Makalu Circuit Trek

Makalu Circuit Trek

Trip Introduction
Mt. Makalu 8485m is fifth highest mountain in the world where Makalu Circuit Trek is one of the most challenging & adventure journeys in Nepal since the entire circuit covers numerous numbers of difficult high passes need to accomplish such as Sherpani Col 6110m, West Col 6190m, Amphu  Lapcha Pass 5850m and many more. Our experienced Sherpa crew and official trekking planner team would highly anxious for your safety and security concerning about altitude sickness and possible illness while making your successful adventure holiday, we highly recommend previous trekking experience and good physical fitness of every adventure seeking trekkers likely to accomplish Makalu Circuit. The trek is a perfect combination of less explored off the beaten trails to popular trail where we spend our maximum days inside remote and less visited areas of Makalu National Park and back via the world’s popular classic trail of Everest Base Camp.

The 20 to 24 days long itinerary with challenging grade trekking trail in sangkhuwasava is often known as Makalu Circuit Trek or Makalu high passes trek with Tourist Link Treks and Expedition starts with sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. We take around an hour flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar followed by a couple of hours drive to our exact trek starting point at Khandbari. The trekking trail firstly begins with scenic and soft walking then gradually towards tough and high adventures. After walking more than a week until reaching at Makalu Base camp at 4800 meters where we take an acclimatization day would be worthwhile before attempting a serious pass Sherpani Col at 6180 meters. Again, the trail continuously becomes wilder until we accomplish to pass West col at 6190 meters and Amphu Lapcha Pass at 5850 meters. After there, our journey starts following descends with safe and comfortable walk that joints popular classic trail of Everest; towards Chukkung, Tengboche, Namche Bazaar then finally to Lukla for fly back to Kathmandu.

Additional Information:
The best time for this Makalu Circuit Trek is September to November and March to May. Tourist Link Treks is the Champion trekking operator in Kathmandu for small group and individual trekkers at the minimum budget cost as well as we offer Makalu Circuit trek with fixed departure date of 2017 and 2018.  

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01
: Arrive in Kathmandu {1,400m altitude} and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & Drive to Khadbari {1,030m altitude}
Day 04: Khadbari to Chichira {1,830m altitude}
Day 05: Chichira to Num {1,490m altitude}
Day 06: Num to Seduwa {1,460m altitude}
Day 07: Seduwa to Tashigaon {2,070m altitude}
Day 08: Tashigaon to Kauma Danda {3,470m altitude}
Day 09: Kauma Danda to Mumbuk {3,570m altitude} via Kauma La Pass
Day 10: Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka {3,700m altitude}
Day 11: Nehe Kharka to Shersong {4,615m altitude}
Day 12: Shersong to Makalu Base Camp {4,800m altitude}
Day 13: Rest Day at Makalu Base Camp
Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Swiss Base Camp {5,150m altitude}
Day 15: Trek to Sherpani Col Base Camp {5,700m altitude}
Day 16: Acclimatization at Sherpani Col Base Camp
Day 17: Cross Sherpani Col {6,180m altitude} and trek to Baruntse Base Camp
Day 18: Cross West Col {6,190m altitude} & trek to Amphu Labsta Base Camp {5,400m altitude}
Day 19: Cross Amphu Lapcha Pass {5,850m altitude} & trek to Chhukung {4,730m altitude}
Day 20: Chhukung to Tyangboche {3,867m altitude}
Day 21: Tyangboche to Namche bazaar {3,440m altitude}
Day 22: Namche Bazaar to Lukla {2,800m altitude}
Day 23: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 24: Final Departure

 

