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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

“Walk along an impressive trail that passes through cultivated farmlands, lush rhododendron forests and charming villages with Annapurna massif looming right in front of you most of the times. Stand amidst the Annapurna Sanctuary and let your eyes wander from one towering peak to another. It’s truly a natural paradise.”

Annapurna Base Camp Trek – traveler’s number one choice

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered as a delight of every enthusiastic traveler. No wonder, it is one of the most cherished treks amongst all other treks in Nepal. The lush landscapes, hills, valleys, forests, mountains and charming villages on the trail has a positive aura that brings divinity to your heart and souls. In a short span of time, the trek takes you to the base camp of 7000 meters – 8000 meters high peaks.
It allows you to witness the grandeur of Annapurna massif along with other towering peaks in the range. From the foothills of Annapurna, the trek takes you along a jovial trail that passes through cultivated farmlands, dense rhododendron forests and ethnic villages. Traversing through the villages is an opportunity to get some insights on local people, their culture and lifestyle. Above all, Annapurna Sanctuary is a dreamland to be at. All you can see are the sky dominating peaks surrounding you. And, all you can do is let your eyes wander from one peak to another. Sounds interesting, isn’t it?

Annapurna Base Camp

Some highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

 Pokhara, the picturesque lakeside city
 Trail traverses through lush hills, valleys, forests and charming villages
 A warm welcome from local people with some insights on their unique culture and lifestyle
 Annapurna Conservation Area and Annapurna Sanctuary
 Majestic views of Annapurna massif including Mt. Macchapucchre, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli,
Nilgiri, etc.
 A soothing hot water bath in natural hot water spring of Jhinu Danda

Annapurna Base Camp Trek – A trail summarized into a journey

From the capital city of Kathmandu, you hop into a ride that will drive you along a scenic route to Pokhara. You drive further to Nayapul from where your actual walking journey starts. The trail goes through a classic path full of lush views all around. The rice and paddy fields, rhododendron forests and charming villages on the way are the highlights of the journey. Moreover, the stunning views of mountains, they will never stop following you. From Nayapul, the trail leads us to Ghandruk, a popular village of Gurung people. Next, you will be headed to Macchapucchre Base Camp via villages like Chomorong and Bamboo.
The gorgeous views of Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, etc. are a reward to your long day walk. The trail follows a path that finally leads you to Annapurna Base Camp, the final destination of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. At the base camp, you can relish the glories of sky dominating mountains. Annapurna I, II, III, Annapurna South, Mt. Macchapucchre, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, etc rising tall one after the other is truly a reviving experience. After accomplishing the journey, we retrace our steps back to Pokhara. On the way, you can enjoy hot water bath in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.

Best time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek 

March to May and September to December can be a right time to opt for this trek.
Is the trek suitable for you?

Yes, it is a suitable trek for you if you can walk for around six to seven hours a day for around a week or more. You should be fit enough to walk and should have a level of physical stamina. As you will be travelling to high altitudinal region, you should be able to cope with altitudinal change. If you have already successfully undergone any kind of other treks, then Annapurna Base Camp Trek will not be a problem as it is amongst the easy to moderate kind of trek. However, it is recommended to warm up your body with some workouts and walking activities around two weeks prior to trekking journey. It’s just to build your stamina.
*Note – If you have any health issues like heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, epilepsy, etc. it is recommended to consult your doctor as it might be risky.

Why Nepal Intrepid Treks?

Here, we tell you why! With us, you can simply be carefree because we take care of everything. From food, accommodation to every other services, expect everything of exceptional quality. Since our establishment in 2016, we have taken many groups successfully to the Everest base camp. Its’s a result of our hard work and team efforts that we have been able to win the hearts of our fellow customers. We are professional and well trained on how to deal with our valued clients and how to work to cope with their expectations. Besides, our team is a group of young hearts who have been working in the field of travel and tourism since a decade. We are all passionate about our job and are dedicated to it.

Other similar treks

Already been there in the base camp and are looking forward to a similar trek in Annapurna region? How about Ghorepani Poonhill Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek? If you are in search of an easy trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek might be a suitable one. However, if you are in search of a challenging trip then Annapurna Circuit Trek can be a best choice. Further, there is an option of Mardi Himal Trek if you are looking forward to an off beaten natured trail.

