Everest Three Passes Trek

20 Days

The Everest Three Passes Trek, also referred to as the Everest 3 Passes Trek or Everest High Pass Trek, is an extraordinary and demanding trekking expedition that will take you deep into the heart of Nepal’s Everest region. This trek is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, awe-inspiring views, and exhilarating mountain passes. Along the journey, you will conquer three formidable high passes: Kongma La pass (5535m/18159 ft.), Cho La Pass (5420 m/17782 ft.), and Renjo La pass (5340 m/17520 ft.). Each pass offers a unique and mesmerizing experience, rewarding trekkers with panoramic vistas of the majestic Himalayan peaks.

Undoubtedly, the Everest Three Passes Trek is not for the faint-hearted. It demands physical fitness, endurance, and proper acclimatization. However, the sense of achievement and the unparalleled beauty of the surrounding landscapes make every challenge worthwhile. Moreover, this trek provides ample opportunities to explore remote Sherpa villages, immerse yourself in their rich culture, and engage with the warm and welcoming locals.

To ensure a seamless and successful trekking experience, meticulous planning is crucial. You can refer to the three passes trek map, which highlights the route and significant landmarks along the way. The itinerary typically includes visits to iconic sites such as Everest Base Camp, where you can witness the magnificence of the world’s highest peak up close.

When contemplating the Everest Three Passes Trek, it is important to consider the associated costs. The trek cost may vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, the level of services provided, and the choice of food and accommodation. It is advisable to compare different packages and seek recommendations from our trekking experts to make an informed decision.

The three high passes trek is an adventure of a lifetime, combining the thrill of conquering challenging mountain passes with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of the Everest region. If you are ready for an unforgettable experience, we invite you to book your Everest Three Passes Trek today.

Everest Three Pass Trek Important notes

Before setting off on the Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek, it is important to acknowledge that this adventure is not for the faint-hearted. It offers a thrilling and demanding journey through some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. Take note of the following key points:

  1. Physical fitness: The Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek is a strenuous trek and requires a high level of physical fitness. It is recommended that you undertake some form of regular physical exercise for several weeks prior to the trek.
  2. Altitude sickness: The trek involves crossing three high passes, each at an altitude of over 5,000 meters. Acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness, so it’s recommended to take regular rest days during the trek to allow your body to adjust to the altitude.
  3. Weather conditions: The weather in the Everest region can be unpredictable, even during the trekking season. It’s important to pack adequate clothing for both warm and cold weather, as well as rain gear.
  4. Trekking permits: To trek to Everest Base Camp and the Three Passes, you will need to obtain two permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit. You can obtain these permits from our office or Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or from the park entrance in Monjo.
  5. Accommodation: There are plenty of teahouses and lodges along the trekking route, providing basic but comfortable accommodation. It’s recommended to book your accommodation in advance during the peak trekking season.
  6. Guides and porters: It’s recommended to hire a licensed guide and porter for the trek, as they can provide valuable assistance with navigating the route, carrying your gear, and providing information about the local culture and customs.
  7. Trekking equipment: You will need to bring appropriate trekking equipment, including sturdy hiking boots, a warm sleeping bag, a good-quality backpack, and trekking poles.
  8. Communication: The trekking route has limited access to Wi-Fi and cellular networks, so it’s recommended to bring a satellite phone or a portable Wi-Fi device if you need to stay connected.
  9. Environmental awareness: It’s important to respect the local environment and culture while trekking in the Everest region. Pack out all your trash and avoid littering. Additionally, respect the local customs and dress modestly while visiting temples and other cultural sites.

The Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek is a challenging but rewarding adventure that will provide unforgettable experiences and memories. With adequate preparation and planning, you can enjoy a safe and successful trekking experience.

Trip Info

  • Some Places
  • Autumn & Spring
  • 5 to 7 hours /day
  • 5545m
  • 16

Overview

  • Destination: Everest Three High Pass
  • Starting Point: Kathmandu
  • Ending point: Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude: 5546 m, Kala Patthar
  • No of Days: 20 days
  • Best time: Spring and Autumn
  • Group size: 1-15 max

The Everest Three Passes Trek itinerary we have created is carefully planned to provide a safe and immersive experience. Explore iconic towns like Namche Bazaar and Dingboche, make your way to the base camp of Mount Everest, and conquer the three high passes, each offering awe-inspiring views of the world’s highest peaks.

