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Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp | Distance, Elevation Gain, & Time

Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp | Distance, Elevation Gain, & Time

Day 8 is a big one on the Everest Base Camp trek as you make your way from Lobuche to Gorak Shep in the morning, followed by a round trip hike to your final destination of Everest Base Camp in the afternoon.

This guide will go into detail about what the round trip portion of the trail from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp entails, and what to expect along the way.

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1) Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp Overview

Below you will find some key details for what the round trip hike from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp will look like.

Since you will be arriving in Gorak Shep from Lobuche in the morning, you will be able to drop off your bags at your teahouse before continuing on with your day. That means for the round trip to hike to EBC, you simply can head off with just a small day pack.

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 8 Part II: Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp

Starting & Ending Point: Gorak Shep

Gorak Shep Elevation: 16,814 feet / 5,125 meters

Mid Point: Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Elevation: 17,598 feet / 5,364 meters

Distance: 4.5 miles / 7.2 kilometers (round trip)

Duration: 4 hours (round trip)

Elevation Gain: 784 feet / 239 meters

» Learn more about the various distances, elevations, and durations of the Everest Base Camp Trek

» Learn more about flying into the region in the Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Experience Guide

Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp Hike

2) Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp Elevation Profile

Below you can find the round trip Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp elevation profile.

It is a slight incline all the way through on a rocky and sandy path until you reach EBC. Don’t expect any steep elevation gains or losses but do be sure to watch your step along the way.

Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp Elevation

3) Trekking Map

As you can see on the map below, the majority of the path to Everest Base Camp will be on the outskirts of the Khumbu Glacier.

The trail leaves Gorak Shep as you pass Kala Patthar on your left and then it continues along the glacier until you reach Everest Base Camp.

Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp Map

4) Everest Base Camp Packing List

You will want to pack accordingly for this 11-day trek in the Himalayas. I put together a complete Everest Base Camp Packing List that goes over every single item I brought along on the trail. Some of the most important items on the list include:

Everest Trek Packing List

5) Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp

On the morning of day 8, you will first make your way from the village of Lobuche to the final village of Gorak Shep. After this 3 hour trek, you will be able to head to your teahouse in Gorak Shep, drop your bags, and grab some lunch.

Once you are all set, it is time to make the final push to Everest Base Camp. This portion of trail will be just under 2.5 miles and shouldn’t take longer than about 2 hours or so.

My recommendation here would be to leave Lobuche as early as you can in the morning to beat the crowds for the rest of the day ahead.

Not only will you have a better chance of securing your spot in a teahouse in Gorak Shep, but you also will be able to enjoy Everest Base Camp without too many other people around.

As you leave Gorak Shep you will immediately be walking right alongside the Khumbu Glacier with the Everest Mountain Range right behind it.

You will see that this massive glacier is full of dirt and rocks, as sediments have been falling down on it from the surrounding peaks over the years. Through all that sediment though you still will be able to see that white ice below it and how vast it really is.

Gorak Shep Trail to EBC
Khumbu Glacier Gorak Shep

As you continue walking alongside the glacier, you will be continuously gaining elevation until you reach base camp. It is a slight to moderate incline but as mentioned before, there is nothing too steep up there.

You should watch out for the technical terrain that lays ahead. There will be a mixture of sand and rocks all the way through with some slippery sections at some points as well. As long as you watch your step and don’t rush through, you should be good to go.

Another thing many people don’t realize, is that you can actually see Mount Everest for most of the trail to base camp. It is only a tiny part of the top of the mountain but if the clouds are not blocking the view, you will be able to see the peak of Everest.

Mount Everest Top

As you continue up and along the trail, you will reach a point, where the Khumbu Icefall comes into better view.

This essentially is the beginning of the Khumbu Glacier and will not be covered in all that dirt, rock and sediments. Instead you will be able to view the sharp white icefall as it winds its way down the mountain and into the valley.

For those that are not familiar with the actual climb up Mount Everest, the first portion of trail is the climb up the Khumbu Icefall with various vertical and horizontal ladders built throughout to help climbers get onto the next section of trail.

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Khumbu Icefall Mount Everest

You will continue to walk past some Sherpa prayer flags on the rocky terrain and inch closer to the icefall itself.

The trail will make its way a bit inwards during the last final stretch of trail to Everest Base Camp, where you will see tons of prayer flags and the famous Everest Base Camp rock.

Sherpa Flags Everest
Mount Everest Base Camp

6) Everest Base Camp

Congratulations! You have finally made it to Mount Everest Base Camp at 17,598 feet / 5,364 meters. Now this base camp (where the painted rock lays), is not the “official” Everest Base Camp. Instead this is considered trekkers Everest Base Camp.

The people who are actually climbing Mount Everest, set up base camp about 45-60 minutes further down the glacier closer to where the Khumbu Icefall meets the valley.

If you are heading on your trek in the March-May time period, you will see the various tents out in the distance as climbers prepare for their ascent.

As you may imagine, for those climbing Everest and for those supporting the climbers, it is very important not to be distracted or interrupted during the rest/preparation process. If you do decide to head down to the active base camp, be considerate of where you are.

