6D/5N
Duration
Easy
Grade
5.5/10
Physicality
30 Km
Trail Length
3550 m/11645 ft
Highest Point

Phulara Ridge Trek – walking the expanse

COVID update and guidelines (Updated 10th Aug 2021):

1) As per the COVID protocols, As per current rule you need to carry either a fully vaccinated certificate or a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours on arrival. Note that during the pandemic, Govt. advisories and state/UT guidelines are constantly evolving. Please check the latest updates before traveling. Also check the rules/requirements of your origin state while you re-enter after travelling.
2) All tourists entering Uttarakhand need to fill in the details following Dehradun Smartcity COVID registration portal and by filling this MANDATORY Uttarakhand Travel Card.
3) Usual COVID protocols, SOPs, social distancing are to be followed.

About the trek route:

Phulara ridge trek, an unfamiliar trail has strong potential to become a balanced trek within Govind Pashu Vihar National park among two other treks, e.g. Kedarkantha and Har Ki Dun around. While the other two popular treks are essentially a summit and river valley trail respectively, Phulara trail has a beautiful stretch walking on a mountain ridge. What this means is, you will walk on a narrow elevated crest for some distance, while slopes on either side of the this crest/ridge line dropping down. Quite naturally you will see both side of the mountain wide open , at the same time a thrill of walking on it.

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Phulara Ridge trek
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Walking on Phulara ridge

Before reaching the ridge you cross dark dense alpine forest and pastures. At the lower altitude you find chir or pine and oak forest along with giant deodar & cedar to note. In mid range, bordering ~ 2600 m 8500 ft you find significant amount of Rhododendrons which will bloom during spring in March and April. Above this some stretch of deciduous species like maple, walnut, and horse chestnut. This will certainly add colours during fall in Oct and Nov. Blue pine, silver fir and spruce form light forest along with open pastures around ~ 3000 m/10000 ft. Birch trees remain as the last of the treeline, which you will notice on right side of the Phulara ridge. Besides this, there is a stretch of charming walk on alpine meadows above the treeline in this new trek.

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A giant Cedar
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Juda Ka Talao: A different look in summer
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A walk on the valley
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In summer pastures are ample opportunity for cattle grazing
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Alpine meadows (Bugyal) on your way

All pictures are taken by HT staff during recce of Phulara ridge. During late June, the landscape turns strikingly green, dotted with myriad of wildflowers. At the same time due to prevailing clouds peak views remained obscure.

 Phulara Ridge trek brief itinerary: 

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri drive – 200 Km – 9/10 hrs. Lodge.
Day 2: Trek to Juda Tal – 5 Km – 4/5 hours. Camp.
Day 3: Trek to Bhoj Gadi – 4/5 hrs – Camp.
Day 4: Trek to Pushtara over Phulara ridge – 6 hrs – Camp.
Day 5: Trek to Taluka – 4/5 hrs – & Drive back to Sankri – Lodge.
Day 6: Drive from Sankri to Dehradun – 200 Km – 8/9 hours.

Important note:

  • You need to reach on your own to Dehradun on Day 1 morning (by 7 am) or the previous night. Return to Dehradun on Day 6 evening (by 7 pm).  Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return from Dehradun accordingly. We will arrange transportation to base camp Sankri and return. This is not included in the TREK FEE and you will share equally with the other trekkers.
  • Last ATM is at Mori, 25 Km before Sankri but don’t depend till you reach  here. Withdraw cash well in advance either in Dehradun,  Naugaon or Purola.
  • Only BSNL and Vodafone network may work at trek base Sankri, that too very limited connections. Make a phone call back to home from Mori while reaching Sankri. After Sankri there is no presence of network.

Altitude and distance profile graph for Phulara Ridge trek:

Here you will get a pictorial representation of the trail for your understanding.

