chulu West Peak Climbing

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Trip Overview


Chulu West Peak (6,419 meters / 21,055 feet) is an exhilarating and challenging peak located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Embarking on a Chulu West Peak climbing trip offers adventurers an opportunity to experience the thrill of high-altitude mountaineering while being surrounded by awe-inspiring Himalayan vistas. The journey typically begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to the picturesque town of Pokhara, followed by a drive to Syange or Chamje, where the trek commences. The trail takes trekkers through lush forests, quaint villages, and terraced farmlands, allowing for an authentic glimpse into the rich culture and traditions of the local Gurung and Manangi communities.

Chulu West Peak Climbing: Scaling Himalayan Heights and Unveiling Alpine Splendor

As climbers ascend higher, the landscapes transform, revealing stunning alpine scenery and close-up views of towering peaks like Annapurna II, III, and IV, Gangapurna, and others. The trail also takes climbers across challenging mountain passes like Thorong La (5,416 meters / 17,769 feet), adding to the thrill of the journey. Upon reaching the base camp of Chulu West, climbers undergo comprehensive preparation and acclimatization before embarking on the summit push. The ascent requires technical climbing skills, including the use of ropes, ice axes, and crampons. The reward for this effort is a breath-taking panorama from the summit, showcasing the entire Annapurna Massif and the neighboring Dhaulagiri range. Though the climb demands physical endurance and mental resilience, the sense of achievement upon conquering Chulu West is immeasurable. After descending back to the base camp and bidding farewell to the stunning mountainscape, trekkers retrace their steps to the trailhead before returning to Kathmandu. Throughout the journey, climbers are accompanied by experienced guides and support staff who ensure safety, provide guidance, and organize logistics. Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for Chulu West Peak climbing due to stable weather and clear skies.

Conclusion and Summary

In conclusion, the Chulu West Peak climbing trip is a remarkable adventure, combining the beauty of trekking in the Annapurna region with the challenge of scaling a high Himalayan summit. It is an unforgettable experience that leaves participants with lasting memories of Nepal's natural grandeur and the satisfaction of achieving a remarkable mountaineering feat.

Trip Highlights

  • Reach the top of Chulu west at 6,419 and get stunning views of Manang Himal, Panoramic Chulu East, Thorong, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, III, and IV.
  • Visit the historical courtyards of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, or Patan Durbar Square
  • Scenic drive on the Prithvi Highway followed by a drive on the Marsyangdi river valley
  • Experience the Buddhist culture in the ancient villages of Pisang and Manang
  • Magnificent lakes, glaciers, deep gorges, and stunning waterfalls
  • Sightseeing UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley & Pokhara
  • Trekking to the popular Annapurna region and Including the Annapurna Circuit Route
  • Opportunity to climb through the Annapurna Circuit’s highest point, Thorong-La Pass at 5416 meters
  • Visit Muktinath Temple at 3800 meters (a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists) known for 108 stone faucets, and eternal flame
  • Overgrazing Yak Pasture Land in Yak Kharka.
  • Jomsom – the headquarter of Mustang
  • Natural hot springs at Tatopani where you can choose to take a dip
  • Panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges include the three eight thousanders: Mt Dhaulagiri (8167m) Mt Manaslu (8163m) and Mt Annapurna (8091m)
  • Local villages and cultures along the way, such as those at Manang, Brakka, Pisang, Nagwal, Muktinath, and Jomsom
  • Visit Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang district
  • Visiting nearby monasteries, such as Brakka Monastery,
  • Poon Hill Viewpoint (3,210 m)
  • Visit the Apple farm in Bhartang to try out fresh apple juice and apple products
  • Witness the insane canyon drop of the Chame waterfall
  • Witness unique flora and fauna in subalpine and temperate regions of the Annapurna Conservation Area, the largest protected area in Nepal
  • Gangapurna Lake excursion, or Ice Lake from Manang
  • Deepest river gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki Gorge Valley


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Friendship World Trek will welcome you and transfer you to the designated hotel. After check-in formalities, you can take freshen up and take a rest for a bit. Then, we will have a short discussion regarding our climbing trip to Chulu West Peak.

Then, in the evening, we will take a stroll around the tourist hub, Thamel where you can get a glimpse of the lifestyle of this neighborhood.
Note: If your arrival is in the morning or before noon and you do not have jet lag, we can visit two prominent places of Nepal today before walking in the streets of Thamel. We will first visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal. The giant stupa is also the biggest stupa in the country and one of the biggest in the world.

