It is easy to notice that while the Everest Base Camp trek is for adrenaline pumping fun, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a more moderate trip. The former needs various acclimatization breaks and is rated extremely high on difficulty levels, courtesy the high altitude, thinner air, rough terrains, icefalls on the way and lack of human presence (and thus the comforts) in many parts of the journey. The latter, on the other hand, is easier to attempt as it does not have rough terrains that are tough to conquer, passes through many inhabited villages offering myriad cultural experiences and has gorgeous nature trails that let you explore the best of flora and fauna. ABC is also known for the teahouses along the trek, which make it less strenuous as you take this fun-filled yet adventurous journey from one teahouse to the other.
Your choice of which trek to go for should depend on the fitness levels that you’re currently experiencing and also the difficulty level that you’re willing to endure. For those seeking some serious adventure and thrill must have the more demanding Everest Base Camp trek on their bucket list. The Annapurna Base Camp trek also requires high levels of fitness but is recommended for amateurs as well as experts and people looking to have close encounters with nature, with sufficient preparation ofcourse.
ABC offers a mix of terrains and has both uphill and downhill slopes, thus making it ideal for runners and fitness freaks. EBC, on the other hand, is a steady uphill trek and requires you to pause in between to acclimatize.
There’s yet another school of thought which believes that you may not have to choose between the two – the Annapurna Base Camp trek is seen here as preparation for the more challenging Everest Base Camp trek. With the difference in altitude that exists between the two treks, it is considered that ABC helps you practice for the higher altitudes of EBC.
With the facts in front of you, your decision of which trek to choose lies in your perception of both of them. Which school of thought would you go ahead with?