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Phulara Ridge Trek: Altitude and Distance profile graph

 Phulara Ridge TREK FEE: 8450 (Sankri to Sankri) + 5% GST 

  • Above TREK FEE essentially includes everything that you need, once you reach Sankri. 2 night’s accommodation in lodge (twin sharing, men and women separate rooms), 4 days of trek, all camping equipment, 3 nights accommodation in tent on twin sharing basis, all meals, Sankri to Sankri. You need to bring personal clothing/jacket(s), trekking shoes, rucksack.
  • Your trek is guaranteed once we accept your booking. Furthermore the tour is  insured for a maximum duration of 7 days, including Dehradun to Dehradun against any accidents or natural calamities.
  •  Transportation to reach and return from Sankri are not included. It is around ₹ 750 – 1000 one way. You may take a bus from Dehradun to Sankri, fare is around ₹ 400 one way.

For more detailed inclusions & exclusions, check the COST INCLUSIONS tab.

Can we hike on the ridge in the months of winter ?

No, happening that seems to be tough. Right after Bhoj Gadi the climb to the ridge starts. To get to the ridge you need to cross some narrow rocky patches.

Now we arrange horses to carry the logistics from one campsite to another. According to our recce team, if it snows on the previously mentioned narrow rocky patches it’ll be difficult for mules to cross those. Even if they somehow manage to cross those tricky parts, crossing the 7-8 km long ridge line would be very difficult if there’s residual snow on the slope.

So chances of competing the trail after snowfall seems to be minimal.

What type of clothing should I bring for Phulara Ridge trek?

It is important to carry proper clothing in this trek. Three layers of clothing is recommended in the campsite in early morning or evening, while you are outside tent.

  1. A quick dry base layer (Dry-fit t-shirt).
  2. A warm jacket (Double layer or Fleece jacket ) as middle layer.
  3. A windproof cum waterproof with hood as the outer layer.

Don’t forget to check the List of things to carry in Phulara Ridge trek or download the PDF.

Access to trek base (Sankri):

Based upon your request we will arrange a pick up and drop from Dehradun to Sankri and back. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. The fare is ₹ 5500 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Bolero one way. This can accommodate comfortably 5 and up to 8 persons. A Tempo Traveller charges ₹ 9000 (12-13 seat) one way. This is NOT included in TREK FEE.

Here is a road map with major points enroute from Dehradun to Sankri.

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Dehradun to Sankri road map

To reach the trek base Sankri independently or by public transportation, check the details in GETTING THERE TAB.

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Why treks with HT?

Expertise:10 years on ground experience
Support staff:Qualified local & office staff
Group size:Small groups up to 15
Insurance:Travel insured trek and tour itinerary
Easy Bookings:25% Booking Deposit

 Duration: 4 days of trekking; Walking from Sankri to Taluka over Phulara ridge. 6 days from Dehradun to Dehradun.

 Prerequisite: No prior trekking experience is required. Good physical fitness is always desired in any trek.

 Grade: Easy

 Physicality: 5.5/10

 Trail Length: 32 Km

 Highest Point: Phulara ridge ~ 3820 m/12500 ft

 Seasons: May/June(Summur),  Sep to November (Post Monsoon/Fall),

Further Option: Can be combined with Kedarkantha and/or Har Ki Dun trek.

 Access: Trek starting point (trek base) is Sankri, 200 Km from Dehradun.

 Rail station: Dehradun (Station Code: DDN)

 Airport: Delhi, Jolly Grant in Dehradun (Airport Code: DED)

 Map:

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Upcoming scheduled dates for Kedarkantha trek: 

  • You can check the scheduled Fixed Departure dates in the calendar available inside Booking Form or inside REGISTER NOW form. Tour starting Dates are highlighted as per our itinerary (Day 1 of  6 days itinerary).
  • At present BOOK NOW functionality is disabled. You can get all the information in your email by submitting the REGISTER NOW form.
  • If you are a group of people and available dates are not matching then you may select Custom date mode (by clicking the Select your custom date) and fill in the displayed form.
  • You can also check all the available dates at a glance in our TREK CALENDAR.
  • Trekkers need to reach Dehradun on Day 1 morning (latest by 8 am) or the previous night. Return to Dehradun on Day 6 evening (around 7 pm). Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return accordingly.
DEPARTURE LOCATION Dehradun railway station
REPORTING TIME 7:00 AM for a prompt departure to Sankri (Day 1)
RETURN LOCATION Dehradun
RETURN TIME Approximately 7:00 PM (Day 6)
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How to reach Sankri (The trek base):

 Nearest Rail station: Dehradun (Station Code: DDN)

 Nearest Airport: Delhi, Jolly Grant in Dehradun (Airport Code: DED)

Based upon your request we will arrange a pick up and drop from Dehradun to Sankri and back. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. The fare is Rs 5500 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx one way. This can accommodate 6 to 8 people. A Tempo Traveller charges Rs 9000 (12-14 seat) one way. This is NOT included in TREK FEE and to be paid directly to the driver/owner.

