Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek

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Everest Gokyo Lakes trek presents an exceptional opportunity to explore and experience the beautiful high alpine yak pasture, encounter highland Sherpa people's lifestyle, and sparkling glacial lakes in the lap of Everest. 

Everest Gokyo Lakes hiking tour is considered as traditional trekking that offers magnificent views of different mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas. The image of this region is associated with the towering views of the most popular mountains in Nepal which is at an altitude above 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. These mountains are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake. One of the most remarkable features of this trek is the view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung located in the Khumbu region.

Everest Gokyo Lakes holidays starts after a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m). We spent the next few days trekking and interacting with the mountain people, also known as the Sherpa people. We spend the night at local lodges and trek into the heartland of their villages. Everything we do and see has a blend of Sherpa people and their culture. Along the trekking trail, we will pass the legendary Buddhist monasteries which have a splendid view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam and many other snow towering mountain peaks which seem to be getting closer by the day.

We will have rest days in the villages of  Namche Bazaar and Gokyo valley that will allow us to explore the regions and to acclimatize, which is essential too. After climbing to Gokyo Ri (5480 meters), we return back to Namche bazaar with easy and gentle steps. We will then catch a flight from Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu. The best season to go for Gokyo Lake trek is September to December and February to June and you will be accommodating at the lodge during the trek.


  • An opportunity to experience the amazing high alpine yak pasture, Sherpa culture and sparkling glacial lakes in the lap of Everest
  • Experience magnificent views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas
  • Enjoy trekking and interacting amongst the mountain people also known as Sherpas, stay at local lodges and trek into the heartland of their villages
  • Explore the legendary Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest, Ama Dablam and many other snow towering mountain peaks getting closer by the day
  • Travel through the villages of Namche Bazaar and Gokyo Lakes valley that will allow us to explore the regions and to acclimatize, which is very essential too

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01:Arrive at Kathmandu Airport (1,350m)

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greets by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening, comprehensive briefing about your adventure Everest Gokyo lakes trek. Overnight at hotel.    

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

The day for your trip preparation or if you are interested in sightseeing trip then let us know our tour guide will give you a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

Early morning transfer to the domestic airport for a flight to Lukla which is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. We begin our trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5,885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. We descend a mountainside path that merges into a route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right; and at its far end, Kusum Kangaru (6,367m.). The Dudh Kosi approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Overnight at guest house.  

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lukla to Pakdhing
  • Maximum Altitude:2,860m,2,640m

 This day we trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2,800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. We can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. We can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight at hotel or guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m

 Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at the high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. For the acclimatization we walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or an hour walk up to the Tengboche (3,800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m

 From Namche bazaar the route heads up all the way to Khumjung, a picturesque village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Here we can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5,734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla (4,000m.). From here, we can see panoramic views of various mountains. We trek steeply descend passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. We can enjoy delicious meal at Phortse Tenga (3,650m.). Overnight at guest house.  

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Dole via Khumjung
  • Maximum Altitude:4,040m,3,800m

 From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and we will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Overnight at guest house.  

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Machhermo
  • Maximum Altitude:4,150m

 Today we head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5,420m.), our route to Lobuche and Everest and later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari (the milk lake) and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Overnight at tea house. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Gokyo
  • Maximum Altitude:4,750m

Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day we can make a side trip to Fifth Lake via Forth Lake. Overnight at tea house. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Gokyo
  • Maximum Altitude:4,750m

Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Machhermo. Overnight at tea house. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Gokyo Ri
  • Maximum Altitude:5,480m

 The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3,650m) passing through rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4,000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3,500m.) following small ups and down to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at hotel or guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Machhermo to Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:4,150m

 The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay. Overnight at hotel or guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lukla
  • Maximum Altitude:2,880m

We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. In the evening, join a fare well dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant host by one of our team leaders. Enjoy the local drink, meal and live culture show. Overnight at hotel.  

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast and Dinner
  • Place:Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. Wish you have a safe and sound journey. See you again in the future. 


    • The entire airport picks up and drops.
    • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return trips.
    • Everest National park fee with trekking permit.
    • Tims card (trekking information management system card).
    •  All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period.
    • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period.
    • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs.
    • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance.
    • All necessary grounded transportation.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
    • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.
    • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program.
    • Personal nature expenses.
    • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
    • Rescue & Evacuation.
    • Gratitude (tip) for staff.


