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Mardi Himal Trek 9 Days

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration9 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude 4,500 m/14,764 ft (Mardi Himal Base Camp)
  • Activity Trek
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Transportation Drive (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Dhampus-Landruk-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Reaches Mardi Himal Base Camp, situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters
  • Enjoy astonishing vistas of snow-covered mountain ranges, including Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Mardi Himal
  • The trail takes you through lovely small villages, lush green forests, and gushing rivers, providing a diverse and picturesque trekking experience
  • Encounter a wide variety of wildlife and plants, as well as numerous species of birds along the trail
  • Compared to other popular treks in Nepal, enjoy a relatively less crowded trail
  • Get the opportunity to immerse yourself in diverse cultures, traditions, and lifestyles as you encounter different communities of people residing in the region
  • The trek provides a challenging yet rewarding experience, allowing you to push your limits and create unforgettable memories amidst the Himalayas

"Embark on an adventurous short yet offbeat trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp with our experienced team. Traverse through dense rhododendron and pine forests and witness breathtaking mountain views that are equally enchanting as other famous trekking routes of the Annapurna region. Follow an uncrowded trekking route and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the region."

The Mardi Himal trekking route was opened in 2012. The trail is located east of the famous Annapurna base camp trek. The Mardi Himal trek 9 days takes you to the base of Mardi Himal, following an offbeat course via dense forest and remote settlements. As the Mardi Himal is a short trek in the Annapurna region, it is perfect for travelers looking for a quick adventure in the mountains of Nepal.

The trail traverses along narrow winding paths, leading trekkers through lush rhododendron, pine, maple, oak, and fir forests. As you ascend, around the elevation of 3,300 meters, the trail emerges from the dense forest and opens up to a breathtaking ocean of hills and mountains. The final ascent of the trail follows a steep ridge side and gradually ascends to the Mardi base camp.

The terrain becomes rugged and steep as it ascends, unveiling breathtaking vistas of Mardi Himal (5,587 m/8,330 ft), Annapurna I (8,091 m/26,545 ft), Annapurna South (7,219 m/23,684 ft), Hiunchuli (6,441 m/21,132 ft), Fishtail (6,993 m/22,943 ft), Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,166 ft), etc. While trekking through the forests, you will get to witness mountains every now and then, peeking above the tall trees. The landscapes vary from the starting point of the trail to the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m/14,764 ft).

Also known as the Mardi Himal Base Camp trek, it is one of the finest treks in Nepal that combines both adventure and cultural experience without requiring to spend a long time. The locals along the trekking routes are friendly and welcoming. Their unique and simple mountain lifestyle is fascinating. You will get to learn about their culture and tradition too.

As the Mardi Himal trek is a beginner-friendly trek, anyone can join this trek. You only have to be prepared properly. Our expert team will help you with that. You can also do this trek with your family and friends. The trail has just the right amount of offbeat paths, enough to quench your adventure thirst. Join our Mardi Himal trek 2024/2025 departure and witness the breathtaking beauty of the western Himalayas.

Mardi Himal trek difficulty & preparation

The Mardi Himal trek does not require an exceptionally high level of fitness, but a moderate level of fitness is recommended. While there is no direct climbing involved, it is important to note that trekkers will encounter some rocky sections near the high camp and base camp.

To estimate the required level of fitness for the Mardi Himal trek, it is important to consider the duration of the trek. The Mardi Himal trek distance is approximately 44 kilometers (27 miles). Most trekking days involve approximately 5-7 hours of slow hiking. The trail is quite isolated and not established. The altitude goes up to 4,500 meters (14,764 ft).

Regular walks will help you a lot to prepare for the trek. Keep movement in your body and do activities like jogging, running, hiking, cycling, swimming, etc. All these cardio activities will build your stamina and endurance. If you exercise, train your leg muscles and core strength.

By preparing physically and seeking medical advice beforehand, trekkers can optimize their overall trekking experience and minimize the risks associated with altitude and physical exertion.

*Note: If you plan to complete the trek in 4-5 days, which is feasible, it is essential to have a reasonable level of fitness to comfortably handle the daily hiking duration. Get in touch with us to customize the itinerary to make it shorter.

Similar trekking packages in Nepal

If you are looking for more short trekking packages in Nepal, then here are some other options for you- Khopra Danda trek, Mohare Danda trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, Ghandruk trek, Langtang Valley trek, Everest View trek, and Pikey Peak trek.

