Nar Phu Valley Trek - 12 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 2-10
  • Max. Altitude 5240 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November


  • Experience a part of the Tibetan plateau that extends down into Nepal.
  • Venture into a remote part of Nepal that a few travelers get to reach.
  • One of the major high passes, Kang La Pass, connects Nar to Manang and Bhotia villages in the Neyshang Valley.
  • Stay in ancient villages that have seen little change over the centuries.
  • Cherish the natural, cultural, and historical heritage.

The Nar and Phu are two distinctive yet close valleys with excellent trekking options tucked in between the popular Annapurna and Manaslu trekking regions of Nepal, primarily habited by the Khampas (Tibetan refugees). Although quite an easily accessible trekking route in comparison to the two most infamous trails of the Himalayas, the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp Trek, it is a relatively less-traveled and hidden gem of the country that lets you breathe the air of the serene and pristine eighth-tallest giant mountain in the world, Chame (8,163 m; the local name of Mt. Mansalu).

A trek here in the Nar Phu Valley lets you venture into the authentic remote valleys retaining traditional life in the Himalayas influenced by Tibetans hugely. The trek here is also called the first-hand experience into the little Tibet that comes with the extra Himalayan spices of peaks, high Himalayan passes such as Kang La (5,200 m) and Thorong La (5,416 m), glaciers, exciting canyons, dense alpine forest, rugged terrain formation, yak pastureland, and historical ancient gompas representing the Tibetan influence in the valley.

As the trek takes place in the rare wilderness of the Nepalese Himalayas, you will be able to witness the raw Himalayan beauty and lifestyle that guarantee to leave a lifelong impression on how you perceive the world and the people around you. The holy ambiance surrounding the Nar and Phu valleys is an ideal place to medicate and find your lost self amidst the majestic mountains on the 12-day journey to the Nar and Phu valleys.

While you set out for these amazing Nar Phu valleys, you will be at the highest elevation of 5,320 m, which offers the most gratifying and mesmerizing views of Mt.Manaslu (8,193 m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) and its ranges, Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), and other 19 unnamed snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Trekking region that overlook the charming villages, pasturelands, and picturesque landscapes below, with much more ancillary walking through the verdant forests, dramatic cliffs, and deep gorges in our 12-day itinerary Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Therefore, the trek that begins from Kota after an around 8-hour drive from Kathmandu and initially follows the Annapurna Circuit route up to Meta and crosses the bridge over the river Marshyandi leading off-the-beaten-track to the valley of Nar and Phu to the north of the capital city is a true Himalayan adventure to hop for with Adventure Himaya Travels and Treks for a hassle-free trekking experience in an affordable cost tailored to all the trekkers and travel enthusiasts who desire to see and be at the tranquility of Himalayas.

What to expect on the Nar Phu Valley Trek?

Nar Phu Valley is a scenic trekking destination that lets you discover the mystery of combined natural and cultural beauty hidden in one of the most isolated and secluded parts of the Annapurna and Manaslu regions in the foothills of the towering peaks of Nepal and the warm hospitality of the local ethnic communities. During the trek to Nar and Phu Valley, expect:

What are the mountains seen in the Nar Phu Valley Trek?

Along with the alpine meadows, unique landscapes, varying rock formations, and centuries-old Tibetan culture that has remained untouched and unspoiled till now, the Nar Phu Valley trek offers panoramic views and an embrace of Annapurna II (7,937 m/26,192 ft), Gangapurna (7,455 m/23,379 ft), Himlung Himal (7,126 m/23,379 ft), Chulu Peaks, and the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mt.Manaslu (8,163 m) as the main highlight.

They struck right into your eyes throughout the journey and were more spectacular in the autumn and spring.

Trekking in the more isolated and secluded Nar Phu Valley

Despite being located amidst the most renowned trekking regions of Nepal, Annapurna, and Manaslu, the Nar Phu trekking trail is a less thrilling trekking trail that was opened for trekkers and tourists only recently, in 2003.

The remoteness of the discrete valleys from the urban cities has led to more peaceful and less frequented trekking. Further, the Nar Phu Valley region comes under the restricted zone of Nepal and hence observes a lower number of trekkers and travelers and is less commercialized than other major trekking routes of Nepal, such as Everest and Annapurna.

To sum it up, the Nar and Phu Valley is an isolated trekking area of Nepal that holds the ultimate serenity, offering the basic accommodations and food choices that give the true feel of Himalayan life and retreats its enthusiasts with the untarnished original Tibetian and other indigenous culture and traditions born in the lap of the Himalayas due to its inaccessibility from Kathmandu and other major urban cities of Nepal.