  • Day 01: Arrival in the city of Temples ie Kathmandu (1400 m)
  • Day 02: Spare day in Kathmandu (sightseeing and preparation)
  • Day 03:  Flight to Lukla (2,800 m/9184 ft.) Trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8562 ft)  3 Hrs Walk
  • Day 04:  Trekking from Phakding  to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/ 11,283 ft)  5-6 Hrs walk
  • Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche (3440m/ 11,283 ft)
  • Day 06:  Namche to Tengboche (3870m/ 12,697 ft.) 5-6 Hrs Walk
  • Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m/ 14305 ft.)  5-6 Hrs Walk
  • Day 08: Dingboche acclimatization (4360m/ 14305 ft.)
  •  Day 09: Dingboche to Chhukung, Climb Chhukung Ri( 5546 m/ 18196 ft)  3 Hrs Walk
  • Day 10: Chhukung Via Kongma La pass (5535 m), trek to Lobuche(4910 m)  7-8 Hrs Walk
  • Day 11: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140 m), Everest Base Camp(5364m)  5-6 Hrs Walk
  • Day 12: Gorakshep to Kalapatthar and Trek down to Dzongla( 4830 m/ 15847 ft)  6-7 Hrs Walk
  • Day 13: Trek from Dzongla  to Dragnag (4700 m/15420 ft) via Cho la pass (5350 meters) 7-8 Hrs Walk
  • Day 14:  Trek from Dragnag to Gokyo (4790 meters/ 15715 ft)  2-3 Hrs Walk
  • Day 15: Gokyo Ri and Gokyo lakes at rest day( 5357 m/ 17576 ft)
  • Day 16:Trek from Gokyo Via Renjola Pass (5360m) to Lungden( 4360 m/14304 ft)  7-8 Hrs Walk
  • Day 17: Trek from Lungden to Namche( 3438m/ 11280 ft)  6-7 Hrs Walk
  • Day 18: Namche Bazar to Lukla( 2800 m/ 9187 ft)  6-7 Hrs Walk
  • Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu(1300 m/ 4429 ft)  30 min Flight
  • Day 20: Final Departure.

Everest Three Passes Trek Highlights

  • Sightseeing to the major highlights of the Kathmandu city.
  • Observe the cultural and religious Buddhist and Hindu Monuments throughout the trek.
  • Stunning scenic flight to Lukla.
  • Spectacular whole circuit trek in Everest region.
  • Climb across the most challenging high passes, i.e., Kongma La, Cho La, Renjo La.
  • Enjoy the ambiance in the Sherpa community with the welcoming Snow clad mountains.
  • Jaw dropping views of mountains from Everest Base Camp.
  • Witness the richness of natural beauty, topographical variant landscapes, flora and fauna
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the highest peaks like Choyu (8,201m), Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,516 m), and Everest (8,850m).
  • Discover the extraordinary beauty of Gokyo valley, the lakes, and climb to Gokyo Ri.

Itinerary

Maximum Altitude: Kathmandu (1300m/4428 ft)

Meals: Dinner

The airport representative will be waiting for you at the airport. Then, we will transfer you to the hotel where you can rest and freshen up.

After resting for a bit, you can step down and stroll around the streets. You can visit the nearby local shops near the hotel to try some street foods and buy local handmade products.

You will be explained about the trek in the evening in the hotel itself after a beautiful welcome dinner delight. Overnight at the hotel.

Trip duration: 9 hours.

Maximum Altitude: Kathmandu(1300 m/ 4428 ft)

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up and take you to the Pashupatinath temple. This place holds great religious significance to Hindu devotees. We worship Lord Shiva here.

The next place will be Bouddhanath; it is one of the oldest Tibetan stupas. You can taste several Tibetan delights like Laughing, Thenduk, Khapse, etc.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Kilometers: Kathmandu to Lukla (135-140km)

Flight duration: Kathmandu to Lukla (40- minutes flights)

Trek Duration: (Lukla to Monjo 6 hrs.)

Maximum Altitude: Monjo (2,835 m/9301 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we will be taking you to the domestic terminal of Tribhuwan International airport for the flight to Lukla. The jaw-dropping scenic flight to Lukla will cover the views of lush green hills, snow-capped mountains, and greeneries.

After landing at Lukla, we will complete some packing and meet with our Himalayan guide. Then, we will dart to Monjo after resting for some time. The rugged trail takes us through the awe-inspiring views of mountains and rural villages of the region. We will witness the beauty of Mt. Khumbila before reaching Phakding. We will have our lunch on the way and continue trekking till we reach Phakding.

