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All-In Mont Blanc and Gran Paradiso Climb

Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc

Join one of the IFMGA-certified local guides in the Peakshunter team on this 6-day mountain climbing adventure to reach the Gran Paradiso summit and the Mont Blanc via its easiest route, the Goûter Route.

Alps

6 Days

Jun - Sep

High

Intermediate


Highlights

* Improve your chances to reach the Mont Blanc summit by training on Gran Paradiso, the highest peak in Italy (4,061 meters of altitude).

* Reaching Mont Blanc via the classic Goûter Route on a 3-day ascent will give you more

opportunities to get to the summit in case of bad weather.

* Climb 2 legendary 4000m peaks and enjoy some of the best views in the Alps!

Description

On this 1-week tour, you will have the chance to climb both Mont Blanc and the Gran Paradiso, two emblematic mountains of the Alps.

Gran Paradiso (4,061m) is located between the Aosta Valley and the Piedmont in Italy. It lies within the Gran Paradiso National Park, right at the border with France. It is considered the less difficult ascent of the two mountains, so we will tackle it first. However, we should not underestimate it as there is some rocky terrain in its final section that requires specific mountaineering skills.

Very close to the Gran Paradiso peak is the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc. This majestic peak stands at 4,810 meters, located amongst the Veny and Ferret valleys in Italy, and the valleys of Arve and Montjoie in France. Reaching the summit is a real challenge, one that is rewarding with outstanding views from the top. 

It will take us 2 days to explore Grand Paradiso and reach its summit. Upon completion, we’ll spend an extra night at the refuge, to rest and recover.

Then, we’ll head to our next and final mission: Mont Blanc. It will take us 3 more days to stand at its top. On the way to the summit, I will show you some of my favorite spots in the area. And we’ll enjoy the most mesmerizing views.

Since this is a challenging trip, you’ll require excellent physical condition. If you wish to join this adventure, contact us. We’ll guide you across these iconic peaks and we’ll share a wonderful time at the top of both!

Are you looking to climb another famous mountain? Check this Matterhorn 2-Day Guided Climb from Italy that I guide too.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Lift tickets

- Mountain guide expenses

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Ice axe

- Trekking poles

Price details

We can take care of the overnights reservation (Federico Chabod hut, Tete Rousse hut, Goûter hut + one night at the B&B) and of the ticket facilities booking.

We can offer extra services to support you for the planning of accommodations and logistics before and after the trip: these extra fees are not included and have to be paid on the spot.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- Mountaineering boots (to be rented, paid and collected by customer at rental shops in the area one day before the trip)

- Extra meals, water and beverages/drinks for the clients and the Guide

- Transportation to the starting point

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer and storage during the trip

- Research and rescue insurance with UVGAM coverage (recommended): €5 per person for 3 days

- Personal Insurance- Anything that is not mentioned under "Price Includes"

- Anything that is not mentioned under "Price Includes"


Itinerary

Day 1: Valsavarenche-Chabod Hut

Meeting with the Guide at around 2.30 pm in Valsavarenche for a quick debrief and equipment check.

From the parking area close to the river, we start our 6-day adventure following the path in the woods that leads to the Chabod Hut (2,710 m): the hike up to the refuge follows an easy path and it will take around 2,30 hours.

Before dinner, the Guide will make a fast briefing, to refresh the required equipment, and its use on the itinerary, and check the backpacks for the ascent.

Dinner and overnight at refuge.

D+ 900m

Day 2: Gran Paradiso summit

At 3.00 am we wake up for breakfast, to start 1 hour later as maximum from the Chabod Hut and take the Normal Route to Gran Paradiso summit. During the ascent, we will have only one stop at “Donkey Shoulder”, to have a short break and drink something.

The last part of the hike requires good confidence in using the crampons on steep and iced slopes; by a short climbing passage on rocks, equipped with some anchor points, we finally reach the statue of Madonna on the highest summit at 4,061m. We get back to Chabot Hut in the early afternoon, where we will take a well-deserved relaxing time. We will spend a second night at over 2,500 m, to increase the altitude acclimatization and recover after the efforts made to reach the summit.

