Island Peak ClimbingIsland Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

  • Duration15 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude 6,189m
  • Group Size 2
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathamdnu
  • Activity Climbing
  • Best Season Mar-Jun and Sep-Nov

Embark on an exhilarating 14-day adventure with the Island Peak Climbing expedition, designed to ignite your sense of adventure and leave you in awe. This thrilling journey will immerse you in the stunning Himalayan scenery, requiring careful acclimatization to reach the magnificent peak standing at an impressive altitude of 6,189m. Island Peak Climbing in Nepal is an enthralling and surreal experience, offering a mix of technical challenges and breathtaking views. By following the meticulously planned Island Peak Climbing Itinerary for 2024, you can expect an adrenaline-pumping adventure of a lifetime.

  • Explore a different portion of the Everest region through the routes of Island Peak
  • Get gratified with the gracious views of mountains and valleys
  • Feel the pride and joy of standing on top of 6,189 meters
  • Gain one of the best mountaineering experiences in the Everest region with comparatively fewer technical challenges
  • Feel the joy of being accompanied by mountains like Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, and some others.
  • Enjoy the gracious beauty of the Chhukung Valley
  • Adventurously camp in the Island Peak Base Camp

Island Peak Climbing Trip Offers

Embark on the exciting Island Peak Climbing expedition in 2025, starting with a thrilling trek to Dingboche at 4,352m, passing through the vibrant Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital of the Everest region. Along the way, we will immerse ourselves in the Sherpa culture, spending two nights in Namche Bazaar and exploring the surrounding villages. As we continue our journey, we will encounter more Sherpa villages, including Dingboche at 4,410m, where we will experience the warm hospitality and kindness of the locals. This is all part of our comprehensive Island Peak Climbing Package.

Attractions of Island Peak Summit

During the Everest Island Peak Expedition, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and enchanting landscapes. The Chukung Valley, situated at 4,780m, is a magnificent attraction along the Island Peak Climbing Route and offers stunning vistas. Dingboche, a charming village in the Khumbu region, captivates with its picturesque settlements and warm-hearted locals.
You will also be mesmerized by the Pokalde Peak at 5,806m, which provides a striking backdrop to the Island Peak ascent. Other majestic peaks such as Cholatse at 6,440m, Nuptse at 7,861m, Makalu at 8,481m (famous for Makalu Expedition), Lhotse's imposing south face at 8,516m, and the awe-inspiring Ama Dablam (known for its remarkable Ama Dablam Expedition) can be admired from various vantage points, including Island Peak. Prepare to be amazed by the sheer beauty of these mystical landscapes. The Everest Island Peak Expedition promises unforgettable vistas and an awe-inspiring experience throughout your journey.

Climb Island Peak Himalayas

The Everest region's wilderness is a magnificent natural treasure, housing a captivating array of plant and animal species. Within Khumbu, fortunate encounters with rare wildlife like Himalayan Thar, Musk deer, wild yak, snow leopards, Red Pandas, and other extraordinary creatures are possible. Embarking on the Climb Island Peak Himalayas adventure allows you to immerse yourself in the authentic beauty and rich mountain culture of the Khumbu region.

The villages along the Imja Tse route embody these authentic aspects. With their Sherpa settlements, they offer a deeper understanding of the region's essence. Chukung and Lobuche in Everest are notable examples of villages you'll encounter along the Island Peak Climbing Route Map. Additionally, the bustling Namche Bazaar and the remarkable Everest View Hotel, providing services in the lofty Himalayan landscape, are sources of excitement.

Moreover, the revered Tengboche Monastery holds great significance as the spiritual and cultural hub of the Sherpa community. Its presence adds a touch of enchantment to your journey through the Everest region. Experience the essence of the Sherpa people and explore the wonders of the Khumbu region on your Climb Island Peak expedition.

Island Peak Climb Difficulty Level

Acclimatization is crucial in the Island Peak Climb Adventure to prevent altitude sickness, and once adjusted, the risk diminishes as we navigate through changing elevations. This two-week trek with the goal of summiting Island Peak requires excellent physical fitness and dedication, graded as Alpine 2B in terms of difficulty. Prior mountaineering experience is not mandatory, but good health and security are essential. Gradual acclimatization leads us to the summit, starting from the High Camp via the Island Peak Base Camp.

Best time to Climb Island Peak

The best time to embark on the challenging Island Peak Climb is during the favorable weather conditions of spring and autumn. The months of February, March, April, May, September, October, November, and early December are considered the most suitable climbing seasons in Nepal. Choosing the right season ensures optimal conditions and maximizes the experience of this extraordinary adventure in the majestic Himalayas of Everest.

