Roof of Japan "For it is possible in a few short hours to pass from the beaten tracks of tourist traffic into what is virtually another state of existence." Walter Weston
This mountain hiking trip is a classic trek, one of the finest long distance hikes in Japan. It’s rated strenuous. You need to be experienced and prepared to hike long, tough mountain days. It’s hut-to-hut, off road. There’s no need to carry food, bedding, or tents, as we’ll use the amazing network of mountain huts in the North Japan Alps. If there’s one challenging, long-distance hike you’d like do in Japan, this is it! Many of our clients have hiked around the world, but not considered Japan or even considered a trek like this here possible.
Meet in at hotel Tokyo, and briefing where we’ll check you’ve got the gear you need for the trek. Dinner. Overnight hotel.
Travel to North Japan Alps. Early morning train from Shinjuku, via the Tateyama Kamikochi Alpine Route, to Murodo. Stay first night in mountain hut at the base of Tateyama. Overnight mountain hut.
Day one on trek. First day heading south on the trek. The routes in the North Japan Alps, although generally well-defined, can be steep, rocky, and sometimes exposed (chains and ladders are usually in place to help hikers over these sections). Overnight mountain hut.
Day two on trek. We continue south along the trail. Great vistas open up as we head towards the wilderness in the centre of the North Japan Alps around Yakushidake. Overnight mountain hut.
Day three on trek. Our legs should by now be getting used to the ups and downs! There are also ridge walks today as we head into the heart of the Alps around Tarobei. The alpine flowers are lovely in summer, and we’re likely to encounter ptarmigan and other wildlife. Overnight mountain hut.
Day four on trek. We follow the route to Kurobegoro. Yarigatake’s pyramidal peak, which we’ll climb later on our route, can now be seen to the south. Overnight mountain hut.
Day five on trek. To Yarigatake via the well-appointed Sugorokugoya hut. Ridges and a final 300m ascent takes us to the large Yarigatake Sanso hut perched dramatically on a shoulder below the peak. Overnight mountain hut.
Day six on trek. We may be lucky with the weather and climb ladders to the peak before breakfast. Stunning views from the summit. The trail then descends all the way to the top end of the Kamikochi Valley and our well-appointed hut. Overnight mountain hut.
Day seven on trek. A challenging ascent this morning to the Hotaka Ridge via the broad Karasawa col. Once on the main ridge it’s not far to the Hotaka Sanso hut. This route means we can avoid the exposed Daikiretto section of the Hotaka Ridge. Overnight mountain hut.
Day eight on trek. After initially climbing to Oku Hotaka and Maehotaka-dake peaks, the trail descends 1,600m all the way to the finish in the Kamikochi Valley. From Kamikochi we’ll go by road to Matsumoto, where we’ll enjoy a celebration dinner and drink. Overnight hotel.
We’ll take the train from Matsumoto to Tokyo after breakfast, arriving Tokyo about lunchtime. Tour ends. Onward travel.
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