 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Namaste and A very warm Welcome in Nepal)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (850m/2788ft) – 200 km (6/7 hours) 
  • Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (1,070m/3,509ft) 42 km (1.5 hour drive) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,550m/5,084ft) – 10 km (4.5 hours) 
  • Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,348ft) – 13 km (6 hours)
  • Day 06: Early morning hike to Poonhill (3,210m/10,528ft) for sunrise then trek to Chaile (2,300m/7,544ft) – 11 km (7 hours )
  • Day 07: Trek to Sinuwa (2,300m/7,544ft) – 8/9 km (6 hours)
  • Day 08: Trek to Deurali (3,200m/10,496ft) – 8/9 km (6 hours)
  • Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4,170m/13677ft) – 8 km (5 hours)
  • Day 10: Trek to Bamboo (2,400m/7,872ft) – 15/16 km (7/8  hours)
  • Day 11: Trek to Jhinu(1,750m/5740ft) – 12 km (6 hours) 
  • Day 12: Trek to Siwai (1,300m/4264ft) 4.5 km (3 hours) then drive back to Pokhara (850m/2788ft) – 60 km (2.5 hours)
  • Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu – 200 km (6/7 hours) 
  • Day 14: Farewell (Good Bye and Have Safe Journey)

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Nepal Intrepid Treks will be your dedicated travel companion until you return to your home country. Once you arrive at Kathmandu airport, we will be there to pick you up and take you to your hotel. Accommodation for our valued customers includes room and breakfast in a three star hotel in Kathmandu.

Take in the impressions of Nepal as we drive you from the airport to your hotel. We will assist you with the check-in and provide you with further information regarding your Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You may then have a rest or stroll through the bustling, colorful streets and alleys of Kathmandu.

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Prepare for a day of immersion into the Nepalese culture, while visiting the most important landmarks of this fascinating city and its outskirts. Our experienced guide will take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO heritage site which represents the political and historical values of Nepalese civilization.

We then proceed to Swayambhu Nath Temple, also known as ‘Monkey Temple’ thanks to its adorable colony of monkeys that run free. This temple is the symbol of harmony between Buddhists and Hindus.  At the top of the stupa you will have a splendid birds-eye view of Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings.

We continue to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, a holy place for Hindu devotees. Especially interesting is the holy cremation area where preparations and daily cremation ceremonies take place. From here we return to the hotel.

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We start our day early! Enjoy your breakfast and your guide will pick you up at your hotel for the journey ahead. Today, we take a drive along the Trishuli river to Pokhara. We pass a country side landscape all along which is a beautiful experience in itself. After around six hours drive from Kathmandu, we reach the lakeside city – Pokhara. We stop at a hotel in Pokhara. Check in to your room and enjoy rest of the evening wandering around the Phewa lake placed in an appealing location. Spend your night at a hotel in Pokhara! (Breakfast included)

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Get set for an exciting day ahead where we actually start our trekking journey. Around one and half hour drive from Pokhara, we reach Nayapul from where we leave our vehicle and start walking on our foot for our ultimate destination – Annapurna Base Camp. We walk through the foothills of Annapurna for around three hours today. We pass villages like Birenthanti and Ramghai to Tikedhunga. Today, we stop at Tikhedhunga for overnight. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Yesterday was an easy day walk. After yesterday’s warm up, you ought to be ready for a steep climb today. Leaving Tikhedhunga, we follow our trail and ascend up to Ghorepani. Up to Ulleri, our walk is quite tough as we have to walk along the stone paved staircase for around an hour. After moving a bit forward from Ulleri, enjoy your lunch and walk beyond Banthanti from where the lush and beautiful forests of rhododendron and oak opens up with a beautiful view of mountains on sight. As we reach Ghorepani, we stop at a guesthouse for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today, we wake up early for catching a glimpse of glorious sunrise amidst the Annapurna ranges. As we wake up, we head towards Poonhill, which is a popular vantage point in Annapurna region for sunset, sunset and mountain views. The panoramic view of mountains from Poonhill looks absolutely stunning. After beholding the beauty of mountains from Poonhill, we return back to our hotel, take breakfast and fuel up ourselves for journey ahead. Leaving Poonhill, we head towards Chaile which would be our halting station for today. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today, our trail descends down through the lush forests. We can hear the birds chirping and leaf dancing as we pass by. We then walk along the terraced farmland until we reach Kimrung Khola. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and walk to Ghurjung. Further, we ascend up to Chhomrong and cross a bridge over the Chhomrong river to Sinwa. From Chhomrong, we have to take some steps over a stone paved staircase to Sinuwa. Overnight at a guesthouse in Sinuwa. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today’s walk is comparatively easy than that of yesterday. From Sinwa, we walk along an easy trail through the lush forests of oak and rhododendron to Kuldihar. The trail is followed by a steep descend down the stone paved stairs and downhill journey to Bamboo. We further continue through the forest in cool atmosphere enjoying the views of lush landscape to Deurali. We stop at Deaurali for overnight. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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As we move ahead of Deurali, the trail opens up to the mountainous area which was long awaited by us throughout our journey till date. We can feel the air getting thinner and the steep trail is somewhat strenuous. Walking a bit further, we can find ourselves amidst the Annapurna ranges in Annapurna Base Camp. As, we reach the base camp, the beautiful mountains stand tall in front of us, one after the other. The base camp offers some majestic views of mountains like Mt. Macchapuchre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, Gangapurna and Annapurna South. We stay at the base camp for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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After beholding the beauty of Himalayas (Annapurna panorama) from the base camp, we retrace our journey downhill back to Bamboo. After a strenuous walk of yesterday, our walk for the day is quite easy. We descend down along an easy path to Bamboo which would be our halting stop for the day. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today, we retrace our journey back through same lush forests, stone paved staircases and rivers to Jhinu. At Jhinu, we rest for a while and take a hot water bath as this place is popular for the hot water springs it possess. A hot water bath here is also considered as an ailment for pains and weaknesses in body. We stay at Jhinu for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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We leave Jhinu and retrace our steps back to Nayapul; the same place where we had started our trekking journey eight days back.  At Nayapul, we take a ride that will drive us to Pokhara, the beautiful lake side city. In the evening, we enjoy the street walk in Pokhara. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara. (Breakfast and lunch included)