We also organize short Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp treks as per our guest's requests. For more information, kindly contact us at natureexcursionnepal@gmail.com or feel free to text/call us on this number +977 9818809994 for any support.

Benefits of Mardi Himal trekking with Nature Excursion

When trekking with us in the Himalayas, you can enjoy the advantage of the best price available. With our team's extensive experience in guiding groups and individuals on the Himalayan trails, we offer the most competitive rates for trekking packages in Nepal, including the Mardi Himal trek.

Other benefits you will get joining our Mardi Himal base camp trek 2024/2025 departures are:

  • Free counseling from one of our team members who will answer all your queries regarding the Mardi Himal trek
  • Custom packing list as per your departure season
  • Free airport pick up and drop off service as per our itinerary
  • Down jacket and duffel bag (to be returned at the end of the trek)
  • A very experienced and friendly crew (guides and porters)
  • Welcome or farewell dinners
  • Hassle-free trip extension
  • Company's t-shirt and trek completion certificate at the end of the journey
  • No hidden charges or policy
  • 24/7 support from our expert tea
Mardi Himal Trek 9 Days pictures and video
Mardi Himal Trek

Itinerary

Day1

Our team will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. They will be at the airport as per your flight landing time. You can meet them after completing your visa obligation.

We'll use a private four-wheeler to transfer you from the airport to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel and rest. Later in the evening, explore the bustling streets of Thamel and join us for a welcome dinner. We will introduce you to the guide and brief you on the program.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
Day2

Leaving Kathmandu, we’ll drive to Pokhara on this day. We will leave the city in the morning. The highway goes along the Trishuli river, following rolling verdant hills. The route offers beautiful landscapes and mountain views. We will pass by small settlements along the way.

Upon reaching Pokhara, the guide will drop you at the hotel that we have pre-booked for you. Later, explore the surrounding area and spend time enjoying the tranquility of Phewa Lake. Witness the beautiful view of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna. End the day dining in a restaurant of your choice.

  • Max. Altitude:822 m/2,697 ft
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:8 hours
Day3

Early in the morning, we will drive to Dhampus. It is a beautiful Gurung village and offers stunning snow-capped mountain views. From here, the trek begins. We will walk to Pothana and follow an uphill route to Pritam Deurali. The trail follows a lush forest of rhododendrons.

  • Max. Altitude:2,100 m/6,890 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:2 hours drive & 3-4 hours trek
Day4

We will follow a quiet trail that winds its way through a dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock, and rhododendron trees. As we trek deeper into the forest, we are surrounded by a serene ambiance.

After approximately four hours of traversing the jungle, we arrive at a picturesque Forest Camp or Kokar among the locals. Here, we take a short break and savor a delightful lunch amidst the tranquility of nature.

The trek then continues as we ascend further towards Low Camp, following the forested trail. Along the way, the vegetation gradually transforms, with an increasing presence of vibrant rhododendron blooms. The trees are full of moss, lichen, and ferns.

  • Max. Altitude:2,900 m/9,514 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6 hours
Day5

After a 1.5-hour climb through the lush rhododendron forest, we reach Middle Camp, followed by Badal Danda. From here, a breathtaking panorama unfolds, offering stunning views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Mardi Himal itself.

Continuing for about an hour from Low Camp, the trail ascends above the treeline, revealing captivating vistas to the west, including Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. As we traverse the Mardi Himal ridge, the path goes through grassy terrain, adorned with irregular rhododendron bushes. Keep an eye out for the vibrant Danphe pheasant.

The lodge at High Camp surpasses the size of the lodges found at Low Camp and Forest Camp. It boasts eight rooms and a separate dining area equipped with a heater. From the lodge, we can see the unparalleled views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and the iconic Machhapuchhre.

  • Max. Altitude:3,585 m/11,762 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5-6 hours
Day6

After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we begin trekking towards Mardi Himal Base Camp, following a trodden trail that traverses through the grassy terrain. Although there are a couple of steeper sections, the overall trail is not overly challenging. As we ascend, keep an eye out for dzokpo, a hybrid of yak and cow, grazing in these higher regions. We may also get to see vibrant Danphe pheasant.

After approximately three hours of ascending, we'll reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Here, a truly spectacular panorama unfolds before our eyes. The view encompasses the breathtaking south face of Annapurna and all the majestic peaks within the Annapurna Sanctuary, including Hiunchuli and the iconic Machhapuchhre, known as the Fishtail Mountain.