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu {1,400m altitude} and Transfer to Hotel
Upon your arrival at the international Airport in Kathmandu, our team members from Tourist Link Treks and Expedition will welcome you and explain briefly about the trekking package trip. You will be taken to the hotel where you will be staying for overnight. Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today, you will be transferred for sightseeing tour around world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. We will provide you well experienced city tour guide to experience as much as you can explore the ancient heritage sites. World heritage sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu are – Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple etc. overnight stay at hotel or resort.
Meals includes: Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & Drive to Khadbari {1,030m altitude}
Today, we fly to Tumlingtar Airport from Kathmandu where you will meet with all crew members. Then, we follow a couple of hours towards the exact walk starting point at Khadbari. Along the drive we cross numerous numbers of Gurung Village, Newari settlements as well as Rai cultural villages. We will have to register our trekking permit of Makalu Barun National Park located at Khadbari. Dinner and overnight stay at Tea House lodge.Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Khadbari to Chichira {1,830m altitude}
After having breakfast, our second day’s walking journey begins with walking through beautiful village of Mani Bhanjyang. Then we ascend towards a small pass of Bhotebas from where we can have splendid views of Mt. Makalu for the first time in this trek. After there, we follow dense forests filled trail all the way to Chichila. Chichila is a place having numerous tea houses and good camping sites. Dinner and overnight stay at Tea House lodge.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Chichira to Num {1,490m altitude}
Today, following early morning breakfast we start our journey early in the morning to have clean views of Mt. Makalu. Walking through some charming villages leads us to reach another pass Daju La. After crossing the pass we continuously heads down through the forests until reach at the large village settlement of Num. Dinner and overnight stay at Tea House lodge.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Num to Seduwa {1,460m altitude}
After breakfast, we continue trek following the trail of descending down until reach at Arun River bank site. Then we cross the river bridge to follow gentle ascends towards the village of Seduwa. There is a National Park conservation office so we also have to register our trekking details and permits over there. Dinner and overnight stay at Tea house Lodge.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 
Day 07: Seduwa to Tashigaon {2,070m altitude}
It takes 5-6 hrs to reach Tashi Village from Seduwa. Today we walk through easy and scenic trails crossing several ridges, numerous numbers of cultural villages, along the route encounter and communicate with innocent natives, walk through hill sites and forests and finally reach at Tashigaon. At evening, we can have shopping at local market before heading towards remote mountains. Dinner and overnight stay at Tea House lodge.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Tashigaon to Kauma Danda {3,470m altitude}
After taking breakfast, we follow the trail that climbs gradually through dense forests continue towards a minor pass. Once we reach Unishisa where we can see their good campsites and numerous number of small tea shops in trekking season. After there we make further ascend to reach our campsite at Kauma Sanda. Dinner and overnight stay at tented camp.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: Kauma Danda to Mumbuk {3,570m altitude} via Kauma La Pass
After having breakfast, we start a day early in the morning since we need to cross an adventurous pass in today’s walking schedule. It is a one of the tough day with crossing of adventurous Kauma La Pass, tutu la pass and keke la pass. Along the route we can have splendid views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and Mt. Kanchenjunga. Walk through numerous numbers of ascend – descend through rocky and adventurous trails takes us to reach at our campsite of Mumbuk. Dinner and overnight stay at tented camp.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka {3,700m altitude}
After breakfast, we follow the trail that descends down towards Barun River. After walking an hour downhill, we immediately start following steep ascends through hillside. On the way we have to cross risky landslide affected area, need to pay carefulness while walking through. Then after a couple of hours walk we reach at our campsite of Nehe Kharka. Dinner and overnight stay at tented camp.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  
 Day 11: Nehe Kharka to Shersong {4,615m altitude}
It takes 6-7 hrs to reach Nehe Kharka to Shersong. After breakfast, we head towards Barun River then to Yangri Kharka. After there we walk through scenic rhododendron, pine and fir forests. In the spring season we can see awesome view of colorful blooming rhododendrons. Along the route we cross ancient lateral moraine, grass lands, amazing valleys and large glacier lake all the way to our destination at Shersong. Dinner and overnight stay at Shersong.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Shersong to Makalu Base Camp {4,800m altitude}
Today, we trek towards the main attraction place of the entire trek, Mt. Makalu Base Camp. It takes 4- 5 hrs to reach at Makalu Base Camp from Shersong. After breakfast, we follow the ascending trail through moraine. After reach at the high we quickly start following descend to cross a small suspension bridge then towards Makalu Base Camp. An outstanding close view of Mt. Makalu can be explored from Makalu Base Camp. We will find good campsite over there, dinner and overnight stay at Makalu Base Camp.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Rest Day at Makalu Base Camp
Tourist Link Treks and Expedition keeps high level of seriousness to avoid altitude sickness during the trek. If we ascend too quickly, the possibility of high altitude sickness will be high. So today, we take a rest day at Mt. Makalu Base Camp before having further altitude gain in upcoming days. We can explore the surroundings, short hiking around and explore the beautiful scenery of mountains to make the day worthwhile. Dinner and overnight stay at tented camp.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Swiss Base Camp {5,150m altitude}
Today, we make 5-6 hrs of adventurous walk to reach Swiss Base Camp from Makalu Base Camp. The day start followed by morning breakfast, firstly head towards Hillary base camp. After there, we head through narrow trail on the south side of Barun Glacier valley all the way to our campsite at Swiss Base Camp. Dinner and overnight at Swiss Base Camp.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 Day 15: Trek to Sherpani Col Base Camp {5,700m altitude}
Today, we have to ascend more than 500 meters is obviously an adventurous and hard trek day. After walking 6- 7 hrs of adventurous walk through steeps we will reach at Sherpani Col Base Camp. Along the route we explore glaciers, moraine, and splendid close – up scenery of mountains until reach at Sherpani Col Base Camp. We find a good campsite over there and dinner and overnight stay at tented camp.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16: Acclimatization at Sherpani Col Base Camp
Today, we take a day acclimatization and free exploration day before heading towards numerous serious passes. It is very important to have altitude acclimatization to avoid possible altitude sickness problem. We can explore the surroundings, short hiking around and explore the beautiful scenery of mountains to make the day worthwhile. Dinner and overnight stay at tented camp.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17: Cross Sherpani Col {6,180m altitude} and trek to Baruntse Base Camp
After early morning breakfast, we start our day before getting matured sun over the mountain. If we get late, the snows will melted and would be difficult to cross the pass. It takes around 8-9 hrs adventurous walk to reach Mt. Baruntse Base camp from Sherpani Base Camp. First of all we start following difficult ascend towards one of the difficult Sherpani Col Pass. It requires fixing the rope to reach at the top of the pass. We can have splendid scenery of several snowcapped mountains from the pass. After crossing the pass, we will follow long descend towards Baruntse Base Camp. We will find good camping site over there, dinner and overnight stay at tented camp.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18: Cross West Col {6,190m altitude} & trek to Amphu Labsta Base Camp {5,400m altitude}
After breakfast, we start trekking through rocky steeps, following towards West Col Pass at 6190 meters. It takes more than seven hours from Baruntse Base Camp to Amphu Labsta Base Camp via West Col. After a couple of hours adventurous struggle ascend towards the pass we will reach at the top. From there, we can have mind blowing views of several mountains of Everest region as well as Makalu region. After crossing the pass, we follow straight forward descend all the way to Amphu Labsta Base Camp. Dinner and overnight stay at tented camp.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 19: Cross Amphu Lapcha Pass {5,850m altitude} & trek to Chhukung {4,730m altitude}
Today is another challenging day of this Makalu Circuit Trekking since we have to cross one of the dangerous and adventurous pass of Nepal which is Amphu Lapcha Pass at 5850 meters. It takes 8 – 9 hours to reach Chhukung from Amphu Lapcha Base camp via Amphu Lapcha La Pass. We need to start our day very early in the morning not to meet melted snows and unusual winds. We need to be prepared with almost peak climbing gears for this pass. After crossing the pass we follow continuous descends all the way to Chhukung. Dinner and overnight stay at tea house lodge.
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   
 
