Everest Base Camp Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

 

Everest Base Camp lies in the foothill of the world's highest peak Mount Everest ( 8848 meters). EBC or Mount Everest Base Camp trekking is adventurous trek - supremely exciting and rocking - where you will be leading to the high Himalayas and to the base camp of the Mount Everest. The Base Camp is situated in Solukhumbu district of Nepal and is a stunning paradise where you get the splendid, panoramic mountain sight of the entire Everest range and numerous other snowcapped peaks. You get to undertake this adventure steps that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa took at first to the summit of the world highest peak - Everest, in 1953.

 

Trek Highlights & Summary of Mount Everest Base Camp


The major highlights of this trekking is that you will get the magnificent mountain views from the Everest Base Camp and also you will get the close view of the highest mountain Everest at 8848 meters and others mountains such as Lhotse (8515 m), Mount Nuptse (7850 m), Mount Pumori (7160 m), Mount Changaste (7551 m), Mount Lingterin (6678 m), Mount Ama Dablam (6855 m) and numerous other peaks. Besides that, you will also be heading to the Kala Patthar at the altitude of 5550 meters where you get the most closet view of the Everest.


This trekking begins with a scenic short mountain flight to Lukla. And our main trekking begins from here and we will heads to Phakding crossing several Sherpa village and then reaching "Namche Bazaar", the main center of the Sherpa community where will be acclimatizing doing a short hike and also experiencing Sherpa culture who are very hospitable. Then we head to visit the biggest monastery in the Himalayan region - Tengboche monastery. And from this monastery, we can also get the alluring and remarkable view of Mount Ama Dablam. On the trail, you will be spotting many walls, chortens, and monasteries - as in this region - most communities living here follow Buddhism- hence, you will also get to spot small Chortens with colorful prayer flags. And from Tengboche, we head to Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep and from here - we will be heading to the Kalapathar for the closer view of the Everest.


On this trail to this Everest Base Camp - we will also get chance to spot numerous animals like musk deer, leopards, jackals, red panda, Himalayan Thar, even rare bird species like pheasants, long tail bird, munal, etc. including different floras like rhododendron, oak, junipers, etc. These floras are spotted only during the spring seasons. So this trekking is best if attempted during spring and fall seasons where one will get to observe clearly the mountain views and also relish this natural pristine biodiversity.


This is 14 days itinerary and we the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) had carefully arranged this itinerary focusing on the level of adaptation of high altitude by modifying each and every step from day 1 to till your departure date. So, if this itinerary does not fit you - please let us know & we will set you a different itinerary as according to your holiday schedule. Also, be ready to experience something new!


 

ITINARARY



Day 1: Welcome to the Vibrant Kathmandu from where our Nepal Adventure Begins.

Altitude: 1350 m, 4428 ft

We heartily welcome you to the Himalayan country - Nepal. As soon as you arrive at Kathmandu airport, our representative from the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be there waiting for you after finishing all your custom formalities and heading to the terminal gate, you can see our staff carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and welcome you and drive you to the hotel. If your flight arrives early, we can visit some of the heritage sites of Kathmandu. This Everest base camp trek package firstly begins at the office of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team with the small discussion/meeting about the trip. In the evening, the company will be hosting a welcome dinner in an excellent Nepali restaurant which serves you mouth-watering Nepali cuisine.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport Pick Up in a Private Car.



Day 2: Fly to Lukla and hike through colorful villages to Phakding.


Altitude: 2800 m, 9184 ft (Lukla) & 2652 m, 8698 ft (Phakding) Walking Distance: 8 km (3-4 Hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate. Flight time: 35 min

On this second day early morning - you’ll board on a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu which will take around 35-40 minutes. On the flight to Lukla, we usually take Himalaya mountain domestic flight and make sure to book a left side seat to capture the picturesque view of the Himalayas including the almighty Everest. Landing at the Lukla airport, here we will meet our representative of GHHT. After a quick exploration of Lukla village, we will start our trek to Phakding. We will descend down alongside the deep Dudh Koshi River and follow the trail to Namche Bazaar situated over Chaunrikharka. We will continue an easy hike and then pass via a tiny village - Ghat and walk for a while and finally reach Phakding. Today - we will be trekking for approximately 3 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.



