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Lukla Flight Notice

As per Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) decision, flights to and from Lukla airport will be operated from MANTHALI airport, Ramechhap. The Civil aviation association of Nepal (CAAN) has acquainted that there is rapid accession of traffic blockage at Kathmandu Airport and the Lukla sector is believed to be the busiest domestic flights sectors of Nepal. Flight to Lukla is one of the most occupied flights during the trekking season in Nepal and to avoid the traffic congestion and minimize the workload of TIA, they’ve drawn a conclusion i.e. all the flights to and from Lukla are rerouted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap again.

The Chief of Tribhuwan International Airport, Raj Kumar Chhetri has informed that all the airlines have prepared for their morning flights to Lukla via Ramechhap. So, if you’ve already booked a trek to Everest region with us within the period above mentioned, make sure that you are prepared for a flight to Lukla via Ramechhap (Manthali airport) instead of Kathmandu. So, we would like to request all our admired guests who have confirmed trips in Everest region to have this information updated: We’ve to drive to Manthali Airport from Kathmandu at 2 am (approx.) to catch the flight from Manthali to Lukla. The 137 km drive will take around 4-5 hours.

Another reliable and a bit expensive option is going for a helicopter upgrade and flying to Lukla straight from Kathmandu. The Kathmandu helipad area will not be affected and you can have Helicopter flight to Lukla from 6.30 am onwards. The upgrade could cost you a top up of USD 350-500 per person depending on the payload and availability of the flights.

  • Duration:23 Nights 24 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:1 - 10
  • Activity:Trekking & Climbing
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 6189m

About Three High Passes and Island Peak Climbing

There are several approaches to ascend Island Peak, but Annapurna Foothills Treks highly recommends doing Three High Passes before attempting Island Peak, 6189m, as they provide the ultimate pre-acclimatization. After crossing three high passes in the Everest region; Renjo La Pass 5430m, Cho La Pass, 5330m, Kongma La Pass 5535m, you will be physically and psychologically prepared to summit Island Peak.

Island Peak is a perfect choice for trekkers who are fit and ready to do something more than a challenging trek. Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, lies to the south of Mount Everest like an island rising from valleys on all sides. We start out adventure with a 35-minute mountain flight to Lukla where we meet up with our crew. We hike up the Dudh Kosi Valley on the well worn Everest trail while enjoying the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. We reach Namche Bazaar, commercial hub of the Khumbu. This is a great place to stop and acclimatize with great options for day hikes and view of the mountains.

Instead of taking the busy trail toward Everest Base Camp, we head off into the Bhote Koshi Valley to Thame.This is a lovely cultural experience as the villages on this old trading route with Tibet are less commercialized and therefore more authentic.We branch off this trail and climb toward the Renjo La, 5430m, and then down to the beautiful Gokyo Valley, with its lovely turquoise lakes beside the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier. We well want to climb Gokyo Ri, 5357m, a mind boggling view of the region's 8000-metre peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho, before we cross the glacier and head toward Cho-La, 5300m, We then join the Everest Base Camp trail at Lobuche Village.

After reaching Everest Base Camp we climb the famous Kalapathar, for another awesome panorama of Everest and surrounding peaks and return to Lobuche where we take the trail to the Kongma glacier. By this time we feel well acclimatized to head up to Kongma La, 5535m our last pass before we make our attempt on Island Peak from Chhukung.

At Island Peak Base Camp our  climbing Sherpa will provide a training of climbing techniques to ensure that you are completely confident before you begin the climb. We spend one night at Island Peak Base Camp and one night at Island Peak High Camp before our summit push.

Although Island Peak is technically straightforward, nothing at altitudes of 6000-and-some-meters is easy. We start our trek back to Namche with a great sense of accomplishment, and feeling strong for all the extra red blood cells we have in our system. The next day we catch our flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

The best season for Three High Passes and Island Peak Climbing is from March to May (Spring) and from September to November (Autumn). However, the winter is also a great time to climb if you are well prepared for the cold weather. In the crisp and cold month of December  the views of the mountains are crystal clear and there are fewer tourists around. The duration of the Three High Passes and Island Peak Climb can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will arrange every detail of your Three High Passes and Island Peak Expedition; lodge accommodation, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.

