This porter shelter, built by CAN in 2008, is one of the highest situated buildings in Nepal and provides shelter and accommodation for porters working in the Everest region. Fortunately, the building suffered minimal damage in the earthquakes although, as with most other buildings constructed of stone, the main problem was the collapse of the top of the gable end above wall height. This was repaired more or less immediately by local lodge owners.
Gorak Shep is at 5140 metres and sits just below Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar – the goal of so many trekkers in the Khumbu region. This means there are large numbers of porters working in the area and at this altitude shelter it is even more vital for their welfare and safety.
The shelter has proved very popular and is looked after by local lodge owners on a rota basis. Porters can stay overnight for a small charge and can buy meals from the lodge managing the shelter.
The Gorak Shep and Machhermo shelters provide approximately 13,500 bed nights during the spring and autumn trekking seasons, saving lives and creating better conditions for porters in the Khumbu. If you’re trekking in the area please do call in and say hello!
A selection of photos showing the construction of the shelter are shown below.