Dinner and night at the refuge.

D+ 1,300m

Day 3: Rest Day

On the third day, after breakfast at the refuge, we’ll take our time to go back to Pont Valsavarenche from Chabod Hut. For this day, we can keep flexible options, depending on how tired you are after the summit experience.

We can decide on an easy hike to rifugio Vittorio Emanuele (3 extra hours hiking at about the same altitude) or go down to Pont Valsavarence to afford some rock training on the cliff close to the parking area, or take a complete break.

In the last option, we will spend the rest of the day in the Valsavarenche Valley, to relax and recover, before moving to our accommodation.

Night in B&B (Pont Valsavarenche, Introd village, Saint Pierre or Aosta town).

D- 900m

Day 4: Les Houches - Tete Rousse Hut

After a good breakfast, we will move to Chamonix-Les Houches, where the Mont Blanc ascent begins. From the parking of Les Houches, we’ll take a cable car to Bellevue Téléphérique. From there, after a 3-hour hike, we will reach the Tete Rousse Hut, where we will stay for dinner and overnight.

D+ 1,450m

Day 5: Mont Blanc Summit

After breakfast, we go up to the Goûter Hut (3,817m), crossing the “Grand Couloir” with the least risk of rocks falling, to arrive before dusk at the refuge. We’ll have dinner and rest here for a couple of hours before the summit attack on the next day. From Tête Rousse refuge we start around 3.00 am: we go up to the Goûter Hut (3,817m) for a short pause.

In order to take advantage of the sunlight, we’ll leave the hut around 3.00 am. After that, we will face a glacial plateau before arriving at the Dôme du Goûter, at 4,250 meters of altitude.

From there, we’ll keep ascending up to the Vallot Hut, where we usually take a short break to drink something and rest. Resuming the climb, at the end of the stunning Bosses Ridge, we’ll finally reach the summit of Mont Blanc, at 4,810 meters of altitude. We’ll return down to the refuge Goûter.

Dinner and overnight at the refuge.

D+ 1,650m

Day 6: Return to Les Houches

Wake up at Goûter refuge: we start early in time to reach the Tête Rousse and have breakfast there, before returning to Les Houches, hiking down on the same itinerary of the first day. The last cable car run from Bellevue to Les Houches is around 5.30 pm. When we arrive at the parking area, we will have time for a good lunch and a beer to celebrate the summit with the Guide.

We suggest to the customers planning to stay overnight in Chamonix, to avoid the risk of losing transport (train or flight) in case of late arrival back after the trip.

D- 2,050m

 

Details

More info

In case of last minute changes to plans, due to any unexpected reasons (forecast, changes of conditions, restrictions on the way to summit, closing of way of access and similars) or in case that the participant can't climb due toinadequate technical or physical preparation, we will offer to option to move the program to the Monterosa massif, guaranteeing the ascent (depending on the customers level) of 2 or 3 or all the 4000m summits in that area. This plan-B (Monterosa 4K summits) could have price changes due to the differences in hut, transport or lift ticket costs. These changes will be defined before the start and discussed with the customers, to avoid the risks of misunderstandings on the payment of possible extras, not included in the original program.

● The Mont Blanc ascent is NOT SUITABLE to customers without any kind of previous experience in mountaineering with crampons and rope: Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua trekkings ARE NOT CONSIDERED as previous experiences to the Mont Blanc or to any other 4000m mountaineering ascent that requires basic skills with crampons and rope on steep slopes and glacier itineraries.

● Mont Blanc ascent CANNOT BE MANAGED AS A LAST MINUTE BOOKING: reservations must be made at latest by March 30th, to guarantee the refuges availability.