Monjo is a small Sherpa village that lies in the Dudh Koshi river valley in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Phakding in the north and Jorsale in the south, it stays in between. Overnight at Phakding.

Kilometers: Monjo– Namche (8km)

Trek duration: 5-6 hours.

Maximum Altitude: Namche Bazar (3440m/11283ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we start trekking to the sherpa capital, i.e., Namche Bazaar. The trail goes up and down with the beautiful dense rhododendron forest. We will cross many bridges and the Dudh Koshi river throughout the day.

We will cross Jorsale village with mesmerizing views of green forests, flowers, and peaks. The mighty Mt. Thamserku is visible from the Benkar village in between. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Maximum Altitude: Namche Bazar (3440m/11283ft)

Trek duration : 1- 2 hrs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05 calls for acclimatization. The trekkers and travelers have to adjust to the changing landscapes and climate; hence we will rest in Namche.

As the experts say, it is better to stay active than to rest idle. We will have short hikes around Namche Bazaar the whole day. After that, we will climb up to the Everest View Hotel to enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas.

On the way back to Namche, we will stop by the Khumjung village, explore the monastery and spend some time with Sherpa locals. They are always welcoming to visitors. Their language tone, dress code, and culture are vividly variant than the people from Kathmandu. We will also visit the Hillary school.

The tourist center near the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park has memories of the mountain climbers, exciting facts about the Sherpa community, and the region.

Namche is famous as the major trade center of the Khumbu region and for Yak butter and cheese.

Overnight in Namche.

Kilometers: 10 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3870 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trek on this day is relatively easy till we reach Phungi Thenga. After that, due to the rough Himalayan Trail, it may become more complicated than before. After breakfast, we will begin our trip to Phungi Thenga. After that, we’ll make our way to Tengboche by ascending the trail.

We can explore the most famous Buddhist monastery within the Khumbu region. This place holds great religious significance among the Tibetans. The monastery in Tengboche locates within the Sagarmatha National Park with great picturesque Amadoblam, Nuptse, and Everest peaks.

The Buddhist chants in the monastery with the beautiful sunset view will revitalize your soul.

Kilometers: 9 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4360 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will walk downhill through the forests of pine, conifers, and rhododendron after our breakfast at Tengboche. Mt. Lhotse, Amadoblam, and Everest will be with us throughout the trek.

We will cross the beautiful Imja river and valley before we get to Pangboche. The splendid view of rural settlements with a cold air breeze feels us with energy every time we get exhausted and want to stop.

The trail continues, and we ascend to Dingboche. The colorful prayer flags and chortens in the area enrich the feel of Himalayan trekking.

Overnight in Dingboche.

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Maximum Altitude: 5083 meters

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The acclimatization day in Dingboche calls for short hikes around the fields of paddy, buckwheat, potatoes, barley, etc. The stone walls protect the crops from animals and the cold Himalayan air.

Dingboche is quite a famous hub for trekkers in the Himalayan region. Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotshe, Tawache, Amadoblam smile with the frosts if the day is clear and not cloudy. We can also climb up to the Nangkar Ishang peak to have the sights of these peaks and the Himalayan surrounding. It is quite thrilling and adventurous.

Overnight in Dingboche.

Kilometers: 14 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 5546 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will cross The stone-walled fields and Imja Khola Valley before entering the Everest region’s glacier moraine area.

We will continue the trail crossing the intersection of icy streams and spectacular views of Mountain peaks experiencing the Himalayan air. Finally, we reach Chhukung, which is a small Sherpa village.

After resting some time at Chhukung, we will ascend the Chhukung Ri with breathtaking sights like Aamadoblam, Makalu, Island peak, Lhotse, etc. Finally, we will descend with the same views of frosty mountains all around the rocky and slippery trail.

Overnight at Chhukung.

Kilometers: 10 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 5535 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day trek is the most challenging part of this trek. There are no rest houses, lodges, or eateries in between. You will be amazed to pass the strenuous and highest pass of this trek.

The exhilarating trek starts when we move towards the hill, i.e., northwest of the Chhukung village. After crossing the mountain, the trail goes up to the moraine of Nuptse Glacier. The small frozen lakes add beauty to the moraine.

Continuing the trail, we will see the prayer flags, icy lakes around the Khumbu Glacier. Finally, the moment of truth is here. We then take the absolute path down through the Kongma La pass to reach Lobuche.

We will climb the moraine and take north to reach Lobuche.