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Highlights of Three High Passes and Island Peak Climbing

  • crossing Renjo La Pass 5430 m, Cho La Pass, 5330 m, Kongma La Pass 5535 m 
  • excellent acclimatization route for climbing Island Peak
  • visit Gokyo Valley, Everest Base Camp, Kala Pattar en route to the climb
  • a Perfect Khumbu experience, Sherpa culture 
  • well set up logistics and support during camping days
  • trek with our qualified and experienced Sherpa climbing guides 
  • view Mt. Everest and other mountains from several vantage points:  Renjo La, Gokyo Ri, Cho La, Kalapathar and Island Peak

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice as you check in.


  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Private Tourist Vechile

The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city. Overnight stay at hotel.   We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft

An early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 2804m takes only 35 minutes. On arrival in Lukla, a guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakdingma, 2610m.                                             

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4hrs
  • 2,610 m/8,562 ft
  • Domestic Flight

Namche Bazaar, known as the capital of Khumbu and the gateway to Everest, has many good hotels and lodges. This is the biggest village along the entire Everest trail. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinner air. We will visit a museum which displays the traditions and customs of the Sherpa people. We hike up to the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel where we can see the panorama of Khumbu peaks. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

we start trekking from Namche bazaar towards Thame. Thame is at the far end of the Khumbu valley, and you may feel it is also almost the ends of the earth! The local inhabitants are still untouched by modern civilization. We go past the large prayer flags, the entrance monument, Chorten and the carved Mani stones. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 3,820 m/12,532 ft

The trail to Lungden today passes though ancient Sherpa villages with stone walls encircling them, such as Tarang. This is a dry area, so the flora and fauna is different than what you have seen so far. We may also have to share trail with Tibetan yak caravans, as this is a trading route from Namche to Tibet. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 4,500 m/ 14,763 ft

Today we rest in preparation for a big day tomorrow. We visit the Nakpa valley, the old trade route to Tibet, and take a short hike to the nearby Darkyachhulung peak and Lake Cho Relmo. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4,500 m/ 14,763 ft

The trail starts out with steep ups and downs over rocks before leveling out to Yak Kharkas (pastures) and Twin Renjo lakes before reaching the sandy ridge of Renjo La pass. We cross a frozen stream and scramble over boulders on the way down to reach Gokyo Lake. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 10-12 hrs
  • 4,790 m/15,715 ft

In the morning we climb for around two hours up to Gokyo Peak, 5360m. This is a straight-forward, but steep climb and also tiring, due to the altitude. It will be worth the effort, as this is one of the best panoramic views in the Khumbu. From the rocky summit, four peaks over 8000 metres can be seen: Everest, 8848m, Cho Oyo, 8153m, Lhotse, 8511m and Makalu, 8481m and other awesome peaks.

From here we follow the lateral moraines and walk for two hours on glacial scree across the Ngozumpa glacier, a series of ups and downs. After crossing the glacier we reach the yak herders' huts and tea houses of Thagnag. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4,990 m/16,367 ft

This day will be a big challenge. You should carry at least 2 liters of water, as it is impossible to buy in this area. We have to start early morning, between 4:30-5:30. The first two hours we have a steep climb up to yak pastures, which we call the Chola High Camp, though there aren’t any houses there, rather you will see Buddhist prayers flags blowing in the wind. The next 1.5 hours is not so steep, but because of loose stones and uneven ground, we recommend that you use walking sticks, be careful and take the advice of our guide. The ascent to the snowy Cho La pass is very steep and it will take about 2 hours. From the pass, there is a superb view of Dzonglha Valley and its lake as well as the impressive North face of Jobo Lhaptshan, 6300m. The descent to Dzonglha, on the Cho La glacier is an endurance test. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 9-10 hrs
  • 4,710 m/ 15,452 ft

Continuing along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapathar and Pumori, we will reach Lobuche, 4910m,

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3 hrs
  • 4,915 m/ 16,125 ft

We start very early, following the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep (5,180m). After a rest we trek across the sandy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to the area known as Everest Base Camp, where in spring, we may see some of the expedition teams as they prepare to summit the mountain. From the Base Camp we get fantastic close up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us.We retrace our steps to Gorak Shep. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3 hrs
  • 5,130 m/16,830 ft