From Boudhanath, we go to Pashupatinath Temple which is one of the 4 major Hindu sites in the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva where you can observe the evening aarti ceremony and probably open-air cremation ceremony on the bank of the holy river Pashupatinath.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Trip Preparation

We proceed to the major attractions of Kathmandu Valley which are all listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site after breakfast. We will visit Boudhanath and Pashupatinath if we didn’t get the time to visit them the previous day. But, if they were visited then we will cover Swayambhunath Temple and one of the three Durbar Squares of the valley.

Swayambhunath Stupa, also popular as the ‘monkey temple’ among foreign friends, is one of the oldest temples in the valley whose history is related to the formation of the valley itself. It is located on a hilltop in the center of Kathmandu and is seen from almost every corner. The stupa temple is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is a great example of religious harmony in the country.

The three durbar squares in the three medieval cities in the Kathmandu Valley are equally beautiful and the numerous palaces, temples, and courtyards there openly display the combination of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Tantrism that characterizes Nepalese culture. All three durbar squares may appear to be the same for first-timers but their history, value, arts, and details in craftsmanship interestingly vary.

Depending upon the time, we will visit one of these three durbar squares and return to Thamel. The remainder of the day is for trip preparation. After breakfast, as per the guide’s suggestions, we will begin the preparations for the trek, which will include documentation and getting permits from the authorized tourism office. The Chulu West peak climbing trip would require technical climbing gears. Most of the group climbing equipment is covered by us; however, if there is any personal trekking or climbing gear that you would want, then feel free to hire or purchase it from a nearby trekking store in Thamel. Additionally, you can hire down jackets and other warm clothing from these stores.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar then again Drive to Dharapani (1,960m/6,431ft) (9-10 hours drive)

Rise and shine early for a day filled with adventure! Prepare for an exhilarating drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, a journey of approximately 5 hours. Along the way, we’ll make a strategic lunch stop to refuel for the road ahead. Continuing our expedition, we’ll cover an additional 3 hours by local Jeep, traversing through charming villages that include Khudi (790 meters), Bhulbhule (840 meters), Syange (1100 meters), Jagat (1300 meters), Ghatte Khola Gaon (1290 meters), Chyamje (1430 meters), and Tal (1700 meters) before reaching our final destination of Dharapani (1860 meters).

This day marks the start of our tour to Chulu West peak. Early in the morning, we will take a drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani village, located in the Annapurna region of western Nepal. The road trip will take you on the blacktopped Prithvi Highway, following the Trishuli river on the initial phase of the drive. For the latter half of the ride, the road is bumpy and follows the Marsyangdi River. Along the way, you will witness a drastic change in scenery from city life to village life, dams, waterfalls, hills overlapping hills, and mountains cocooning valleys.

After the long and tiresome drive, you will take much-needed rest in Dharapani. It is a small village with warm and welcoming people. The roads are paved with stones, and there are terraced fields.

Overnight stay in Dharapani.

Day 04: Drive from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,892ft) (4-5 hours Drive)

Embark on a captivating trek from Dharapani, venturing through a tapestry of enchanting villages that include Bagarchhap (2160 meters), Danakyu (2190 meters), Thanchok (2400 meters), and Koto (2600 meters) before reaching the charming destination of Chame at 2670 meters. The scenic journey spans approximately 5 hours of invigorating walking, providing a unique and immersive experience amidst the natural beauty of the Annapurna region.

Our carefully curated route ensures that you witness the authentic charm of each village, with its distinctive landscapes and cultural nuances. From the rustic allure of Bagarchhap to the serene ambiance of Thanchok, every step unveils a new facet of this picturesque trek.

Your overnight stay at a comfortable lodge in Chame offers not only well-deserved rest but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Himalayan surroundings. We prioritize your comfort and satisfaction, providing you with a seamless trekking experience that stands out from the competition.

Join us on this remarkable journey, where every village is a story, and every trail promises a new discovery. Contact us now to embark on this adventure, and let’s create memories that resonate with the true essence of the Annapurna region.

Overnight stay in Chame.

Day 05: Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3,300m/10,827ft) (5-6 hours trek)

We wake up with incredible views of the mountains and have a hearty breakfast. We begin the trekking journey today. Leaving Chame village, we slowly start walking on the trail following the river. We walk by green fields before entering a dense pine forest. After an hour from Chame, we reach a village named Bhratang. The village has an apple farm so some apple goodies or apple juice is a must-try here. After a short break, we resume the trek continuing on the trail on the cliffside that offers a view of snow-covered peaks, and reach our destination, Upper Pisang.

