic planning, and proper preparations.

Himalaya Views

Both base camp treks offer majestic Himalaya views over 8,000m. During the Everest Base Camp trek, get mesmerized by the phenomenal views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Konde, Kangtega, Kusum Kangaru, Nuptse, and others.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also no less than Everest Trek. It also treats trekkers with stunning views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Annapurna South, etc.

Extended Side Trips

During both base camp treks, extended side trips are possible. It is a traveler’s preference to do side trips but we assure that travelers won’t regret it. The side trips add more excitement and adventure to the trek. Travelers can extend side trips to Gokyo Lake or Everest Three Passes Trek during their Everest Trek. For the Annapurna Base Camp trek, Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek are ideal destinations. Travelers have full flexibility to customize the trek according to their preferences.

Accommodation and foods

Everest Base Camp trek has basic to luxury accommodation facilities. But Annapurna Base Camp Trek has only basic accommodation and limited rooms with many beds. Both treks have facilities like Wi-Fi, hot water, and shower an additional payment is required.

Likewise, there is a variety of meal options for travelers during these treks. These treks are more developed and food options have a wide variety including local Nepali food to continental dishes. At Namche in the Everest region, travelers can enjoy delicious bakery goods, coffee, and drinks at Irish pubs. Pizza, Pancakes, Pasta, etc. are available at both treks but at limited teahouses.

Duration of trek

The standard trek duration for the Everest Base Camp trek is 12 days while the Annapurna Base Camp trek is 7 days respectively with our proposed standard itinerary appropriate for the trekkers.

Trek Distance in Km

The Everest Base Camp trek that starts and ends in Lukla has a total trek duration of 128 km. Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from Syauli Bazaar and ends in Nayapul covering a total trek distance of 60 km.

Difficulty

Everest and Annapurna Base Camp Treks have some challenges and travelers find it difficult to trek. There is no doubt that trekking to these base camps is difficult but with proper plans and preparation, trekking is achievable. Everest Base Camp is a difficult graded trek while Annapurna Base Camp is a moderately difficult trek. Altitude gain, steep rough trails, numerous ups and downs, daily long walk hours, basic accommodation, limited facilities, and altitude sickness are some challenging factors during these base camp treks. We recommend getting into a fitness regimen at least a month before your trek for a successful completion of the trek.

Price of the trek

The Annapurna Base Camp trek costs USD 399 – USD 449 per person for a standard 7-day while the Everest Base Camp trek costs USD 1099 – USD 1199 per person for a standard 12-day trek. If done in a group with a large group of trekkers, the trek costs are less.

Itinerary

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu – Lukla by fly, trekking to Phakding .

Day 02: Phakding – Monjo – Jorsalle – Namche

Day 03: Rest day

Day 04: Namche – Kyangjuma – Phunki Tenka – Tengboche

Day 05: Tengboche – Pangboche – Somare – Dingboche

Day 06: Rest day

Day 07: Dingboche – Thukla – Lobuche

Day 08: Trekking to Gorakh Shep, hike to EBC

Day 09: Climb to Kalapatthar, trek down to Pheriche

Day 10: Pheriche – Namche

Day 11: Namche – Lukla

Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu or Pokhara – Syauli Bazar ,trek to Ghandruk

Day 02: Ghandruk – Chhomrong – Sinuwa

Day 03: Sinuwa – Deurali

Day 04: Deurali – Annapurna Base Camp

Day 05: Annapurna Base Camp -Bamboo

Day 06: Bamboo – Jhinu

Day 07: Drive Jhinu – Pokhara

Group Price for Base Camp Treks

Everest Base Camp Trek cost of 12 days standard package

Number of pax.Cost per person
2-4USD 1199
5-9USD 1149
More than 10USD 1099
EBC Trek Group price

Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost of 7 days standard package

Number of pax.Cost per person
2-4USD 449
5-9USD 425
More than 10USD 399
ABC Trek group price

Conclusion

Annapurna and Everest Base Camp treks offer diverse experiences to travelers. Despite some similarities like beautiful landscapes, snow-covered mountains, and friendly locals, the trekking experience in Annapurna and Everest is unique. The trek duration is shorter and elevation gain is lower as compared to the Everest Base Camp trek. The cultural diversity experienced during these treks is fascinating. To witness the world’s highest mountain Everest and the world’s 10th highest Annapurna during these base camp treks are treat for travelers. Both these base camp treks offer memorable experiences that travelers can cherish forever. As their preferences, they can decide to choose the treks that appeal to them.

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