Day 20: Chhukung to Tyangboche {3,867m altitude}
Leaving Chhukung, we start heading towards Tyangboche which takes about 4-5 hrs. We follow walking through easy and scenic trail, passing Bibre, Dingboche and finally at Tyangboche. Today we walk the almost trails are the popular trail of Everest Base Camp Trek, gradual descend until we reach at Tyangboche. Along the route we can have great views of several snowcapped mountain ranges of Everest region.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
 
 Day 21: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar {3440m altitude}
It takes around 4-5 hrs to reach Namche Bazaar from Tyangboche. At the morning, we enjoy exploring the Buddhist monasteries in Tyangboche, amazing sunrise views over the Mt. Amadablam and start our trek towards the Sherpa kingdom of Namche Bazaar. We gradually follow the mostly downhill trails through one of the busy trail of Everest region all the way to Namche Bazaar. At evening, explore the bazaar, visit monastery and enjoy with personal activities. Dinner and overnight stay at tea house lodge.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 
Day 22: Namche Bazaar to Lukla {2,800m altitude}
After breakfast, we start our last day trek of Makalu Circuit towards Lukla which takes around 5-6 hrs. We follow Bhote – Koshi river site and cross it for numerous numbers of times. We walk the almost descends followed by few ascends takes us to reach at Lukla. At evening, we will celebrate the party after complete successful Makalu circuit trek with Tourist Link Treks.
Meals Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 23: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we catch a flight to Kathmandu early in the morning. Having great mountain flight around 30 minutes reaches at Tribhuwan International Airport (domestic terminal). Our airport representative will pick you up and transfer to Hotel. After checking in and having hours rest at hotel, feel free to free explore, shopping or any other personal activities in Kathmandu.
Meals Includes: Breakfast

Day 24: Final Departure
We will transfer you Tribhuwan International Airport as per your flight schedule. Time to say bye- bye and see you next time!!!!!!!!