Island Peak awaits you with the Nepal Nomad.

Nepal Nomad is a reputable travel company with 25 years of experience in the industry. We are licensed and have expertise in various sectors of travel. Their mission is to provide exceptional travel services to adventurers from around the world. The company has received positive reviews and support from satisfied travelers, which has contributed to its success. Nepal Nomad offers the flexibility to customize itineraries, including Island Peak Climb departures. We prioritize the well-being of their companions and have a professional and experienced climbing team. The team members hold certifications from NNMGA and IFMGA and are trained in first-aid, evacuation, and map reading to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.


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Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, a representative from Nepal Nomad Trekking will be there to greet you. They will then drive you to the hotel where you will be staying during your time in Kathmandu. After you check in and freshen up, you will be taken to the main office of Nepal Nomad Trekking.

At the main office, there will be a small meeting with your guide. During this meeting, your guide will discuss the details of the upcoming trek. They will go over the itinerary, the route, the challenges, and any other important information you need to know before starting the trek.

Once the meeting is concluded, you will have some free time to explore the nearby areas. If you find that you have missed any gear or equipment for the trek, you can get it from the office. Otherwise, you can take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the local Nepali culture and traditions by strolling around and interacting with the locals.

Later in the day, you will have a timely meal, and after that, you can return to your hotel to prepare for the trek that starts the following day. Make sure to get a good night's rest and be ready for the adventure that awaits you in the beautiful Nepalese mountains.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:4 hour
  • Meals:Welcome Dinner
  • Transport:Private Jeep / Car

Today you will wake up early, have a hearty breakfast at the teahouse, and continue your journey. The trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar is a challenging yet rewarding experience. You'll cross several suspension bridges adorned with prayer flags, pass through lush forests, and encounter picturesque waterfalls along the way.

As you gain altitude, the air becomes crisper, and you might notice the first glimpses of snow-capped peaks in the distance. Namche Bazaar, often referred to as the "Gateway to Everest," is a bustling Sherpa town with a vibrant market where you can find various trekking gear, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

Here, you will take a well-deserved acclimatization day to help your body adjust to the higher altitude. Instead of trekking, you'll explore the surrounding areas and visit the nearby Everest View Hotel, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of Everest and other majestic Himalayan peaks.

After spending a day acclimatizing in Namche, you'll resume your trek, ascending further towards Tengboche. The trail offers stunning views of Ama Dablam, one of the most iconic peaks in the region. Tengboche is famous for its beautiful monastery, where you can witness the monks' prayers and immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere of the Himalayas.

The following days will involve trekking through quaint Sherpa villages, rhododendron forests, and picturesque landscapes. You'll pass by places like Dingboche and Lobuche before finally reaching Gorak Shep, the last settlement before Everest Base Camp.

The trek to Everest Base Camp will be a challenging yet unforgettable experience. Upon reaching the base camp, you'll be surrounded by towering giants like Nuptse, Lhotse, and, of course, the mighty Mount Everest. It's a moment of triumph, knowing that you've reached the foothills of the world's highest mountain.

After soaking in the awe-inspiring views and capturing memories with your camera, you'll retrace your steps back to Lukla, cherishing the unforgettable moments and experiences you've had during your Himalayan adventure.

Upon reaching Lukla, you'll take the flight back to Kathmandu, where you can rest, rejuvenate, and reflect on the incredible journey you've just completed. The memories of the mountains, the warmth of the Nepali people, and the sense of accomplishment will stay with you long after you've returned home.

  • Max. Altitude:2652m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:4 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea
  • Walking Distance:6km

At Namche Bazaar, we end our nature-filled journey after walking through beautiful pine forests and along the Dudh Koshi River. Our journey started with a view of Mount Thamserku (6,608m) on our left and ended with pine, fir, and juniper forests along the way. It is possible to see Mount Everest peering out of the ridge between Lhotse and Nuptse if the weather is clear. After walking for a while, we reach the main trading center of this region, Namche Bazaar, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. The Hillary Bridge is the highest of the five suspension bridges we crossed today. Hillary Bridge and Namche Bazaar are both uphill walks. Spend the night in Namche Bazaar.

