Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour

On the roof of the world lies an ancient kingdom was known as Guge. The Guge kingdom reveals its mystical stories of the legendary palaces and its ancient cultures that fascinates the trekkers. The main highlight of Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour is the hundred years old monasteries that reflect the Buddhist religion and also the renowned fortress of Gyantse and Shigatse. It has attracted thousands of visitors over the years. Tourists embark upon the incredible view of the beautiful snowy mountains, astounding landscapes and thrill-full trekking around Mt. Kailash. The upland drive back to Kathmandu via Friendship highway offers majestic views of the Himalayas from both, Nepal and Tibet. Any trekker with moderate physical fitness can join the 3 days trek around Mt. Kailash and enjoy the life journey.

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  • Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour

The journey to the Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom begins with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa above the clouds, amidst the mesmerizing view of the lush green forests below them, surrounded by the peak of the massive Himalayas from all sides. Lhasa is a town worth exploring as it consists of a variety of Buddhist tradition, ancient palaces, serene monasteries reflecting the culture and lifestyle of the locals and finally the famous fortress, Gyantse, and Shigatse. At the heart of the region lies the main highlight of the journey, the holy site, Mt. Kailash. After discovering every trails and attraction of Lhasa, we make our way up towards the Guge Kingdom, driving through Zanda and Tsaparang. The two main attractions and a must visit place here is the Tsaparang castle and the Tholing Monastery as it contains murals and motifs that existed from a thousand years ago, still safe and sound. The route further takes us up to Saga which is the final destination of the trek before we descend down to Kathmandu. All in all, Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour is a journey that takes you to the roof of the world, giving you an opportunity to witness the scenic beauty of the Himalayas with the perfect blend of culture and ancient history.

Trip Itinerary

Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour – short itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport

Day 02: Obtain Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Fly to Lhasa airport from Kathmandu

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market

Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Drepung and Sera Monastery

Day 06: Drive to Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake and Gyantse

Day 07: Drive from Shigatse to Saga

Day 08: Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar

Day 09: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen

Day 10: Trek from Darchen to Derapuk Monastery

Day 11: Trek from Derapuk to Zuthulpuk crossing Drolma-la Pass

Day 12: Trek from Zuthulpuk to Manasarovar via Darchen

Day 13: Drive from Manasarovar to Zanda

Day 14: Explore Guge Kingdom and Tholing in Zhanda

Day 15: Drive back to Manasarovar Lake

Day 16: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Saga

Day 17: Drive from Saga to Nyalam then to Kathmandu

Day 18: Final departure transfer to the airport

Tour Cost: Please contact us and let us know the number of members in your group, the category of hotels you would like to stay with and any other special desires and requirements of yours. We will be glad to quote you the price as per your requirements.

ESTIMATE FOR ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES LHASA KAILASH GUGE KINGDOM TOUR:

  • Horse for personal use on Kora days is approx USD 300 per person extra
  • Extra ride for day trip to Astapad USD 40 per person extra
  • Extra day in Kathmandu USD 45 to 50 per person with 2 meals and twin sharing room.
  • Muktinath trip USD 650 per person including two nights in Pokhara, one night Jomsom and round trip flight to and from Jomsom with meals and private transfers.

INSURANCE:

Alpine Eco Trek highly suggests you to apply for Medical Insurance, covering emergency evacuation and all medical expenses are must for Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour. So, please be insured prior to the holy journey to the Heavenly Abode of Lord Shiva.

MEALS DURING JOURNEY:

Meals during your stay in Kathmandu are provided in package at the same hotel where you stay. Meals during the journey will be all vegetarian. Alpine Eco Trek's staff will serve you hot and delicious meal at every day breakfast, lunch and dinner on the way in Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour. We will provide you packed lunch while doing Kora around Mount Kailash. And, we also suggest you to bring some of your favorite dry foods, sweets and ginger and garlic Candies along the tour. 

TOUR LEADERS, GUIDES AND STAFF:

Since our establishment, Alpine Eco Trek and Expedition (P) Ltd is a pioneer operator of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar tours. We have dozens of regular and trained tour leaders, guides, cooks, drivers and supporting crew engaged for a professional and reliable service. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team and other first aid treatment trained crew will be there in your group to serve you and make your trip a memorable one for the rest of your life! 

