This is a tough, but exceptionally rewarding loop hike, loaded with epic views, spectacular summits and satisfying ridge walking. During the course of three full days on the trail we'll summit a whopping 6 peaks, each standing in excess of 2,600 meters. And if you are feeling good (or greedy), we can add two more to the list by tacking on short out-and-back side trips, one for sunset, and the other for sunrise. Incidentally, 6 of those 8 mountains rank on the list of Japan's 100 tallest, so you'll earn sufficient bragging rights for your efforts.
There's a nice variety of terrain here as we start in forest, climb up a deep snowfield* (*summer only), emerge onto a rocky ridge and scramble up and down craggy peak after craggy peak before once again descending into pleasant forest. Not only is the landscape we are traveling through worthy of your attention, but the views of parallel and distant mountain ridges, as well as the massive Kurobe Dam and tiny cities in the valleys below are truly awe inspiring. The ups and downs along the ridge on day two will test your legs, but the scenery should give you all the motivation you need to keep pushing. You'll almost certainly have the opportunity to see what the Japanese call "unkai", the sea of clouds stretched out below your feet from a lofty mountain perch, at least once - and this phenomenon in conjunction with the morning sunrise is a special experience.
This trail can be semi-technical and exposed in places, and with the healthy elevation gain we can expect to be on the trail around 8 hours each the first two days and 5 to 6 hours on day three. These times as well as the "Activity Data" in the graphic above include the side trips to the two additional peaks.
IMAGE GALLERY (October, 2018)
PICK-UP & DROP-OFF ANYWHERE BETWEEN OTARI & OMACHI
We can pick you up and drop you off at at your place of lodging or any train station along the JR Oito Line in Otari, Hakuba, or Omachi.
All ground transportation (whether by private car, taxi, train and/or bus) during the hours of the tour is included in the price.
Basic hiking insurance covering personal injury, liability and search and rescue is included in the price.
The climb up to the Harinoki mountain hut goes through a deep and steep valley that features a massive snowfield that lingers well throughout the summer months, but can disappear almost entirely by the fall. Depending on which season you book, snow travel up the steep valley with the aid of a pair of basic crampons is essential to ensure your comfort and safety. This service is included in the price of the tour.
Two nights of lodging during the tour, in mountain huts along the trail, is included in the price. All bedding will also be provided, eliminating the need to carry a tent, sleeping bag, or other bulky overnight gear.
ONSEN (HOT SPRING)
After coming off the mountain at the conclusion of our 4-day trek, we will head directly to a local onsen for a shower and relaxing soak to clean up and refresh our tired bodies. The bathing fee is included in the price, along with complimentary towels and toiletries.
BREAKFASTS & DINNERS
All dinners and breakfasts, excluding breakfast on day one and dinner on day three, are included in the price. These meals will be prepared and provided by the mountain huts, and will be traditional Japanese meals.
*Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions before the commencement of the tour. If necessary, we will try to arrange for the mountain huts to prepare a special meal that meets your needs.
Lunch on day one will be a late one, as we'll simply choose from the a la carte lunch menu (expect ramen, curry or a beef bowl) upon our mid-afternoon arrival at the mountain hut. For day two and three we will reserve a "bento" lunch, likely "onigiri" rice balls, to carry with us and eat along the trail.
DRINKS & SNACKS
*No snacks or drinks are provided. You will need to bring your own trail snacks and drinks for eating and drinking along the trail for at least the first part of day one. It is possible to refill water bottles and buy several varieties of drinks at the mountain huts we will stay at on night one and night two, and there you can also resupply with some basic snacks.
For this tour to operate at the listed price, we require a minimum of 2 persons.
Group size will be limited to a maximum of 4 persons.
If you are interested in booking as a private tour for one person, or a group larger than four please contact us for a price quote.
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A Thrilling 3-Day Ridge Hike in the Northern Alps
July - October
¥66,000 per person
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