Everest, Pike Peak and Trekking in the Sherpa Country

A unique Altaï creation, this trip goes through the heart of Everest Region, in the Sherpa country. You follow the trail called the "Hillary Way", as it is through here that Sir Edmond Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing got to the Everest Base Camp during their successful 1953 expedition. Trek through villages and meet the Buddhist and Hindu people of this region. Mount Piké (4065 m) is a vantage point for one of the most beautiful panoramas across 600 km of the Himalayas! Your adventure begins in Patale, leading to Mount Piké, main highlights of the trip. You discover the Buddhist universe of Sherpas: walls of manis, prayer flags, stupas and monasteries. Off the beaten path, meetings and exchanges with the inhabitants are done in a natural way in this region. In Chyangba, you sleep in the home of our guide: a privileged moment to discover local way of life and to share with local people few smiles! The finish at the top of Pike Peak is magical with a spectacular view of the six towering peaks of 8000 m: Mount Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Makalu (8481 m), Manaslu (8163 m), and Annapurna ... It's simply awe-inspiring! This region is also known for its dense rhododendron forests and terraced fields that form the sweeping Solukhumbu mountains.


  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel

    Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. You are welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. There is free time to rest and recover.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals on your own

  • Day 2 Katmandou - Patale (2850 m).

    After breakfast early in the morning, you take a public transport to Solukhumbu area, in the Everest Region. Enjoying beautiful views of the Himalayas, you leave the Kathmandu valley, and reach and travel along the Sunkoshi River.. In Hilepani, you leave Sunkoshi Valley then drive along mountain roads to Patale, the starting point of your trek through the pristine Sherpa country. Drink in beautiful panoramic view of the Numbur Himal (6959 m) and Everest (8848 m).

    Accommodation: Lodge

  • Day 3 Patale – Sisa Khola (2200 m) - Chyangba ( 2500 m).

    You wake up to the sunrise on Mount Everest, then after breakfast, then start your first day of trek, via the picturesque village of Patale. You meet people getting ready to go to work in the fields. Children greet and welcome you with beautiful smiles and a big "Namaste". From the first moments of your trek, you dive into the Nepalese rural life, far from the traditional routes of trekking. A gradual descent from Patale takes you to Kerung where you visit its monastery. You then trek down to the Sisa River through a bucolic rural setting; then trek up to Chyangba, a beautiful little Sherpa village at 2500 m altitude. You spend the night in the house of one of our guides.

    Ascent/descent : +350m/-700m
    Trek hours : 5
    Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 4 Chyangba – Bhulbhule ( 3350 m).

    After breakfast, you trek along a trail that climb gradually through the terraced crops, then into the rhododendron forests to reach the Monastery of Jhapre, from where you have a magnificent view of the Numbur Himal and the Everest Massif. If possible, visit this pretty monastery. After a good rest, you continue your trek to Bhulbhule.

    Ascent/descent : +950m/-100m
    Trek hours : 5 to 6
    Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 5 Bhulbhule – Pike Peak Base Camp (3700 m).

    It's another beautiful day of trekking! You walk along a scenic ridge as you gradually climb through green and flowery pastures to the Pike Peak Base Camp. Often you cross manis (stones engraved with sacred Buddhist texts), reminding you of a Buddhist land you are trekking in. Gradually, the view of the mountains unfolds. You always have in mind the summit of Everest. The path climbs steeply towards the refuge. You then have an unobstructed view of the western Himalayas: Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu ... The lodge of Pike Peak also runs a cheese factory where the famous "yak cheese" is made. If possible, you visit the cheese factory and enjoy yak cheese. Enjoy a sunset over the Himalayas!

    Ascent/descent : +500m/-150m
    Trek hours : 4
    Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 6 Base Camp – Pike Peak (4065 m) – Lamjura La (3750 m) - Lamjura (3530 m).