  • Max. Altitude:3440m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:9 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

For the proper adjustment to the altitude, we stay at Namche for the second dusk. Namche is a sincerely astonishing and prosperous small town which is located in a large hollow. It obtained its value during the period when lowland grains of Nepal were traded for Tibetan salt. We will also go hiking to see the world's highest-placed Inn, Hotel Everest View. We also suggest you see sunrise and sunset from the National Park Headquarters as you can see an amazing insight. The sight is gorgeously beautiful with the exciting scenario of the Khumbu peaks and the great Everest.

  • Max. Altitude:3440m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:5 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

During our trek, we reached the picturesque village of Tengboche, nestled among the mountains. The prominent Tengboche Gompa, the Everest Region's most significant Buddhist monastery, dominated the village's skyline. Our teahouse conveniently situated near the monastery allowed us easy access to its spiritual ambiance.

Exploring the monastery, we witnessed monks engaged in prayer and chants, which left us humbled. We offered our own silent prayers, seeking blessings for our expedition's success from the dedicated monks.

A highlight of our time in Tengboche was the captivating sunrise and sunset views of the majestic Ama Dablam. This stunning mountain served as a breathtaking backdrop, prompting us to capture its magnificence with our cameras. In Tengboche, we immersed ourselves in the serenity of Buddhist culture and marveled at the mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas. This unforgettable stop left an indelible mark on our memories.

  • Max. Altitude:3,860m
  • Time:7 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea
  • Walking Distance:10km

From Tengboche, we proceeded towards Dingboche, traversing a forested path and crossing suspension bridges, passing Sherpa villages like Pangboche. As we climbed higher, the landscape transitioned to rugged and barren terrain, with the altitude affecting our breathing and reminding us of the challenges posed by elevation.

Upon arrival in Dingboche, a settlement where altitude effects become more noticeable, we sought shelter in a tea house, prioritizing rest and hydration to adapt to the thin air. Staying well-hydrated was crucial to prevent dehydration and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), a condition to be cautious of in such environments.

During our stay in Dingboche, we emphasized self-care and acclimatization, understanding the significance of allowing our bodies time to adjust as we ventured into the higher altitudes of the Everest Region.

  • Max. Altitude:4084m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:6 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea
  • Walking Distance:15km

After a hearty breakfast, the next phase of your adventure begins as you head east from Namche Bazaar towards the Chukhung Valley. The trail takes you through the picturesque Imja Khola Valley, where you'll pass by terraced fields enclosed by stone walls, surrounded by the majestic Himalayan peaks.

As you continue on the rocky trail, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of Mt. Lhotse and the iconic Ama Dablam. These towering mountains dominate the landscape, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your trek.

After several hours of walking, you'll eventually arrive at your destination, Chhukung. This small settlement lies at the base of some of the world's most challenging and renowned peaks, making it a popular spot for climbers and trekkers alike.

Upon reaching Chhukung, you'll check into your lodge rooms where you can rest and rejuvenate after a day of trekking. Later in the day, you will meet your climbing guide, who will brief you about the upcoming climb and the preparations involved.

During this briefing, your guide will discuss the route, the technical aspects of the climb, and safety protocols. It's essential to pay close attention to the instructions and ask any questions you may have, ensuring that you are well-prepared and confident for the climb ahead.

Chhukung serves as an essential acclimatization point before attempting the climb, as it allows your body to adjust to the increasing altitude. The breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks from Chhukung are sure to inspire and motivate you for the upcoming challenge.

As you prepare for the climb, take some time to soak in the serene and awe-inspiring mountain atmosphere. The towering peaks, the rugged terrain, and the sense of adventure all around will create a memorable experience that you will cherish for a lifetime. Get a good night's sleep, as the next day, you'll embark on the exciting and demanding climb towards higher altitudes, where breathtaking vistas and a sense of achievement await you.

  • Max. Altitude:4780m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:3 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea
  • Walking Distance:6km

Today of acclimatization at Chhukung, you have a valuable opportunity to receive essential training from your experienced Sherpa climbing guide. The training session will focus on equipping you with the necessary skills and techniques for peak climbing, ensuring you are well-prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.

The Sherpa climbing guide will carefully guide you through the proper usage of climbing equipment, including ice axes, climbing boots, crampons, harnesses, and other essential gear. Understanding how to use these tools effectively is crucial for maintaining safety and stability during the climb.

Although prior climbing experience is not required for Island Peak, having past climbing experiences can certainly boost your confidence and increase your chances of successfully reaching the summit. However, even if you're a novice climber, the training provided by the Sherpa guide will be thorough and sufficient to help you navigate the ascent.