The day will be pretty exhausting. But the freedom and immense pleasure of trekking will intoxicate you.

Overnight in Lobuche.

Kilometers: 13 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 5346 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The walk from the Everest Base Camp will be fantastic. The trek begins early in the morning. You will be able to see Khumbu Glacier from the Gorak Shep trail. After that, the path slowly ascends and descends. It even gets rough when we reach Gorak Shep. We’ll rest a little when we get there because walking up and down the big rock is tiring.

Altitude sickness can affect you badly due to thin air, so you need to be wise and stroll. We are going to reach the Khumbu Glacier top on the climb. After a short walk in the Everest Base Camp, we make it to the height of 5364 m. Then, we will enjoy the astonishing view of Khumbu Icefall.

You won’t believe it, but you are at the bottom of the World’s tallest mountain. Mixed emotions at this point are justifiable. The EBC trek is a lifetime experience, after all. You will feel the glory of Mt.Everest and the camp all over. Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori covered in white Snow will display themselves for you.

We’ll be getting down to Gorak Shep after spending some time at EBC. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Kilometers: 16 km

Trek Duration: 10-11 hours

Maximum Altitude: 5543 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We don’t want to miss the spectacular majestic moment of the first sunlight rays striking the silver shining Mt. Everest. Thus, we will have early breakfast and some preparations for the case the climate gets too cold. Then, we will dart to the highest point of this trek, i.e., Kala Patthar.

On reaching Kala Patthar, you will realize WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE ON TOP OF THE WORLD! We tend to say it often when we are happy. But if ‘BEING ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD’ had any visual illustration, it would look like this.

The stunning views of Lingtren, Changtse, Khumbutse, Everest there will be forever in your memories. Enjoying the picturesque, we’ll get down to Dzongla.

We will descend the hill alongside the Khumbu Glacier, take the right trail, and pass stupas/ tombstones. After certain descending, we begin to ascend, having the views of Chola Tso lake and some other small frosty lakes covered with ice and Snow.

We finally cross the Chola river over the bridge and reach Dzongla. It is a small village with a few teahouses. Overnight.

Kilometers: 9.4 km

Trek Duration: 9-10 hours

Maximum Altitude: 5350 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As we acquire tallness through the trail, the Cho La Lake starts to show up, the Ama Dablam manages the scope of mountains on the south, and Cholatse takes off on the west.

The last climb up to the Cho La can be attractive as the path bends cycle a chasm. The slope is steep yet exacerbated by stones over some of which we should scramble. The only thing is the trek-lover can relate how the challenges boost their energy and strength.

The way to Dragnag is long but not troublesome. We have to pass many Sherpa villages before we get to Gokyo. So, Dragnag is among the Sherpa villages that is home to various nice lodges. Our path carries us to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacial mass, the most extended icy group in Nepal. Through the trail of Yak Kharka, we will climb the famous Cho La pass. Overnight in Dragnag.

Kilometers: 4.4 km

Trek Duration: 2 hrs

Maximum Altitude: 4790 meters

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will start climbing a gentle grassy uphill until we reach the snowy glacier. We can see the Gokyo Ri, Renjo La pass a bit far and Ngozumpa glacier. We have to climb a steep snowy trail to enjoy the view of frozen Gokyo lake surrounded by beautiful snowy mountains.

Arriving at the opposite side of the ice sheet, we see the second Gokyo Lake on the arrangement of six lakes. A brief distance away is the third Gokyo Lake Gokyo Village stands there aside. The blue green water looks so beautiful surrounded by mountains. The reward of crossing the rocky and snowy trail across the moraine and hill is the stunning view of Gokyo valley. Overnight.

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours(hiking)

Maximum Altitude: 5357 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We observe and appreciate perspectives on the extraordinary mountainous views as we climb to Gokyo Ri.

It is the acclimatization day at Gokyo village, but we will have an excursion to keep ourselves active. We can also visit the fourth Gokyo Lake, situated 3 km north of the Gokyo Village. We will continue the trek to the fifth lake

The view from ‘Scoundrel’s Viewpoint,’ located at the edge of the fifth lake, is a real visual treat for your eyes. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makulu mountains, and the gigantic Ngozumba Glacier are the beauties we can never stop admiring. Finally, we will climb down to the Gokyo village and rest overnight.

Kilometers: Namche – Monjo ( 5km ) -Lukla (6.3km)

Trip duration: 6-8 hours

Kilometers: 8 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 5360 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will have a long day today. We will move aside from the Dudh Koshi river and walk around before we descend towards the Renjo La pass. The trek can be a little tricky, and it features the ultimate access of this trek.