● Rules concerning the reservation and booking of refugees are defined by the huts managers and can differ from one to the other and change from one year to the other. Neither Peakshunter can be responsible for the introduction of new rules concerning limitations or special permissions to be obtained before the trip. Peakshunter will provide the information on the booking modality and will not be responsible for hut rules and general laws concerning the access to Mont Blanc area and glacier: in case of advanced closures, the costs paid as deposit won’t be refunded and must be covered by the customers.

● Peakshunter Mountain Guides can support clients with information and mailing lists, but refuge booking will be guaranteed ONLY BY PAYMENT CONFIRMATION, sending in advance all the participants personal information (NAME, SURNAME, PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH, NATIONALITY, ADDRESS, MAIL, MOBILE CONTACT) and a copy of ID CARD or PASSPORT.

● Search and rescue insurance with IFMGA coverage is recommended but not included: the cost of this insurance is €5 per person for 3 days and has to be cover directly by the customers.

● The mountain guide’s expenses for all beverages, extra meals (lunches and breaks) and transfers ARE NOT INCLUDED and must be covered by participants.

● Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by their respective owners, without any liability attributable to Peakshunter Mountain Guide.

Meeting point


FAQs

What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

Mont Blanc ascent requires a very good physical level and some previous experience on glaciers in mountaineering activities (in particular, confidence in progression with crampons on glacier areas and some climbing ability on rocky terrains, with snow and ice). During the first few days on Gran Paradiso, we have the opportunity to practice the use of crampons, roped advancement, and other techniques necessary to climb Mont Blanc: thanks to the Guide’s suggestions during the Gran Paradiso ascent, you could improve your skills and get more confidence with the use of the equipment on steep, in particular the crampons.

About your fitness, you should consider that it will be a very demanding week, but that there will be times to relax and recover nonetheless. We still recommend that you train seriously in the months leading up to the trip, so you can experience the adventure to the fullest and not get too tired.

How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

In the months leading up to the Mont Blanc and Gran Paradiso trip, we recommend consistent training to improve your endurance and your cardiovascular fitness. When you confirm the trip, we will send you specific recommendations about the training.

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?

The loan of the personal technical equipment is included in the tariff: the Guide provides it on the day of departure. The gear for rental includes a mountaineering helmet, mountaineering harness, straight-hand ice axe, crampons ( if you don’t have yours).

In addition, the Guide will bring the common safety gear, such as rope, ice screws, daisy chains, and carabiners.

All you need to check and bring is your personal mountaineering clothing, including technical mountaineering boots, waterproof, with rigid soles, warm and comfortable (please avoid bringing new ones, if you have never used them before the ascent!). After your booking confirmation, we will send a complete and detailed list of recommended equipment and clothing and, if you need anything for rent, we will recommend some shops where you can hire the necessary gear. Boots renting is around 20-22€/day, and trekking poles are 8-10€/day.

Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?

Absolutely no porters are expected for the ascent to either Mont Blanc or Gran Paradiso. Each participant should bring a personal backpack and technical equipment, including thermos for tea/water and energy bars/dried fruit and energy food for the trip.

How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

We will take care of the reservations for all the overnight accommodations in half board formula, that includes:

  • n. 2 overnight stays at the Federico Chabod hut
  • n. 1 overnight stay in local B&B
  • n. 1 overnight stay at the Tête Rousse hut
  • n. 1 overnight stay at the Goûter hut

All the accommodations include breakfast and dinner, but not the beverages/drinks or extra meals. For this reason, any other meals or beverages (water, beer, sparkling beverages, etc.) are NOT included and have to be covered by the customers directly on the spot and for Guide/Guides too.

Packed lunch is are provided on the second day at Chabod hut.