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    Useful Information

    Everest Gokyo Lakes tour is a demanding trek in the Everest region.  Please read about Acute Mountain Sickness before making a final decision to book the Everest Gokyo Lakes trekking vacation.

    Responsible Tourism

    Wherever you travel, you might have noticed a decrease in the environment. This is mainly due to over-tourism and if not properly controlled leads to an increase in pollution, destruction of wildlife habitats, trail littering, and complaints from local communities. Alpine Eco Trek is strongly for responsible or sustainable tourism and is an active member of the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project also known as KEEP. This means that we try to do our best to educate our trekkers on how to trek responsibly. As so we have a few simple rules we would like our trekkers to follow, that way a good example can be given to others and the environment can be enjoyed for future generations.

    • Always respect the local communities, their laws, culture, and beliefs
    • Consult with your guide before doing something inside a local community
    • Always keep the environment clean, don’t throw rubbish away but carry a garbage bag with you
    • Stay on the trails and don’t go alone in the wild as to where you step might be wildlife
    • Refrain from buying a lot of plastic bottles
    • Buy local to help the economy of the rural villages  

    Passport and Visa

    Like most countries, Nepal requires a valid passport and visa before you can officially enter. Making it easier for tourism Nepal offers an on arrival visa which can be acquired inside the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Being developed every year there are also now E-Visa kiosks available, this makes for a smoother visa process. All you need to bring is a valid passport with at least 6 months expiry time available, a couple of passport size photos and the visa fee in USD. For more detailed information you can check out the official immigration website and even apply online for your visa at http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa. Indian and Chinese nationals can enjoy a free tourist visa.

    Booking and Payment Process

    The booking and payment process for any trip or trek with Alpine Eco Trek is never made easier. Being officially registered with the Nepalese government under registration number 1907/071 Alpine Eco Trek and Expedition (P) Ltd and associated with various local and international tourism associations travelling with Alpine Eco Trek is 100% safe and secure. Upon completing your booking a 10% deposit of the total trip cost is required and can be paid via bank transfer or credit card. The rest of the amount can be paid upon arrival either in cash or via credit card. The 15% deposit will be made use of guaranteeing your reservations, transportation, guides, and trekking permits.

    Alpine Eco Trek also called the mountain family takes great care of all its travellers and with us, you become part of that mountain family. We try to create long-lasting relations with all our travellers and make sure you get the trip you deserve. To make the arrangements of your trip as smooth as possible we humbly request to send any additional info during your bookings such as your travel insurance, passport copy, and your flight details as soon as possible.   

    Last-Minute Booking

    Having over two decades of experience organizing treks in Nepal, it is now also possible to do last minute bookings with Alpine Eco Trek. This last-minute booking can be done up to a day before the trek starts and is required to be paid 100% in full. This type of a booking can be made via the online form of our website, via email or through WhatsApp. Do note that the last-minute booking option is not available for Bhutan or Tibet trips and only for Nepal.


    How can I book Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek?

    Once you confirmed the trip, we need a photocopy of your passport and a 20 percent down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

    Can I do the Everest Gokyo lakes trek?

    This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of the Mt. Everest region. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jogging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in the good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

    When is the best season for the Everest Gokyo Lake walking tour?

    Choosing the best season for the Everest Gokyo Lake trek or any other trek in Nepal is crucial to making it a memorable trip. Like many Asian countries, Nepal has five seasons in a year; spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, and winter. The best seasons to go trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. Although it is possible to go for a trek during the other seasons, spring and autumn are undoubtedly the best ones. 

    The spring season or the pre-monsoon season falls in the months of February, March, April, and May. With everything starting to bloom and grow the spring season has long been a favorite for many trekkers. Especially in the Everest region with clear skies every day the views are just breathtaking. Temperatures during the day go from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius and during the night can drop from 8 to 12 degrees Celsius. The weather will be dry and stable, making your trekking days enjoyable and memorable. Trekking to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake during the spring season is highly recommended by Alpine Eco Trek. 

    During the autumn season which falls just after the rainy monsoon season, trekkers can enjoy completely different sceneries. Lasting from September to the end of December during the autumn season trekkers can enjoy a cooler climate with temperatures during the day between 14 to 20 degrees Celsius and during the night from 10 degrees to as low as -5 degrees Celsius. The skies will be clear with some clouds and the villages get ready for harvesting their crops, painting the entire landscape in a beautiful picturesque scene. Trekking to Everest Gokyo Lake during the autumn season is definitely a recommender for any type of trekker.