The walk can be tiring and exhausting. Never mind. You will be able to see the spectacular vistas of the Himalayan and Rolwaling ranges. Mt. Everest stands still, and beautiful that looks beautiful from the top of the pass.

We continue trekking from the pass down the stone staircase to reach Angladumba Tsho lake. You will have to be safer as the trail is icy. We will cross the path with the view of beautiful lakes there down a narrow valley to Lungden. Overnight.

Kilometers: 15 km

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3438 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will follow the route from Lungden to Thame crossing several small villages. We will cross bridges and the Bhote Koshi river, trekking down the trail to reach Thame.

We will explore the Thame monastery decorated with prayer flags. After that, we’ll cross some beautiful Sherpa villages with astonishing views of the peaks and reach Namche Bazaar.

We will descend all the way to reach there, overnight in Namche.

Kilometers: 19 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2800 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

While getting back to Lukla from Namche Bazaar, we will descend through the green forests of pine, conifers, and rhododendron flowers. The open plains welcome us on the trail. The prayer flags and stones advocate the existence of Buddhism in the region.

We will cross the Dudh Koshi river and several bridges to reach Lukla. After going to Lukla, we’ll realize our dedication, belief, and perseverance made this trek happen. We can rest all the time in Lukla now.

Overnight in Lukla.

Kilometers: 135-140 km

Flight Duration: 40 minutes

Maximum Altitude: 1300 m

Meals: Dinner

The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will be in the morning time. After that, we will get back to Kathmandu, enjoying the scenic mountainous flight. After that, we will freshen up and rest at the hotel in Kathmandu.

You can have a visit to some local shops and markets to buy souvenirs. The farewell dinner with the Nepali folk musical program on Day 19 will be something to cherish for your whole life.

Meals: Breakfast

On the day, we will transfer you to the Kathmandu airport for final departure. You will have a lifetime memory and trekking experience with you. We’re sure you will be revisiting our country. We wish you good luck. Also, you can visit again for some beautiful trips and treks. We love to see you again.

Includes/Excludes

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up & final departure by private vehicle.
  • Welcome & farewell cultural dinner.
  • A full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseen Tour with local tour guide and Private vehicle
  • Kathmandu Lukla , Lukla to Kathmandu Flight
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • A day three meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) on your choice from the menu during the treks.
  • An excellent government licensed holder guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • A strong porter (2:1) one porter carrying two member’s bags including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets provided and to be returned after the trip is complete.
  • Standard tea house during the treks.
  • Trekking route map.
  • First aid kid box including oximeter & pulse meter checker.
  • All needed permit & national park fees.
  • An emergency helicopter rescue services, if in case.
  • Government tax & service charge.

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses as like the phone & camera charging, hot shower, wifi
  • All kind of drinks as like mineral water, beer, tea, coffee, juice, Coke, Fanta, and hard drinks.
  • Lunch & dinner during stay in city.
  • Extra an activities, in case if you have an extra day on your holidays.
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, in case if you return earlier from the treks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips to guide & porter
  • UNESCO entrance fee

FAQ's

Does the cost for every travel is exact?

The trek cost (accommodation, guide/porter costs, and food) remains the same. However, lower airline rates and permit fees (than other citizens) will be less expensive than foreign citizens. The cost will be about $200 US dollars less than the typical price on the package. Would you mind sending us an inquiry for the most up-to-date pricing for Indian and Nepalese trekkers?

What foods are available on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

You can order meals from the menu, which varies depending on the location. You can also select from a variety of local and continental/Chinese dishes. However, because essential local trainers prepare the meal, the taste may differ from what you are used to.

Can I charge my camera batteries and phone while hiking?

Yes, by paying an extra fee, you can charge your batteries and mobile phones everywhere. The pricing may vary from one location to another. It is recommended to bring your power bank to Kathmandu and to utilize it in the higher region because charging batteries are rather costly in the higher area.

What are Nepal's visa requirements?

You must first obtain a Nepal visa before traveling to Nepal. Except for India, all international passengers must have it. You can apply for this visa once you are in Nepal. Then send your passport, which must be valid for at least six months after the start of the journey.

After the big pandemic, is it safe to tour Nepal?

Covid-19 created one of the threats to the minds of every voyager. However, since the situation is modest, you can quickly go to several nations. However, the priority should be safety precautions.

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Everest Three Passes Trek
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