Watch the customary life of monks and locals in the Nar Phu Valley Trek

Throughout the 12-day trek to Nar Phu Valley, you will pass through several remote villages that have a special faith in Tibetan Buddhism. As a result, during the trekking time, you will get to see numerous ancient monasteries, gompas, and chortens festooned with prayer flags and the pleasing smell of burned incense.

In Buddhist monasteries such as Tashi Lhakhang Monastery in Nar Village, Gompa at Phu, and Lhogaon Monastery at Dharamsala, you will get a deeper insight into the day-to-day lives of the monks residing at these religious historical landmarks in the Nar and Phu Valleys.

Usually in the monasteries, you will see many prayer wheels, murals showcasing the lives of Buddha and Buddhism, and ancient arts and paintings scattered where locals pay respect and make offerings while the disciplined monks follow the monastic life and immerse themselves in daily rituals and meditation.

If you are respectful enough, you might even get to be part of the religious practice, prayers, and local festivities on your most fortunate days while trekking the Nar Phu Valley.

Tibetan Cultural Indulagment in the Nar Phu Valley Trek

The Valley of Nar and Phu primarily consists of locals of Tibetan origin. They have strong beliefs in Tibetan Buddhism, and it plays an important role in guiding them. Before, they used to be horse riders and breeders of Tibetan mastiffs, but now most of them are involved in animal husbandry and farming, living the life of nomads. Some of them are involved in metal crafting, metal works, thanka paintings, and carpet weaving as well.

Though their attires and ways of regulating life seem quite similar to those of Sherpa and other Mongolian tribes, they have their own dialects and costumes and are from different family linkages that you will get to explore fully while you initiate cultural exchange and interaction with locals in the Nar Phu Valley Trek.

Cross the thrilling Kang La Pass while trekking the Nar Phu Valley

Physically challenging terrain, steep ascents, and descents are another key feature of the Nar Phu Valley Trek, which includes crossing the Kang La high mountain pass at an altitude of 5,322 m (17,460 ft) above sea level. This evokes an extra adventure in the overall trekking to Nar Phu Valley with a risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS).

Further, the 12-day Nar Phu Valley Trek takes you to an elevation of over 5,000 meters, which puts a test on your dedication and physical fitness. Acclimatization plays a vital role in determining whether you are ready for further ascent or not, while the heavenly beauty from atop the pass makes it all worth the hardships you will come across on the Nar Phu Valley Trek.

The best 12-day itinerary to trek Nar Phu Valley

The Nar Phu Valley trekking itinerary is set based on several factors, such as duration, beginning and ending points, and the logistics involved. Although it is customizable as per the needs and time constraints of the trekkers, you have to consider a few things to choose the right one for you.

The itinerary of Nar Phu Valley can be lengthened by adding a trip to Muktinath, Tilicho Lake, Mustang, or rejoining the infamous Annapurna Circuit Trail at Yak Kharka that lets you visit some of the holy sanctum and turquoise glacial water body system. All you have to do is make sure the itinerary involves ample acclimatization, side treks, and some weather considerations.

In the meantime, Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks has been skyrocketing in the field of tailoring the best itinerary to meet the personal preferences of our clients and offering the best 12-day itinerary to trek the incredible Nar Phu Valley.

The 12-day itinerary of the Nar Phu valley trek with us incorporates a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu and exploration in the valley of Phu that begins from Kota at first and moves forward, passing narrow forest entrances from where the route expands and provides you with the awe-inspiring sight of Kang Garu, Pisang, and other peaks.

On the way, while you will see some stupendous old-fashioned villages and monasteries with antique artifacts, on your very lucky day, you might catch a glimpse of yak and blue sheep herds as well.

Nonetheless, the 12-day itinerary to trek Nar Phu Valley is a standard package from Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks. However, if you wish to make some changes to the itinerary or want to create your own, we are here for you 24/7 to help you with each logistical requirement for the most successful and enjoyable trek to Nar Phu Valley.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking Group cost

The overall trekking cost to the Nar Phu Valley in Nepal varies depending on numerous factors, including the length of your trek, the specific services you have chosen, the mode of transportation used, the number of people in your group, and your expenses.

The Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks are offering group discounts to trek the Nar Phu Valley in:

  • USD 1330 for 1 pax
  • USD 1275 for 2-3 pax
  • USD 1225 for 4-6 pax, and
  • USD 1,175 for 7–10 pax

This trek cost of the Nar Phu Valley covers all the expenditures for food, accommodation, guides, and transportation by bus or jeep.

Please note: The Nar Phu Valley Trek cost can change over time due to inflation, dollar exchange rates, or government policies. For more up-to-date and accurate information, get in touch with one of the authorized local trekking agencies in Nepal.

The benefit of doing Nar Phu Valley Trek with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks

Trekking in Nepal is a spiritual journey to expand your knowledge and one of the greatest ways to maintain your health. Along with the unity in diversity of Nepal being home to 142 caste people with their distinctive norms and values, culture and traditions, and attires, the country is naturally blessed as well.

Overall, with the best climatic conditions in the world, neither too hot nor too cold, the nation is glorified with the tallest peak in the world, Mt. Everest (8,848 m), and other seven eight-thousanders. A trek here is an interesting voyage to hunt down the Nepalese treasures you have never found or heard of in your life.

While you make plans for adventure in Nepal, often the question arises: with whom and how? Well, let the worry slide. We, Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, have been in the service of catering various kinds of tours, expeditions, and treks in the beautiful country of Nepal for more than 20 years.

We are honored to be one of the leading and most trusted travel partners based in Thamel, the tourist paradise of Kathmandu, known for your special team that excels in customizing trekking in our home country as per our client's niche of interest and time constraints with no hidden cost policies, including the trek in the Nar Phu Valley.

At the moment, we are offering a 12-day Nar Phu Valley trek that includes the cost of accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 9 dinners, and 11 lunches, along with the transportation, permits, and guide fee necessary for the trek in the restricted zone of Nepal.

With the local Sherpa guide born and raised in the Himalayas of Nepal having collected years of expertise in navigating the mountain terrains, we make sure the trekkers and adventurous make a successful trip to their desired destination not only in Nae Phu Valley but also other trekking regions as well.

Get in touch with us right now for an unforgettable journey in the Himalayas of Nepal.

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The flight to Kathmandu is unlike any other flight you have boarded in your life, with dramatic Himalayan views, terraced fields, and gigantic hills below. On completing your costumes, you will be greeted by the representative of Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, who will escort you to the hotel.

In the evening, you will have a celebratory dinner in the hotel and be part of the briefing session where your tour guide or leader will give you an insight into the upcoming Nar Phu trek.

Make sure all questions are answered by then.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • Max. Altitude1,300m

On the second day, you will spend half of the day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. First of all, you will visit the Pashupatinath Temple, which is the most substantial Hindu temple revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.

Right after it, you will get to circumambulate the Boudhanath along with the locals and pilgrims from all around the globe. If time spares, you will go to visit Swayambhunath as well, along with the tri-city of old Durbar Square and its alleyways.

At the end of the day, make sure to meet your guide for last-minute preparations for the Nar Phu Valley Trek beginning the next day.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude1,300m

Today, you will drive to enter the Nar Phu Valley gateway, Kota, which at first passes by Besishar for lunch after following the roadway on the bank of the Trishuli River that gives life to several scenic terraced farms and typical villages while mountains like Ganesh and Manaslu gaze throughout the journey.

By this time, you would have already left the Prithvi main highway behind to reach the Besisahar, which changes into a four-wheeler jeep passing by Jagat.

The road condition from here is rocky and full of bumps, which can be a thrilling and challenging experience for both the drivers and passengers following the old Annapurna Circuit trekking trail.

  • AccommodationComfortable Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,600m

In Kota, you will be asked to register your trek with the help of the restricted area permits. Only then will you be allowed to trek further through the riverside of the Soti Khola by alluring dense forests of pine, chilly suspension bridges, cascading waterfalls, and traditional settlements of the locals.

Then you will head forward to the trail that has a wider view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal from Dharamsala, while the woods from here start to get thinner and the vistas more extensive.

After one and a half hours of steep ascent, you will meet the Meta Villages on the plateau of Tibet, which have far better exclusive mountain views than you could ever imagine. Take a peaceful nap in the tea house of the Meta.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,560m

The path from Meta to Phu meanders along the ridge with extraordinary views of some of the ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, which follow an ascending and descending trail back and forth.

Eventually, by crossing the suspension bridge, you will reach the Chyaku and see the other two adjoining villages. Once you make it the way through Kyang, it blesses you with the heavenly view of Pisang Peak and Annapurna II then the route traverses along the Phu Khola might give you a very rare spotting of endangered blue sheep fauna and enter the Phu village from the wooden craved Phu gate.