Cost includes:

  • Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley (Monkey Temple, Pasupapati Tample, Boudhanath, Durbar square)
  • 3 – Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the Trek
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ) during the Trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic Airfare (flight: Kathmandu- Tumlingtar and Lukla Kathmandu)
  • An experience English –speaking and Government – licensed holder trek leader
  • Porter service (1 Trekker:  2 Porter)
  • Staff Costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Entry fee for Barun National Park and trekking permits for Makalu-Makalu Restricted Area
  • TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System)
  • All Local/Government Taxes
  • Medical Supplies (First Aid Kit will be available)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance Company 
Cost Excludes:                    
  • Nepal Visa fee 
  • International airfare to & from home town
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills and extra porters
  • Tips and donations for guides and porters.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend

The following equipments are essential for climbing.

  • Climbing hammers..
  • 2 locking carabineers
  • Crampons
  • Belay
  • Ice axe
  • Plastic mountaineering Boots
Equipments List
In our fully supported wilderness treks we provide the following equipment: tents, sleeping mats, excellent food, extensive first aid kit, toilet paper, private transport To & From the trek, conservation fees, trek permit, and other goodies.

SUGGESTED TREKKING EQUIPMENT LIST
  • 1 Medium size backpack
  • 1 Day pack
  • 1 Sleeping bag (-40 C)
  • 1 Down Jacket/Gore tax Jacket
  • 1 Light wind & water proof jacket
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 2 Long sleeve T-shirts
  • 1 Water bottle
  • 1 Pair gaiters/over trousers
  • 1 Pair sport shoes or sandal
  • 2 Pairs light weight trousers
  • 1 Pair shorts
  • 1 Fleece / warm sweater
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 2 Pair’ light socks
  • 3 Pairs heavy wool socks
  • 1 Sweatshirts / light sweater
  • 1 Torch & spear batteries
  • 1 Swimming costume / bathing suits
  • 1 Medium size towel
  • 1 Washing kit including washing powder, small clothesline and pegs, insect repellents etc. & personal toiletries
  • Moleskin for blister
  • Swiss type of army knife
  • Toilet paper, biodegradable soap/shampoo
  • Personal medication.
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Warm hat/ gloves
  • Sunglasses, sun hat and sun cream
  • Spear plastic bags for wrapping clothes
  •  Pair of hiking boots

You should satisfy that your cold weather clothing will keep you comfortable down to – 40 degree Celsius. Most of the items mentioned above can easily & cheaply be hired either in Kathmandu. 

Having spent 7 days with tourist link treks, I can honestly say that it was one of the most enjoyable, memorable life experiences I have ever had. It was my second time in Nepal and decided to go on a trekking/ jungle safari expedition. Wild is not the world. Although at times it was difficult and exhausting, I have n regrets in making the decision.
Last time I used tourist link treks services I took a tour around Tibet, which was out of this world. The service of the tour guides and their expertise knowledge of the areas we covered was amazing, and the team of people I was with was equally as great. Which is why I decided to use tourist link trek again for my next Nepalise adventure.
Since I had such a fun time on the last trip I decided to stick to trekking, and I’d heard from a friend of mine that the jungle safari was something that I would have really enjoyed. And they certainly were not wrong! I enjoyed every minute of it, and got some of the most amazing pictures I have ever taken. We rode on elephants for the duration of the time and came across wild like left right and center. Never have I been so close to these wild beings without there being some kind of cage, but being on top of an elephant I guess is the next safest thing lol..
So the safari was followed up AFTER the 25 days of trekking in Kanchenchunga, which as you can imagine was very tiring, but certainly enjoyable. The fresh air there was so nice, but my feet certainly payed the price. I had unfortunately acquired some rather large blisters on my right foot but carried on non the less. But let’s just say that I was relieved to spend the last part of the trip riding around on the back of an elephant lol..
All in all though I wouldn’t trade the experience I had with the team for anything! The people, the weather, the scenery was just simply amazing, and I feel that there are many more fun filled adventures to have with tourist link treks in the coming years, and I can’t wait!
 