Day 3: Hike through fields and villages from Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

Altitude: 3440 m,11283 ft Walking Distance: 10-12 km (5-6 Hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate. 

Today you will be trekking for approximately 6 hours and trek heading Namche Bazaar and spend our day acclimatizing the altitude. The first view undoubtedly you get is the mighty peak - Everest. We will be crossing the river following steps of our trek guide. We will be all trekking through blue pine forests following the river and if you happen to trek in the spring season, you can observe the beautiful rhododendron flowers blooming.

Crossing the Dudh Koshi River through the suspension bridge - we get to perceive several mountains like Kusum, Thamserku, and Kanguru which are above 6000 meters. We will stop for a lunch at Monjo. After that, we will continue our trek and from here, our trails become a bit difficult with a steep ascent towards the trail to Namche Bazaar. After that, we will enter the national park and then cross the river via Jorsale village and continuing trekking alongside the river. Again, we will be crossing the striking suspension bridge and start ascending towards Namche Bazaar. From here, we will be viewing the breathtaking views of stunning peaks - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Tawache. In Namche, you can take a hot shower in the hotel as in the upper areas, there might not be the facility of a hot shower. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.



Day 4: Day hike for our first views of Everest, then return to Namche Bazaar.
 

Altitude: 3440 m, 11283 ft 

Today we will be spending another night in Namche itself for the proper acclimatization. For that - we will be hiking to the high altitude visiting and exploring some sites as well as viewing the mind-blowing mountain sceneries. It is necessary to adapt the altitude properly. There is an option that you can also hike above Bhote Koshi river valley to Thami or you can even walk to the headquarter of the national park to capture the best sunrise and sunset views including with Everest and Khumbu peaks. The headquarters of National park showcases the culture of Sherpas and the varied floras and faunas of this region. In Namche Bazaar, the local people sell locally made products like dried goat meat and many more.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.



Day 5: Hike through Kumjung villages from Namche to Tengboche & visit the impressive Tengboche Monastery.
 

Altitude: 3870 m, 12684 ft Walking Distance: 10 km (6 Hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate. 

Today we will be trekking towards Thyanboche, and on the trail - you will be observing varied birds - Danphe (Pheasant – Nepal’s national bird) and others. Even you get to spot Himalayan Thar - which is similar to Goat. Heading on the trail towards monasteries, we will first relish the views of Everest & several other snowcapped peaks. Continuing trekking to Thyangboche monastery, and reaching the monastery - we will explore this monastery which revels tradition and religion of Buddhism. Even from the monastery - we will get the splendid views of the mountains such as Ama Dablam, Kantenga and of course the Everest. Today we will be trekking approximately 5 hours. We will be spending our night in Thyanboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House/ Trekking Lodge.



Day 6: Hike to Dingboche, the highest permanent Sherpa village in the Khumbu region.
 

Altitude: 4400 m, 14435 ft Walking Distance: 11 km (6 Hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate. 

Today we will be trekking to Dingboche as the views of Everest is getting closer but we should be aware of the altitude as we are heading to the high altitude. We will be ascending over the tree line and slowly ascend to the Pangboche village and here we will stop for lunch as well as view several snowcapped peaks.

After lunch, we will continue our trek following the Imja River passing several tea houses and cross the Imja River and glaciers. Within a while, we will reach - Dingboche village with beautiful fields surrounded by the stone walls. The stone wall is surrounded for the protection of the crops, barley, and potatoes from cold winds. Also from here, we can get the amazing views of Everest at the back of Nuptse and Lhotse ridge. If the sky is clearer - we will get a spectacular view of sunset revealing on the peaks.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.



Day 7:  Hike to remote monastic caves and magnificent views of Mount Makalu.
 