We will enjoy the views for some time and begin trekking back to High Camp to replenish ourselves with a well-deserved lunch. Afterward, we retrace our steps, descending either to Low Camp, where we will spend the night. The trail will be the same as before.

  • Max. Altitude:4,500 m/14,764 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:7-8 hours
Day7

Leaving Low Camp, we will follow a different trekking route and gradually descend to Landruk. The trail goes through lush forests, crossing suspension bridges on the way. From Landruk, we will use a local jeep and drive back to Pokhara. The evening is free in Pokhara. Enjoy your time at tranquil Phewa Lake and do some shopping.

  • Max. Altitude:822 m/2,697 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3-4 hours trek & 1-2 hours drive
Day8

We will be driving back to Kathmandu today. You can also upgrade the transportation to a quick 35-minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu by paying a few extra bucks. The driving route will be the same as before. The guide will drop you at the hotel upon reaching Kathmandu. Spend the remaining day in this city resting and shopping. We meet in the late evening for a farewell dinner.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,600 ft
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:6-7 hours
Day9

Today, you will fly back to your home. It is time to say goodbye to each other. Our representatives will drop you at the airport and help you with your luggage. Do not forget to give us your feedback. We hope you will have a safe flight.

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Cost Details
Includes
  • Airport pick up and drop off services during the arrival and departure date
  • Transportation: Kathmandu - Pokhara and to Kathmandu, both way on a tourist delux bus
  • Transportation from Pokhara to Dhampus on a private vehicle (trek start point) and drive back to Pokhara from Landruk (trek end point) by sharing a local jeep
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Thamel Park)
  • 2 nights hotel in Pokhara with complementary breakfast (Hotel Silver Oaks)
  • All mountain basis standard room during the mardi himal trek
  • Full bord meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner- Main course from the menu) during the mardi himal trek
  • Government licensed, friendly, English speaking, 'Nature Excursion’s experienced native guide with his meal, salary, transportation, insurance and other necessary equipment (you will get an assistant trek guide group of 6 or more trekkers)
  • Sherpa/Porter to help your luggage, (1 porter for two trekkers, luggage weight limit is 10 kg per trekkers)
  • Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card fees
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruit every evening as per the availability during mardi himal trek
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Basic medi kit box carried by the guide including dimox 
  • An Oximeter for measure your Puls and Oxygen level
  • All government, local taxes and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangement in case of complicated health condition (incur charges should be covered by your travel insurance)
  • Souvenir- A company t-shirt
  • Trek achievement company certificate after the trek completion
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at Nepali Cultural Restaurant after the trek completion (complimentary)
Excludes
  • International flight cost
  • Nepal entry visa fee at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), (15 Days USD 25-30, 30 Days USD 40-50, and 90 Days USD 100-110)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure or in case of early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses- such as shopping, hot and cold drinks: tea-coffee, coke/fanta/sprite/juice, hard drinks: beer/wine/vodka, hot shower, laundry, massage, wifi, battery re-charge, extra porter etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance- which has to cover high altitude emergency rescue and evacuation 
  • Additional cost due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control like- landslide, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, weather condition, illness, change of government policies and strikes
  • All the cost and expenses which are not listed in the include section
  • Tips for guide/porter/driver (Expected)

Clients Reviews

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    Mardi Himal Trek
    Excellent experience! The guide was awesome and was knowledgeable about the hike, helped me and my friends out when we encountered some challenges during the trek.
    The porters were amazing too.

     

    Ngam
    NgamMalaysiaReview Date: Jun 08, 2022
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Useful Information

Mardi Himal trek best time

The best time to go trekking in Nepal depends on the climate and weather conditions. Mid-September to November is the Autumn season, which is considered the peak and optimal time for trekking. The weather is generally clear, and the views are spectacular. Another favorable period for trekking is from March to May, during the Spring season when the valleys come alive with blooming flowers and lush greenery.

December to February brings cold temperatures, and there is a possibility of trails being closed due to snowfall. Although the skies are clear during this time, be prepared for the cold and plan accordingly. Heavy snowfall may also disrupt the journey, and the lodges may not be open at higher elevations. If you wish to do Himal trek in winter, get in touch with us.