TRANSPORTATION: 

We will provide transportation for Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour depending on group size like if there are below 5 we provide a Jeep, if 5 to 08 we provide a Van, if 08 to 16 we provide two vans, if above 16 up to 25 people we prove a deluxe bus.

ACCOMODATION (KATHMANDU-KAILASH TIBET):

During your stay in Kathmandu, we will provide you any kind of accommodation as per your needs. You can have a single, or double or family room in Kathmandu. We select the best categories of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Kathmandu. But accommodation in Kailash region is will be very basic. Lhasa can offer even five stars accommodation and we can organize any kind of accommodation in Lhasa.  Read more…

HEALTH PRE- CAUTION:

Normally, at higher altitude area in Tibet including Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarover, the amount of oxygen is less in the air. Certain illness such as loss of appetite, mild headache, nausea, tiredness, breathlessness, general uneasiness, high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia etc may be induced in the windy weather and high altitude area which generally is not encountered over the plains. This kind of symptoms can be seen in anyone irrespective of their age, sex and physical fitness read more ….

PACKING LIST OF LHASA KAILASH GUGE KINGDOM TOUR:

  • Small bag pack for 3 days trekking/Parikarma/ Kora around Mount Kailash
  • Sufficient warm clothing including warm down jacket for Kailash tour.
  • essential medicines (for minor injuries / life saving kits)
  • Any regular medicines that you have been prescribed
  • Toiletries kit (shop, Shampoo, Toothpaste, tooth brush)
  • Water bottle /Thermos flask for hot water (2litters bottle)
  • Hiking shoes good for walking 3 days Kailash Kora/trekking
  • Woolen gloves, Woolen socks (minimum 4 pairs), hand clove
  • Wool / Thermo cot undergarments, wind and water proof jacket
  • T-Shirt, long shirt and pants which is easier to be while doing trekking 
  • Sunglasses, Sun lotion/cold cream, Torch light, rain coat
  • Umbrella, walking stick, Sandal for use evening & morning
  • Sweets, Zinger / garlic candies or dry fruits, lozenges, etc… Read More...

Detail Itinerary

Kailash Guge Kingdom tour – detailed itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu International airport, our airport representative will be receiving you and the representative will be displaying Alpine Eco Trek's   signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. We will provide you with detail briefing about the trip and necessary things that you will need during journey. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Obtain Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Our day begins with the sightseeing of the city. First, the breakfast will be provided in the hotel and then continue for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. You will visit some famous temples as Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkanth Temple. These both temples are most significant holy temples of Nepal in regards to Lord Shiva & Vishnu respectively. We will also visit some UNESCO World Heritage sites and Kathmandu Durbar Squares. Then you return to your hotel and free time can be used for personal activities and other pre tour preparation. Regarding obtaining visa, our office crew will do all the formalities for visa and take care of all your necessary travel documents. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lhasa airport from Kathmandu
After breakfast at hotel, around 8:00 A. M. we will be transferred to Kathmandu airport for a scenic an hour flight to Lhasa. The flight takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world terminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. After landing at Gongar Airport, our Tibetan guide will take us to Lhasa which is further 2 hours' drive. It is highly advisable to acclimatize for rest of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market
Today, we will start our day with the visit of Potala Palace which dictates the city of Lhasa.  It's a remarkable building that contains private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. The Palace existed here since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century in replacement of the old one. After visit the Potala Palace we will visit Jokhang Temple as well as Barkhor market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Drepung and Sera Monastery
The entire day today, we spend in visiting historic monasteries in Lhasa. Among one of them is Sera Monastery which is the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet. Within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study here. After visiting Sera and Drepung, if time available we will visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Drive to Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake and Gyantse
Beginning our adventure in the Himalayas, today we drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok lake where we will get an opportunity to visit the famous Gyantse Kumbum as well. Along the way we cross over the Kamba la and the Karo la passes with spectacular views. Then we drive to Gyantse, where we will visit the Pelkor Chode monastery and Kumbum Stupa followed by two hour drive to Shigatse. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Drive from Shigatse to Saga
Today, there will be an arrangement for us to visit Tashilumpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas. We can also see the monks of this monastery nice looking with their home-made traditional shoes. After spending few times here, we then drive to Saga passing several high plateau lakes, towns, herder's tents. Along the route with plateau mountain ranges we can see diverse forms of mountains overlooking through the valley. Towards the south, we can see sandbanks, Rocky Mountains, and snow-capped peaks. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar
Our day begins with drive through a wide valley along a scenic river where can watch the grazing land of yaks and sheep. Depending on the season, travelers and other mobile shopkeepers will be attired in traditional costume. We can join them for a cup of hot tea in their home. Then we continue our drive to west. In the late afternoon we will catch the first sight of Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Then arrive in Manasarovar and spend the night in the guest house near the Lake.