The traditional village of Upper Pisang has narrow lanes, stone houses, and some wooden buildings. Once we get there, we check in at the tea house and rest our legs. Later we will visit the monastery at the top of the village and take in the views of the surrounding villages and the mountains.

Though the vehicle can go up to Manang village, we will start the trek from Chame and move slowly, getting acclimatized as we are gaining altitude every day.

Day 06: Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang (3,519m/11,546ft)

Time Duration: 6/7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude3519 M

Today’s trek is much tougher than yesterday’s but we will be rewarded with the most incredible views. We set off soon after our early breakfast with a stunning view of the Annapurna. After walking for a bit we come across the mani walls inscribed with mantras where we will take a short halt. Then we move on and take a long, tough, and steep climb to the traditional village of Ghyaru which offers absolutely magical panoramic views of the mountains such as Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. From Ghyaru, we gently trek toward another settlement called Ngawal which is popular for a lunch break.

The views from the village are equally amazing. After lunch, we move slowly to Braga village with wonderful views accompanying us. We pay our visit to Braga Monastery, which is the largest in the Manang district, and move towards the Manang village, our destination of the day.

Day 07: Acclimatization and Rest day in Manang, Optional Hike to Ice Lake (4600m) (6-7 hours Trek)

Time Duration: Full Day

Max Altitude3519 M

Today is needed acclimatization day. On this rest day, we will make a short walk to a higher elevation to Ice Lake (Kicho Tal) to get acclimatized. We start the hike after breakfast retracing the route to Braga. The path then climbs quickly and we will be awarded a sweeping view of the mountains and Manang Village. As we continue we will encounter the zigzag trail and slippery trial. We will pass by a small tea house en route and after 3 hours of starting, we reach the Ice Lake.
We eat our lunch at the bank of the lake looking at the wonderful lake and the mountain vistas surrounding us. You can click as many photos as you want and we will return back to Manang for the night.

Note: Optional Ice Lake Hike, 4600m, or Walk around in Manang Can be done.

Day 08: Trek from Manang to Letdar (4,200m/13,780ft) (4-5 hours trek)

Departing Manang village after breakfast, we hit the trail again and moved toward the checkpoint where our permits were examined and stamped. The route wound its way out of Manang, and we will quickly ascend above the settlement. You have the time to take in the stunning views of the mountains, the river winding through the valley, and the distant lake. We may encounter loaded mule trains and mountain yaks grazing at the side of the path. We reach Ghunsang and take a short break.

The trail then goes uphill and winds up while offering breathtaking vistas of distant mountains covered in snow. There are the normal ups and downs and the walk to Yak Kharka is fairly easy. From here, we will cross a couple of suspension bridges while enjoying some of the nicest mountain vistas. We will reach Yak Kharka where we will eat our lunch. Many people decide to stay the night in order to adhere to the suggested 500m elevation gain each day.

But we walk further to Letdar, which is only a few hundred meters higher. We once again come across a lengthy suspension bridge before reaching Letdar. The remainder of the day is for resting.

Day 09: Trek from Letdar to Chulu West Base Camp (4,900m/16,077ft) (4-5 hours trek)

Embark on a captivating journey as you trek to the Chulu West Base Camp, situated at an elevation of 4900 meters. Our thoughtfully crafted itinerary ensures a seamless and enriching experience, covering this picturesque trail in approximately 4 to 5 hours.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty that unfolds during this trek, with each step bringing you closer to the breathtaking Chulu West Base Camp. The route offers a perfect balance of adventure and tranquility, allowing you to appreciate the Himalayan scenery and embrace the serenity of the surroundings.

As the day concludes, rest assured of a comfortable overnight stay in well-equipped tents, providing a unique connection with the mountain environment. Our commitment to delivering an exceptional trekking experience sets us apart from competitors, ensuring that every moment on this journey is etched in your memory.

Join us for a trek that stands out for its seamless planning and unforgettable moments. Contact us now to be part of this adventure and create memories amidst the grandeur of the Annapurna region.

Day 10: Hike from Chulu West Base Camp to Camp I (5,100m/16,733ft) (4-5 hours trek)

Pack up your belongings early in the morning and ascend Camp I. the terrain is dry and rugged, with stone steps in some parts. The need for proper trekking poles and shoes is needed in these steep climbs. The atmosphere may be windy and misty.

Overnight stay in Camp I.

