Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking

22
Days
Trip Grade
Adventure from $2950.00

• Witness a diverse mix of cultures including Limbus, Rais, Chettri, Brahmins and Sherpa

• The chance to see a huge variety of wildlife, including birds, deer and with a lot of luck even snow leopards!

• Leave civilization behind and experience a purely traditional way of remote Nepali life

• Enjoy superb views of Kanchanjunga , the world’s third highest peak, while trekking along the Nepal-India border

This route was opened to trekkers in 1988, though people have trekked in the area since the turn of the century. Mt. Kanchanjunga is the third highest mountain in the world at 8,586m. It sits across the Nepal/Sikkim border and is only a few miles from Tibet. The trek offers magnificent views of Everest, Makalu and of course, Kanchanjunga.

The trail climbs from the intensively cultivated hillsides of the Nepal Midlands, populated by the Rai and Limbu tribes. This trek will take you through beautiful Rhododendron forests and picturesque villages. Alongside the wildlife, trekking over high mountain passes will offer mind-blowing views.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Bhadrapur & drive to Illam

Overnight Local Hotel. Included meals: dinner. Flight 1 hour. Drive 7 hours

Taking a flight in the afternoon we head south-east to reach Bhadrapur after approximately 1 hour. Then we will drive to Illam which will take around 7 hours.

Day 2: Drive to Taplejung and trek to Mitlung

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt: 1800m/5,904ft and trek 2 1/2 hours.

Taplejung is the hub of this region and has cobblestone streets, government offices, a police post and a small hospital. This is an easy starting day. The trails throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region pass through fertile valleys with beautiful pastures and small villages.

Day 3: Trek to Tapethok (Kanchanjunga Conservation Area Project tourist Check Point)

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 1,322m/4,336ft. Trek 4 hours.

Today’s highlights are definitely the cardamom fields, which we will see shortly after leaving Chirwa. At some points we will even find the trail completely covered by cardamom plants. After having lunch in a local homestay on the way we continue walking along a river, which has some good swimming spots to offer. Since it is still quite warm, many trekkers like to take a quick refreshing swim in the river. After only three hours and quite an easy trek we reach Tapethok (1,322m), with the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area Project Tourist Check Point, where trekkers have to register and show their ID and trekking permits. Tapethok’s population mostly consists of Limbus and trekkers can try typical Limbu tea, which is similar to Tibetan tea, containing salt, butter and milk. Limbu people’s staple diet is rice as well as dheedo, a porridge-like mash made from millet flour. However trekkers are advised to try this local delicatessen only on their way back, since dheedo can influence one’s digestive system in quite some unwanted ways!

Day 4: Trek to Sakathum

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 1,660m/5,445ft. Trek 5 hours.

The next day’s trek starts easy but gets a bit more challenging as the trail ascends uphill. After around 4 hours we will reach Sakathum, a small Limbu village on a hill overseeing a river. We can choose whether to stay in a homestay at the riverside or continue to the actual village. Limbu people’s typical drink is LimbukoChyang, made from rice and slightly different from the chyang that is made by the Newari population of the Kathmandu valley. Again, trekkers are advised to only try it on their way down, to minimize any risk of getting sick.

Day 5: Trek to Amjilosa

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 2,510m/8,232ft. Trek 5 hours.

After leaving Sakathum our trail leads us along a river in a constant change of uphill and downhill. Before reaching our destination, two quite challenging ascents are waiting for us: one before Jobari, a small Rai-Limbu village and another one right before Amjilosa. As the trail is ascending, the increasing presence of Sherpa people can be noticed as well as a decrease in temperature. As we keep walking we reach GhunsaKhola, along which our trail leads us for some time. This day’s highlight is definitely the diversity of different plants and animals, which can be witnessed all along the way. We get to walk through bamboo and rhododendron forests and in May and June it is peak time for countless strawberry plants to yield fruit. After 5 to 6 hours we will reach Amjilosa, a small Sherpa village with only 10 to 12 houses, of which one will serve as our today’s night shelter.

Day 6: Trek to Gyalpa

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 2,730m/8954ft. Trek 4-5 hours.

The more the altitude increases, the less civilization surrounds us. Today’s trek leads us through bamboo forests and along huge rhododendron trees (being Nepal’s national plant). Whoever doesn’t have one or has lost one’s walking stick might find pleasure in making a new one. The chance of seeing deers and porcupines is highest in March and April. After 4 to 5 hours Gyalpa appears in front of us, a Sherpa village famous for its tasty potatoes.