    You wake up early then climb to Pike Peak, one of the highlights of your trip. It's an hour of gradual climb with a nice view of the Numbur Himal and the Langtang Massif. Once at the summit of Pike, your effort is rewarded by a 360 ° panorama on the sweeping peaks of the Himalayas, 6 of which exceed 8000 meters of altitude: Kanchenjungna, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Manaslu, and Annapurna ... You admire the sunrise on the Himalayas. After this nice show, you start the first gradual descent enjoying beautiful views of Mt. Everest, then a relatively steep descent through a rhododendron forest to Jasmane Bhanjyang (3500 m). After a tea break in Jasmane, you continue your way to Lamjura via Lamjura Pass at 3750m. In Lamjura, you reach the "Hillary Way", the path that Sir Edmond Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing took to the Everest Base Camp.

    Ascent/descent : +500m/-150m
    Trek hours : 4
    Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 7 Lamjura - Selo Gumba - Junbesi (2700 m)

    You start your trek with a descent to Junbesi. On the way, you cross the villages of Taktur and Saling and discover the daily life of the inhabitants of the region. A visit to the Selo Monastery makes for a pleasant break. After the visit, you continue your descent to Junbesi, also called "Zhung-Gompa" by the Sherpa people.

    Ascent/descent : +100m/900m
    Trek hours : 5
    Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 8 Junbesi - Thubten Choling Monastery (2950 m)- Junbesi.

    Today is a quiet day, earmarked for rest and discovery of beautiful Junbesi region. After breakfast, you walk to Thupten Choling Monastery and visit its imposing monastic complex: the most important of the Sherpa country of Solukhumbu. More than a hundred Tibetan monks and nuns live and study here. If possible, you participate also in a prayer ceremony. Take your time to discuss and exchange with the monks and nuns to better understand their way of life. The monastery offers a sweeping view of the Junbesi Valley.

    Ascent/descent : +250m/250m
    Trek hours : 3
    Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 9 Junbesi - Ringmu (2750 m)

    You walk along a beautiful trail with a wide view of Everest and Thamserku Mountains. You cross the Junbesi Khola then gradually climb to Phurten (3000 m), which is another vantage point to see the Himalayas. Then it's a downhill trek towards Ringmu; cross Dudh Kund Khola, fed by Numbur Himal glaciers. A short climb takes you to Ringmu, a Sherpa village overlooking the other side of the Dudh Kund valley.

    Ascent/descent : +600m/600m
    Trek hours : 4 to 5
    Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 10 Ringmu - Takshindu Danda (3060 m) - Chiwang Monastery - Chiwang (2600 m)

    Today's trek begins with a climb to Takshindu Danda, from where we have a nice view of Kongde and Numbur Himal. You then continue your walk to the monastery of Chiwang perched on the mountainside. Founded in 1923, it is one of the three monasteries that hosts the Mani Rimdu festival, the most important Sherpa religious festival.. These festivals consist of several ceremonies and sessions of meditation. Spend the night in lodge in Chiwang.

    Ascent/descent : +600m/350m
    Trek hours : 5 to 6
    Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 11 Chiwang - Ratanagi Danda (3300 m) - Phaplu (2470 m).

    The trail passes through a dense forest of rhododendrons. You climb to Ratanagi Danda for a last view of the Everest Massif. Then, it's a last descent to Phaplu where we finish our trek in the Sherpa country. Last night with our trekking team.

    Ascent/descent : +500m/500m
    Trek hours : 5 to 6
    Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 12 Domestic flight: Phaplu - Katmandou

    A short, pleasant mountain flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel then enjoy free time, or explore the Kathmandu valley at our leisure.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals on your own

  • Day 13 Kathmandu: visit of historical places

    It's a discovery day of the historical jewels of the Kathmandu Valley: Bhaktapur, a pedestrian city located 15 km from Kathmandu. It is the most beautiful of the three imperial cities of the valley. You then visit Pashupatinath, a Hindu site dating back to the 12th century, a cremation site dedicated to Shiva where pilgrims come to bathe in the sacred Bagmati River. And to end the day in beauty, visit the great Bodhnath stupa located in the heart of the Tibetan district where many monasteries in Tibetan style are built. Late afternoon, hundreds of Buddhists come to visit this sacred place. Enjoy the unique atmosphere!