Day 11: Rest and Acclimatization Day at Camp I

Today is the second rest and acclimatization day of the entire trip. Acclimatization is important on this day to get your body accustomed to the high rise in altitude of almost 1000m from the earlier day. On this day, you will receive climbing training from the climbing leader. The leader will demonstrate the use of essential technical climbing gears such as harnesses, crampons, ice axe, ropes, and more. If you have any queries regarding the climb, please ask the leader, who will clarify it. This is an important day to prepare for the ascent to Chulu West peak starting from tomorrow. From Camp I, you will witness the views of the Annapurna range and Thorong Peak.

Overnight stay in Camp I.

Day 12: Trek/Climb from Camp I to Camp II (5,530m/18,144ft) (4-5 hours trek/Climbing)

The climb has begun from this day onwards as we head to Camp II. Early in the morning before dawn, we do the climb to avoid excessive wind during the day. As you head above, the way becomes steeper and snowy. Follow the rope laid out by the team and follow the instructions of your climbing leader as well. Taking small steps, you will reach Camp II, where you will stop for the night.

Overnight stay in Camp II.

Day 13: Summit Chulu West Peak (6,419m/21,061ft) and Back to Camp I (9-10 hours trek/climbing)

The most anticipated day of the trip is here as you will be heading to the top of Chulu West Peak after two days of climbing. To avoid the harsh wind during the day, take an early morning climb, even before dawn. Follow the instructions of the climbing leader. The team has already set up the ropes, and the team will assist. You might experience shortness of breath as you climb higher, but remember to take small steps. After the challenging ascends in the steep snowy path, you will reach the summit of Chulu West Peak!

Take some rest to enjoy the amazing views and successful climb. At the summit, you will be in union with the clouds. On a clear day, the surrounding Annapurna II, III, IV, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Gangapurna, and Chulu East peaks can be seen. The sun slowly pouring over these mountains will give them a golden tinge which is the best view of the entire trek. In addition, you will also witness the east-side Himlung valley. After taking pictures and enjoying the triumph, slowly head back to camp I. As the terrain is sloppy, you have to take small careful steps. You will pick up all your belongings from Camp II and move below to Camp I.

Overnight stay in Camp I.

Day 14: Contingency Day

Time Duration: Full Day

Max Altitude5600 M

Contingency day has been reserved if there is any delay in climbing to and from Chulu West Peak due to bad weather or any other physical issues. As the weather in the Himalayan region is uncertain, you might have to wait a day extra to let the mist pass as you would certainly want to witness the amazing surrounding mountains from the peak. If everything is as scheduled, you can use this additional day anywhere during the trip for exploration.

Day 15: Trek from Camp I to Thorong Phedi

Time Duration: 5/6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude4450 M

We tidy up the base camp today and depart for Thorong Phedi. Retracing our steps along the trail that lead to Letder and then head north toward the difficult pass. We cross numerous tiny streams that come from the Chulu East and Chulu West peaks. We will also pass through some regions that are vulnerable to landslides and a few sparsely spaced tea shops. We will arrive at the base of the Thorong Phedi Pass after around a six-hour hike. You can choose to hike further up to the High Camp depending on your level of fitness and your interests.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 16: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong-La pass

Time Duration:  7/8 Hours Walk

Max Altitude3800 M

Today we will be making an attempt to cross the Thorang-La Pass, one of the world’s highest navigable crossings at 5416 meters. We start very early in the morning before sunrise on the zigzag trail to the mountain. After 1.5 – 2hrs, we reach the High Camp where we will make a brief break before beginning the last ascent to Thorong-La. As the sun begins to peep above the mountains the views start to unfold in front of our eyes. As we keep going, we will abruptly turn over a short hill and notice a large number of prayer flags indicating we are at the Thorong-La Pass. We will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Annapurna, Gangapurna, and the eye-catching peak of Khatungkang after we arrive at Thorong La Pass.

After enjoying the time at the pass, it is time to descend through the zigzagged path. Making a few stops to rest as well as enjoy the views, and making a long and arduous descent, we finally reach Muktinath.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 17: Drive from Muktinath (3,760m / 12,623ft) to Jomsom and Tatopani (1,200m / 3,940ft)

Driving Hours: (113km / 70miles ) 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,760m / 12,623ft

In the morning, we visit Muktinath Temple and then continue our journey on a local bus ride to Tatopani. It will be a rough drive as the road passes through some of the deepest gorges in the world. We will be moving from the arid highlands to lush green forests. Tatopani is famous for natural hot springs, and it is a place where we can immerse ourselves in the hot springs and relax. The waters of Tatopani are said to have curative properties against skin diseases. 

