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Japan is a country of traditions, which sees few ski tourers. I invite you to discover the northern part of Hokkaido, the northernmost island in the country, nicknamed the “last frontier”. Although it is more difficult to get there than to other mountain regions in the country, it is undoubtedly worth a visit. The exceptional snow conditions, with a moisture content of less than 5%, makes it the best place for ski touring.
We will spend 8 days exploring Rishiri, a volcanic island, and Shiretoko Peninsula, on the easternmost portion of Hokkaido and just a few miles away from Kunashiri, a Russian island. The only requirement is that you love skiing powder, as the snow here is unique. We will also ascend the Higashi-dake volcano.
We will be climbing up between 800 and 1,200 meters per day. A good fitness level is necessary. But do not worry, you will be rewarded in the evenings with extraordinary accommodation in different Onsen. You will be able to soak in the natural hot water, at over 104 degrees (F), and relax. They are usually outdoors, with snow all around.
Please contact me if you’d like to join me for an amazing ski tour in Hokkaido. I’ll do my best to provide you a complete, safe and totally unforgettable experience!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport to the start of the trip
- Transport during the trip
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Day 1 to 2:
Paris - Haneda - Wakkanai - Rishiri Island
Regular flight to reach the most northerly town on Hokkaido island. Then, by a short transfer by bus, we reach the port of Wakkanai, or we wait for the ferry to cross to Rishiri island. Night in a small onsen in double rooms. Very nice hot springs.
Rishiri´s northern side
We will explore the northern side of the volcano. Night in an onsen in double rooms.
- Day 4: Rishiri´s eastern side
Rishiri´s west side and crossing
We will go on the west face and we will try to cross.
Rishiri - Abashiri
We take the ferry back to the village of Abashiri. On the road, a stop in one of the best seafood restaurant of the island imposes itself.
Night in an Onsen in double rooms.
Ascent of Mount Shari, 1,547 meters, the major mountain of this region. We will pass through Rausu at the end of the road to the Shiretoko Peninsula. Dinner at a ryokan with best seafood in the world (it is almost impossible to eat everything).
- Day 8: Ascension of Higashidake volcano
Shirotoko Dake (or Rausu Dake)
If the weather is calm and the wind not too strong, we will take a boat to go all the way up the peninsula to try to make the tour of Shiretoko Dake, a unique itinerary.
Unabetsudake or Mokotoyama
Two possibilities for this day: two magnificent volcanoes not far from Memanbestu, where we will sleep at night.
- Day 11: Flight back to Paris
Onsen. Double rooms.
Due to the changing prices of airline tickets, if you register after November 1st. an increase can be applied. The sooner you register, the better our chances will be to book the best Onsen.
About the Guide
I have been a mountain guide since I was 25 years old. My passion for discovering the mountains of the world has led me to the four corners of the earth. Currently, I am also an instructor at the National School of Skiing and Mountaineering (ENSA).
Each year, I organize different trips. I'm in charge of each trip's organization and I'm sometimes also the guide who leads the group. It could either be me or one of my 4 guide friends, who I have been working with for years.
I have been organizing trips around the world for the past 26 years: Alaska, Antractica, Nepal, Mongolia...Over the years, I have organized trips in more than 30 countries.
In recent years I have had the opportunity to discover:
- Ski traverse in Greenland
- Ski touring in Iran, Lebanon, Mongolia, Argentina, Canada
- Climbing in the Yukon at the Lotus Flower, Jordan, Oman
- The high summits of Sichuan, Kula Kangri in Tibet, Langtang Ri in Nepal
I am currently based in Chamonix and the other 3 guides who work with me live nearby as well. If you are interested in traveling far away or discovering the Mont Blanc massif and other places in the Alps, for climbing, ski touring or ice climbing, please contact me. It will be a pleasure for me to organise a trip that meets your expectations.
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