Any other meals and beverages remain NOT included.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

On the Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc mountains, the weather and conditions can change unexpectedly and very fast, especially in recent years, due to climate changes; in general, forecasts and conditions have to be appropriate to try the attempt, but the final decision regarding the ascent belongs to the Guide, who is responsible to evaluate the risks and the safety conditions for all the team. Safety is our priority, both for the Guide/es and for the customers. If the weather is not good and the forecast is not favorable for the attempt, we prefer to plan an alternative ascent to nearby mountains with better conditions and better chances for a safe summit attempt. Please note that confirming the trip you are booking is the professional’s availability for the duration of the tour. This means that it will not be possible to cancel at the last minute, due to poor conditions or bad weather. The Guide fee could not be refunded. For this reason, in case the Mont Blanc is out of reach, we guarantee our availability to arrange an experience that lives up to your expectations. We know very well and totally understand that this may be a frustrating outcome. However, safety is a top priority for our team of professionals, and every mountain has a lesson to teach to all climbers. Customers' and the Guides’ safety is more important than any summit.

Some detailed alternatives to replace the Mont Blanc attempt, in case of bad weather or restrictions to the climbing due to safety reasons, are listed in the options below:

  • “Monterosa 4K Seven Summits collection” (Pyramide Vincent, Balmenhorn, Schwarzhorn, Ludwigshöhe, Parrot, Zumstein, Signalkuppe/Punta Gnifetti) - 3 days
  • Pollux + Castor starting from Cervinia (overnight staying at refuge Guide del Cervino) - 3 days

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that we need to consider before the tour?

Yes, there are several special requirements that you need to consider for the ascent to Mont Blanc and Gran Paradiso. Here are some of them: please read them carefully before confirming the booking.

  • The first part of the stage is based and takes place in Italy, in the Valsavarenche Valley (inside the protection area of the Gran Paradiso National Park). If you are going to plan flights, we strongly recommend checking your time of arrival and being sure your travel planning leaves you time to reach the meeting point with the Guide by private car or by public transport. The nearest airports are Turin or Milan. On the 4th day, we will move to Chamonix, on the French side of the Mont Blanc massif, from where the route to Mont Blanc starts. To reach Chamonix, we will cross by car the border between Italy and France, by the Mont Blanc tunnel. We invite all non-EU citizens to inform themselves about specific permits to travel from Italy to France.
  • Due to French regulations is mandatory to show the hut booking confirmation to the authorities before starting the ascent. Peakshunter Mountain Guides will take care of the hut reservation for clients and Guides, as a guarantee for the attempt to the summit. To give you this extra booking service, the payment confirmation has to be done in advance (even as a deposit of 25% of the total amount) and the submission of your personal information is essential and mandatory to finalize the refuge reservation. You have to share with us your personal info: name, surname, place, date of birth, nationality, address, mail, mobile contact, and a copy of your ID card or passport. Giving this information, you authorize Peakshunter Mountain Guides to use them for the booking process and during all the steps of the tour (planning, reservation, logistics, contact with Guides and professionals involved in the tour).
  • There are no specific vaccine requirements for this trip, but it is always a good idea to check with your doctor or a travel clinic to make sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. Also, there is no longer a need to provide proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, or negative test results.

What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?

The ratio for Gran Paradiso is 1:4, while that of Mont Blanc is 1:2. This is the maximum number in order to ensure safety during the trip and it is established by local regulations. This means that if you are a group larger than 2 people (3 or 4 people), you will need only 1 Guide for Gran Paradiso ascent and 2 Guides for Mont Blanc (this is also the best way to save money).

Under no circumstances will exceptions be made with regard to the Mont Blanc ratio; safety is our priority and local rules can’t be disregarded in any case.

What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

The best time to do the ascent to both Mont Blanc and Gran Pardiso is between June and September.

Can I join a group?

No, due to the guide-to-client ratio, we only accept private requests for this trip. If you are a group of more than 2 people, we have more Guides available to undertake the adventure. We will be happy to support your group with other professionals on our team!

How experience do I need to be to do this program? What are your requirements for me to join this adventure?