 An early morning climb will take us to our destination peak, Kala Pattar, following the Khumbu Glacier. From Kala Pattar we will see the sun rise and enjoy superb views of the surrounding mountains. And next step hike to Everest Base Camp. After celebrating our efforts and photographing this achievement, we return to Lobuche. We descend to Lobuche, 4915m. Stay overnight at lodge. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 4,915 m/16,125 ft

After gaining the Kongma La, we see cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass. Then we descend a gradual walks up the Imja Khola valley to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. Stay overnight at lodge.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6 hrs
  • 4,710 m/15,452 ft

 From Chhukung, the path climbs steeply toward the South and the turns east, following the valley along the moraine from the Lhotse glacier. We continue a short yet pleasant walk along the river side which leads to Big-Rock. From this point a 40 minute climb will take us to Island Peak Base Camp. After lunch, our Sherpa guides give a short training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gear such as ice axes, climbing boots and crampons, harnesses, ascenders and on how to go up and down using ropes. Overnight in Tent: 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 3-4 hrs
  • 5,200 m/1,7060 ft


Today, it is a very important day to acclimatize. After breakfast, we head up the steep hillside towards the Island Peak High Camp, 5600m. At the beginning, the path is sandy but soon it turns rocky, before becoming boulder strewn. The slope narrows as you climb up the hill, entering a steep rock channel. We return to Island Peak High Camp for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 2 hrs
  • 5,450 m/17,880 ft

we have to start early in the morning to climb through the rock channel. Although it is not difficult, there are many short rock steps to be crossed before you come across the other side of the channel. Then the trail leads to the ridgeline where you traverse the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses, which leads with little difficulty, to a 100m snow and ice slope (40-45°) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge will take you to the top. After enjoying the summit view, you will descend all the way to Chhukung, 4710m. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 10-12 hrs
  • 4,710 m/15,452 ft

Since we cannot guarantee favorable weather for the scheduled summit day, we have allowed an extra day in the schedule. If we are unable to summit the Island Peak on due to bad weather or some other reason, such as someone in the group having acclimatization problems, it is useful to have an extra day. If the trip goes smoothly, and we do not need this spare day, we will continue our return journey to Lukla. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping

we trek down to Dingboche and again pass through the Pangboche village, the same trail we used on the way up. The trail leads down to a river. After crossing the river, we walk for an hour up through the forest and reach Tengbuche after continuously to Namche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla's footpath leads us back to the first villages we saw two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, this last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters, and a good chance to sample some chhang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 2,810 m/9,219 ft

You take an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Domestic Fliught

After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight. 

  • Breakfast
  • Private Tourist Vechile

What's included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 17 nights (18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 17 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • Accommodation during Camping ; Meals during 2 night camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing gears 
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bar
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff while on Three High Passes and Island peak climbing
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for Two Trekkers basisin all of our Climbing Trips.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill's Tshirt
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Three High Passes and Island peak Permit
  • Island Peak Permit, Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu Excess baggage fees
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Three HIgh Passes and Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.
     

Personal Climbing Gears includes:

  • Mountaineering/ Climbing Boots
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Harness 
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Screwgate Carabiners ( Lock and UnLock)
  • Descender ( Figure 8, Belay Device)
  • Ascender (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • 2 x Tape slings

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

   

Availabilities

FromToStatusPrice  
start date18 Mar, 2020end date10 Apr, 2020Available$2700
start date31 Mar, 2020end date23 Apr, 2020Guaranteed$2700

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 
 

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.


We have set dates for departure to the Three High Passes and Island Peak Climbing. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

If the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 10 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 10 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Three High Passes and Island Peak Climbing is possible. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the climb. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

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Useful Info

Why Climb Three High Passes and Island Peak Climbing with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.
 

Why Climb with a Sherpa?

Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.

Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.

While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.

To be safe, you dont need shops worth of Karabiners, ice-screws, snow stakes and rock racks- You need a Sherpa guide as a partner, some rope, a few bits of protection, good weather and overriding urge to die of old age.

The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.
 

Sherpa Support Staff:

Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)
 

Logistics:

You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu.
 

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
 

Altitude Advice:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.
 

Three High Passes and Island Peak Climbing Trip Accommodation:

Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.
 

Travel Insurance:

To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.

If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.

If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.
 

Flight Delay/Cancellation :

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next earliest possible flight 

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

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