Day 09: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen
After completing an exploration of holy lake, you can dip into the lake, Homa/Puja for Hindu pilgrims, we will drive towards Dachen which is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash Parikrama. The rest of the time will be spent prepareing for the circumambulation around Mt. Kailash. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Trek from Darchen to Derapuk Monastery
Today is the first of our holy Kora around Mount Kailash, the day starts with trekking from the Sershong and a steady walk with many other local pilgrims chanting and praying. We can see the Choku Monastery up on the hillside from the valley. Then the trail leads to few ups and downs till we reach our camp at Derapuk where we will see many more Bon pilgrims circumambulating in the opposite direction (Anti clock-wise). Overnight at a mud house.

Day 11: Trek from Derapuk to Zuthulpuk crossing Drolma-la Pass
The second day of Kora leads to much higher altitude of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. The hiking will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La Pass (5636m), and the pass is quickly descends to the gradual field towards Zuthulpuk monastery. In Tibetan it means magical cave. This small monastery is connected to an interesting story of talent competition between Great Yogi Milarepa(Buddhist) and Naropa(Bon). We will spent night at a mud house.

Day 12: Trek from Zuthulpuk to Manasarovar via Darchen
After breakfast, we have given some free time to explore the caves, temples and shrine around Milarepa cave and then start walking 3 hours at flat land near by Darchen and drive with tour regular transportation to Manasarovar via Darchen. Overnight at Guest House banks of the Manasarovar Lake.

Day 13: Drive from Manasarovar to Zanda
After breakfast, we drive from Manasarovar to banks of the Sutlej River. It is 4 hours driving to reach Tirthapuri which is a holy place of Bhasmasur in Hindu and closed associate with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) in Buddhism. Hike-up to visit monasteries containing footprints of Guru Rinpoche. At the end of day, reach at Thada (Zanda) town and overnight at guest house.

Day 14: Explore Guge Kingdom and Tholing in Zhanda
Today, we explore Tholing and 20 kilometer east Tsaparang valley today. Visit Ruins and significantly important monasteries. Both valleys have significant role of Buddhism containing most important monasteries and other holiest sides. Overnight at guest house.

Day 15: Drive back to Manasarovar Lake
After breakfast at lost kingdom we retrace our journey back to Lake Manasarovar. We stay at guest house near the bank of Lake. Explore evening view of Lake and Mount Kailash. Overnight at guest house.

Day 16: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Saga
We will start heading back to Saga and today is the last time that we can see the view of Mount Kailash. Overnight at guest house.

Day 17: Drive from Saga to Nyalam then to Kathmandu
After an early breakfast at Saga, we start our amazing day with a scenic drive over the vast Tibetan Plateau crossing the several high passes to Nyalam. We have lunch break at Nyalam, after lunch we drive down to Zhangmu, farewell the Tibetan guide and driver and cross the Friendship Bridge and start another 5 hours scenic drive along the Arniko highway to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy hot shower, good meal and cozy room.

Day 18: Final departure transfer to the airport
After breakfast, the tour leader from Alpine Eco Trek will farewell and transfer to Kathmandu International Airport to board your flight back to home. This is an amazing way to end a life-changing journey. Come join us for this memorable trip.

Cost Includes/Excludes

The cost includes:

  • All necessary airport arrival and departure, drop, pick up to/from Kodari transfers by a private coach.
  • Three night's accommodation in Kathmandu in 3/4 star standard hotel twin sharing room with fullboard meals.
  • Half day guided tour in Kathmandu as per mentioned in itinerary
  • 14 night's accommodations in Tibet on private room sharing basis using guesthouse and hotels.
  • Freshly cooked vegetarian meals 3 times a day.
  • Supporting Nepali crew including our own cooks.
  • Permits for Manasarovar  Prikarma and Kailash Kora (round).
  • Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
  • Private transportation in an eight seated deluxe van for clients and small truck for staff and food during the trip.
  • Special permit for Guge Kingdom and Tholing Monastery
  • Camping equipments for kitchen, Shower
  • Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket if needed on Returnable basis.
  • Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments) & day carry hand bag
  • Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator
  • ENOUGH Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making round of Mt. Kailash.
  • Priest (Brahmin) for Homa.
  • Manasarovar Parikarma by Vehicle.

