Gorakshep

Gorakshep is the last stopover point on the trail of Everest Base Camp Trek. Located at an elevation of 5164 meters, this tiny settlement caters to the basic needs of several trekkers heading in and out of the Everest Base Camp. Gorakshep used to be the base camp for Mt Everest Climbers in the old days. But after the Khumbu Glacier recede, the base camp moved further up and is called the Everest Base Camp nowadays. The current Everest Base Camp is located at a height of 5364 meters.

Gorakshep lies inside the Sagarmatha National Park. Hence it is compulsory to have the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit to reach here. Without the TIMS card and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, you cannot make your trek to this region.

How to get there?

Gorak Shep lies on the trail to the Everest Base Camp Trek. Therefore after taking the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, trekkers usually follow the trail of EBC to reach Gorak Shep. However, trekkers who want to escape the Lukla flight can take a bus ride from Kathmandu to Jiri. From Jiri, they can join a trail up to Lukla. But the latter one requires some extra days.

Passing through the villages of Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche from Lukla, trekkers finally make their way to Gorakshep. Before reaching Gorakshep, trekkers spend several days for acclimatization rest in the lower altitude villages. Once they reach Gorakshep, trekking along the Khumbu icefall, they normally head to the Everest Base Camp.

Due to the low oxygen level, the final trek to EBC can be quite tough. However, the presence of the famous Everest Base Camp rock and prayer flags, give trekkers the next level of happiness. EBC is the ultimate goal of most of the trekkers who undertake this trek. After spending some time at the Everest Base Camp, trekkers make their way back to the Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, they embark on their journey to Kalapatthar, the next morning. Kala Patthar is the perfect vantage point to have a real view of Mount Everest. Apart from Mount Everest, this viewpoint also offers trekkers the mesmerizing views of Lobuche, Nuptse, and many others.

After relishing the great views of mountains from Kala Patthar, trekkers descend down to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, they return back to Lukla by retracing the same route. Taking the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu they finally return to Kathmandu.

Other optional ways to get in and out of Gorakshep

If you have a dream to have a close-up view of Mount Everest but prefer to avoid the long days walk, then don't bother much. You can do so by joining a helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Gorakshep. And within a few hours of walk from Gorakshep, you can enjoy the magnificent views of Everest.

There are several trekkers who are already in Gorakshep with no more endurance to trek back. For such trekkers, the helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Kathmandu serves the best.

Accommodation at Gorakshep

There are only a few lodges or teahouses available in Gorak Shep. Due to the presence of limited teahouses in Gorakshep, many trekkers have to share a single room during the peak trekking seasons. However, if you feel comfortable sleeping under the tent, then there are several flat surface places to set up the tents here.

With basic facilities, the lodge owner serves every trekker visiting the region. However, in recent days you can expect some extra facilities like satellite high-speed internet facilities also. Some of the teahouses for accommodation at Gorakshep are Gorakshep Yeti Resort, Snowlant Highest Inn, Himalayan Lodge, and Everest Inn.

Gorakshep Weather

Being located at a high altitude, the weather of Gorakshep remains quite unpredictable. Therefore, it is better to check the Gorakshep weather forecast just before stepping into this region. If you are planning to trek this region during the Spring or Winter season, then I must say you had made a great decision.

Trekking to this region is possible in the winter and monsoon season also. However, if you are thinking of doing so, then be ready to face various obstacles and risks. For instance: trekking to Gorakshep during the rainy season results in snow or rock avalanches which makes trekking too risky. Further, the rainfall causes the trail to get slippery due to which it becomes too difficult to trek this region.

Speaking of the winter season, the heavy snowfall may sometimes block your trail to reach your destination. Furthermore, even if you succeed to make your way to Gorakshep, you will not find any accommodation here. Due to the heavy rainfall and unbearable cold, locals here descend down to the lower altitudes. Hence, it is great not to trek this region in winter.