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals on your own

  • Day 14 End of stay

    Free time, or according to your flight schedule, transfer to the airport. Return international flight with stopover.

Travel notes:
The program has been drawn up according to the latest information available during its drafting. Imponderables are always possible and situations beyond our control can modify the process. Depending on the meteorological and operational conditions, your management team reserves the right to modify this itinerary in order to ensure the best version of the stay and your safety. Always,  for security reasons, the management and the organization reserve the right to interrupt your participation if your technical level and / or your physical form do not correspond to those required. In no case shall this interruption give rise to any reimbursement or payment of compensation. 

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


From 950 US$ (based on 2 participants)

The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.


- Airport/hotel transfers
- Transport by public vehicle according to itinerary
- Accommodation in 3 * hotel on BB in Kathmandu (Hotel Tibet, Manaslu or similar)
- Flights: Phaplu - Kathmandu
- Trek on Bread & Breakfast basis in Lodges/Homestay
- All breakfasts
- English speaking Altaï Guide
- Visits in Kathmandu as per itinerary: with a cultural guide and a private vehicle
- Porterage of luggage: up to 11kg maximum per person during the trek
- Trekking support team: assistants and porters
- Trekking permits: Sagarmatha National Park and TIMS
- Staff Insurance

Not included

- Entrance to historical sites & monuments
- Meals in Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, during trek
- Nepalese visa: US $ 25
- International flights
- Insurance: Repatriation, Medical & Helicopter Services
- Gratuities, all personal expenses & equipments, drinks, sleeping bag and all that is not in "THE PRICE INCLUDES"

Terms and conditions

Booking conditions

By registering for one of our travel, the customer bindingly accepts the General Terms and Conditions of Sale. Each customer must complete a registration form. The booking is definitively recorded when the customer has settled the payment of a deposit of 30 % of the total travel price (subject to availability at the time of registration). In case of short-term bookings – within 30 days prior to the travel departure – the full travel price is due immediately. Payments can be settled via bank transfer (SWIFT code/IBAN number) or online, directly from our website (soon available). You will receive an email with a booking confirmation as quickly as possible.

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is registered, we send you an email with the invoice. Full payment is required at least 30 days before your arrival. If the customer does not settle the payment of the travel price within the period agreed upon, Altai Nepal reserves the right to cancel the booking free of charge.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason, you decide to withdraw from a journey, the amount already paid will be refunded subject to the following exceptions:
  • Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: No cancellation fees. Unless you have given a written agreement to pay for additional tailor-made services (hotel, internal flights, activities…). In that case, you shall be charged the corresponding amount
  • Cancellation between the 30th and 21st day prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 30 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
  • Cancellation less than 20 days to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 70 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)

Any cancellation shall be notified in writing (email, letter or fax). Notice of cancellation will be effective upon receipt by us of your written communication. All the cancellation conditions will be specified on your booking confirmation. 

If it comes apparent at an earlier point in time that the minimum number of participants cannot be reached for a travel, Altaï Nepal is to exercise his right of withdrawal immediately. In such a situation, you will be informed of the cancellation of your travel no later than 21 days prior to the agreed beginning of the journey. Altaï Nepal can also cancel a travel in case of circumstances amounting to "force majeure": volcanic eruption, civil disturbances, strikes, weather and climate conditions, and travellers’ security… In such cases, you are immediately refunded any payments on the travel price; however, you shall not be entitled to any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If a change to travel contract is made at the customer’s request, the customer shall pay any fee that might arise from this change. In any cases, every request for changes shall be notified in writing. In case of external events that could not be foreseen, Altaï Nepal might change some aspects of the travel contract. We will endeavor to advise you of any changes as quickly as possible.

