Nepal is known for its natural beauty with five-star hospitality and that attracts thousands of tourists to Nepal every year. Among the many travels to Everest Base Camp and other trekking trails. This article is looking into a different perspective of Everest Base camp Trek and other treks in Nepal.
Everest Basecamp Trek and Others Treks in Nepal
The Everest Base Camp Trek surely is one of the most sought out trekking destinations of Nepal. The snowcapped peaks, lush green forests, glacial lakes, old monasteries, stupas, and Sherpa culture along the way will surely leave you astonished. Needless to say, the sight of Mt. Everest (8848m), is something that will last for a lifetime. As you reach the Everest Base Camp, your heart will surely skip a beat and stir up your emotions. So, Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek is a special journey not just to enjoy the Himalayas but for a mix of nature, culture, and welcoming people.
Other Famous Treks in Nepal
Apart from Mt. Everest (8848m), seven of the world’s tallest Himalayas lie in Nepal. As such, trekking along their foothills is the most popular adventure activity in Nepal. While Everest Base Camp Trek surely makes its name on most people’s wish list, there are many other treks in Nepal. Options such as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, and Langtang Valley Trek are great competitors for the EBC Trek.
Choosing the best trek for you can be difficult so, here are some of the features of the EBC trek against other famous treks in Nepal.
Special Features and Highlights
Everest Base Camp Trek lies in the eastern part of Nepal and the trailhead of the trek in Lukla. A scenic flight from Kathmandu lands at Lukla which begins the trek. The trail leads you through Sherpa settlements in Phakding, Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche. Shortly after passing Phakding, the trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The trekkers head to the Everest Base Camp while trekking along the Khumbu Glacier. A hike to Kalapatthar's viewpoint sums up the EBC Trek.
On the other hand, the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek starts from the lively city of Pokhara which lies in central Nepal. The trail to ABC leads you through villages like Chhomrong, Dobhan, and Deurali to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Thereon, a challenging trail paves the way to the foot of the world’s eighth highest mountain, the Annapurna(8091m). Most of the journey lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area. The Gurung and Magar villages entertain the tourists with glorious culture and unique lifestyles.
In contrast to the EBC and ABC treks, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a raw and untouched Himalayan terrain. Your journey starts with a short flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar followed by another one to Taplejung. The trail to the base camp will lead you from Suketar to Chauki, Mitlung, Ghunsa, Kambachen, and Lhonak. Finally, trekking along the Kanchenjunga Glacier, you reach the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, also known as Pangpema. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area covers most of the trekking trails on this trek.
Speaking of off-beaten treks, Manaslu Circuit is one of the best in Nepal. Beginning with a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, the trek stretches along the Budhi Gandaki River. Passing Soti Khola, Jagat, and Philim, the trek reaches the outskirts of the Tsum Valley. Heading west, the trek traverses through Lho and Sho villages to reach Samagaon. Passing Dharamsala, the trek crosses the Larkya La Pass (5160m). The trail explores the Manaslu Conservation Area and numerous Tibetan villages on the way.
Finally, the short and sweet Langtang Valley Trek is an entertaining affair to the north of Kathmandu. A 7-8 hour long drive concludes at Sybrubensi, the trailhead of the trek. Trekking along the Langtang River trekkers reach Langtang Village. Finally, the trek settles at Kyanjin Gompa where a rich blend of nature and culture awaits. Langtang National Park decorates the trails inhabited by Tamang and Tibetan communities.
Trekking in Nepal, usually, involves high-altitude ventures. As such, Everest Base Camp Trek and all the aforementioned treks also fall under the same criteria. Everest Base Camp itself lies at an altitude of 5364 meters. However, Kalapatthar, at 5545 meters, is the highest point on the EBC Trek. Similarly, Annapurna Base Camp is the highest point on the ABC Trek. The base camp is situated at an altitude of 4130 meters. Pangpema, the highest point on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, sits at a staggering altitude of 5143 meters. Likewise, Larkya La Pass (5160m)on the Manaslu Circuit Trek and Kyanjin Gompa (3860m) on the Langtang Valley Trek is the highest points on their respective treks.
Weather and Temperature Variation
Since all the treks along with the EBC Trek explore high altitudes, all of these have some similarities in weather and temperature. All these trekking adventures drop the temperature when the trekkers head to the higher altitude.
