Everest VS Annapurna: Which trek to choose?
If you are planning to trek in beautiful mountainous country Nepal and you are in dilemma to choose between Everest and Annapurna, then this article surely helps you to decide which trek is better for you. There are other many trekking trials in the country too but Everest and Annapurna, without a doubt, are two most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. There are many trekkers who trek both Everest and Annapurna because they don’t want to miss anyone since both treks are outstanding, exhilarating and offer a lot.
Some trekkers like Everest more whereas some like Annapurna more. It really depends on personal preferences. Here we compare Everest and Annapurna considering several factors, which helps you to choose your trek based on your preference. It’s you to choose which trek is better, not others to choose for you.
If the mountainous view is your top priority, then trek to Everest base camp is better for you because it’s a high altitude trekking through some of the most amazing scenery of the Himalayas. People feel pride reaching the base camp of world’s highest mountain. You will be mesmerized getting close to Everest base camp or Gokyo Lake being surrounded by the mountains all around you.
On the other hand, Annapurna has more diversity to go with its amazing views. The trek begins in the lower foothills of the Himalayas, then through terraced rice fields, oak forest and lust rhododendrons galore. You still get to see spectacular view of snowcapped mountains, but they are more of a constant backdrop. If you want greener and more diverse scenery, then choose Annapurna circuit trek.
No doubt, both treks offer outstanding natural scenery.
- Trekking trail
The trekking trail of Everest base camp is comparatively tougher than that of Annapurna. The main reason is the high altitude for Everest trek. Trekking in high altitude is difficult.
- Getting there
For Everest camp trek, it’s easier now that one can fly from Kathmandu to the tiny airstrip of Lukla from where one can start the trek. In the past when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa were successful in reaching the summit, the only way was to walk from Kathmandu as there were no road anywhere near that place.
For Annapurna trek, one can either travel by bus or take short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara, the city of lakes, is the gateway to Annapurna. You can also manage sightseeing day for beautiful Pokhara.
Everest base camp trek costs more than Annapurna because the trek is at higher elevation and it is more luxurious as you get on mountain. Another reason may be that Everest has a bigger brand name. Annapurna trek is affordable considering food and transportation.
Generally, Everest base camp trek is more crowded than Annapurna. If you are a trekker who want less crowded trek, then Annapurna is comparatively less crowded.
Hope, this blog article helps you to decide your trek over Everest and Annapurna. We would like to recommend you to trek both Everest and Annapurna if you have time for them because both are amazing treks. If you have done one, then consider another because both have different flavors besides similarities.
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