    What kind of food is available during the Everest Gokyo Lake hiking holidays?

    While trekking in the Himalayas is a great outdoor adventure it is important to stay in tip-top condition every day in order to make it a successful trek. Meals or food during the trek plays an important role in maintaining that good condition of fitness and Alpine Eco Trek makes sure that you are not lacking. Of course in the main cities such as Kathmandu, almost every type of food is available from pizzas to hamburgers and steaks, but as we head out for trekking the meals are more traditional and prepared by the local communities. During the trek, we make use of the local guesthouses and a wide variety of food items will be on the menu for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Alpine Eco Trek would like to list some of the food items available during your trek in the Everest region.

    The most important meal of the day starts with a good and healthy breakfast. The teahouses or guesthouses have the perfect breakfast items available on the menu to ensure you are ready for a day of trekking. The menus consist of delicious and fresh-made Tibetan bread, Chapati with fresh cheese, oatmeal, French toast with either jam, honey or peanut butter, fried, boiled, or scrambled local eggs, hashed browns, pancakes, porridge with milk, muesli and seasonable vegetables. A lot to choose from and all energizing foods, just perfect to start your exciting day. Hot drinks are also available but don’t expect a luxurious Americano or espresso. 
    After trekking for a good half-day hunger starts to set in and we make a break for lunch. In some cases, lunch has to be packed in the morning and will be enjoyed as a picnic but mostly we will stop at a teahouse on the way to restock our energy with a delicious lunch during the trek. Lunch can be ordered from the menu and usually consists of the following items; a different variety of noodle soups called Thukpa, the traditional Nepali rice with lentil soup locally known as dhal bhat, the nation’s favorite momo dumplings, Tibetan or Chapatti bread, pasta like spaghetti or macaroni, the famous Sherpa stew, seasonal soups, sandwiches, pizza, curry rice, spring rolls, burger, pizza, yak steak, and some dessert items. With a lot to choose from it is important to refrain from meat items as the quality of the meat can deteriorate fast in these high altitudes and rural villages.  

    Having completed a whole day of trekking in the Himalayas a good dinner is all you need. Dinner will be served at our overnight guest or teahouse and can be chosen from the menu. Consisting mostly of the same items as during lunch it’s a great time to try something different than what you had for lunch. For any type of gluten-free meal, Alpine Eco Trek asks you to bring gluten-free items with you during the trek as almost no teahouse can provide specialized items. With many fresh locally grown vegetables to choose from, there are also a lot of non-vegetarian options available but as stated above we do recommend refraining from meat items unless we know for sure that they are fresh. The best way to find out is to advise your trekking guide.

    After a good meal comes a good dessert. During the Everest, and Gokyo Lake trekking tour deserts and some snacks can be bought as well. From delicious homemade apple pies, rice pudding, or fresh-made pastries there is always room for dessert. At the teahouses snacks like; mars or snickers candy bars, cakes or popcorn can be bought and enjoyed during your trekking breaks.

    Hot drinks are also made available and very much appreciated during the colder seasons. Trekkers can choose between varieties of energizing hot drinks such as; black or milk coffee, a wide range of tea with honey, milk, ginger, lemon, green, or mint. Hot and fresh juice can also be found but depends on the season such as; mango juice, pineapple juice, or orange juice made nice and warm. 

    Food during the trek is one of the important things to keep your stamina up and your condition as fit as possible. For more questions about food during a trek in Nepal with Alpine Eco Trek, you can always contact us during your booking. 

    What about drinking water during the Everest Gokyo Lake hiking?

    Trekking in the high altitudes can be very taxing on your body, as so it is important to keep hydrating by drinking water during the trek. As the oxygen becomes less the higher we go, drinking water can be a good replacement. Alpine Eco Trek always advises intaking at least between 2 to 4 liters of water per day. In the entire Everest region, there are a lot of options to find drinking water. The shops on roads and the teahouses all sell bottled and filtered water, but we do ask our trekkers not to bring them during the trek as empty bottles usually end up in landfills or are burned to destroy the environment. On the trails, we can find enough cold water sources whether natural or via tap, by making use of water purification items such as a LifeStraw or tablets you can be sure to have ample drinking water during the Everest Gokyo Lake tour holidays.

    What kind of accommodations during the Everest Gokyo Lake trek?