May to June marks the hot pre-monsoon season, where temperatures get quite warm. However, this period offers the beauty of blooming flowers and teeming vegetation. It can still be a suitable time for trekking, but you have to be prepared for the heat and sudden downpours.

From June to mid-September, Nepal experiences the monsoon season, which is generally the least preferred time for trekking. During this time, the risk of heavy downpours and leeches increases significantly, particularly in forested areas like Mardi Himal. We recommended wearing long trekking trousers tucked in and carrying leech/mosquito repellent spray.

Considering the different seasons and their associated conditions is essential when planning a trekking adventure in Nepal. By choosing the right time, you can maximize your safety, comfort, and overall enjoyment of the journey. We Nature Excursion organizes the Mardi Himal trek in all seasons as per our guest's wishes. However, if we have to choose the perfect time to do this trek, we will pick spring and autumn when everything is just right, from weather to climate conditions.

Last-minute booking

If you wish to book the Mardi Himal trek at the last minute, simply send us your booking request through our website. To secure your reservation, full payment is required, which can be conveniently done on our site. In case you are already in Kathmandu, feel free tocontact us or visit our office for direct booking. Please note that last-minute bookings necessitate full payment, and cancellation does not entitle you to a refund.

Accommodation during the Mardi Himal trek

During your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, we will arrange accommodation for you at a pleasant three-star hotel. These hotels offer modern amenities and come with attached washrooms for your convenience. You can expect a comfortable and enjoyable stay during this part of your trip. On the Mardi Himal trek, the accommodation is basic yet clean and comfortable.

We strive to secure the best available rooms for you, taking into consideration your preference for single or double occupancy. The rooms on the trek are relatively small in size and may have either a private or shared washroom. The interior of the rooms is simple, providing a cozy environment. The bedding will be clean and well-maintained, ensuring a comfortable rest during your trekking days.

Meals on the Mardi trek

During the Mardi Himal trek, you will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All meals will be served according to the menu available at the lodges along the route. Breakfast and dinner will be enjoyed at the same lodge where we spend the night, while lunch will be served en route.

The menu at the lodges offers a wide variety of food options, ensuring that you have ample choices to suit your preferences. Additionally, boiled drinking water is available at all the lodges. For an extra layer of safety, you can use a water purification tablet to sterilize the water before consumption.

For breakfast, you can enjoy dishes, such as oats, muesli, toast with jam, eggs, sausage, fruits, porridge, thukpa, roti with veggies, paratha, and more. Similarly, for lunch and dinner, options include noodles, pasta, momo, dal bhat, porridge, thenduk, and various other choices. Along the trail, you can also purchase snacks and energy bars from the tea shops to keep you fueled during the trek.

Travel visa

Acquiring a travel visa for Nepal is a straightforward and efficient process. Upon your arrival at any entry point, including the Tribhuvan International Airport, you can easily obtain an on-arrival travel visa. The duration of the visa will vary depending on the purpose of your visit, ranging from 15 to 90 days.

To obtain the visa, you will need to complete a visa application form and provide a passport-sized photograph, a valid passport, and the visa fee in US dollars or other convertible currency. The visa fee is determined based on your nationality and the length of your intended stay.

Please note that citizens of certain countries, such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Iraq, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan, are not eligible for an on-arrival visa. Therefore, check your visa requirements before departing from your home country to ensure a smooth entry into Nepal.

Mardi Himal trek permits

For the Mardi Himal trekking, TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit are needed. We will take care of the permit process on your behalf. You do not need to pay any additional fees for them as covered in our package cost.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit cost:

  • Nepali rupees 3,000 per person for foreign nationals
  • Nepali rupees 1000 per person for SAARC nationals
  • Nepali Rupees 100 for Nepali citizens

TIMS card cost:

  • Nepali Rupees 1,000 per person for foreign nationals
  • Nepali rupees 300 per person for SAARC nationals
  • No TIMS card is needed for Nepali citizens

