Nepal offers some of the very best high-altitude trekking in the world. This isn’t surprising, given it claims a large stretch of the Himalayas, the world’s greatest mountain chain. Two of the country’s most famous treks are the Annapurna circuit and the Everest Base Camp trek.
The Annapurna circuit has been a perennial favourite among trekkers ever since it opened in the 1970s. One of the reasons for its great success is its varied and beautiful terrain. A circular route, the Annapurna circuit takes you through lush and hilly terrain, then leads you up into a rain shadow. Here, the landscape is austere, and fierce winds and cold temperatures test your mettle. You climb all the way to 5,416 m above sea level to cross Thorung La Pass. You then drop down into Mustang district and wend your way to the famous Kali Gandaki Gorge. During the trek you encounter various cultural and religious groups, including Tibetan Buddhists, and stay in traditional mountain villages. You also spend many days in the company of some incredibly mighty mountains, including Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I, the seventh and tenth highest mountains in the world.
The Everest Base Camp trek is a tough and rewarding two-week hike from the town of Lukla to the famous Everest Base Camp and back. Most of the hike takes place in Sagarmatha National Park, home to the well-known Sherpa people. The trek route is incredibly beautiful, taking you through steep, forested valleys before launching you up onto windswept heights where you’re surrounded by glaciers and snowcapped mountains. The highlight is reaching Everest Base Camp at 5,364 m above sea level. The return route chosen by Follow Alice takes you up and over the snow-covered Cho La Pass (5,420 m) and to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes.
Preparation is key to any high-altitude trek. This means knowing a bit about the Annapurna circuit route and how hard it is so you can mentally and physically prepare for it. Linked to this, we’re sure you’d like to know when is best time to trek the circuit. Further, you want a comprehensive packing list and to have a breakdown of the cost of the Annapurna circuit.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is an epic adventure that takes you through beautiful, tough and varied terrain. It requires some thoughtful preparation, like choosing the best time of year to trek the route to planning your packing list. We also have blog posts detailing the cost of the Everest Base Camp trek, describing the trek route, and a discussing how hard the trek is.
We’ve also put together some general information, advice and tips on trekking in Nepal. We discuss matters like Nepali visas and money, as well as travelling and safety in Nepal. We also discuss the differences between the Annapurna circuit and Everest Base Camp trek to help you choose which to tackle (or which to tackle first!).