Mt. Naupa: A Great Mountain to Climb for the Beginner with a Jaw-dropping Scenery


The sky was unpredictably so mad the moment I was about to come out of my room and go to our tryst. That same time, I was in doubt either to go or I’ll stay inside my room and embrace the comfort of my bed. The heavy rain was freely expressing itself without any vacillation. I was waiting until the rain will finally break off. I know that time that I might be late and I always don’t like when people wait for me cause I see myself so important which I’m really not. Yes, out of my intention I was then late and won’t able to go with my friends, but they were even so kind to wait me in Minglanilla as tend to be our second meeting place.

We had a quick motorcycle ride and while the heavy rain was pouring into Cebu City, it was then opposite in Minglanilla. The road was so dry and full of dust, which I find it the kind of adventure I like. I was joining with a group of my friends office mate, which most of them were a first timer and never received a chance to camp in the mountain. It was late in the afternoon when we arrived at the jump off area and our time was scarcely enough to reach the Peak of Mt. Naupa before dark. While we started to trek, I can truly feel and the hope of seeing the sunset is limpidly visible on our faces since, this mountain is known for owning a stunning sunset. But the clouds were playing with the sun, like as if the clouds were slowly telling us that we won’t be seeing the jaw-dropping sunset.

Sturdily standing at around 584 MASL. Mt. Naupa offers a panoramic panorama of a green meadow and a stunning mountain range with its neighboring mountains. It is recognized to be the friendliest mountain in Cebu, since it has a very friendly trail when you get to its summit. Some veteran mountaineers can climb this mountain for only 30 minutes. Yes, it is very easy to reach and has its own stunning view that will surely leave you in awe and a dandy spot to own, which will surely lead you to have a deep reverence for nature. This mountain is also known for naturally owning a wide camping site, great place to witness the stunning sunset and sunrise.

In the first timers perspective, the trail going to Mt. Naupa is not easy, which I also agree. It is actually the most friendly trail and a good mountain choice in Cebu to hike, especially, if you haven’t tried mountain climbing before. Some say that the trail leading to Mt. Naupa offers an orientation for those that love to climb the mountain. The trail is enough to feel what it feels like to climb the mountain. It was my first time to hike to the mountain in the late afternoon and I felt like It was tiring, perhaps because I used to start hiking in the morning. I was breathing laboriously and I feel like it was my first time to hike on the stack again.

As closely as we reach the Peak, there’s a mini store that offers us a quick rest, which is truly a perfect place to feel the mountain breeze. We caught a very enticing ripe banana, which is just so perfect for our afternoon snacks. There’s also a nice view that mollifies our tiring body from a tiring trek. Some said that the trail leading to Mt. Naupa will only take an hour or less, but since I was climbing this mountain with mostly first timers, it took us more than an hour to reach the Peak.

As we keep going on our trek, we found out a gate, which is also a sign that we arrived at the registration area and we need to pay an amount of Php 20.00 for the entrance fee for this goes to the maintenance of the mountain Peak. Looking back, climbing this mountain doesn’t have an entrance fee and they have just begun collecting this just last April of this year.

Right after paying the entrance fee, we continue on our trek and we already heard the voices of people setting their camping tent at the shoulder of the Peak, which is where most trekkers lay down their tent and also the safest spot to camp. The last challenge that you’ll be facing before you can ultimately reach the camping site is to walk along the high slopes, which I find it hard and I was exuding clear liquid from my sweat glands. Genuinely, we reach the Peak, but we were not lucky enough to witness the stunning sunset.

We immediately get a good spot to set up our tent, but the sturdy wind seemed to be our enemy that time. The wind became so bad that pitching a tent will require 3-4 people doing it, but still we weren’t able to make it. We were afraid that the pole might break cause it looks like being effortlessly bent by the strong wind. What we did was to find another space where we can set up our tent. Shortly enough, the minute that we were almost done in pitching our tent, the wind also stops. But before the whole place filled with darkness, I was able to take a picture of the view while I’m inside my tent and rest for a while before preparing for our dinner.

The whole space is getting dark and we also started to prepare for our dinner. What I enjoy about cooking dinner when camping is the unending stories that often leads to jokes as well. More than an hour of cooking and we eventually had our dinner.