Our Mont Blanc program is designed to give you the highest chances to reach the Mont Blanc summit. If you don't have any particular mountaineering experience, during the first few days, we will focus on the main techniques needed to reach Mont Blanc. Please note that physical effort will be intense, so it requires a good fitness level and serious preparation during the months leading up to the trip. Cardiovascular training is very important, with at least 2 to 3 sessions per week of running, biking or swimming.

Who is taking care of booking the huts?

Our team will take care of every detail of the trip, including huts and lift ticket reservations.

What gear do I need to have with me? Will you provide part of it? Where do you recommend me to rent the equipment I don't have and that you don't provide?

We will provide you with:

  • a helmet
  • harness
  • crampons
  • ice axe

You shall have only your personal clothing, suitable for the ascent of Mont Blanc, including technical mountaineering boots.

What happens if we are 2 for the ascent and the 2nd climber can't make it to the summit? Will we turn back?

If a climber can't make it to the summit, the whole group will go back. For safety reasons, no clients will be abandoned or left alone on the glacier.

I feel that I'm not ready yet for this challenge. Do you offer an easier program where I can prepare myself?

Yes sure. We recommend you this 4-day mountaineering tour designed for beginners - https://www.explore-share.com/trip/beginner-mountain-climbing-around-Mont-Blanc/ - It takes place in the Mt Blanc range, on the Italian side. It's a great tour to learn the basics of mountaineering and to have a first experience on a glacier, sleeping in a mountain hut above 2,500 m, etc.

How can I reach the meeting point?

The meeting point is Pravieux village (Valsavarenche Valley - Italy), in the hearth of Gran Paradiso National Park. If you are not familiar with this area, let us give you some more information. The meeting place is in Aosta Valley, which is the smallest but highest Italian region. This is the realm of the Alps, where the most famous mountains of Europe arise, such as the Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn (Cervin), the Monte Rosa massif (with Breithorn, Castor, Pollux, Lyskamm Nose, Signalkuppe/Margherita Hut and Dufourspitze), the Gran Paradiso, and the Dent du Géant.

Depending on your country of origin, you can decide to reach Aosta Valley arriving from:

  • Italy: the nearest airports are Turin Caselle or Milan (Malpensa or Orio al Serio). Once you arrive at the airport, you can move to Aosta Valley by train (Trenitalia national services), by bus (Flixbus and Arriva operate coach run every day), by private transfer, or (better choice) by renting a car.
  • France: Geneva Airport (Switzerland) is the closest to Chamonix (around 90km), so it only takes about 1 hour 20 mins to drive; you can move to Aosta Valley by car, by bus, or private transfer from Chamonix, passing through the Mont Blanc tunnel.
  • Switzerland: Geneva Airport is the closest to Chamonix (around 90km), so it only takes about 1 hour 20 mins to drive; you can move to Aosta Valley by car, by bus, or private transfer from Chamonix, passing through the Mont Blanc tunnel. Another option is Lausanne Airport which is the closest to Aosta (around 150km), so it only takes about 2 hours and 10 mins to drive by car or private transfer, passing through the Great St. Bernard Tunnel.

To get around Aosta Valley, if you don't have a car and don't want to use private transfers, you can rely on the regional bus service, with daily runs to all municipalities of Aosta Valley.

What additional costs should I consider?

The hiring of the trek poles and the renting of the boots are NOT included. If needed, the renting of the boots has to be done by the customers before the trip to one of the shops in Gressoney. We will send you more details in case of need.

The costs for beverages and extra meals for the clients and the Guide are NOT included and have to be covered on the spots, sharing the guide’s fee between all the participants.

Transfer to the meeting point and during the trip are NOT included.

At what time does the trip start? At what time will we be back to the parking area?