On the EBC Trek, the days are quite warm and pleasant except during the winter season. During the daytime, the temperature can reach 15 to 20 °C. In winter, the temperature can drop as low as -20 °C. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek features more mild weather conditions and bearable temperatures. While winter nights drop as low as -15 °C, the days are warmer and ideal for trekking. As of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, the temperature here can reach as low as -25 °C at night. However, like other treks, the days are warmer and during an autumn day, the temperature reaches around 18 °C. Manaslu Circuit Trek also features similar weather and temperature patterns. This trek mostly goes through villages and moderate altitudes except when crossing the Larkya La Pass. Finally, Langtang Valley Trek offers the most decent conditions to trek.
So, the best seasons to do these treks are during spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November). Monsoon and winter see harsh weather conditions so, trekking during these seasons is generally not recommended.
While most of the aforementioned treks are accessible via road trips, the trailheads on Everest Base Camp Trek and Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek are reached by domestic flights. Lukla is the trailhead of the EBC Trek whereas Suketar is the starting point on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. The altitude of Lukla is 2840 meters and Suketar sits at 2420 meters. As such, the flights to and from these airports are prone to flight delays and cancellations, in some cases. Rain, fog, blizzard, and storm during the monsoon and winter season are the main causes of flight delays. In such scenarios, trekkers have to consult with the trek operators for possible travel alternatives. Bus and four-wheelers are the best options if the trekkers must reach their destination on schedule. Otherwise, having a buffer day helps to keep the travel schedule on time.
Type of Trek, Number of Days, Target Audience, and Cost
Moving on, Everest Base Camp Trek is a difficult trek that demands great physical well-being. Everest Base Camp Trek can be completed in 15 days including the acclimatizing days at various destinations. The treks can get pretty challenging so, it is suitable for experienced trekkers and fit amateur trekkers. Similarly, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is also a difficult trek that requires similar candidates. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek requires 28 days for completion. Furthermore, the off-beaten trails on the trek can be strenuous to those who are not well-prepared. Manaslu Circuit Trek also entails off-beaten paths and crossing high-altitude passes. It can be done in 17 days. Thus, these three treks may not be suitable for everyone.
On the other hand, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Langtang Valley Trek are comparatively easier. Anyone can do these treks as they are less demanding than the other three. These are family treks and can be completed even by children and older healthy members. ABC Trek takes 13 days to complete whereas Langtang Valley Trek can be done in 11 days. You can also extend your trip or lessen it by adding and removing options on the
Finally, with all the trekking comes to the expenses and cost for the trip. Your journey to Everest Base Camp will cost you 1350 USD. All other treks except the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek cost less than the EBC Trek. The ABC Trek can be done at 1250 USD and the Manaslu Circuit Trek can be done at a cost of 1270 USD. Finally, Langtang Valley Trek is the cheapest at 680 USD. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is considerably more expensive due to the length and location of the trek. Contact us for more information about the price and other details.
Health Issues and Altitude Sickness
Symptoms of altitude sickness
The higher the altitude, the greater are the travel risks. One major thing you need to be aware of is altitude sickness. The symptoms of altitude sickness begin to show when you are traveling above 2400 meters. Thus, altitude sickness poses a great threat to all of the treks including the EBC Trek. Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness are a few of the symptoms of altitude sickness. If anyone starts to show such symptoms, the trip leader should be informed and the victim should be taken to a lower altitude.
Remedies and Preventive Measures
When backpacking, trekkers should look to prevent altitude sickness. Hence, you should not push yourself to cover high altitudes in a short time. Instead, regulate a slow pace and spend time acclimatizing. Likewise, the unique topography and harsh geographical features in the trekking regions make trekking quite difficult. To overcome any obstacle, individuals are recommended to go through basic training and build up patience for the unknown hardships they might face. With this in mind, it is essential for the trekkers to carry the right trekking gears which include, the right clothing, trekking shoes, and first aid. It is also very important to carry pills of Diamox with you to treat altitude sickness. Overall, the above-mentioned trekking destinations will require almost the same gear.
Selecting a destination among the four treks is not an easy task. Since each trekking destination in Nepal has a unique feature of its own, there are lots of options to choose from. While Everest Base Camp Trek can lure anyone with its majesty, there are other destinations as well. With proper care and guidance, you can complete any trek of your choice!