The Cost Exclude:

  • Personal Pony Charges (will cost US$ 300 per pony and helper for three days)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak etc.
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc.
  • Tips to drivers, hotel staff.
  • Extra cost of transportation, Porterage etc involved due landslides, snowfall.
  • Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu than 3 nights/ any other place.

Why travel with us?

Why travel with us?

Small Group
A Smaller number of people means more attention and better access to the group leader for a more intimate and personalized experience. The primary goal of our trek to the sacred Mount Kailash is to provide our customers with an eco-friendly, well-equipped and well-instructed crew members. A maximum of 20 or fewer pilgrims will be taken for the holy trek at a time. We ensure that the group formed is sufficient for each one of the trekkers to be well attended, as well as large enough to enjoy the journey along with other pilgrims.

Commitment to Safety
The top priority of our company is to provide our valued customers with a strategically approach to their safety and security. Each year we make equal or more efforts to refine the previous operations and work on improving the already existing safety procedures. We make sure the guides and trainers provided to the customers are experienced and knowledgeable in first aid and emergency management. They are also well-trained for any emergency situations that might occur in the higher altitudes or while trekking. However, we request our customers to take precautions beforehand itself, and make precise and necessary food arrangements and give personal hygiene the most preference. Every necessary equipment such as sleeping bags, warm down jacket etc. required for the holy trek will be provided to you. Our customer's health and safety is our prior concern, therefore we carry first aid kits and Portable Altitude Chambers (Gaymow Bag) for any high altitude sickness emergency.

Stress Free Travel
Even tiny hurdles along the way can ruin the excitement of the journey. Alpine Eco Trek aims to minimize almost every hassle and tedium that is most likely to come in the way while trekking. This not only kills the mood but distracts you from admiring the most beautiful parts of the journey. Hence, starting from your arrival day itself, our team fully devote themselves to your service. Our crew members make sure every aspect of the travel including accommodation, transportation, and the food is taken care of beforehand. We make confirmations with every lodges, hotels, private bus and vans for an efficient and reliable service before we start the trek. Every entrance fees for monasteries, palaces, etc. on the way will be included in the itinerary itself and a deluxe van or a regular van will be on standby, giving us the freedom to explore the area if requested.

Quality Service
Compromising the quality of the services that Alpine Eco Trek offers, is never an option under any circumstances. Every trek we organize is an updated version of the previous treks in which we make the necessary changes and reconsider various aspects. From the equipment provided to the travelers, for example, sleeping bags, quality down jackets to the littlest guidance on the trek, every aspect of the trek is precisely focused and worked on, for the comfortable trip of our customers. The main focus is given to the most basic factors of the tourism activities and that is the availability of transportation, comfortable accommodations, and healthy food. The holy trip to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar requires various equipment which is also taken care by us. We particularly request each of our valued customers to give us their genuine feedbacks on the overall journey to Mount Kailash that helps us monitor our drawbacks and helps design quality operations and adopt approaches useful for a better trek in the future.

Well Trained Staff
We are a firm believer that for every company to run successfully, the internal management and the team must be strong. Hence, we have built a team of professionals who show extreme passion and determination towards their work. We ensure that every customer is accompanied by a well-trained, soft-spoken and an enthusiastic team leader who makes the journey more enjoyable.

Competitive Price
To gain the trust and reliability from any customer, transparency is a must. Therefore, Alpine Eco Trek works on providing the trekkers with an affordable, competitive and transparent cost which remains same for every traveler.

Our Goal
lpine Eco Trek aims to provide the best Himalayan pilgrim travel at the most reasonable price. We believe in building a fine bonding with our customers, keeping quality and reliable services in mind. The mission of our trips is also to offer a wide range of adventure and thrill, covering most the attractions of the region. We take our customers to the most beautiful, worth seeing sites, giving them an insight into the local culture and lifestyle, while also establishing a genuine friendly bond with both, the locals and the crew.

