Gorak Shep or Dead Ravens is the name of the last little village before the Everest Base Camp. Gorak Shep is situated on a frozen lake with sand on it, so there is a lot of flat space to set up a tent and rest to acclimatize. This was the original site for the Everest Base Camp in the 50's. The name comes from the total lack of vegetation or other nourisment.
Johanna & Jessica should be in Gorak Shep about now, Friday morning 11.4. Finnish time. It could be that we don't get a direct report from them today, although they say there is an internet cafe there, with a slow satellite connection.
They have the opportunity to hike up Kala Patthar, which is a dune-looking top by the lake that reaches 5550 meters. There is a view of the summit of Everest from there, which the basecamp for instance lacks.
People who do the popular trek to the basecamp normally just visit the camp during the day and stay back in Gorak Shep, in a little bit lower altitude and out of the way of the people aiming higher up on the mountain.
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