The starting point on the first day will be in Valsavarenche at around 12:00 am. We will end in Les Houches (FR) the last day at around 12:30 am.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Mercure Chamonix Centre Hotel Chamonix Mont Blanc France
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Hotel Mont Blanc Chamonix Mont Blanc France
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Hotel Le Morgane Chamonix Mont Blanc France
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Giving and receiving smiles, seeing the satisfaction on the faces of our customers, seeking opportunities for growth, stimulating authenticity in personal and group relationships, in sharing mountaineering disciplines, fears, efforts, and moments of difficulty, which are part of the integrated with experiences, essential ingredients of every summit climb: these are our focus, our beliefs, and our most important results, as outdoor Professionals and as people who love the mountains and their work as Alpine Guides!

Founded in 2013 by Elis and Silvia, PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides is a team of IFMGA-certified Mountain Professionals and outdoor activities experts, based in the town of Aosta, not far from Courmayeur-Chamonix, on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif.

We live and work in the beautiful Aosta Valley region, very close to French and Swiss borders near to Geneva, Milan, and Turin international airports.

Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Dufourspitze, Pyramide Vincent and Regina Margherita Hut, Gran Paradiso, Breithorn, Lyskamm, Castor and Pollux are only a few of several 4000 Alps summits you can climb with us: most of our team of Guides were born and grew up close to these mountains and they have explored the ascent routes several times during different seasons, with skis or crampons!

- We love our work: we plan all our trips with great commitment and deep respect for the Alpine environment, for its inhabitants, and its territories. Including local traditions in different valleys and Alpine areas.

- We love Mountain, Nature, and Outdoor activities, that we like to share with people from all around the world. We are enthusiastic to meet like-minded adventurers and share new experiences and memorable emotions with the support of our Mountain Guides.

- Safety and Risk Management are essential for us, as elements of fundamental importance during every single trip we plan and carry out with our customers: for this reason, we offer introductory courses to the different alpine disciplines (Mountaineering, Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Ski mountaineering, Freeride, Rescue Crevasse, and Avalanche) to convey awareness and responsibility to our customers.

- We offer solid Experience, with several years organizing outdoor disciplines around mountain and wild areas, in many different countries of Italy and Europe, for individuals or groups, including 7-day customer support for booking, logistics, and personal assistance for planning and reservations.

- As certified Mountain Guides, we offer training courses, to improve technical skills and to learn basic knowledge about mountaineering in the Alps, which is essential to explore and climb the Mountains safely in any situation or conditions.

- We are happy to provide customized programs for every customer's demand: our Experience is synonymous with Professionalism and Customer Care to guarantee unforgettable emotions and beautiful smiles!

Fulfill your dreams, discover breathtaking views or simply enjoy an extraordinary day: you just need to use your imagination and we will carry out your trip as you desire to live it!

Let’s plan your next mountain project together!

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What people are saying about this trip

Will

4.00

The guides were great,with a wealth of experience. The comunication between the explore share was very poor . We were not told what b and b we were staying until the day before. We were lucky we had signal on are phones to get the address. If we didn't have signal it would of caused a major issue for us .

Callum

5.00

This has been the best experience of my life to date. Me and my friend were overwhelmed with the positive feeling of accomplishment after the completion of both Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc but very tired to say the least! The Guru, Claudio was an exceptional guide who provided an incredible leadership throughout the week and we owe a lot of respect to this mountain veteran. We received more than we bargained for and it truly was a great adventure which we will never forget. Explore-share are an awesome group and the facilitation of this trip was second to none. Thank you all so much and we will be booking a trip through the agency again for sure. I can’t wait to see what the next expedition has in store!

Christopher

5.00

With the huts on Mont Blanc closed and climbing suspended Peakshunter reworked our trip very quickly and swapped Mont Blanc with a program on Monte Rosa. With K suffering from altitude sickness on GP the Guide was brilliant in slowing the pace for her to make two summits on Monte Rosa and rather than risk problems by going higher on the last day rearranged the programme again and arranged a brilliant day on the Aiguille Marbrees. Thank you!

Lucas

5.00

It was great! Unfortunately we had to cancel mt Blanc due to bad weather, but Gran Paradiso and Montviso (which we climed as an alternative for mt Blanc) were just great! Thanks again!


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