The valley of Phu lets you experience unique culture and traditions dating back centuries in the Tibetan communities still unexposed to rapid urbanization. While you venture into the valley, visiting Tashi Lhakhang Monastery will not be missed. Its spill binds its visitors with awe-inspiring views of several Himalayan ranges, including the Himlung Himal.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-LUnch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,080m

As it is advisable to separate an acclimatization day in Phu for a better physical adjustment in the high Himalayan region, you will spend this day exploring the tiny yet stunning Phu Valley with its constricted lanes and magnificent monasteries.

You will be delighted to have witnessed the true Himalayan lifestyle when the locals immerse themselves in their daily routines: spinning their sheep and yak wool, pounding mustard seeds into a paste for oil, and other daily chores that you can join in.

To make this day more fruitful, you can hike up to the Himlung Himal Base Camp at an elevation of 7,125 m through the glacial valley opened recently for climbing while watching the herds of sheep skillfully clamber the cliffs in a 5-hour side trek.


  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,080m

Now, you will begin to retrace the way to the Nar Phedi monastery, from where the trail diverges further. Your trekking route proceeds to the hill towards the largest villages in the Nar Phu Valley passing by the villages of Kyang and Upper Chyako. However, the Nar Phedi Moastery is where you will reside for the day.

The rooms here are tidy, and the nuns are heartily At noon, you might even participate in daily rituals that create a holy ambiance around the monastery filled with the pleasing smell of aromatic incense.

It is a great day to be enlightened by the holy monks from the monasteries and make some donations that contribute to the maintenance of the religious and welcoming monastery.

  • AccommodationComfortable Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,080m

Today, you will leave Nar Phedi by crossing two high passes: Phu and Nar. One at an elevation of 5,050m and another at 5,400 m, which then moves forward to overpass the suspension bridge over the roaring rivers, including the Mahendra Pul.

The barren landscapes and yak pastures will not leave your sight throughout the hike this day while passing through rows of Chortens with bamboo roofs painted artistically tailed by soaring views of Pisang and several others.

The village during the day is usually brimming with chatting women weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets. The teahouse for tourists is built on the outskirts of Nar village, where you will get to enjoy local cuisine as well as some international buffets.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,110m

The trek today is quite lengthy. So, you will begin to walk before sunrise, ascending through the Temdenzon Khola lateral moraine, passing through yak pastures, accompanied by jaw-dropping views of the west edge of Pisang Peak, till you reach the Kang La Pass.

The pass rewards you with the spell-binding beauty of Annapurna II, Tilicho Peak, and Gangapurna in a 2-hour hike from Nar Village, which eventually descends at Ngawal for the night.

It is certainly very different from the ancient villages you have just visited. The lodges are big, the menus are much more comprehensive, and there will be WiFi and phone signals in most lodges.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,240m

On this day, you will descend more than 2,000 meters from the Kang La Pass. Hence, the weather starts to get warmer, the surroundings become greener, and the route opens up further right after passing the lake just outside Pisang.

You will stop here for a lunch break and give continuity to the trail till you catch a four-wheel drive to Besisahar.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Today, you will begin the day earlier and depart on the local bus to Kathmandu, covering a distance of 200 km, following the river ridge of the Marsyangdi River at first and then the Trishuli River.

Although the roads are grueling, the landscapes and farms on terraces at the bottom of the hills are intriguing, which makes a final clamber from the hills of Thangkot to the valley of Kathmandu, where you can enjoy hot showers and luxuries you have been void of in the trek days.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast-Farewell dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,300m

It’s time to bid farewell to Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley. After the last breakfast in a cafe, 3 hours before your scheduled flight, you will be escorted to the airport by our representative. We wish you a safe flight and hope you enjoy your trek with us.

Thank you for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks! We hope to see you again!

