Everest Base Camp (EBC) vs Annapurna Circuit Solo Hike Experience Comparison

Nepal's top two famous trekking routes that can also be hiked on self-guided basis 

Because I have 3 months multiple entry tourist visa granted on my first visit to Nepal, I have more than enough time to trek Everest Base Camp (2015) and Annapurna Circuit (2016), two famous trekking routes in Himalayas Region.

Mt. Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit from Nepal are two of the most popular mountain trails and tourist-hiker friendly trails in Nepal's Himalayan Range. As an amateur hiker, this two mountains are the top-most priority on the bucket list. As such, I visited them both and the following was the observation I had during the course.

To summarize Nepal's famous 3 trekking routes (Everest Base CampAnnapurna Circuit and Lantang Valley) based on my self-guided solo winter hike adventure in comparison to each other; E​VEREST BASE CAMP (5,364masl) and KALAPATHAR (5,550masl) trekking route is costly because of the Lukla flight, trekking difficulty is hardest (but much rewarding) because of the series of ascent/descent trails from Jiri and the high elevation challenge, and nothing beats the view of the world's highest mountain peak. On the other hand, ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT (5,416masl) and BASE CAMP (4,130masl) trekking route is the mainstream trail based of its tolerable high elevation for all tourist types and can be minimized to at least 7 trekking days for ABC only. Also, trail is much scenic and somehow easy because of continuous ascent/descent trails.

Everest Base Camp (November 2015)


Everest Base Camp (November 2015)

Everest Base Camp (November 2015)

Everest Base Camp (November 2015)

Everest Base Camp (November 2015)

MT. EVEREST BASE CAMP (EBC) MOUNTAIN NAME ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT
5,364masl (EBC) SUMMIT ELEVATION 5,416masl (Thorong La)
5,550masl (Kalapathar) 4,130masl (Annapurna Base Camp)
Sagarmatha, Nepal LOCATION Annapurna, Nepal
EBC (closest place to Mt. Everest) FEATURE see world's 10th highest, Annapurna I
Kalapathar (closest viewpoint)
November to May BEST MONTHS TO HIKE November to May
June to August WORST MONTHS TO HIKE June to August
14 days minimum TREKKING DURATION 8 days minimum
Short Route (Lukla to EBC) TRAILS Short Route (Pokhara to ABC)
Long Route (Jiri to EBC) Long Route (Besisahar to Pokhara)
rainforest, rocky, dusty, alpine TRAIL TYPE rainforest, rocky, dusty, alpine
series of ascent / descent continuously ascent then descent
lots of man-made shelters TRAIL STOP-OVERS lots of man-made shelters
tea houses and lodges tea houses and lodges
orange circle paint TRAIL MARKERS white/red rectangle paint
can be done independently HIKE JOURNEY can be done independently
$570 ESTIMATED MINIMUM BUDGET $320
none if independent PREPARATION none if independent
trekking & park permits required REGISTRATION trekking & park permits required
NOVEMBER 27 TO DECEMBER 15, 2015 DATE I VISITED JANUARY 06 TO 21, 2016
solo (no guide/porter) HIKE JOURNEY solo (no guide/porter)
Long Route (Jiri to EBC) CHOSEN TRAIL Long Route (Besisahar to Pokhara)
self-customized CHOSEN TRAIL REMARKS self-customized
18 days TREK DURATION 16 days
Easy to Difficult TREK DIFFICULTY Easy to Difficult
300 kilometers (approx.) TRAIL ENTIRE DISTANCE 280 kilometers (approx.)
lodges available in every village ACCOMMODATION lodges available in every village
in the rainforest trail only (fog rain) RAINING on day 3 and final phase (with snow)
Jiri TREK START Besisahar
Lukla TREK END Pokhara
Day 1: Kathmandu to Jiri by bus ITINERARY Day 1: Kathmandu to Besisahar by bus
Day 2: Jiri to Shivalaya Day 2: Besisahar to Chyamche
Day 3: Shivalaya to Kinja Day 3: Chyamche to Thamchowk
Day 4: Kinja to Lamjura Pass Day 4: Thamchowk to Lower Pisang
Day 5: Lamjura Pass to Salung Day 5: Lower Pisang to Yak Kharka
Day 6: Salung to Jubhing Day 6: Yak Kharka to High Camp
Day 7: Jubhing  to Paiya Day 7: High Camp to Muktinath
Day 8: Paiya to Ghat Day 8: Muktinath to Marpha
Day 9: Ghat to Namche Day 9: Marpha to Dana
Day 10: Namche  to Tengboche Day 10: Dana to Chitre
Day 11: Tengboche to Dingboche Day 11: Chitre to Tadapani
Day 12: Dingboche to Lobuche Day 12: Tadapani to Bamboo
Day 13: Lobuche to Gorakshep Day 13: Bamboo to ABC
Day 14: Gorakshep to EBC Day 14: ABC to Chomrong
Day 15: Gorakshep to Kalapathar Day 15: Chomrong to Pokhara
Day 16: Gorakshep to Pangboche Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus
Day 17: Pangboche to Namche
Day 18: Namche to Lukla
Day 0: Lukla to Kathmandu by airplane
DIFFICULT SUMMIT PUSH DIFFICULT
YES, despite altitude sickness SUMMITED YES, despite altitude sickness
5,550masl (Kalapathar Peak) HIGHEST ELEVATION REACHED 5,416masl (Thorong La)
$566 BUDGET ON ENTIRE TRIP $320

Annapurna Circuit (January 2016)

Annapurna Circuit (January 2016)

Annapurna Circuit (January 2016)

Annapurna Circuit (January 2016)

Annapurna Circuit (January 2016)


1 comment:

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