We supposed to have our social time and play cards after our dinner, but I was a bit tired that time, hence, while I was laying down, I didn’t recognize that I was sleeping already and the moment I open my eyes, it was already morning. Yes, I really have a good sleep that night while the cold mountain breeze lulled me into a deep slumber.

As we all have woken up from our good sleep, we were really expecting to see a good sunrise at that time, but we are not that fortunate enough because of the heavy fogs that surrounds the whole mountain.

We instead prepare for our breakfast while seeing my friends being dismayed. They expected to catch a beautiful sunset before we arrived and they also expect to witness a beautiful sunrise in the break of the day, but didn’t materialize. And despite the failed expectations, we were still so elated for we were able to feel the cold morning breeze and the heavy fogs as well.

Pacifying ourselves that time also means exploring the other side of the mountain. Hence, we went to the other side and check the innate beauty that it has to offer for us. I didn’t expect a lot, simply seeing the mountain with all its own brand of beauty that it has offered really left me in awe. We walk more and check all the panoramic sights from above, the green grass that looks so serene and seemed like being naturally molded perfectly and will entice you to roll from above to go down. It was truly a perfect playground for those who simply love to gaze at the innate beauty of the mountain without bothering to think about anything. My friends told me that they have visited this mountain many times already, but they never got a chance to find out the other side of Mt. Naupa.

We actually didn’t bother about the time cause we truly have enjoyed and we were so thankful that our curious feet brought us to the other side of Mt. Naupa. While we were savoring the beautiful view, our stomach seems to call us since we haven’t had our breakfast. We departed back to our camping site and also shared what we have just seen to our friends since they stayed at the camping site to prepare for breakfast. We then told them that we will be going back in that location after our breakfast to make it fair enough for them.

The sun suddenly shown its light, hence, we had our breakfast under the clinging heat of the sunlight at that time and it was a struggle for we can’t find any shade at all. The sun must have teased us while having our breakfast and the clouds has taken over the whole place, but seemed to pour down rain that time. And barely a few minutes after fixing all our stuff and cleaning our camping site space, the rain suddenly pours, but also ends after 10 minutes. And as we have foretold to our friends, we will be bringing them to the other side of Mt. Naupa so they could also witness what we have just seen there. Truly, they have enjoyed the view and their happiness is limpidly shown on their facial expressions.

As we were about to leave the camping site of Mt. Naupa, the rain poured down again. The good thing was, there’s a humble hut house that serves to be our shelter at that instant. There were likewise a group of trekkers who have just reached the summit and together, we all had a fun time while exchanging jokes under the roof of the humble hut while the rain continue to pour down. We even bought some food and had our snacks, since the owner of the humble hut house is selling some good bites.

As the rain had finally given up. We started to descend and the sun slowly divulging it’s sunlight until we have reached the drop off area. There were already motorcycles at the drop off area and we instantly went to National Highway where we get to ride a Jeepney or a Bus going back to Cebu City.

Truly, it was fun and camping with a new found friends were truly beyond compare. I get to make friends with most of them and hoping to see them on our next trekking adventure.

HOW TO GET THERE

There are daily flights to Cebu from Manila, Davao and other part of the Philippines with Major Airlines (Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia). From the Mactan Cebu International Airport, ride a taxi going to South Bus Terminal.

TIPS:

There’s a MyBus outside the airport near the exit gate on the right side. From the Airport, the drop off point is in SM Cebu. The fare is PHP 25.00. Trip schedules are from 7:00AM to 9:00PM with a 30 minute interval.

From SM Cebu if you choose to ride a My Bus from the Airport to SM Cebu. Ride a Taxi or a Jepneey going to South Bus Terminal. You can always ask the locals what Jepneey to ride or where to ride going to the Cebu South Bus Terminal. From South Bus Terminal, ride a Mini Bus that bound for Carcar City and ask the Bus Conductor to drop you off in Tungkop, Minglanilla. The landmark where you get down is in the next corner of the Sister of Mary School in Minglanilla at the right field corner near the Lolo Tinong’s Bakeshop. From Lolo Tinong’s Bakeshop, ride a motorcycle going to the drop off area in Brgy. Cogon and its located near the Sto. Niño Church, just tell your Motorcycle driver to drop you at the drop off area going to Mt. Naupa.

From the chapel, the track leading to the peak is already established. You will as well be seeing children near the Church that are willing to guide you to the peak for a price.