Prices and price revision

All group travel prices on our website have been calculated for the indicated number of participants for each trip. The price list is confirmed after the booking. If the number of participants is lower than expected, an additional payment charge might be applied. For each travel and program, we mention the price per person – valid for the minimum number of participants – and we provide you with detailed explanations about the services included or not. Any change in the exchange rates or in the price of travel services in particular regarding the cost of the fuel, might entail price revision.

Contract transfer

In case of assignment of the contract by the customer to an assignee, modification and cancellation conditions apply.


We recommend that you take out personal insurance for your travel with Altaï Nepal, as soon as your booking is confirmed. We kindly request you to send us the information related to your insurance contract (name of the company, name of the contract, insurance policy number, telephone number) and to bring it along with you during the journey.

Practical info


This trip is led by a professional Nepali English-speaking team, who is part of the Altai Nepal Team.


Meals in lodge during treks
The international success of treks in the Annapurna and Everest regions influences their economy; tariffs for food and lodging in lodges are now set by National Parks and have increased sharply in recent years, but quantities and quality of food have paradoxically decreased. To offset this decline in quality and quantity of food in lodges treks in these frequented areas and in order to focus on the local economy, we plan a daily Dal Bhat in our menus. The dhal bhat (literally lentil-rice) is the basis of all meals, this national dish is often enriched with vegetables and sometimes meat. It is a balanced dish in energy and nutritive intake, not fat and above all very digestible (digestion is more difficult at altitude). For all trekkings requiring intense efforts, we provide energy snacks (type dried fruits). Meals in Kathmandu and in the valley are not included. You will have plenty of time to discover Indian, Bhutanese, Chinese, Thai and other cuisines. All drinks are at your expense.


In Kathmandu and in the cities in general, you are accommodated in 3 * hotels. In trek, depending on the regions and itineraries, you sleep in lodge or homestay. A "Nepali lodge", an evolution of homestay, is a Nepalese house arranged to receive hikers. Comfort varying, they are certainly not hotels but they allow to make a trekking in appreciable conditions, and this even in high altitude: bed, mattresses, tables and chairs, toilets, etc. In addition, the use of lodges considerably reduces the number of porters and cut down the infrastructure of trekking.


Transport/transfer by bus & plane

Budget & exchange

In Nepal, the national currency is the Nepalese Rupee: 1 US$  ~ 100  / 1 € 115 Nepalese Rupees. The easiest currencies to trade are the Euro and the US dollar (cash or traveler's checks). Credit cards are accepted in the shops of major hotels. You can withdraw currencies with your visa card in Kathmandu.


Tipping is still very present in Asia, in general, and in Nepal in particular. Linked to the customer's satisfaction, it is an integral part of the “tourism” culture of the country: independent of the salary level, the tip is taken by the Nepalese as a sign of appreciation. Its amount depends on your appreciation of the services rendered and your generosity. Your guide can help you on this subject by making a collective envelope to ensure a just share for the staff. Like money, if you have clothes to give, do not hesitate to seek the guide’s help who will make a fair distribution. In addition, we ask you specifically not to give sweets and / or bars energy / chocolate to children: there is virtually no dentist in mountainous areas. The same rule applies for medicines: they are not necessarily adapted to Nepalese who have, moreover, a lot of trouble to follow the correct dosage.

Vital equipment

Clothes, from head to toe:

- Trekking shoes. They must combine three qualities: strength, good grip of the foot and ankle (high stems) and impermeability. Choose shoes with non-slip soles, crampons and relatively rigid, they must have a grip on the ground. The "Vibram" type soles have a good reputation, pick them if you have a choice.
- Light shoes (tennis) or sandals for cities, villages or for evening after the day's walk
- Few pairs of walking & mountain socks
- 2 trekking trousers
- Underwear. This is the first insulation you will have, take care of it. Fine technical fibers, such as Carline or Polartec are very effective, warm, flexible, comfortable and lightweight. They dry very quickly
- 1 or 2 breathable T-shirts
- 1 fleece jacket. It has the advantage of being resistant, warm, light, and dries quickly, with a soft touch. The most adapted, well known among the mountain people, are the Polartec, Carline and Ulfrotté fibers
- 1 mountain jacket. The most efficient jackets against wind and rain are made of Goretex, or Micropore, a "breathable" material that allows the rapid evacuation of perspiration.
- 1 down jacket is recommended (you find in Kathmandu for 40 to 50 € or US$)
- 1 rain coat
- Gloves or mittens and hat
- Hat
- Good Sunglasses
- Warm Sleeping Bag
- Water purifiers (micropur, aguatabs ...) Nepal is in the northern hemisphere. Temperatures increase from January to May and decrease from September to December. From April until the end of October, provide lighter clothing.


- A sleeping bag (essential for all trekking trips). Warm, comfortable, tailored to your size, shaped sarcophagus (closer to the body and has a closing hood), with side zipper closure for an opening at your convenience. To sleep in all seasons, it is necessary that your bag is powerful enough to fight temperatures of -5 ° C to -15 ° C (according to trips, altitude and periods, the coldest months December to February). Feel free to take a comfortable sleeping bag, indeed, " He who can do the most, can do the least!”
- A toiletry bag and bath towel
- Sunblock cream (face and lips)
- Headlamp, with batteries and spare bulbs
- Waterbottle of 2 liter minimum, light and isothermal
- Pocket knife, multi-purpose preferably
- Toilet paper + lighter

Helpful equipment

- Walking sticks
- Waterproof bags to protect your belongings
- Notebook or travel diary


All of your luggage must be divided into 2 bags: - Provide a flexible travel bag with side zipper giving easier access to its contents, bag type marine 80 L and about 13 Kg maximum (16 kilos for camp/tent trekking). No suitcase or trolley because it is untransportable by the porters. We use the porters’ service during the treks. You have the possibility to leave part of your belongings, that you will not use during the trek, at the hotel in Kathmandu. - A small backpack (capacity about 40l) for your belongings each day of trekking: sweater, spare t-shirt, water bottle, picnic-lunch, sunglasses, small things ... To protect your travel bags, we will provide Altaï Bags too. They are solid and waterproof.


The information mentioned is only indicative. They may be subject to change without notice by the Nepalese authorities. It is therefore prudent to check with embassies and consulates in your country the month before you leave.
Passport valid for 6 months after the return date. Children must have an individual passport. They can no longer be registered on their parents' passports. ID card is not accepted


This is an individual visa. Obtaining your visa is under your responsibility. It is obtained on the spot as soon as you arrive in Kathmandu. Rates are as follows:
- 15 days Visa : 25 US$ (or equivalent in euros) + 1 picture
- 30 days Visa : 40 US$ (or equivalent in euros) + 1 picture
- 90 days Visa : 100 US$ (or equivalent in euros) + 1 picture
To obtain Trekking permits, you must provide your passport and 1 photo ID. You must provide us with the good quality scans of the double page containing all the information of your passport and 2 photos of identity.

Mandatory vaccines

Although no vaccine is required, be sure that vaccines commonly used in western countries (tetanus, diphtheria, polio, typhoid) are still valid. Hepatitis A and B vaccines also recommended.