Now, if you head on the Everest Base Camp trek during any other time of year besides March-May, you won’t see any tents down there at all and you can just enjoy the view from trekkers base camp.

After taking some pictures and enjoying the view around the rock and prayer flags, I would recommend walking around the area a bit and even closer to the icefall.

Do not go into the icefall though as that is way too dangerous of a section to be walking through. You never know when a piece of ice can fall. Instead just walk right to the outskirts of the icefall to take in some beautiful views of the area.

Mount Everest Base Camp Nepal

Once you have had enough time enjoying the area around Everest Base Camp, it is time to head back to Gorak Shep for a nice rest.

You will simply just need to follow the same rocky trail back as you now get to enjoy the view of the Khumbu Glacier in the opposite direction.

Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep

7) Gorak Shep Teahouse / Accommodation

I wouldn’t overthink your accommodation choices too much on the trail in general. I found all the places I stayed at pretty much the same give or take.

Essentially, rooms will cost Rs 500 (less than $5 USD) for the most part, given you eat your meals at the teahouse as well.

In Gorak Shep you will find the fewest number of teahouses available. During peak season it is common that many people need to sleep in the common areas due to the lack of available rooms. When I visited, I stayed at the Buddha Lodge, which was one of my favorite on the trail.

The other teahouses to check out include the Himalayan Lodge, Snowland Highest Inn, Everest Inn, and Gorak Shep Yeti Resort.

While I have heard a lot of complaints about Gorak Shep – very cold, no running water, terrible sleep, etc., I had a pretty good experience overall. Since there is no running water though (at least when I was there), I had to purchase water bottles from the teahouse instead of using my water sterilizer.

Gorak Shep Village

Take a look at this in depth overview of the Everest Base Camp Trek as well as the below guides I put together for each day of the journey:

Day 1 – Lukla to Phakding

Day 2 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Day 3 – Hotel Everest View Acclimatization

Day 4 – Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Day 5 – Tengboche to Dingboche

Day 6 – Nangkartshang Acclimatization

Day 7 – Dingboche to Lobuche

Day 8 – Lobuche to Gorak Shep & Everest Base Camp

Day 9 – Kalapathar & Gorak Shep to Pheriche

Day 10 – Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

Day 11 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla

That about wraps up the guide for the round trip trek from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write them in below.

Also be sure to check out the other Nepal itineraries and guides up on the site (including why I think a November Everest Base Camp trek is a great option).

Have fun out there and safe travels!

Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp Trek

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Wednesday 11th of January 2023

When you do get to the Basecamp for trekking, is there anything to stop from going further. I know the dangers and costs to climb after Basecamp but can you just go for a walk through the camp?


Friday 13th of January 2023

Hi Ren - technically nothing is stopping you, but its the Khumbu icefall that is in front of you. Of course you would not want to go near that due to its dangers. You can simply hike to base camp, enjoy the view, and head back to Gorak Shep.


Friday 12th of November 2021

The “famous” base camp rock isn’t famous! It’s some recent invention by someone and it isn’t actually at the base camp. How can you say you went to the base camp if you didn’t in fact go there? Sounds very mediocre. In your packing photo you only have one water bottle! No only that but if that’s all the clothes you took you could freeze to death. Why didn’t you employ any local guide or Porter to help with the local economy? And you can’t see Everest from the base camp! Otherwise a reasonable blog on it.


Monday 27th of February 2023

@Smartywishbone, mediocre, this trip sounded great to me. I would like to hike it without a porter, just for the freedom to go and stay where I please, when I please. I will be staying in guesthouses, buying food, water every evening and along the trail during the day, paying park and trekking fees, airport fees etc. How is this not supporting local economy? Me think your undies are too tight. Enjoyable write up.. thanks.


Tuesday 16th of November 2021

Hi there - thanks for the comment here. So, as I mentioned in the post, there is the trekkers base camp (where the rock is) and the climbers base camp (around 45 minutes further towards the icefall). I do not think it is unreasonable to say that there are two base camps here to visit. The reason for trekkers base camp is also due to the fact that it lessens the number of non climbers visiting base camp during climbing season.

From a water bottle perspective - yes, I carried one water bottle that I was able to fill up at teahouses (and at water sources on certain days). During longer days (such as the route from Phakding to Namche or Namche to Tengboche, I also bought an extra bottle from the teahouse. Each person travels differently here but I did not see the need for myself to carry two water bottles on every day of the trek.

Moving on to the clothing comment - if you take a look at my packing list for the trek linked in the guide, you will see that I brought several layers - thermal, dri fit shirt, patagonia, windproof jacket, and a down jacket (not pictured since I rented in Kathmandu). I don't see how that would cause anyone to freeze, especially given I only even wore the down jacket one time (on top of Kala Patthar for sunset).

And before jumping to conclusions here, I did employ a local porter guide during the duration of the trek for that exact reason - to help the local economy. Please do not judge before asking questions first.

And yes you can see Everest from the trekkers base camp, as seen in the pictures.

Thanks again!