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Make sure your phone or camera is fully charged for picture purposes or bring a not so heavy Power bank.
  • Wear your comfortable trekking shoes, clothes and everything that you need when trekking in the stack. Bring just the necessary thing you need when climbing the mountain. Always make sure that climbing the mountain with your heavy backpacks is not easy and it’s very tiring. It might drain your energy.
  • Bring enough food, which includes trail food and always make sure to have a meal plan, particularly if you’re traveling with a group of people. Bringing of drinking water is also advisable, but there are also mini stores at the summit where you can buy water and some good bites.
  • Mt. Naupa can possibly be reached if you choose a day trek. The best time to travel here is early in the morning to witness the sunrise or in the afternoon before the sunset.
  • If you choose to stay overnight. Always remember that your tent is where you take the chance to rest at night, so make sure to bring a sturdy mountaineering tent and a sleeping bag cause it might be really cold at night and at dawn.
  • Bring a reliable head lamp for you need it at night and also a ground sheet for your tent.
  • We can’t foretell the weather, so you better bring your dry bag to put all your gadgets and camera when it rains.
  • If you bid to have your snacks or meal at the summit, please take responsibility of your garbage, make sure to bring them all with you and don’t leave your garbage there.
  • Please remember to leave no trace behind. Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough. Don’t break its innate beauty.

POSSIBLE TRAVEL EXPENSES TO PREPARE

  • Mini Bus fare from Cebu South Bus Terminal to Naga – Php 30.00
  • Motorcycle (Habal-Habal) fare going to Brgy. Cogon (drop off area) – Php 50.00
  • Entrance Fee – php 20.00
  • Food (Snacks, water & dinner) – PHP 200.00
  • Motorcycle (Habal-Habal) fare from Brgy. Cogon (drop off area) to National Highway – Php 50.00
  • Mini Bus Fare from Naga to Cebu South Bus Terminal – Php 30.00

Total – Php 380.00

ITINERARY FOR THIS TREK

DAY 1

  • 02:30 PM – Depart for Tungkop Minglanilla 03:30 PM – ETA at the corner of Tinong’s Bakeshop
  • 03:40 PM – Depart for drop off area
  • 04:00 PM – ETA Brgy. Cogon near the Chapel
  • 04:10 PM – Prepare for the trek
  • 04:30 PM – Start trekking (Trekking time is 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the pacing).
  • 05:30 PM – ETA Summit (Camping site) 05:40 PM – Tent Pitching
  • 06:30 PM – Prepare for dinner
  • 08:00 PM – Dinner
  • 11:00 PM – Lights off (Sleep)

DAY 2

  • 05:45 AM – Wake up call
  • 06:00 AM – Sunrise (Sea of clouds)
  • 06:30 AM – Prepare for breakfast
  • 07:30 AM – Exploring the other side of Mt. Naupa
  • 08:30 AM – Back to camping site
  • 09:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 09:30 AM – Break Camp
  • 10:30 AM – Depart for Drop off area
  • 11:15 AM – ETA Drop off area (Rest)
  • 11:30 AM – Depart for National Highway (Lolo Tinong’s Bakeshop)
  • 12:00 PM – Depart for Cebu City
  • 01:30 PM – Home sweet home.
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55 thoughts on “Mt. Naupa: A Great Mountain to Climb for the Beginner with a Jaw-dropping Scenery

  1. I love some mountain inspiration! I’ve been to the Pyrenees in Andorra. And I’ve been to Austria as well. The mountains in both countries were stunning! This climb looks awesome! Definitely, something I’d like to do as well. I’ve never camped on a mountain. But it looks awesome. The view is indeed stunning and the experience of camping must have made it even better. Pity that you couldn’t see the sunrise. But I always think that heavy fogs also have its charm.

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  2. I’ve never been mountain climbing before so it’s great to have tips like this for people like me. It’s a pity that it rained but none the less, the area looks beautiful. I love the tips at the end of your post. They are so helpful.

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  3. Mt. Naupa is a great choice if you want to trek and move your body for a while. I was happy to see banana trees again, because the first time I saw them in Nepal last year I was deeply thrilled (we don’t have bananas in Romania). The trail is easy and marked? How do you manage not to get lost on that fog ? I guess it’s better to go when the monsoon is over, right?