Altitude: 4400 m, 14435 ft 

Today we will spend our night in Dingboche for the proper acclimatization. There are plenty of trails that we will be hiking for acclimatization such as a hike to the Ama Dablam base camp, Chukung or Nagarjun hills. The hike to the Ama Dablam peak leads to Everest base camp and on the trail - one gets the splendid view of snowcapped peaks whereas from the Nagarjuna hills (5100 m) one gets the striking view of Island Peak, Makalu, and the Ama Dablam. Hike to Chukhung at 4750 meters will be the short hike, nonetheless, one get the mind-blowing views of several snow-capped peaks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.



Day 8: Hike to Dingboche to Lobuche. 
 

Altitude: 4900 m, 16076 ft Walking Distance: 11-12 km (6-7 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.

Today you will be heading to Lobuche and on the way - you will come across the expedition group to summit the peak. We will then climb a small ridge above the Pheriche. The view of Tawache and Cholatse peak from the top of this stupa is very impressive to view. We will continue our trek & our trails become relatively easy walking in the flat land on wide fields. Please be advised that you should always drink plenty of water and stay hydrated to avoid the altitude sickness during your trek.

After that, we will be crossing the Kumbu River and stop at Dughla for lunch. After lunch, we will continue and ascend through the rocky trails. After that, we will pass through stacks of stones constructed in the memories of the Sherpa climbers who died on the way summiting the Mount Everest. From here, one gets the amazing view of Mount Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse and many other snowcapped peaks.  We will then follow the river and head to the Lobuche Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.



Day 9: Depending on the weather - climb Kala Patthar or hike to the Everest Base Camp.
 

Altitude: 5180 m, 16994 ft (Gorekshep) & 5364 m, 17598 ft (EBC) Distance of walking: 15km (6-8 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.

Today we will be trekking towards the Everest Base Camp. Firstly, we will be trekking to Gorakshep beginning form Lobuche following the wide valley which runs parallel to Khumbu glacier. After that, we will ascend slowly and gradually trek while trekking to the higher altitudes. When you reach moraine of Changnup glacier and from here, we will ascend and descend down via rocky trails which leads to Gorakshep. We will then continue our trek to Everest Base Camp and from here - one cannot get the views of Everest but you will be viewing stunning glaciers, caves, and lakes.

Note: While trekking to the Everest Base Camp arena, we do not visit the climbing camp out of the respect of climber's health and privacy.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.



Day10: Gorekshep to Kala Patthar and Pheriche. 
 

Altitude: 5545 m, 18192 ft (Kala Patthar) & 4320 m, 14173 ft (Pheriche) Walking distance: 12-13 km (5-6 Hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.

Today we wake up early in the morning and trek towards Kala Patthar and enjoy the illumination sunrise view with close views of Everest and several snow-capped peaks. For this beautiful view, we will be trekking for a while and ascend through the steep path. The trail is a bit challenging but the view you get from this hill- KalaPathar will outshine your mind. The views you’ll get from here is of Mount Ama Dablam, Changtse, Kangtenga, Tewache and Everest plus the Khumbu icefall. We will then descend down to Gorakshep and then cross the Khumbu river, and after a short ascend to high hills – we get to capture the mind-blowing views of Ama Dablam, Imja valley, and Kantenga. After that, we will descend to Orsho to spend our night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.



Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar - with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.
 

Altitude: 3440 m, 11284 ft Distance of walking: 13-15 km (7-8 Hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.

We will then crossing the Imja River and a suspension bridge to enjoy the amazing views of Ama Dablam, Imja valley, and Kangtega. We will retrace back to Thyangboche and then will descend steeply via lush juniper, rhododendron and fir forests. After that, we will be crossing the Dudh Koshi river and climb towards Trashinga. We will then continue our trek to Shanasa and reach Namche Bazaar. We will be spending our night in Namche Bazaar lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.



Day 12: Hike to Lukla and enjoy a final night in a comfortable lodge.
 

Altitude: 2800 m, 9184 ft Walking Distance: 16 km (6-7 Hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.

Today is the last day of your trekking and we will trek approximately for 5 hours. We will be descending down steeply and then cross the Dudh Koshi River following the trail via Jorsale and retrace back to Monjo. We will be trekking through rhododendron and pine forest with the views of Kusum Kangaru. After trekking for a while, we will reach Lukla and thereafter can enjoy a hot shower in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking lodge.



