Lobuche to Gorak Shep Trek | Distance, Elevation, Time

by Jun 30, 2020Blog, Nepal, Nepal Blog

Day 8 of the Everest Base Camp trek takes you from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, the highest village that you will be sleeping in throughout the duration of the trail. Gorak Shep is also the closest village to Everest Base Camp itself, which you are sure to visit later on in the day. This guide will go over the details behind the portion of trail between Lobuche and Gorak Shep and what to expect along the way.

Lobuche to Gorak Shep

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1) Lobuche to Gorak Shep Hiking Details

Day 8 on the Everest Base Camp trek can be broken out in two main sections. The first is the trek between Lobuche and Gorak Shep (what this guide will go over). The second part of the day though is the round trip hike to Everest Base Camp from Gorak Shep, which I will be covering in a separate guide.

Note: while most people do opt for Everest Base Camp on day 8 and then the trek up Kala Patthar on day 9, I would recommend switching the two ONLY if the weather is clear for a Kala Patthar sunset on day 8.

 

Below you will find some key details for what to expect on the trail between Lobuche and Gorak only.

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 8: Lobuche to Gorak Shep

Starting Point: Lobuche

Lobuche Elevation: 16,109 feet / 4,910 meters

Ending Point: Gorak Shep

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

Distance: 2.8 miles / 4.5 kilometers

Duration: 3 Hours

Elevation Gain: 863 feet / 263 meters

Net Elevation Gain: 705 feet / 215 meters

 

*Elevation gain is the true amount of elevation gained for the portion of the trail. Net elevation is just the difference in elevation between Lobuche and Gorak Shep.

» 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

Sherpa Flags Lobuche

2) Lobuche to Gorak Shep Elevation Profile

Below you can find the Lobuche to Gorak Shep elevation profile. It is a pretty steady and gentle incline throughout the way with just a couple short steeper sections in some places.

At the very end of the trek as you approach Gorak Shep, the trail will make its way over the Chumbu and Pumori glacier tongues. Here you will find one rocky and uneven downhill section followed by an uphill before you arrive in the village.

Lobuche to Gorak Shep Elevation Profile

3) Trekking Map

As you can see on the map, you will be walking right alongside the Khumbu Glacier for the duration of the hike. In that final kilometer though, the path will cross over a separate glacier that feeds into the Khumbu Glacier.

During this portion of trail the terrain will get more technical but luckily it doesn’t last too long. Before you know it, you will be in the tiny village of Gorak Shep.

Lobuche to Gorak Shep 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:

Hiking Socks: Darn Tough Merino Wool Crew Mens | Darn Tough Merino Wool Crew Womens

Hiking Pants: Eddie Bauer Men’s Guide Pro Pants  | Eddie Bauer Women’s Guide Pro Pants

Fleece: Columbia Men’s Ascender Softshell | Columbia Women’s Kruser Ridge II Softshell

Rain Jacket: Columbia Men’s Watertight II | Columbia Women’s Arcadia II

Hiking Shoes: KEEN Men’s Targhee III | KEEN Women’s Targhee III

Hiking Backpack: Osprey Atmos 65 | Osprey Renn 65

Trekking Map | NatGeo Waterproof Map

Solar Power Bank | 25,000mAh Solar Power Bank

Deodorizing Body Wipes  | Alcala Bamboo Deodorizing Body Wipes

Everest Trek Packing List

5) Lobuche to Gorak Shep Trekking

As I mentioned before, day 8 can be broken down into two parts, the first part takes you from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and the second part is the round trip trek to Everest Base Camp (or Kala Patthar). Once you reach Gorak Shep, you will have the chance to check into your teahouse, drop off your bags, have some lunch and refuel, and then continue on with your day.

After having breakfast in Lobuche and checking out of your teahouse there, it is time to begin the 2.8 mile / 4.5 kilometer trek to Gorak Shep.

The sandy and rocky path will slowly gain elevation as you walk alongside the Khumbu Glacier with the Nupste face out in front of you. There will be certain sections that require a bit more of a steeper incline, as you make your way from one section of trail to the next.

Lobuche to Gorak Shep TrailNupste View Everest Base CampLobuche PassLobuche to Gorak Shep Trekking

As you continue your way up, you will get better and better views of the Khumbu Glacier down below alongside the surrounding mountain landscape. Throughout the way you are also sure to pass several Sherpa flag monuments as you are now getting closer and closer to Everest Base Camp.

Khumbu Glacier Gorak Shep

Soon the trail will head onto the glacier, the last section of trail before reaching Gorak Shep. Here is where there will be some additional inclines and declines on a more rocky and uneven path. You will want to be super careful here and watch your step as you don’t want to hurt yourself as you make your way across.

Around this time, you will actually be able to see Mount Everest. It will only be the very tip of the mountain but it will be there right behind Nupste.

Gorak Shep Trek

Top of Mount Everest

The very top of Mount Everest peaking out in the background

 

It is then just a bit more until Gorak Shep finally comes into view with Kala Patthar and Pumori sitting behind the village. Make your way to your teahouse, check into your room, have some lunch and get ready for part 2 of the day!

Gorak Shep

6) 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.

Buddha Lodge Gorak Shep

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 a quick guide to the trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. 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 (like why I would recommend an Everest Base Camp Trek in November).

Have fun out there and safe travels!

 

Lobuche to Gorak Shep Everest

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