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  4. Ah! This place is majestic! It reminds me of so many things. I live in one of the rural places in Mindanao before we move here in Rizal so this place reminds me of home. Well, we don’t really have mountains as high as this but this reminds me of the hills that we have there. This is such a lovely low-cost climb.

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  5. When my boys had their first climb, they were all in awe. They never imagine there could be a small sari sari store on top of a mountain, just like what you’ve discovered.

    I also like the idea that during the trek, you get to meet acquiantances. These people may become your constant travel buddies, too, especially that you share the same love .

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  6. Wow! Another awesome hike! the scenery indeed is jaw dropping.. i WONDER IF YOU COULD SEE STARS AT NIGHT? sorry all caps LOL I’d love to experience this hike!

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  7. I’m impressed that you actually stayed overnight up the mountain! We’re visiting the Philippines in January but I’m not sure whether we’ll be going to Cebu yet. Anyway it looks very beautiful!

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  8. I had experiencing in hiking few years ago.Lately I couldn’t and now I cannot imagine with a little kid. 🙂 But these pictures and your adventures make me interesting to plan a mountain trip,may be a trip with less climbing.All these pictures are stunning.And the picture of banana is really attractive.Seems you are exploring the country with really interesting trips!

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  9. I have tried a minor climb once and it was just a day hike so I never experienced camping and staying on a campsite overnight but it is really something I would love to try soon..I really love how you write Lai…your choice of words and how to tell the story.. they were just well and lovely written.. I love every details…and it’s nice to see how you seemingly mark all the places you visited with that signature trademark of yours hehe Cool!

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  10. This sounds absolutely perfect for a beginner trekker. Plus, even for more experienced trekker, it’s an unbelievable view to get to enjoy! I love that you guys stayed in a tent on this trip. I think that always gives me even more of a connection with nature. Sounds like it was a perfect trek for those curious feet of yours 😉

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  11. I am always in awe of all your trekking adventures. The best part is that you are always with a group of friends which make the experience so much better. This trek is definitely more my style since I am a novice hiker. I’ve never actually camped after a hike, so this part will still be a challenge for me 🙂

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  12. I really envy you for being able to get to such amazing natural treasures so frequently. Mt. Naupa affords some lovely views and what I really loved about this trek is the fact that that the way to the top seems to be across a natural green carpet.Nature seems to dance a hypnotic dance in these beautiful environs.

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  13. Your right, the view looks TOTALLY worth it! I really enjoy spending time in nature and hiking, but I’m more within the beginner level, so I’d LOVE to try this someday. Thanks for sharing. I LOVE the photos you took.

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  14. Wow, your photos look so beautiful! Even if you say there was too much fog to see sunrise and sunset properly, I think that the fog rendered the scenery very mysterious and enchanting. I’ve never been on a proper hike before, so thank you for giving me the experience through your blog post!

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  15. Im a beginner when it comes to climbing. This would be a good one to train on to at least level up. You have a very detailed blogpost which will definitely be useful for those going there.

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  16. I’m so jealous! That looks fantastic and I can’t believe you got to camp there? Definitely going to have to add this to my must see list! Thanks for sharing x

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  17. You are so adventurous! very nice photos, I felt like I am there already. Thank for sharing your itinerary and keep doing crazy things!

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  18. What an adventure! Looks like you had a great time and as I am heading to Philippines in January you have just given me more ideas of what to do. 🙂

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  19. What a fun day trip! I’ll admit to being a very enthusiastic but not all that fit hiker. Sounds like this hike would be one to keep in mind! Absolutely gorgeous photos 🙂

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  20. I think it will take me longer than an hour to reach the peak! But those views are worth it to see the lush green grass and panoramic views. Amazing! Would love to camp overnight and breathe in the fresh mountain air. As always a very detailed post.

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  21. Such and amazing and informative post, I have been told by many friends that Phillipines is beautiful and seeing your post I am very sure about it.

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  22. You never fail to inspire me! I guess you can rename your blog as the trekker’s guide or something similar! Reading your blog makes me wonder, how difficult it is to trek in the afternoon as compared to early morning. I think your experiences, travel expenses are noteworthy and offer lazy-sounding bloggers like me a good dose of inspiration!

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  23. Very informative post. The pictures are super amazing! I wish I was there to savour the beauty of the place. Breathtaking views with great adventure! Loved it.

