Difference Between Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Difference Between Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna base camp and Everest base camp treks are the two most popular treks in Nepal. There are thousands of trekkers every year enjoying with their beauties. Both trekkings take you to the bottom of the high mountains in a few days walk from the city but, there are some differences between these two treks as sceneries, altitude, culture, the lifestyle of the people and more. Let’s check here that difference between Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp trek now.

Direction and Starting the Treks

Lukla airport

The Everest base camp trek is in the east from Kathmandu and Annapurna base camp trek is in the west. Everest base camp trek starts with a short scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu mostly. Although, you can start the trip driving to Jiri on a bus or Saleri on a Jeep. Starting trekking with driving is longer than a flight. It is in Sagarmatha national park, which is a natural UNESCO world heritage site of Nepal.

Annapurna base camp trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and leads the tour. You can also fly from Kathmandu to the lake city instead of driving. It is also famous as Annapurna sanctuary trek and remains in the Annapurna conservation area.

Altitude Difference

Lukla is 2,840m of elevation above sea level where you land with a plane. Then the trip goes to 5,364m (base camp) and 5,550m (Kala Pathar). It takes eight days to reach this height with two altitude practice rest days. There will be more chances of getting altitude sickness, so you need to be careful to prevent altitude sickness.

Annapurna Sanctuary trek starts from 820m (Pokhara) and drive to Nayapul around thousand meters and goes to 4,130m (Annapurna Base Camp) in a few days. Annapurna base camp hike has a less chance of getting altitude sickness.

People and Lifestyle

Everest region is a land of Sherpa people. Sherpas are mountain legend and famous in the world as the mountain climbers. Some people call Sherpa for the trekking porter, but actually, the Sherpa is a tribe of Everest region. They are Buddhist and a bit similar look with Tibetan. Not all Sherpas are in Tourism and climber. They are engaged in farming and business.

Annapurna has a mixed type of people like Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar, and other people but, Gurung and Magar are the leading inhabitants of the region. Magar and Gurung are in Gurkha regiment in the UK and India so, they are the brave Gurkhas. You can see the cultural program in the evening in bigger villages like singing and dancing the traditional way in this society. People here are practising Hinduism and Buddhism as a lower area and higher.

Difficulty Level

Both treks are moderate levelled treks, but Everest base camp is a bit harder than Annapurna base camp. Walking hours are more in Annapurna compared to Everest because of the altitude gain. Annapurna has more climbing than Everest, but you feel easier in Annapurna to trek.

It is not to have a serious climbing training for both treks. Hiking practice around 3000m of the altitude above sea level, you can be able to make these both treks easily.

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Written by Rajesh Thapaliya

I am Rajesh Thapaliya working in the Nepalese tourism industry for more than a decade and a half as a tour leader and trekking/ tour operator in Frolic Adventure Pvt. Ltd. I have been to most of the Nepalese Himalayan base camps and historical heritage sites. I write my Nepal travel experience and love photography.