When compared to Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp is significantly less expensive for budget-conscious hikers. There are three reasons for this: the location, the expense of transportation, and the amount of time it takes to get there. Because it is accessible by road, getting to the ABC trailhead is significantly less expensive in terms of transportation.
As a child growing up in the United States, I had always longed to see a jungle. The issue is that the phrases “jungle” and “forest” are used interchangeably in India. However, in the United States, we just say forest since that is all we have – pines, oaks, and birches – but when we think of a jungle, we think of the Rainforest and scenes from the Disney film “Jungle Book.” I’d always longed to be surrounded by the deep, tropical foliage of a wet, vine-covered jungle, but I’d never been anywhere close to one.
From the first step, I could tell there was something special about the Annapurna trek. I saw my first banana tree and stood there for a long time staring at it until someone pointed out the fruit vine that hung down from the centre. Palm trees coexisted with waterfalls, ferns, thick moss, crisscrossing bamboo shoots, delicate but vivid flowers blooming alongside the route, and the thickest, greenest undergrowth I’d ever seen. It felt like we were going through a green tunnel with only a few rays of sunlight coming through when the trees, vines, and bamboo all seemed to work together.
Pokhara is the nearest city to the commencement of the ABC trek. Then it’s a short cab ride to the trailhead village, and then you’re gone – assuming you can convince yourself to leave Pokhara.
In some ways, this city has succeeded in evoking the impression of a beach resort. Pokhara, which is nestled in the mountains next to Phewa Lake, has the feel of Goa. We couldn’t stop ourselves from hiring one of the little boats and paddling out to the centre of the lake, where we could see the temples on the mountains above us and the bamboo shacks serving chilled happy hour beverages and grilled maize and chicken.
JHINU HOT SPRINGS:
I recommend taking the Jhinu route back from ABC, although you may also pass through this settlement on your way up. Jhinu is the last town you see before returning to civilization, positioned ideally on a little protrusion of a bigger mountain crest. It’s the ideal grand finale to an absolutely stunning week.
We’d been talking about it for days; after all, we’d hiked over 60 kilometres across tough terrain and were looking forward to relaxing. We had only just arrived in Jhinu when we hurried down to the river in our swimwear, easing our way into the steam.
It was flawless in every aspect.
Ultimately, whether you select EBC or ABC, you will be weary, there will be good days and bad days. Things that bother you and things that thrill you, but both will be an amazing vacation. Annapurna is my favourite mountain, and you now understand why.
EVEREST BASE CAMP:
Porters use animals, usually yaks, to deliver provisions to the South Base Camp. To access the North Base Camp, a paved route departs from China National Highway 318. Climbers often stay at base camp for several days to acclimatise and decrease the risk of altitude sickness.
Trekkers frequently fly from Kathmandu to Lukla before beginning the hike to the base camp to save time and energy. It is possible, though, to hike to Lukla. Large and heavy items must be carried by plane since there are no roads between Kathmandu and Lukla.
In addition to the permit necessary to visit Tibet. A permit from the Chinese government is required to visit the North Base Camp. The North Base Camp has been closed to visitors since February 2019. Such permits could formerly be obtained via Lhasa travel companies. As part of a package vacation that included the rental of a car, driver, and guide.
In this blog, you read a comparison between the Annapurna base camp trek and the Everest base camp trek. In my opinion, both are must-do treks. Definitely, this article will help you to choose destination.