Health information & recommendations

Your Tour-leader has a pharmacy of first urgency. It is recommended to bring your personal medication (in sufficient number): aspirin, elastoplast, iodized alcohol, intestinal antiseptic, small scissors, tricosteril, face and lip sunscreen ... Also think about visiting your dentist, if you have some untreated caries, they have the annoying habit of waking up with altitude.
- Recommendations: Even if no vaccine is required for Nepal, you will ensure that vaccines currently practiced in Western countries (tetanus, diphtheria, polio, typhoid) are still valid. Hepatitis A and B vaccine also recommended. The risk of malaria is small, because we usually move more than 1500/1800 m, above the altitude of life of mosquitoes. The other areas crossed are hardly infested.
- Hygiene: water is not drinkable in Nepal. On the tourist grounds, it is always possible to buy bottled water. However, in order to limit pollution and preserve natural areas, we strongly recommend that you drink purified water. For that, think to bring a water bottle of minimum 1.5 liters and purifying tablets of water (micropur, agua tabs ...). Some hygiene rules: wash your hands frequently, and before each meal (there are pharmacy antimicrobial solutions to use without rinsing, useful in case of excursions); ensure the maintenance of perfect body hygiene and careful care (disinfect) of skin wounds; do not consume tap water, not drinkable, drink only boiled water for 30 minutes then filtered, or preferably bottled water capsulated (avoid drinking natural drinks like pressed fruit juice); do not consume ice cream or "lassi" (milk-based beverage) bought on the street; meat and fish / shellfish should be cooked well before consumption.


From the eternal snows of high peaks to the tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.
- In autumn (October to mid-December): the days are very beautiful but can be fresh in altitude. At 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.
- In winter (m-december to mid-february): The nights are generally cold, the climate is dry. If nighttime temperatures drop easily below 0 ° C to 3000 m, the days are often sunny. Treks below 4000 m are very pleasant. Few tourists at this time.
- In spring (March to end of May): at this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom and the rhododendrons are magnificent. The weather is nice and it's getting hot with some night storms. Temperatures vary between 10 ° C and 28 ° C, but can rise to over 30 ° C. Between 2000 and 3000 m, temperatures rarely drop below 0 ° C. On the other hand, a few rare frosts or snowfalls are possible in March from 4000 m.
- In summer: it's the monsoon season. It interrupts the majority of trekking from June to the end of September. Certain regions of the "Trans-Himalayan" zone, Mustang and Dolpo, however, remain sheltered from the monsoon regime that prevails in the rest of the country. These are the only circuits accessible in Nepal in summer.


In recent years, due to a lack of hydropower facilities, electricity and water outages are becoming more frequent in Nepal, especially in Kathmandu (mainly in winter and spring). The hotels have generator but the electricity is limited. It is the same for the consumption of water.

Sustainable tourism

In a concern of respect for the environment, Altai engages for a minimum impact on the environment. Altai has always worked for a more responsible tourism and is part of a journey organization that respects equitable and sustainable principles. Harmonization of practices ensures a fair distribution of economic benefits and improved working conditions of local teams and their awareness of the protection of the environment Adopt, you too, simple actions during your travels and act in favor responsible tourism.

- Avoid leaving garbage behind: drop them in garbage cans or bring them back with you
- Use drinking water sparingly (prefer showers to baths and report leaks) and avoid wasting it (prefer biodegradable soaps for washing etc.)
- Avoid degrading cultural sites: do not touch the statues, do not move stones and objects etc.
- Prefer exchanges to donations (gifts too important given the standard of living of the country can destabilize the local economic balance)
- Take a walk, especially in some fragile ecosystems, observe the wildlife from a distance, do not leave the trails, limit trampling and do not bring back "memories": give up picking rare flowers, collecting fossils, etc.
- In some hotels, you will have individual air conditioning. It is strongly recommended to avoid excessive energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to cut it systematically when you are not present in the room.
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  • A trekking guide for over 20 years
  • Specialist of Annapurnas, Everest, Ladakh and Rajasthan
  • Languages: English and French, plus some German and Chinese
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Everest: The Khumbu Region
14 days
From €855


- Trek in an off the beaten region
- 360 ° views of the towering peaks of the Himalayas.
- Diverse landscapes: villages, terraced crops, gigantic rhododendron forests
- Two most beautiful monasteries of Solukhumbu: Thubten Choling and Chiwang

Guide's advice

Required level

This type of trip requires being in very good physical condition, having good clothing and shoes adapted to the mountains. Regular training in running, swimming or brisk walking during a couple of months prior to your trip is recommended. This trek includes walking days of 5 to 6 hours per day on average with average daily elevations 600m (positive and negative).
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