If you wish to reach our Trek Base Sankri on your own by public transportation:

  • There are 2/3 privately operated buses from Dehradun (near DDN railway station on Gandhi road) To Sankri. The 200 Km journey will take around 10/12 hours. The busses start at  5:30/6/7 am.
  • While returning from Sankri take the morning bus to Dehradun/Vikasnagar and reach by 7 pm.

How to reach Dehradun:

For the treks at Uttarkashi district in Garhwal , one has to reach the capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, specially the trek starting from Sankri, Yamunotri etc. Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun are 3 nearby cities in the area and one can move from one to another by public vehicles like bus or shared Jeeps.

For more options to reach Haridwar you can check here.

Haridwar to Dehradun: 55 Km and may take one and half to 2 hours.

Dehradun to Rishikesh: 45 Km and may take around one and a half hour.

You can fly or by train reach New Delhi as per your convenience from any part within India.

There are direct trains from Kolkata to Dehradun.

KUMBHA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12369 ( Very good option to reach Haridwar by 5 pm; You can take a bus from the terminus just opposite to the railway station referred as Roadways bus stand/ISBT and reach Dehradun in one and half hour. Spend the night in Dehradun and start your onward journey by car next morning.)

UPASANA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12327 ( Very good option to reach Dehradun directly by 5 pm; Spend the night in Haridwar and start your onward journey by car next morning)

DOON EXPRESS – Train No. – 13009 (Don’t book this train when you plan a long onward journey immediately in the morning)]

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berths and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

You can reach Dehradun easily  from New Delhi by train or bus (~ 6/7 hours) and is around 260 Km.

By train:

Following trains are good to reach Haridwar and run daily.

DDN JANSHTBDI – Train No. 12055 (Arrives DDN in the evening @ 9:10 pm, good choice when you stay the night in Dehradun and have a long drive ahead next day)
NANDA DEVI EXP – Train No. 12205 (arrives DDN early morning @ 5:40 am)

Always avoid booking waitlisted (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

By bus:

Govt. Road Transport (Roadways of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab etc.) buses are frequently available in day time and night from Kashmiri Gate ISBT (http://www.delhi.gov.in/wps/wcm/connect/doit_transport/Transport/Home/ISBT/Fare+Chart). Tickets are available on board for these regular type buses. From Delhi Airport or Station you can reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate via Delhi Metro service (http://www.delhimetrorail.com/metro-fares.aspx). It is only 4 Km from NDLS and can be reached easily by booking an auto rickshaw.

For privately operated bus, you can book online from different portals. Select a boarding point suitably. Overnight Volvo/A.C/Push back buses are available. Normally these buses take up to 7 hours to reach Dehradun ISBT. You can book an auto rickshaw for Railway Station (5 Km away)/Hotel Drona (GMVN) or take a shared auto (Route No. 5) from ISBT.

[There are two major bus terminus in Dehradun. The buses from Delhi/Haridwar goes to the ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus) and the other one is the Parvatiya Depot (Hill Depot, from where you can get the buses going up the hills like Uttarkashi, Barkot, Purola etc) located just beside the Railway station.

Nearest Airport Jolly Grant is 25 Km away from Dehradun. book a private taxi to reach Dehradun city. This airport is accessed from Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh easily. The flights are mostly via Delhi.

For night stay in Dehradun:

Trekkers reaching on the previous day before the journey to the actual trek base need to stay the night in Dehradun. There are several options in Dehradun for spending a night while staying in Premium, Standard or Budget accommodation. Options vary from Privately operated Hotels/Lodges, to state run Tourist Rest Houses.