Day 7: Trek to Ghunsa (Refugee camp along the trail)

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 3595m/11791ft. Trek 5 ½ hours.

Leaving Gyalpa early in the morning, the trail’s difficulty will slowly increase. After 3.5 hours of walking the awaited lunch break is spent in Phale, an old Tibetan refugee camp with still 600 to 700 inhabitants. The refugees, who started coming to Nepal after the Tibetan Uprising in 1959, have built a gompa (monastery) and make a living selling their handicraft to tourists. Everyone, who liked the salty Limbutea is most welcome to try a cup of Tibetan tea, which is quite similar. After lunch and a bit of sightseeing around the camp we continue our trek, which leads us on a flat trail through pine forests and makes us cross a river from time to time. At one point we pass by a memorial, which was built in memory of the 22 diplomats, politicians and NGO-workers from several countries working in the field of forest conservation, who died in a plane crash some couple of years ago. Shortly after we reach today’s place to sleep. Ghunsa is a comparatively big Sherpa village with several lodges and small shops. Having reached an altitude of almost 3,500m it gets quite cold, especially at night and wearing a jacket is necessary from now on. Yaks, wild as well as domestic ones, can be seen in large numbers around the village.

Day 8: Rest day at Ghunsa

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 3595m/11791ft.

During today’s rest day interested trekkers can visit Ghunsa’s cultural museum, which tells a lot about the local Sherpa culture and other regional ethnic groups. It is also possible to visit an incense factory, where juniper oil is produced. If we still have some energy left, it is optional to hike to the small NangoPausanga peak.

Day 9: Trek to Khambachen

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 4,099m/13,445ft. Trek 6 hours.

Having refreshed your energy levels after a day of rest we shall be ready to continue our trek with destination Khambachen. The trail leads us through pine forests and along a river, which we cross around lunch time. Today we hardly see any houses, which make it necessary to carry a packed lunch. Juniper plants will accompany us along the way. Although we are surrounded by stunning nature, it has to be kept in mind that there is always a (minimal) chance of landslides. Each trekker must be aware of the risk. In the afternoon our trail is mostly ascending and takes us even further from civilization. People only come up during the season to stay with their yaks and to plant potatoes. 1 to 2 hours before getting to our destination we can finally see some impressive peaks, such as Kumbakarna (7711m), NyaklaLachung and PholesobiThongi.

Day 10: Trek to Lhonak

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 4,785m/15,695ft. Trek 6 hours.

Having crossed the 4000m mark, beautiful views of some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas arise. Especially during clear early mornings we can witness breath-taking scenes. As our trail slowly ascends we reach Ramdang, a seasonal yak shelter with a small stupa. From here Kanchenjunga South can be seen quite closely as well as Whiteweb (6950m) and Mera Peak (6334m). As the altitude is increasing vegetation is getting less and less. Only small juniper plants can still be found in large numbers. After some time more and more peaks become visible: Nepal Peak (7177m), Tent Peak (7362m), Patibhara (6838m) and Pyramid Peak (7140m), to mention just a few. Wild blue sheep grazing in large herds can be seen during early mornings. Thankfully their number hasn’t decreased, as hunting is illegal in the Kanchanjunga National Park area.

Day 11: Trek to Pangpema North Base Camp (5200m) and back to Lhonak

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 4,785m/15,695ft to 5,200m/17,056ft. Trek 7 hours.

On our 12th day we finally cross the 5,000m mark on our way to the Pangpema North Base Camp (5,200m). During the 3 to 4 hours walk mountains like ChyangHimal (6802m) and Gimigela (6425m) can be seen. In this area avalanches are quite common, but not really dangerous for our trail. Reaching the base camp around noon we have our packed lunch there while enjoying a fantastic view of Kanchanjunga South and Central (8586m). Different from other base camps, Pangpema’s climate is quite pleasant, being warm and not too windy. The base camp itself is marked with thousands of prayer flags and has a few local restaurants that serve tea and snacks.

Day 12: Trek to Ghunsa

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast lunch and dinner. Alt. 3595m/11791ft. Trek 6 hours.

After having completed more than half of our trek the trail starts descending slowly. Today we basically walk all the way down back to Ghunsa, which takes around 5 hours.

Day 13: Trek over Sele La Pass (4,290m) and camp at Selele

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 4,290m/14,071ft to 4,090m/13,415ft. Trek 6 hours.

