Gorakshep is the last settlement with hotels during your Everest Trek at an altitude of 5100 meters. Trekkers stay in Gorakshep and take side trips to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathhar. Being at a very high altitude, it is very likely that most people don’t feel very well by the time they reach Gorakshep. There are limited hotels in this place, which aren’t even operable all year around. Hence, accommodation in Gorakshep is a crucial thing that you must never overlook. This blog will help you plan your stay in Gorakshep during Everest Base Camp Trek.
What are the rooms like in the hotels?
There are only basic rooms with shared toilets in Gorakshep. Rooms are very basic with nothing but only beds. Although hotels offer a blanket and woolen bed sheets, rooms can be very cold so you can consider bringing your sleeping bags. During high flow of tourists, many trekkers are forced to stay in dining areas as well.
Cost of such rooms= USD 7 for rooms with twin bed and USD 10 if the room has more beds.
Do I Need To Book Rooms In Advance?
Due to the National Park’s restriction on building new hotels, there are only 5 hotels in Gorakshep. You can guess how full hotels will be. The reason why most trekkers don’t book beforehand is because: one- most people don’t know if they can book a hotel in Gorakshep beforehand, and two- because of the fear that whether they’ll reach on the booked date.
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What services can I expect in the Gorakshep hotels?
Food and Beverages
Despite being the last village in the trail, at an altitude of 5100 meters, the food menu in Gorakshep has many choices. Can’t always guarantee it to be good, but it is definitely mountain good! The prices for meals are pretty high, however similar through all hotels.
The tentative price for one dish ranges from USD 4-USD 8
Set Breakfast: USD 6 -USD 10
Soup: USD 4-USD 6
In high altitudes, it is very important to stay hydrated to be safe from Altitude sickness, so you have all sorts of drinks available like tea, coffee, hot juice, etc. Water scarcity is a big problem in Gorakshep. Hotels have made a water pond and water is carried everyday for all purposes. You’ll be charged for every cup of hot water that you drink.
Beverage Price Range: USD 1 -USD 4
Water cost: USD 1- 2 per cup
You have battery charging options in the dining hall. The prices are very expensive so we recommend you to bring your own power banks, especially solar powered. You’ll be charged on a per hour basis and have higher charges if you wish to charge your camera gears. Costs are as follows:
Cost: USD 4- USD 5 per hour for mobile charging
Showers in Gorakshep is not advised for health and altitude reasons even by the hotels. However, if someone is in absolute need of it, the cost is around USD 10 for a quick hotel bucket shower.
Surprisingly, the NTC cell network works in Gorakshep. The hotel owners, together after multiple efforts, have been able to install a tower in this last village. After Pangboche, Gorakshep is the only place with a phone reception. It is decent enough for calls, but not strong enough for smooth internet.
Since they have NTC towers set up, you can expect some patchy internet from NTC as well. However, it is not very reliable.
However, you have Everest Link available in the town. The wifi is suitable for sending out quick updates and messages in emergencies. When the weather is terrible or snowy, the internet will be very patchy. Data volume and prices are as follows:
-600 MB, Price: Nrs. 600 ~ USD 6 [Lodge specific, only runs in the particular lodge
– 10 GB, Validity: 30 days, Price: Nrs. 1999 ~ USD 18 [Not lodge specific, can use the date pack anywhere in the trail]
– 20 GB, Validity: 30 days, Price: Nrs. 2999 ~ USD 25
Due to the extreme cold, hotels have squat toilets so that the water won’t freeze. Toilets are shared, with one or two on each floor, and you’ll find water separately in big tanks and drums. During peak seasons, when the flow of trekkers is high, the toilets can be filthy despite the efforts of the hotel staff.
Hotels generally don’t have any other extra services to offer. However, you can ask the hotel you’re staying for packed meals and a thermos of drink when you’re heading for Everest Base camp or Kala Patthar. Hotels will also arrange helicopter services and horse services in case of need.
My TOP 2 Hotel Picks for Gorakshep
Hotel Everest Inn
Hotel Everest Inn is comparatively a new hotel built by the owners after selling Yeti Resort (right next to Everest Inn). It has relatively better services with options like electric blankets at additional cost and young, friendly staff.
See services, prices, and photos of Hotel Everest Inn here.
Snow Land Highest Inn
All hotels generally have pretty much the same service level in Gorakshep. It is close to the helipad and has a large capacity.
See services, prices and photos of Snow Land Highest Inn here.
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