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Mountain Guide- Saitama / Nagano, Japan

I’m an international IFMGA mountain guide; also the first non-Japanese mountain guide certified by the JMGA (Japan Mountain Guide Association); born in Slovenia.

My country is small but well known in the world as strong in sports and mountaineering. I use to compete as Olympic team member and on World Cup competitions as a Cross-country skier. After I left Slovenia and traveled all over the world, I ended up in Japan. I married beautiful native lady, and have lived here for 30 years. I love Japanese mountains and feel privileged to be able to enjoy these mountains trough the entire four seasons.

I’m based at the foot of Japan Alps; convenient place in winter for ski touring from Nagano to Hokkaido, winter mountaineering or ice climbing at Yatsugatake, and of course ascending the symbol of Japan Mt.Fuji.

In summer Japan is a great place for hiking, alpine climbing or popular shower-climbing and some fine sport/free climbing year around.

Since 2013, I’m working on NHK (Japanese national TV) programs, introducing Japan culture and outdoor activities, climbing skiing etc. Check it out at the link below the recent one about BC skiing.

It is my absolute pleasure also to take and guide you in my home country Slovenia. In addition to guide in the mountains, I also enjoy having the opportunity to teach mountain climbing skills to every level of climbers, here in Japan. This is because I wish everybody to be SAFE on the mountains.
Please contact me on E&S if you would love to have great experience, as well as a tailor-made plan for other mountains and sport climbing all over SE Asia, EU, South America....in any season!

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Slovenian, Japanese, and English





Alexander Arango


April, 2024

Cveto was really nice and knowledgeable about climbing. For someone who has never done outdoor climbing it was a great experience and I felt a lot safer having a veteran around

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Amanda Chan


March, 2024

Cveto was amazing! He was attentive, flexible, and challenged us in surprising and safe ways. He has so much experience with rock climbing technique its amazing. We got to lead climb for the first time in japan. Amazing experience.

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Manrique Alvarado


January, 2024

Cveto is a super cool dude, we had an excellent time outside and he is someone you wanna spend you time with for sure!

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David mor


December, 2023

Cveto is an incredible guide, you can see the many years of experience he has, the capacity to adjust the guiding to the individual needs of each person the group. he is calm, professional, great company and knowledgeable. we had an amazing trip with him and we would highly highly recommend him as a guide.

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