Gorak Shep or Gorakshep is a frozen lakebed covered with sand in Nepal, and also the name of small village that sits at its edge at 5,164 m (16,942 ft) altitude, near Mount Everest. Even though trekking lodges at Gorak Shep are basic, in recent times more modern amenities have become available, such as satellite high-speed Internet access. There is ample flat open space for the pitching of tents at Gorak Shep.
Gorak Shep is inside the Sagarmatha National Park, the homeland of the Sherpa people, who became famous for their skills as guides and mountaineers. It is the final acclimatization stop on most common treks to Everest Base Camp from Lukla, following what the Dalai Lama dubbed "the steps to heaven." This route takes trekkers from Lukla to Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and on to Gorak Shep. Most trekkers stay overnight there, as their trekking permits will not allow them to camp at Everest Base Camp.