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  24. A friendly trail, now we’re talking. I mean I climb mountains, can’t lie about the fact that I hate the act climbing though especially when the trail is difficult. But since you mentioned it’s easy to trek to Ma. Naupa I might just consider it when I get to Cebu. Speaking of, I will be in Cebu in December. Mountain climbing is not on my plan but I say, why not. It’d be a different experience from the usual beach bumming, island-hopping activities that I usually do when I travel. The feature of the mountain kinda looks like Mt. Gulugud Baboy by the way.

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  25. I would absolutely love to do this Trek, however I don’t know if I am fit enough to do this climb, your photos are fantastic and really complimented the post, and I love the itinerary you supplied and travel tips. I Cannot wait to visit the Philippines.

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  26. An easy trail is all that I exactly need. I am not a climber or trekker but this one looks like I can try it out. And the views at the end are definitely rewarding. Thanks for all the info that you have put here.

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  27. You’re right, the scenery is jaw-dropping and so are your pictures. Love the camping, love the all the tips you provided. What an incredible experience this would be. I’m tempted to book a trip to the Philippines now and go!

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  28. The views are indeed jaw dropping. I love the greenery and fog around. Too bad you missed the sunset and didn’t get a good view of the sunrise. But those views were worth it.Thanks for sharing those tips and itinerary!

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  29. The view is amazing! This is definitely one of the places I would like to climb and visit. Thank you for the detailed information of Mt. Naupa. This surely will make our climb much fun and easier!

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  30. Hi, Ariel! Mt. Naupa looks spacious and undiscovered by many tourists in Cebu! I’m not a mountain person; I pass out along the way most of the time because of the heat and altitude, but I wouldn’t mind giving this one a shot as well! I’m happy that you were able to reach the peak and make new friends despite the struggling times. Keep moving!

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  31. Mountain inspiration it is! This climb reminds me of the last mountain I’ve climbed with friends somewhere in Rizal. Though must be fun to staying over night, the sea of clouds looks so entertaining too! Mt. Naupa seems undiscovered and I hope it will remain its beauty! X

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  32. I was at Cebu very recently, but we only did the city tour and seeing your posts made me want to go back ASAP. I’m missing mountain climbing to be honest but we were all tired and just opted to go tour the city, and also went to temple of leah and Sirao Gardens. I would love to experience this soonest with my pichi and I’m definitely sure that we’ll be using your itinerary when we do this climb. Thanks so much! ❤

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  33. This place looks so majestic and peaceful. As such seeing the morning fog, although it stopped you from enjoying the sun rise as it should be, was still a spectacle. I’m one of those people which loves stormy weather and fog is one of those things which makes things a bit more mystique, borderline haunting if I might add. A beautiful experience to cherish non the less!

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  34. It is long since I hiked a mountain. 😦 Mt. Napua seems so inviting and the experiences you have had makes me want to set off now itself. The greenery is so soothing. All the photographs are so well composed. Thanks so much for the elaborate steps.

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  35. I’ve never tried an adventure like this, how awesome! Your photos are stunning and I wish I could have been there with you! I love nature, so of course, I will have to add this to my bucket list! You have just gave me the travel bug ; )

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  36. I’ve visiting Cebu many times but I did not try to experience to climb this mountain. Maybe in my next adventure will try to climb this mountain. Nice pictures by the way.

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  37. I agree that the view is still spectacular. Sometimes, we don’t always get what we expect. But it’s good to always look at the bright side. That is one of the important lessons I learned in life. 🙂

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  38. If it’s great for beginners , then this is something that I can do. But I can’t imagine myself camping overnight in the mountains. I always have the paranoid feeling every time I’m far from my home.

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  39. I’ve always wanted to try mountain climbing but never really had a chance to do it 😦 I guess this is a perfect post to inspire me plus the fact that this trail is perfect for beginners. Bookmarking this for future reference. Thank you so much for all the helpful tips!

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  40. Wow! That really is a breathtaking view! Posts like these always make me wish that I live close to Cebu. It’s such a bummer that I can’t always see its beauty! ☹️

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  41. i have been wanting to try mountains ever since i set my foot on Osmeña Peak. I will definitely try Mt. Naupa with my baby and husband 2 years from now or at least my baby could brave the climb. =)

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