Day 13: Return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, weather permitting.
 

Altitude: 1350 m, 4428 ft Flight time: 35 min

Today we take a flight to Kathmandu which will take approximately 35-40 minutes. Reaching there, our representative will receive you and later drop you at the hotel. Next, you can stroll around Thamel area and visit souvenir shops in the afternoon. Finally, in evening - Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be hosting a farewell dinner for you.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.



Days 14: Our Everest Base Camp trekking adventure ends today in Kathmandu.
 

Altitude: 1350 m, 4428 ft

Today your journey comes to an end and if you would like to extend some days sightseeing some other places, we can surely arrange that for you. Our representative will drop you at the airport three hours prior to your flight schedule.

Meals: Breakfast.

Airport Drop-Off in a Private Car.



 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Two nights’ hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Meals ( breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • All necessary paper works, National park entry permits and TIMS permit.
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with domestic airport tax.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek on twin sharing basis.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter will carry maximum of 25 KG).
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the guide and porters.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag and trekking map (return after the trek).
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charge.

 

What is not included?

  • Nepalese visa fee 
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

 

TRIP INFO



Hotel and Lodge on Everest Base Camp Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities.

Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.



Food and Drinks for Everest Base Camp Trek:

GHHT focuses on client’s safety and health and gives it the foremost priority. We make sure that each and every client get the same portion of clean, hygienic and nourishing food which is a very necessary - especially while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. But in the city, either breakfast or dinner is included. Please go through the detailed itinerary for each day to see which meals are included. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served in the same lodge where we spend overnight and our expert trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination.

Normal water will be provided free of cost but we suggest you carry water purification pills to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses, but the expense should be paid by the client as it is not included in the package.



Best Seasons:

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend the clients not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.



Luggage/Backpack on Everest Base Camp Trek:

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary during your trek. Gears and clothes not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal do not allow more than 15 kg including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge will cover that up but isn’t included in our package.



Guide/Porter on Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provides honest porters and well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. The porter will be carrying up to 10 kg luggage of each client. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 10 people - an additional guide will be provided and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group. 



Group Size, and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges Everest base camp trek with a minimum solitary client to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups into two or more according to the number of people. However, although you might be staying in the same lodge - but during your trek - you might be having a different guide.



Personal Expenses on Trek:

Personal expenses totally depend upon how extravagant are you in nature. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot shower (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, entrance fee (around US $ 25 ) for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals in Kathmandu (around US $ 5-7), tips for driver, guide and porters, etc. Tips to the guides, porter or any other members are not mandatory. You can tip them if you are satisfied with their service.



Available Gears/Equipment:

Trekking equipment is readily available in the stores of Kathmandu at a very reasonable price or it can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. So, you don’t have to buy or carry from your hometown.



  

A Usual Day on Trek:

These are the approximate guidelines for a trek on each day which may differ according to the itinerary or schedule or your pace while trekking. 

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.



 

Greetings at the Airport:

After booking and confirming your EBC trek with us, we suggest you flow all the information such as - your number of days of stay, departure date, returning date, & international flight details (arrival time, flight number). After getting this information, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team can easily pick you up from the airport on time.

After you complete the formalities of the airport and come to the exit gate, you can spot GHHT member holding a placard of your name or GHHT waiting outside the terminal. After meeting and greetings, we will transfer you to the hotel in our private car. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.



Changes in the Itinerary:

Our regular itinerary of the EBC is 14 days unless you have customized it.  The itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These 14 days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.



Safety Measures:

Client’s safety is our main priority and we make sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. If the condition is serious – we will use the rescue helicopter to take you to the nearest hospital while all the expenses will be carried out by the travel insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.



Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary.

The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments. 



Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla:

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company which can be deposited directly in the office of the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.



If you have any other questions or want to inquire more, please feel free to email or contact us.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 14 Days

Difficulty: Easy - Moderate

Activities: Hiking & trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Guided Trip,Tea House Trek

Country: Nepal

Region: Everest

Price: USD 1,170

Group size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec

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