Things you should know before joining the Mardi Himal trek in Nepal

  • Airport Pickup/Drop: Our team will be present at Tribhuvan International Airport to pick you up on your arrival day and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we will arrange transportation for your departure and assist with luggage handling and check-in/check-out procedures. This service is complimentary as part of our Mardi Himal trek itinerary.
  • Charging: Throughout the Mardi Himal trek route, charging facilities are available in all lodges. However, this service is subject to a nominal fee. There are designated areas where you can charge your electronic devices by paying a small amount. We recommend carrying a power bank or spare battery as a backup.
  • Communication/Internet: Given that the Mardi Himal trek takes you through remote areas with dense forests and mountains, network reliability can be unpredictable. Some lodges offer paid WiFi services ranging from USD 2 to USD 5. Alternatively, you can consider purchasing a Nepali tourist SIM card for accessing the internet. However, please note that network stability may vary, and there may be stretches of the trail with no connectivity.
  • Luggage: We provide complimentary storage space for any additional luggage you may have while trekking. During the trek, we advise packing your heavy clothes and essential items in duffel bags. Each trekker is allowed a weight limit of 10 kg. Additionally, you can carry a daypack to keep your essentials readily accessible.
  • Tip: Tipping is customary in Nepali travel culture and is not included in our Mardi Himal trek costs. We suggest tipping our on-field crew, such as tour guides, drivers, trek guides, and porters, based on your satisfaction with their service. If trekking as a group, you can collectively gather a small amount for tipping purposes.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is necessary while traveling in the Himalayas of Nepal. It provides immediate medical assistance in case of emergencies. Travel insurance for the Mardi Himal trek should cover emergency air evacuation and medical expenses. This acts as a safety net for both you and us during unforeseen circumstances.
  • ATM: Please note that there are no ATMs available on the Mardi Himal trail. Withdraw Nepali rupees in Kathmandu or Pokhara before embarking on the trek. You should have some cash on hand for personal expenses such as charging, WiFi, snacks, and hot showers during the trek.

Mardi Himal base camp trek safety

The Mardi Himal trek is considered a safe and secure trekking route. The trail is well defined and clearly marked, ensuring easy navigation. Throughout the trek, you will be accompanied by experienced native guides who possess extensive knowledge of the area. Additionally, our reliable and friendly crew, including porters, will provide support and assistance to ensure your safety during the trek.

We prioritize your safety and take necessary precautions to ensure a secure trekking experience. However, you must remain attentive and follow the guidance of your guide. Avoid wandering alone far from the designated trail and maintain proximity to your guide while trekking in the mountains. By adhering to these precautions, you can further enhance your safety during the Mardi Himal trek.

Equipments

HEAD

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra battery

FACE

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes
     

HANDS

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves

BODYY

  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pant

FOOTWEAR

  • Hiking boots
  • Thick wool shocks (take an extra pair of thick wool shocks)

ESSENTIAL GEARS

  • Backpack or day back (size depends on whether you take a porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-20 degreis sleeping bag is best in high altitude trekking)

TOILETORIES

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers

PERSONAL ACCESSORIES

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

EXTRA ITEMS

  • First aid kit
  • Extra password photos and photocopies of password
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Mardi Himal Trek 9 Days FAQs

  • The Mardi Himal trek cost ranges from USD 600 to USD 1200 per person. The package cost varies as per the number of days.

  • The Mardi Himal trek falls under moderate to difficult levels. This is a beginner-friendly trek, however it demands good physical fitness. With the support of our expert team, you can do this trek easily.

  • The Mardi Himal trek route is steeper and offbeat than any other famous trekking route in Nepal. With our professional and experienced guides, you can do this trek safely. They will help you navigate the tough sections of the trail.

  • To have the best Mardi Himal trekking experience, we recommend doing it in the months of March, April, May, October, November, and December. These are the best time of the year to do this trek and enjoy various wonders of nature.

  • The Mardi Himal trek is one of the short treks in Nepal. Our Mardi Himal trek itinerary is 9 days long as it includes your arrival and departure from Kathmandu. If you are already in Kathmandu, you can do this trek in a shorter time.

  • From Pokhara, you can do the Mardi Himal trek in 4-5 days. The distance is 44 kilometers (27 miles).

  • Yes, there is a network on the Mardi Himal trail. However, it may not be reliable all the time because most of the trail goes through dense forests. Likewise, there can be areas where there is no network at all.

  • Yes, it snows during the winter in the Mardi Himal region. Most of the trail gets covered with snow.

  • The Mardi Himal area is quite rich in biodiversity and wildlife. You get to see Danphe (national bird of Nepal), Himalayan tahr, musk deer, barking deer, etc along the way.

  • No, you do not climb Mardi Himal during the trek. Mardi Himal base camp is the highest point of this trek. And you return after reaching this point.

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