Guidelines& Considerations
Following are some of the guidelines and considerations to make while picking a travel company for your trip:

01) Make sure that the company takes good care of their own staffs and guides by providing them with the necessary equipment, food, proper clothing, along with a good pay for their work. This shows the work ethics of the company and a respect for their staffs. Secondly, observe and be confident on how focused the itineraries provided to you are on promoting the culture and beauty of Nepal.

02) Make sure the company is a certified company and is registered under the appropriate local travel and trekking associations. Also, make sure that it is operating under the laws of the land(s) in which you will travel.

03) Ensure that the travel company you select is experienced and holds an overall knowledge about the local environmental issues of the site you are traveling to. The company should be considerate and sensitive to the issues and should respect the culture, tradition, and privacy of the inhabitants of the region.

04) Make sure that the company gives importance and consideration to the littlest details of the trip such as toilet arrangements, cooking fuel, rubbish disposal, first aid, etc

05) Make sure the company that you choose has an appropriate travel insurance and it abides by the regulations regarding operations of travel and trekking company.

Alpine Eco Trek follows all the above-mentioned guidelines in order to provide its customers with the most trouble free, eco-friendly and safe journey that they desire.

FAQs

Mt. Kailash Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Question 01: Do I Need a Passport?
Yes, you will need a passport to travel Mt. kailash and Lake Manasarovar because Kailash is located in the Autonomous Region of Tibet, China.

Question 02: What about Chinese visa?
Please be informed that this is not regular Chinese visa which you would get on your passport is not valid at Tibet. Your travel permit and Visa for travelling to Kailash and Manasarovar is organized by our company with the help of our Lhasa partner. If you are Indian passport holder you need to provide us the original passport for visa application. Foreigners can send us their passport copies by email and we will apply their visa for Kailash here in Kathmandu with their passport copies. The visa charges differ depend on nationalities, contact us for more information on Visa and permits.

Question 03: How many days required for Mt. Kailash Tour Trek?
Answer: A journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar require 13 days by overland (Land cruiser or Van) and 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot Region. We are also organizing Lhasa Kailash Lhasa Tour.

Question 04: How we will be doing 13 days overland tour and how about 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot?
Answer: You will be doing 13 days Kailash tour by a deluxe Van or Land cruiser. From Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal- Tibet boarder) by a deluxe tourist coach, while in Tibet new model Land cruiser or a deluxe Van will be used. The route for the trip will be Kathmandu – Nyalam – Saga – New Dongba – Manasarovar – Darchen – Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk – Darchen – Paryang – Saga – Zhangmu – Kathmandu.

For 10 days tour by Helicopter:
Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Simikot - Hilsa (by helicopter) - Taklakot - Mansarovar - Darchen - Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk - Darchen - Mansarovar - Taklakot (by land cruiser or Van)- Hilsa - Simikot (by helicopter) - Nepalganj – Kathmandu (by regular plane or private coach).

Question 05: In how many days would I finish Mt. Kailash Kora and long it is?
Answer: The holy Kora around Mt. Kailash is approximately 53 km trek to be completed in 2 nights 3 days. Night camping will be in Dirapuk and Zuthul- Puk.

Question 06: When is the best time to Travel?
Answer: The best time to travel to Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar would be from the last week of April till end of October every year.

Question 07: What is Land cruiser?
Answer: Land Cruiser is the most comfortable vehicle in Tibet, a four wheel driven Japanese vehicle. We accommodate maximum 4 tourists in one land cruiser.

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Further Information:
Our webiste contains as much information as possible about Mount Kailash & Tibet Tours and Treks. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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Trip Facts

Trip Name: Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour

Duration:  18 Days including KTM and Lhasa

Trip Code: AETKT-009

Activity:  Cultural and spiritual tour, trek and overland drive.

Group size: Min. 02 to Max. 15 people.  

Max-Altitude:   5636m/18,500ft

Country: Tibet/China     

Transportation: Jeep, Van or Mini bus.

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Note: The best season to Travel Holy Mt. Kailash is from May to October; please try to travel always with a local and direct agent and small group – private departure dates available. All the travelers including Indian passport holders travelling to Mt. Kailash must be in possession of a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining.

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