Before completely leaving higher altitude levels we have another pass to cross. From Ghunsa we need to walk almost straight uphill until reaching Sele La Pass (4,290m). Most probably it is be covered by snow, so proper equipment is a must. Shortly after the pass we find Sele, a small camp with only two homestays. Sele is a bit similar to Khambachen camp, although it has different views to offer.

Day 14: Trek over Mirgin-La Pass (4480m) and Sinelapache-La Pass (4640m) to Cheram

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 4480/14694ft to 4640m/15219ft to 3,870m/12694ft. Trek 7-8 hours.

Today’s route will make us cross another two passes: the Mirgin-La Pass (4,750m) and the Sinelapache-La Pass (4,785m). The trail, a constant change of uphill and downhill, runs along the Nepal-India border, where we will pass by small lakes (like Sinelapache Lake), offering stunning views of Kanchanjunga, Kabru Mountain and Talung Mountain to name just a few. There is even a minor chance of seeing snow leopards. After having our packed lunch, we continue walking mostly downhill to Cheram, a small camp with only one hotel and one homestay open during seasons. One should perk up one’s ears not to miss yeti sounds. Indeed, an Indian army officer is certain of having heard a yeti in 2008. He described elephant-like sounds, but since it is very unlikely to find elephants up in the mountains his only logical conclusion was that a yeti must have caused the noise. So keep your ears open!

Day 15: Trek to Tortong

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 2,995m/9,824ft. Trek 6 hours.

As the altitude keeps decreasing, nature is getting more diverse again. Jungles with huge rhododendron trees, the river SimbhuwaKhola and a quite easy trail make this a pleasant, enjoyable day. After around 6 hours of walking we reach Tortong, a small camp only open during season.

Day 16: Trek over Lasia-La Pass (3310m) to Yamphudin

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 3310m/10856ft to 2080m/6822ft. Trek 6 hours.

Before finally getting back to the lowlands there is another pass to cross: Lasia-La (3310m). On this path, landslides are likely to happen, so one should be mentally prepared for another 2 hours of trekking, in case the road is blocked and we have to take a detour. It takes around 3 hours to reach the pass and once it is crossed, the toughest part is over and we continue walking mostly downhill. Our today’s destination, which is reached after 6 to 8 hours, depending on which route was taken, is Yamphudin, a village with mostly Rai, Limbu and Sherpa population.

Day 17: Rest day

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 2080m/6822ft.

During our rest day, trekkers have the chance to explore the village’s surroundings and experience a vivid mix of Nepalese cultures.

Day 18: Trek to Mamangkhe

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 1920m/6297ft. Trek 4 hours.

Having gained new energy we continue walking through jungles and small Limbu villages on a trail that is a constant mix of uphill and downhill. Having reached Mamangkhe after around 5 hours interested trekkers can visit the local Limbu museum to learn even more about the culture that is dominant in this area.

Day 19: Trek to Khesewa

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 2,120m/6953ft. Trek 5-6 hours.

Getting closer and closer to civilization, our trail leads us up and down through rice, millet and corn fields. There are many Limbu villages on the way and after 6 hours we reach Khesewa, another small Limbu village where we spend the night in a local homestay. Whoever is still eager to try the Limbu people’s home-made alcohol, should grab the chance now!

Day 20: Trek to Lalikharka

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 2,276m/7,465ft. Trek 5 hours.

Today’s trail goes constantly up and down, making us pass through Sincheung Valley, which offers again decent views of Kanchanjunga. The temperature is much higher than it was up in the hills and after defeating a last steep ascent we find the village Lalikharka in the middle of a jungle. It is quite a commercial place as it is very popular with Nepalese tourists and pilgrims, who come here to hike another 3 hours up to visit the local Pathibara Devi Mandir, a superb viewpoint and one of the biggest temples in Eastern Nepal. Hindu pilgrims perform all kinds of worshipping, even including animal sacrifices.

Day 21: Trek to Taplejung

Overnight Tea house/ Local lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 2500m/8200ft. Trek 6 hours.

Our last trekking day is separated into 2 hours uphill followed by two hours downhill. There is not much left of the nativeness and virginity of the mountains as we are pretty much back to civilization. Suketar, our today’s destination, has a decent number of hotels which we can choose from – quite a change, after having stayed in homestays for almost two weeks. Most of the lodges and hotels are very close to the airport, from which we will take a flight back to Biratnagar the next morning.