Anna Nadia Bandura

Anna Nadia Bandura From Poland

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Having always fantasized about visiting Tibet, I decided recently to make my wish a reality. Having visited Nepal before and done some different treks with different trekking companies, I stumbled across Tourist Link Treks & Expedition (P.) LTD. A friend of mine had recommended them as being the cheapest most reliable tour company out of many others, and since I valued his judgment greatly I decided to give them a shot. Well, I certainly was not disappointed to say the least. I couldn’t believe the quote I got from them with everything included. It was nearly half the price! Of what I’d plan to budget for. At first the offer sounded abit too good to be true, but going with my gut instincts, my friends advise and the warm friendly reception I was greeted with other the phone with them, I decided to go for it. The tour consisted of a direct flight to the neighboring mountains, and a trek around the peaks of the Tibetan peaks. I knew I was amongst one of the wonders of the world where I was and had my camera on stand by to capture some of the most breath taking shots I have ever taken. There where moments where time just seemed to stand still, where the wild life seemed so in balance with its surroundings that we appeared to blend into their eco system. No fear, no negative vibes, just being, for as far as the eye could reach. A translucent depiction of what life is supposed to be like, or how it once was. Something was telling me, ‘this is how its supposed to be’
When your amongst such beauty, caught in a realm of timelessness, it is easy to get lost in what it is your doing. And when the hand on my shoulder was softly felt by the guide, it was back to reality I stumbled to.
Joe wakefield

Joe wakefield From Uk

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

I had an awesome trip, great price the best guide (Nigma Sherpa) and very strong happy porter. I did EBC kala pather, Gokyo, Gokyo RI good food good accommodation.   Learnt so much about the mountains, climbing the mountains, treated like a king. A very big thank you to Nigma sherpa always felt safe and in good hands thanks for organizing a great trip Hom at a great price.
Scott Blake

Scott Blake From Australia

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

My hasband and i am from Germany , we booked the poonhill trek with Tourist Link Treks . Our guide Elmi was really great , he told us lot of about Nepali culture , the life in the hills and about the Flora and Fanna . He cared a lot about us and always went into the Kitchens in the tea houses where we stoped to eat and drink to check whether everthing  was clean and well prepared .
Compared to the other guide , Elmi was really well prepared and equipment after the 4th day . I went sick and Elmi gave me medicine and managed to shorten our trip . He even carried my backpack when i was very weak . All we were very satisfied with our guide and the trek . The view from poonhill was amazing , Elmi explaned all the Mountain we could see . so it was a great pleasure and a very good choice 
Best regards : Julia & Sascha Michely 
julia & Sascha Michely

julia & Sascha Michely From Germany

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

We , two girls of arround 25 from the Netherlands , booked the Langtang Trek with Tourist Link Trek . we hired a guide and a porter , who took a lot of work out of our hands . The Langtang Trek was very beautiful and our guide had a lot of hummer . He made a new plan when one of us had an injury (ankle) , which was very nice . He told us about local traditional , mountain , animals ,history and local alcohol .
Our porter was never tired , he walked from our endpoint back to carry our other bags .
In short , amazing trip , good organisation .
Kind regards , Maartje and emmely
 
Maartje Verhoeven and Emmely Vender Steen

Maartje Verhoeven and Emmely Vender Steen From Netherlands

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Personally , i don't have that much experience with guide but i know that Raju is am 'A' calss guide , i'm almost certain that guy saved my life or ( my eyes feet etc ) my life times, he's a hardworking guy that will put all his effort on it to keep you going and to make you as comfortable as possible .
Handrik de peeker

Handrik de peeker From Holland

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

To Hom and Niraj ,
                               Thank you for an excellent and memoriable journey to the Everest Base camp .The itinerary was well planned and guide is very knowledge and attractive .

This is a trip of A lifetime and worth every ....much thanks and until next time , Will zeng


 
Will Zeng

Will Zeng From Australia

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

We had a trip organized by Tourist link from KTM to Langtang for 8 days . The price was excelent and we had great experience with our poter \ guide Elmi . He was a fantastic guide , helping us catch our bus in Ktm . All the way throught the trek until . We were back into Tourist link trek office in Ktm . Our trip was well organized , convenient and very enjoyable . I would recommend Tourist Link without a doubt !! Many Thanks  
Mark Stanley armstrong

Mark Stanley armstrong From Canada

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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Trip Details

Grading : Moderate & Strenuous
No. of Pax : +2 people above
Altitude Height : 6180M.
Trip Departure : Everyday
Activities : Trekking
Mode of Travel : Air+Trek
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Destination : Nepal

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