State run GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) operates Hotel Drona complex is 10 minutes walking from the railway Station. You can book an auto rickshaw. From ISBT it is around 5 Km. You can book an auto rickshaw to Hotel Drona (GMVN) or take a shared auto (Route No. 5) from ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus). This is a reliable and a decent choice for Standard accommodation. The have restaurant and room service.
Check the following for online booking of the above: http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/tour/booktrh.asp
You can call or visit GMVN nearest office or even send an email for more information.The information is available at:
http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/online_reservation/#

Return from Dehradun:

Normally you reach Dehradun from any trek base  by 6/7 pm in the evening. You can take any train after 9 pm or regular bus service as mentioned above to reach Delhi or directly to your homeward journey in the same night.

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Day 1

Drive from Dehradun to Sankri – 200 km – 10 hours

Today morning we start our trip from Dehradun.  200 Km long drive takes at least 10 hours to reach Sankri, our trek base.  It’s advisable to start latest by 7 am in the morning.

Initially after crossing Mussoorie town the road enters the Yamuna valley and we continue along the river for a while. It gets better after crossing the town of Purola. The car goes up the winding road surrounded by blue pine forest.  From Mori we follow the course of Tons river. You’ll enter Govind National Park after you cross Netwar and after Netwar you will be following the course of the river Supin. The road gets bumpy at times but you won’t feel much because of the astounding beauty of the surroundings. On your way you will experience dense conifer forest, scattered apple orchids, farming fields and open valleys in between.

Sankri may appear comparatively busy in a trekking season than the villages you may have visited interior in the Himalayas. But if you look carefully, you’ll find that most of the people around you are either trekkers or the local support staff.

We will arrange your accommodation in a home stay at Saur village or in a lodge at Sankri. This will be on sharing basis and on the basecamp always expect a dormitory style room.  Saur is actually bigger than Sankri and in the ‘Pahari’ essence too. It is just two minutes’ drive from Sankri. If the sky is clear and you reach Sankri/ Saur before sunset, you can’t miss the vibrant orange and purple hue on beautiful snowcapped ranges of Mt. Swargarohini from here. Over a hot cup of tea, you’ll be discussing the trail with our coordinator/trek guide keeping that beautiful painting into the backdrop.

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A view from Saur/Sankri: Kedarkantha trek base

Day 2

Trek to Juda Tal - 5 Km - 4/5 hours

Today morning after breakfast we start our trek to Juda Tal also referred Juda Ka Talao.  Initially we follow the road which connects Sankri to Taluka for about five minutes. Then we leave the motor able road and turn right to take the trail which leads to Kedarkantha.

The climb for today is throughout of moderate gradient and can be tiring at stretches. The trail starts gaining height among sparse conifers at the beginning.

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Climb starts from Sankri/Saur

After following the trail for about an hour on the mountain slope, you will find a cement bridge lying on a small stream. The foot trail splits into two and we take the left one.  The tree line clearly starts to change by then. You’ll see more Maple and Oak trees in the forest. After ascending for another hour or so you’ll cross a huge fallen trunk to reach a glade inside the forest.  Surprisingly a single walnut tree stands tall in the middle. We take a well-deserved rest here. After all we completed halfway to the Juda Ka Talao.

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A perfect resting place (P.C. Abhijit Mitra)

Continue climbing after taking a good rest at the “Fallen Trunk” meadow. Before reaching the last meadow of the day we cross another meadow in between. Both of the meadows share surprisingly same characteristics. Both are covered with lush green carpet of soft grass. If you have any time or energy left, allow yourself to walk a few steps barefoot on it. But certainly not at all if it’s cold and snow covered. These are the small pleasures of life what we city dwellers miss back at home. Both the meadows have shepherd huts nearby.  Hop inside.  Imagine spending a lonely night there sharpening your knife, cooking your own food on a wooden fire and praying all night long that bear doesn’t attack your sheep as does the shepherd. Not really that lonely, huh? Well, you can imagine as many sheep as you want with you!

However, let us take a break from our imagination and let us get back to the trek. We turn right from the last meadow and climb for 15-20 minutes more and we’ll reach our campsite for the day. The total distance is hardly 5 Km but it may take up to 5 hours!