Day 22: Drive to Bhadrapur

Overnight Local Hotel. Included meals breakfast, lunch and Dinner. Drive 12 hours.

We drive to Bhadrapur.

Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu

Included meals breakfast. Fly 50 minutes.

We fly back to Kathmandu.

Location

 

Adventure includes:

  • All ground transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flight between Kathmandu to Bhadrapur
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing as detailed in the itinerary. Twin rooms are provided for non-couples as well as couples
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Activities as shown in the itinerary, note this may vary from day to day
  • Sterilized drinking water during trek
  • All trekking related permits and fees including special permit
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Assistant guides and porters to support the group size
  • First Aid Kit
  • Trek Nepal T-shirt
  • 13% VAT

What's not included

  • International airfare, airport taxes, visa fees, passport costs, insurance premiums of any kind and excess baggage charges
  • Entry Visa fees – at present US$ 25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Accommodation & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner prior to the trek, please allow US$ 20 per day.
  • All foods and beverages other than on the itinerary.
  • Drinks: both alcoholic and bottled other than sterilized drinking water.
  • Any Meals at airports
  • Personal Travel Insurance (coveryour adventure activity as well as medical, emergency evacuation and personal belongings). It is imperative to be insured with suitable cover
  • Personal clothing and footwear such as down jackets, waterproofs, hat, gloves, hiking boots
  • Personal equipment, for example rucksack, day backpack, torch, water bottle, sleeping bag and mat
  • Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
  • Optional tours, excursions and activities
  • Laundry fees, hot water, hot shower, charging mobile and batteries, using WI-FI
  • Optional single supplement accommodation
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Adventure options:

  • Return overland if required (contact us for details on pricing)

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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Wednesday 15th Mar 2017 - Sunday 26th Mar 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Tuesday 21st Mar 2017 - Saturday 1st Apr 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Monday 27th Mar 2017 - Friday 7th Apr 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Sunday 2nd Apr 2017 - Thursday 13th Apr 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Friday 14th Apr 2017 - Tuesday 25th Apr 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Thursday 20th Apr 2017 - Monday 1st May 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Wednesday 26th Apr 2017 - Sunday 7th May 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Tuesday 2nd May 2017 - Saturday 13th May 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Monday 8th May 2017 - Friday 19th May 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Sunday 14th May 2017 - Thursday 25th May 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Saturday 20th May 2017 - Wednesday 31st May 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Friday 1st Sep 2017 - Tuesday 12th Sep 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Thursday 7th Sep 2017 - Monday 18th Sep 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Tuesday 12th Sep 2017 - Wednesday 4th Oct 2017 5 places left US$2950
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Wednesday 13th Sep 2017 - Sunday 24th Sep 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Tuesday 19th Sep 2017 - Saturday 30th Sep 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Monday 25th Sep 2017 - Friday 6th Oct 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Tuesday 26th Sep 2017 - Wednesday 18th Oct 2017 5 places left US$2950
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Sunday 1st Oct 2017 - Thursday 12th Oct 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Saturday 7th Oct 2017 - Wednesday 18th Oct 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Wednesday 11th Oct 2017 - Thursday 2nd Nov 2017 5 places left US$2950
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Friday 13th Oct 2017 - Tuesday 24th Oct 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Thursday 19th Oct 2017 - Monday 30th Oct 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Wednesday 25th Oct 2017 - Sunday 5th Nov 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Friday 27th Oct 2017 - Saturday 18th Nov 2017 5 places left US$2950
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Tuesday 31st Oct 2017 - Saturday 11th Nov 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Monday 6th Nov 2017 - Friday 17th Nov 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Friday 10th Nov 2017 - Saturday 2nd Dec 2017 5 places left US$2950
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Sunday 12th Nov 2017 - Thursday 23rd Nov 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Saturday 18th Nov 2017 - Wednesday 29th Nov 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Friday 24th Nov 2017 - Saturday 16th Dec 2017 5 places left US$2950
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Thursday 30th Nov 2017 - Monday 11th Dec 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Wednesday 6th Dec 2017 - Sunday 17th Dec 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Friday 8th Dec 2017 - Saturday 23rd Dec 2017 8 places left US$2950
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Tuesday 12th Dec 2017 - Saturday 23rd Dec 2017 20 places left US$990
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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking Monday 18th Dec 2017 - Friday 29th Dec 2017 20 places left US$990
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