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After exploring the glory of Pokhara and Annapurna region of Nepal, we drive back to Kathmandu with the scenery of country side landscape all along which is a beautiful experience in itself.

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After eleven wonderful days of trekking, it’s finally time to bid you a goodbye. You will be escorted to the airport for your journey ahead! But we hope to serve you and your friends once again. We look forward to your suggestions if any! (Breakfast included)

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Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop option from and to the airport
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 nights accommodation Pokhara in a 3 star category hotel BB basis 
  • Transportation Kathmandu- Pokhara and Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Three time meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with a cup of tea during the trek
  • Accommodation in best available guesthouses during the trek
  • Medical supplies (a first aid medical kit will be available)
  • Necessary documentation and Permit costs to enter into Annapurna Sanctuary and trek
  • Professional guide and porter (1 porter will be available to two persons)
  • Food, lodging, salary, insurance and other expenses of staff members
  • Nepal Intrepid Treks T–shirt, Douffle Bag, Trekking Map 
  • Trip Achievement Certificate 
  • All necessary paperwork 
  • Government taxes and office service charge during travel

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International air fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
  • All cold drinks, water any beverage are not included on your trip price.
  • We provide such service with extra charge.
    (Note:– Our option excursion are culture trip, Festival trip, monastery meditation with Lama and Monks, Bird watching, Farming trip other things as per clients interest).
  • Trekking Equipment:
    (Note: – Clients them have to arrange personal trekking equipment such as- trekking pole).
  • Tips for driver, guide and porters are not included in the cost of your package).
  • Others:
    1. Personal expenses such as phone calls, Internet, Laundry, Bar Bill and extra porters.
    2. Cost arising out of land slide, Road Blocked, Rescue of any form, Cancellation of flight or Reasons beyond our control.
    3. Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.
You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

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Best value and Best Service 

We visited Nepal in December and had only 7 days, not long enough for multi-day treks yet, as travelers from the US, we wanted to experience as much as possible within that time frame the comprised of visiting the breath-taking mountain sceneries, sport activities, and history. While Nepal Intrepid Treks was started by trekking guides, they have diligently built their business and tourism relationships over the last few years to cater to different tourist needs. As an active planner, i had reached out to a dozen tour companies as opposed to only settling for the top 2-3 on Tripadvisor ratings. What first impressed me about Nepal Intrepid Treks is their responsiveness, flexibility and transparency about planning constraints. Its really the best value and service. 
 
They also offered the best value by a large margin. At no time during my interactions with them did they push any additional services on me, but rather adapted to whatever changes I wished to make. Given the relationships they made in the industry, they also offered some of the best rates relative to other tour companies for the exact same vendors. We did the heli ride to Everest Base Camp, hikes in Nagarkot, paragliding, city tours in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara and of course the sunrise trips to the neighboring hill stations. What really made the difference is their sense of service on the ground. They were always on time and went the extra mile whenever there were unexpected delays. On one day, our morning flight to Pokhara was delayed for several hours and eventually canceled yet our guide went above and beyond to get us on an afternoon flight so we wouldnt miss out on the activities for the rest of the day. That sense of urgency on our behalf extended through the whole trip. Even though we missed an activity for no fault of theirs, they did their part in making up for it by dining us at a cultural center on their own cost, which wasnt needed at all yet we fully appreciated. We are so much happy for this best value and service.
 
In summary, I was thoroughly impressed -- a sense of humility, superior service, flexibility, transparency with unmatched value. We know we will definitely return to Nepal for the treks; we will look no further than Nepal Intrepid Treks. A big thank you Nisan, Santa and Lal! Keep it up!
You guys are best value and service provider team in Nepal. 
Best value and service trekking company
Sami Muneer,
United States

April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC

Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!

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whysoscherious,

You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.

I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.

Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.

This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.

Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.

Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.

Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.

Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.

Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!

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Tina N,
Sydney, Australia

Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!

This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.

Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.

Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!

Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.

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Lyn K,
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Patan historic and good adventure

Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.

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melissabartonnn,

Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days

Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!

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Jade C,
Orange, Australia

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019

Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.

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olivieryiu,

Perfection EBC trekking

Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.

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Iverroce Tu,

Wonderful experience

It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!

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Nora H,

Our Visit to Nepal

I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.

Best Regards
Luca & Ludovico

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Bahadir E,
Koenigswinter, Germany

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