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11-day ski tour exploring the Shiretoko Peninsula, in Hokkaido, Japan

Join Jean, an adventurous IFMGA-certified mountain guide, on the unexplored Hokkaido island. Ski the best powder on Earth and relax in an Onsen in the evening.

Mountain RangeHokkaido
Duration11 days
Offer periodMar, Apr
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Description

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!

And if you have a few more days to spend in Japan, you can check out this exciting trip in Hakuba or this unforgettable ski tour on Mount Fuji.

Accommodation

Onsen. Double rooms.

More info

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.

Meeting point

Paris airport.

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Itinerary

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.

Day 3: 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

Day 5: Rishiri´s west side and crossing

We will go on the west face and we will try to cross.

Day 6: 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.

Day 7: Mount Shari

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

Day 9: 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.

Day 10: 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


About the guide

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 4073 each

Group of 2

EUR 4073 each

Group of 3

EUR 4073 each

Group of 4

EUR 4073 each

Group of 5

EUR 4073 each

Group of 6

EUR 4073 each

Group of 7

EUR 4073 each

Group of 8

EUR 4073 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Flight to the start of the trip

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Price per person to join a group from 5 to 8 clients. Loan of avalanche rescue equipment (ARVA, shovel, probe) on request.


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