Gorak Shep

Gorak Shep or Gorakshep is a small village in a dry lake covered with sand and rocks at an altitude of 5,144 meters (16,942 ft) at the foot of Mount Everest as the last settlement for the next to Everest South Base Camp and Kala Patthar. The village is unoccupied throughout the year, but has trekking huts and high-speed satellite internet access facilities as the highest cafenet on earth.

Gorak Shep is the last permanent stop in Nepal for climbers to the summit of Mount Everest. The trakkers depart from Lobuche village (4,940 meters, 16,210 feet) and head for Gorak Shep for overnight and acclimatize to continue onward to Everest South Base Camp or Kala Patthar.

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Gorak Shep is covered in the Sagarmatha National Park as the homeland of famous Sherpas possessing expertise as a guide and a natural mountain climber. This place is also a way for the trekkers to Kala Patthar to watch the best view of Everest without the need of climbing permit. This area has about 50% oxygen from the sea surface content.

Everest South Base Camp (5,364 meters, 17,598 ft)

Everest South Base Camp is the last stop where climbers camp. South Base Camp name to differentiate with North Base Camp (5,150 meters, 16,900 ft) which refer to the same but through the Tibetan line. The climb from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp ranges from 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on the weather, acclimatization and physical conditioning of each individual.

In this place many are beginning to suffer from symptoms of altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS). Supply is shipped to South Base Camp by sherpas or porter, and usually uses yaks. In October, November and December very quiet, but Everest Base Camp in May turned into a tent city.

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude quake struck Nepal, triggering a landslide on Pumori, and 19 people were reportedly killed. On May 12, the second earthquake of 7.3 and some of the lanes to Everest Base Camp needed improvement.

Kala Patthar (5,550 meters, 18,209 feet)

Kala Patthar or 'black stone' is located on the southern ridge of Pumori above Gorak Shep as a popular spot for trekkers to get the Everest closeup view. The Massive Everest structure is blocked by Nuptse, so Kala Patthar provides spectacular direct views for Everest, Nuptse and Changtse. The full climb from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar is usually between 1.5 to 2 hours.

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Kala Patthar climbs through a series of steep switchbacks before easing as it crosses the eastern side of the mountain. The trail then becomes steep until it reaches the top of the mountain and 5 minutes to 10 minutes on the boulders brings to the top.

Location: Gorak Shep, Khumjung, Nepal