The acclimatization day not only allows you to learn new skills but also gives your body extra time to adjust to the high altitude. Acclimatization is a crucial process in high-altitude climbing to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses and to ensure that your body is ready for the challenges posed by the climb to Island Peak's summit.

During this day, you may also have the opportunity to rest, relax, and soak in the natural beauty surrounding Chhukung. The stunning views of the Himalayan peaks will inspire and motivate you for the upcoming climb.

Remember, climbing Island Peak is a remarkable adventure, and with the guidance of your experienced Sherpa climbing guide, you'll be well-prepared to take on the challenge. Embrace the training, absorb the knowledge shared by your guide, and enjoy the anticipation of the climb that awaits you. Each step you take on this journey brings you closer to the summit and an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Himalayas.

  • Max. Altitude:4735m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:5 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

Today we follow the path to the valley for about three hours and then head to the majestic Lhotse south face. The Island Peak Base Camp is taken as our first step of climbing towards the peak which is right by the Imja Glacier which is connected gradually to the summit of the great Island peak. We will get to the base camp with less than four hours of hiking through the Island Peak climb route which is steeper leading to a higher altitude.

  • Max. Altitude:5200m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:9 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea
  • Walking Distance:10km

We hike a little further to high camp where we will relax for a breather and make ultimate preparations for the big climb tomorrow. We will make some steep ascents to the High Camp situated at 5600 meters and follow a max of three hours journey to the high camp where we will do some training as well. 

  • Max. Altitude:5600m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:9 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea
  • Walking Distance:15km

Leading to the glacier, we pass through the gully above the camp to the narrow crest for another hour, where we then put our crampons and rope up beginning the exciting part of ascending. This is followed by a steep snow slope which will lead us to the summit ridge. After summiting the peak and enjoying the glorious feeling, we begin heading down all the way to Chhukung transforming the climb again back to trekking. We will then be celebrating the extraordinary achievement at mealtime when we get back to our accommodation. After all, it’s the achievement that will be talked about for years and years.

  • Max. Altitude:6189m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:11 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea
  • Walking Distance:15km

After breakfast follows the Imja Khola valley and trek to Dingboche. From Dingboche, we cross the Khumbu Khola and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of the Imja Valley, Ama Dablam, and Kantega. We go downhill to the small town of Shomare and Orsho and later come across the Lower Pangboche and come to the suspension bridge of the Imja Khola River. We’ll then ascend gradually through Debuche and onto Thyangboche where we’ll spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude:3867m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:5 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea
  • Walking Distance:7km

From Tengboche, the amazingly beautiful route leads us downward through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron, and fir taking us to Phunkitenga. We then cross the amazing Dudh Kosi and climb to Trashinga, further heading to Monjo.

  • Max. Altitude:3440m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:5 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea
  • Walking Distance:9km

It is day 18 and the last day of the trek, we take a brief walk along the valley before the ultimate climb to the flight at the Lukla. Then we will have our meal and in the afternoon you are free to explore around or relax or stay cozy.

  • Max. Altitude:2800m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:5 hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

Having climbed mountains for several days, we catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Once we are in Kathmandu, we can either relax or go shopping for souvenirs. In the evening, a farewell dinner will be held to celebrate the climbers' summit of the Island peak. Kathmandu is where we will spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:35 minute
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea
  • Walking Distance:2300km

Route Map

Island Peak Climbing map
What's Included
  • Meals as specified for the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • The arrival picks up and departure drop. 
  • All internal local transport is as per the itinerary.
  • Local flights from Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu.
  • All trekking and climbing arrangements including trekking and climbing permits, National Park entrance fees, accommodation in twin sharing tents and local basis lodges or best available places for accommodations, guide and porters-salary, insurance, food, accommodations, and other allowances. 
  • Basic first aid kit carried by your guide.
  • No single supplement is required in Kathmandu or in the mountain. 
What's not Included
  • Kathmandu: accommodation, food, International flights from your home to home.
  • Airport taxes, car, taxi or van, Visa fees. Medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs. Personal expenditures, All bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot showers in the mountain, mineral water, and sweet deserts, we recommend bringing a Water purifier and neutralizer tabulates to reduce your cost of traveling and to become a responsible traveler.          
  • Tipping for trek crew (driver, trek and climb guide, and porter. Tipping is not mandatory but expected). Meals or drinks except for 3 meals or not specified in the itinerary, personal clothing, and equipment, Travel insurance, and optional trips.      
  •  Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond Nepal Nomad's control. Anything not specified in the Cost Includes section.