    Having explained a bit about food and drinking water we haven’t gone over accommodations during the trek. These accommodations are in local guesthouses or teahouses and while comfortable and charming can be quite simple. The rooms in these teahouses are on a twin sharing base and are fitted with 2 or 3 single beds equipped with warm blankets, pillows a comfortable mattress, and in some places with an attached bathroom. The rooms are clean and hygienic but we do recommend bringing a sleeping bag for that extra protection of hygiene. These accommodations during the trek have incredible views and in the mornings offer spectacular sunrises with a nice hot cup of beverage. Alpine Eco Trek can offer a single room at no additional charge for solo female travelers.

    During your stay in Kathmandu, there is a wide option of hotels to choose from, ranging from simple hostels to luxury 4 to 5-star hotels, Alpine Eco Trek would be more than happy to help you reserve accommodation during your trip to Nepal in Kathmandu, just let us know during your booking.

    Do I need travel insurance?

    While booking any type of trek or tour with Alpine Eco Trek, travel insurance is required. This does not only give you peace of mind but also allows us to take quick and decisive action in case of an accident or emergency. For trekking in the Himalayas or Everest region, you need to make sure that your travel insurance at least covers the following policies; emergency helicopter rescue, medical evacuation expenses, and trip cancellation. While accidents or illnesses during a trek are rare it can happen and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. A copy of your travel insurance should be sent during your booking or final confirmation and should be carried with you during the trek. Alpine Eco Trek, a master for more than two decades in the Himalayas cannot send you out on a trek without the proper travel insurance.

    What Equipment do I need for the Everest Gokyo Lake trek?

    Every trek comes with a set of items necessary to make it more comfortable, and the equipment for the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is no different. Alpine Eco Trek has a list made up to make sure you have everything you need during this incredible trek in the Everest region. If you forgot something at home there is no need to worry as Kathmandu has almost everything for sale and some for rent. Most shops can be found at Thamel also known as a backpacker paradise, and our team can always help you out acquiring lacking equipment that you will need for the Everest Gokyo Lake trek. Also be mindful of which season you come, no need to pack winter gloves or wool mittens if you come in the spring or summer seasons. 
    What to bring:

    • A few pairs of thermal underclothes
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • A wind and waterproof jacket
    • Down jacket
    • 2 pairs of trekking pants
    • Mitten or woolen gloves
    • Comfortable and warm hiking socks
    • Trekking boots with spare laces
    • Standard trekking poles
    • Water purification item(s)
    • Cotton trousers for hiking
    • Cap or scarf to protect from the sun
    • Toiletries 
    • A headlight
    • Washing towel
    • Laundry bag
    • A small lock for your backpack
    • A rain poncho
    • Personal basic first aid kit

    What about safety during the Everest Gokyo Lake trek?

    Your and our employees’ safety during the Everest Gokyo Lake trek is of paramount importance to Alpine Eco Trek. With trekking trails varying from easy going to slippery or rocky terrain, it is important to always listen to the guidance of your trekking guide. These masters of the Himalayas are experts in trail mapping and will know the best way to handle any obstacle that can occur during the trek. Before departing to Lukla a detailed trek briefing will be held and all the safety regulations will be explained to ensure nothing can go wrong. AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness can occur during the Everest Gokyo Lake trek if you are not careful. It is important to inform your guide if you notice any of the symptoms so that they can take the proper steps to prevent or cure this by heading back to a lower elevation or in worse cases call for a rescue helicopter. Most goods in the Everest region are transported via yak or donkey and these animals don’t care who is in the way, it is important to always be in the safe zones on smaller trails, this way the transportation trains can easily bypass you and no accidents can occur.

    What about transportation during the Everest Gokyo Lake hike?

    Alpine Eco Trek arranges all transportation as described in the itinerary of the trek. This includes airport transfers from and to the international airport, airport transfers to and from the domestic airport, and a two-way flight to and from Lukla. Upon your arrival at the international airport, our representative will await you for a meet and greet with a traditional flower necklace. For those who would like to extend their stay or use private vehicles for sightseeing Alpine Eco Trek can arrange this but note that additional costs will apply.

    Are there any extra expenses during the trek?

    With most things included in the package such as accommodation and meals during the trek, you can have extra personal expenses during the trek. As so it’s important to bring some extra cash with you during the trek as there are no ATMs in the rural villages. Personal expenses can be; extra beverages or snacks, souvenirs, tips, or community support.

    Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?

    Yes, in most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

    Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

    Definitely, one of our team leaders will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a placard of the company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.  

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