  • MealsBreakfast

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Route Map
Nar Phu Valley Trek - 12 Days Map
What's Included
  • 8 nights and 9 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to beshisahar  by bus and jeep to Kota
  • Pising to besisahar by jeep and besisahar to kathmandu by local bus 
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters(porter carry maximum 20 k.g and one porter between two person)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Special permit for Nar phu
  • Annapurna Conservation permit (ACAP)
  • Three nights’ accommodation with three star category Hotel in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Nepali cultural dance
  • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter etc.)
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt
  • Personal bar bill, travel insurance/International airfare/Domestic airfare.
  • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tips etc.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 50 (duration 30 days from date of issue)- Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu valley
  • Extra accomodation and meals outside itineraray.
  • Tips for Trekking guide and trekking porter
Dates and Prices
Date PriceAvailability 
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 01, 2024End DateEnds: FridayJul 12, 2024PricePriceUS$1275StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 08, 2024End DateEnds: FridayJul 19, 2024PricePriceUS$1275StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 15, 2024End DateEnds: FridayJul 26, 2024PricePriceUS$1275StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 22, 2024End DateEnds: FridayAug 02, 2024PricePriceUS$1275StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 29, 2024End DateEnds: FridayAug 09, 2024PricePriceUS$1275StatusStatusAvailable
Useful Info

Why is Nar Phu Valley restricted?

Nar Phu Valley shares a closer encompassment with the border of Tibet and owns a rich cultural and historical legacy. Therefore, to aid border security, conserve the culture, and protect the fragile environment, the valley is restricted, allowing only 400 visitors each year.

Therefore, to trek Nar Phu, trekkers are obligated to have access to a special permit regulated by the government of Nepal, promoting sustainable tourism in Nepal while protecting the historic culture and traditions of the Himalayas.

What are the permits required to trek Nar Phu Valley?

The Nar Phu Trekking Valley is an exotic off-the-beaten path close to the Tibetan border; hence, it requires two major trekking permits to enter the valley area. They are:

Restricted Area Permit: Nar Phu Valley is regarded as a restricted trekking zone in Nepal. So, you will need a special permit to have access to this region, which is usually managed by a government-registered trekking agency or licensed guide.

The restricted permit is issued by the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu and usually costs USD 75 for the first week and USD 15 additional charges onward the seven days from December to August. While the permit is valid for seven days, it costs you around 100 USD from September to November.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit: Besides being a restricted area, Nar Phu Valley comes under the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) as well and asks for a mandatory relative permit card to embark on the land.

The permit is issued by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and assists in funding the development of rural valleys and their natives.

It will cost you around USD 30 per person per entry for an unlimited number of days.

What are food and accommodation like in the Nar Phu Valley Trek?

On the Nar Phu Valley Trek, you will find an extensive variety of accommodation and meal options that are normally basic and comfortable. Yet, while you are in Kathmandu, the Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks in 12 Days itinerary for the Nar Phu Valley trek provides a standard one.

In Nar Phedi, you will be staying in the local monastery, which gives you a wholesome experience of the lives of locals and monks. During the trekking, expect it to get more limited and simpler as you approach the higher altitudes, as this route is not yet well-exposed and developed.

Overall, keep your anticipation realistic and enjoy your time in teahouses and homestays to truly engage yourself like the Himalayas.

What is the best time to trek Nar Phu Valley?

Autumn and spring remain the peak seasons to trek in Nepal along the Nar Phu valley, it is more famous for being one of the major trekking destinations during the monsoon as it lies in the trans-Himalayan rain shadow region.

In the spring (March–May), the Nar Phu valley swarms with butterflies in the freshly bloomed wildflowers side by side with the national flower, the rhododendron, and autumn offers the most convenient weather.

To sum it up, the Nar Phu Valley trek can be done throughout the year, except in winter when the valley observes hefty amounts of snow dumping and temperatures below freezing, making it almost impossible to pass the Kang La High Pass without appropriate gear and equipment.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Difficulty

The Nar Phu Valley trek is considered moderately challenging and suitable for trekkers who are adventurous with a good level of physical fitness and some experience.

The difficulty level of the trek is determined by factors such as altitude, location, and condition of the trail.

Since the Nar Phu Valley trek involves several long days of hiking through a steep ascent, including the crossing of the high mountain pass, Kang La, with only a little flexibility in terms of food and accommodation, it is considered a challenging trek to conclude.

Must you hire a guide to trek Nar Phu Valley?

Alongside the Nar Phu Valley being a secured area in the Annapurna region, obtaining the permits to trek can be a hell of a hectic and time-consuming process that a licensed guide or tour and trekking agency provides a great deal of help to access with all the paperwork and the permits themselves.

The trek here possesses rugged trails, river crossings, and several complicated sections that pose a risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS). The guides here again come in handy for safe and sound navigation, including assistance in cases of medical emergencies such as mountain sickness.

Therefore, hiring a guide is a must to trek the Nar Phu Valley and enhance the overall trekking experience in Nepal.

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