Judatal is a really pretty campsite. Imagine an undulated wavy meadow amidst a dense Maple-Oak forest and at the left corner of the clearing there’s a small lake which remains frozen in most of the winter. So, what do you think? Pretty enough?

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First view of Juda Ka Talab

There are quite a few stories about Juda Ka Talao. Locals say that this small lake is somehow channelled with a well of Saur villages. Long time ago, a small shepherd boy got drowned in the lake. That little boy loved to play his flute. He carried his flute everywhere he would go. Almost after a week of the tragedy, the flute was discovered from that well in the Saur village. True or not? You be the judge.

Today we trekked only about 5 km but remember that we have climbed three mountains and gained considerable altitude. Today’s trek was not that easy as it appears. After an early dinner we call it a night and get into the cosy comfort of the sleeping bag inside tent.

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Juda Ki Talab – Winter and Spring (P.C. Abhijit Mitra)

Day 3

Trek to Bhoj Gadi – 4/5 hrs – Camp

Day 4

Trek to Pushtara over Phulara ridge – 6 hrs – Camp

Day 5

Trek to Taluka – 4/5 hrs – & Drive back to Sankri – Lodge

Day 6

Drive to Dehradun: 200 Km - 10 hours

If you start by 6:30-7 am in the morning, expect to reach Dehradun by 6 pm latest. The trip ends here, but not the memories!

P.S.: Distances and altitudes are approximate and may not be exact.

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  TREK FEE: ₹ 8450 (Sankri to Sankri) + 5% GST  

Book  for 5 or more persons and avail flat 10% Group Discount on TREK FEE.

Inclusions:

2 night’s accommodation at Sankri (Day 1 & Day 5) in lodge on twin sharing basis and dinner. We will provide separate room(s) for male and female member(s).

 All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including occasional eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.

Excellent Trekking Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.

 Specialised Cook, Support staff, Porters/Packed Animals for carrying the central logistics of the trek.

All nights stay in tents on twin sharing basis during the trek. We will provide separate tent(s) for male and female member(s).

Camping equipment/gears like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon. (If you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag use it for better hygiene). You need to bring personal rucksack, trekking shoes and suitable clothing for the trek.

Kitchen tent, dinning tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.

All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek.

Basic Medical & First Aid kit. Always bring your personal medicines kit.

Travel insurance cum Accidental Insurance Policy covering high altitude trekking tours (For Indian nationals it is included in the TREK FEE, up to 60 years of age). It covers your trek as well as Dehradun to Dehradun, for a duration of 7 days.

Exclusions:

Transportation from Dehradun to Sankri and back (₹ 5,500 for Tata Sumo/Bolero and ₹ 9,000 for a Tempo Traveller. Approximately ₹ 750-1000 per person one way for the pick up or drop when shared with fellow trekkers). One way bus ride is ~ ₹ 400.

We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your Rucksack and be carried by our Pack Animal/Porter then you need to pay additional ₹ 1200 for the entire duration of the trek. The Rucksack should not weigh more than 10 Kg. Always carry your personal daypack in case of you opted for rucksack offloading.

 Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staff.

Anything is is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.

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Booking:

  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Terms & Conditions” (https://himalayatrekker.com/terms-and-conditions) before Booking a trek/tour.
  • To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek pay 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE as the initial “Booking Deposit”. You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place in the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least 15 days before Trek Starting Date.
  • If you book a Trek/Tour before 14 days or less from Trek/Tour Starting Date, you need to pay the full TREK/TOUR FEE.

 Cancellations:

  • “Booking Amount” i.e.25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reason(s), we provide you a very flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within next one year. One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
  • In case you postpone your trip you need to informminimum of 15 days before the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if known)
  • In case you postpone a trek/tour before 15 days of the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior, you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
  • If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from 14 days to 8 days before tour starting date, your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any request of shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process refund of remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 25% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
  • If you cancel a trek/tour 7 days (i.e. a week) before Trek/Tour Starting Date or later, there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

If you need more clarifications write in to [email protected]

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