Dates & Availability

The given program is only a guideline pattern that we provide. Climbing can also be done with tailor-made itineraries to suit your specific requirements or with the departure date of your choice. However, Nepal Nomad doesn’t conduct any climbing adventures during the months of January, February, July, and August due to the extreme climatic conditions which cause road blockades in the mountain regions creating ultimate risks.

It’s also vital to note trekking and climbing of this type is prone to unpredictable calamities related to mountain weather, local politics, and transportation, which will be beyond Nepal Nomad’s control, and as a result, this may require a change in your itinerary. In order to know further about the trip departure date, contact us or go through the departure dates given above.

Good to Know

Experience to have or needed to acquire for Climbing Island Peak

Island Peak mountaineering is one of the toughest endeavors in the climbing adventure field and for that one must have some experience walking on difficult land structures. It is necessary to be comfortable walking long distances for accomplishing the summit of Island Peak. Trekking and Hiking experience will be of great help for Island Peak summiting. Health will play a great role in the adventure. In case you have some severe problems regarding your health, it is suggested to re-think the endeavor as it will be a lot more challenging for you than it is for a person of sound health. But will conquer any odds and if you have enough will to take on the challenge, we will be supporting you to the end

Regarding the meeting and the Island Peak Climbing Insurance

We shall organize a professional yet friendly meeting before the trip for proper discussions and organization of the trip as the team members of the journey. Likewise, It is mandatory to have Insurance as per the booking terms and conditions of Nepal Nomad. It must include aspects like Medical service, Emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation. It must cover the altitude range from 3000m to 6000m.

A normal day in the Island Peak Journey

Waking up early in the morning, Having available breakfast, Getting refreshed and packing to head out to a new destination, Having lunch in the Island Peak Climb Route, Reaching accommodation before sunset, and having Dinner before sleep is what a normal day looks like in the Island Peak Itinerary.

Accommodations and meals in Island Peak Voyage

There will usually be family-run lodges whereas Camping might be an option in certain places. There are most chances of having Shared bathroom facilities only and the warmth you will enjoy in the Himalayas will be the warmth coming from the Chimney. Be prepared of encountering only rare chances of showering at a high altitude as the lodge will be quite crowded.

As per the Island Peak Climbing Package, you will be provided with three meals a day which have the availability of breakfast, lunch, and Dinner. Breakfast and Dinner are usually situated in different destinations as per the itinerary whereas breakfast and lunch can be taken in the same place or lunch can be planned for mid-route.

Ways to conduct Responsible Travel and Transportation Services in the Island Peak Journey

Showing respect to the heritage and culture of Nepalis and how we conduct a nomadic venture in Nepal. Respectful attitudes towards the environment, belief systems, lifestyle, language, traditions, and cultures are highly encouraged. Similarly to that, the Transportation services used in the Island Peak Journey are the private vehicles in the city and airplanes to get connected to Lukla.

Altitude Sickness in Island Peak Climbing

Standing as one of the major challenges and obstacles in high trekking regions, altitude sickness is indeed a little threatening for adventurers as it may put a stop to all the fun and thrills. There are chances of experiencing three major stages of altitude sickness, like Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). So in order to avoid catching it, we acclimatize at various spots as per our itinerary plan. If someone catches it, they are immediately rushed down to a lower altitude and taken care of there. If the case becomes more and more severe, then emergency evacuation is carried out.

Island Peak Climbing FAQs

  • You will be needing Island Peak climbing Permit as well as the Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card and the Sagarmatha National Park permit. Your guide will help you in attaining the general permits required in different destinations.

  • Nepal Nomad is highly focused on your safety and security no matter the circumstance and shall always put efforts to meet your best interest during the Island Peak Journey. The team shall be carrying proper first-aid kits and equipment used for evacuation if any situation requires its need.

  • In the company of Nepal Nomad, your Island Peak Climbing Adventure shall be the safest trip no matter your gender.

  • The status is basic in the lodges and hotels of the Island Peak Summiting Routes, so it shall not be wise to expect any form of luxury. Likewise, there shall not be any facility available in the off-routes of Island Peak Climb but you shall not worry about toilet status as long as you are in the city which offers different facilities.

  • Yes, such gears which are used for mountaineering purposes and are of top-level shall be obtainable on rent but the same cannot be considered about basic level equipment which needs to be arranged on our own.

  • The condition of communication services shall grow weaker and uncertain as we go deeper into the journey to the top due to the extreme conditions of the Himalayas with difficult weather patterns.

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