  • Overnight stay at Dhaulagiri Lodge (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Note: If you want to avoid the trek, you can opt. to take the local sharing bus that goes from Muktinath to Jomsom or perhaps all the way to Tatopani and Pokhara. It takes around 2 hrs to reach Jomsom from Muktinath on a local bus.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 18: Trek from Tatopani (1,200m / 3,940ft) to Ghorepani (2,860m / 9,385ft)

Trek Distance 17km / 10.5miles

Highest Altitude 2,860m / 9,385ft

Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

We leave the hot springs behind and cross to the east side of the Kali Gandaki River and ascend to Ghorepani through the ethnic Thakali villages of Sikha and Chitre. Our trek takes us through terraced farmlands with mountains all around and passes through lush forests filled with rhododendronbirch, and magnolia. We will stop at Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top, to spend our night.

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Snow Land (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Day 19: Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,525ft) Then trek to Birethanti (1,039m / 3,250ft) - Drive to Nayapul, Pokhara

Trek Distance 12.5km / 7.7miles

Highest Altitude (3,210m / 10,525ft)

Trek Duration 4-5 hrs

Driving Hours 2 hrs

This will be our final day on the trail. We ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m) in the early morning to view sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif -including Mt Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Poon Hill is one of the favored spots for photography because of the incredible views it offers. We will also be taking pictures to our heart’s content and then return to our Ghorepani lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, we will trek to Birethanti and then take a bus to Pokhara.

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft ) to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,450ft)

Driving Hours (200km / 124miles) 6-7hrs

Your Chulu West Peak Climbing Package ends today. We wake up in Pokhara this day, and after breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. It’s a 200 km route that initially follows the Marsyangdi River and Trishuli River later. You may also choose to return by a 25-minute flight (not included in the package) from Pokhara. Our trek package completes at Kathmandu.

  • Excluded from the package
  • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

Day 21: Final Departure from Kathmandu and transfer to airport for your onward destination

Start your day with a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, savoring the last moments of your stay in Kathmandu. After enjoying your morning meal, complete the check-out process, ensuring a smooth transition as you bid farewell to your temporary abode.

Our commitment to your comfort extends to the final moments of your journey. Expect a prompt and private 25-minute transfer to the Tribhuvan International airport, ensuring a stress-free and efficient departure for your onward destination. Your seamless experience with us doesn’t just end with exploration but extends to the departure, ensuring your satisfaction from start to finish.

Choose us for a travel experience that prioritizes your convenience and provides a hassle-free conclusion to your Nepal adventure. Contact us now to ensure a smooth departure and create lasting memories of your time in Kathmandu.

Price Includes

  • Airport pick + drops by private car with Warm Welcome at Airport (TIA)
  • Kathmandu to Chame By 4WD Jeep with comfortable Journey including Climbing Guide 3 porters
  • Birethanti (Trek ends) to Pokhara by private transport
  • Muktinath to Tatopani by local transport
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus
  • 2 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast Basis
  • 1 Night Hotel Grand Holiday in Pokhara or same category on Bed & Breakfast
  • Chulu West Peak Climbing permit
  • Annapurna Conservation entry Permit
  • (TIMS) Trekkers Information Management System fees (Permit)
  • All accommodation in Tea houses and tented camps as per the itinerary
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trip
  • Experienced and qualified trekking guide, and 3 porters services
  • Transportation, meals, accommodation, allowance, equipment and insurance for all the staff including climbing guide
  • (Trekking camping equipment (tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, all kitchen gear/utensils if necessary
  • Fixed rope for climbing
  • Garbage deposit fees
  • All the official paper work and all applicable government taxes
  • Duffle Bags refundable to protect your Luggage
  • Company T-shirt and Cap as a Souvenir
  • Friendship World Trek’s Appreciation Certificate after the successful Peak climbing
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant

Price Excludes

  • International flight costs
  • Nepal entry visa fees required on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- USD50 for 30-day stay.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Client’s insurance
  • Any charges incurred due to the changing itinerary (Early arrival from the trek, late departure, cancellation of the trek in the middle, etc.)
  • Excess baggage (cargo) charges
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for your safety measures
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances (road blockage, landslide, flight delay, etc)
  • Expenses other than mentioned in inclusion section above
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • (Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverage drinks, phone and Laundry
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance, Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Thief or Damage and personal effects,
  • Tips for guide porters
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