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Mount Fuji off season climb (mid April /early June)

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Reach the summit of the iconic Mount Fuji on this 1-day climbing trip in the off season, together with an IFMGA mountain guide.

Private

1 Day

Apr - Aug, Oct

High

Intermediate


Highlights

* Discover Mount Fuji off season and stay away from the crowds.

* Reach the summit of a mythical mountain in Japan.

Description

At 3776 m, Mount Fuji is the highest peak in Japan and also a symbol of the country. Come with me for a climbing trip in the offseason!

Climbing Mount Fuji in the off season (during spring, from mid-April to June) is a good idea if you want to avoid crowds, although you should consider the weather is much colder and there’s still snow on the trails, so you should come prepared for a harder climb and have the proper equipment.

The starting point of our adventure will be the Kawaguchi-ko area, a resort town with various tourist attractions, many kinds of accommodation facilities and great views of Mount Fuji. You will get picked up from your hotel at night and will travel to the ascent point of Mount Fuji. If we use the toll road, that opens at 3 am, I suggest the pick-up time at 3 am. Otherwise, if you have your own means of transport, you can meet your guide directly at the car park at the base of the mountain.

As this is a 1-day climbing trip, we will start really early morning, almost in the middle of the night. From there we’ll drive 45 min. to the 5th stage on the slopes of Mt. Fuji to the nearest trailhead.

You’ll reach the summit after 4 to 6 hours of climbing. Then, you’ll take the same route to descend while enjoying the stunning views along the way! This will take 3 hours. You should be back in the car park around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Afterward, I’ll drive you back to your hotel or railway/bus station.

So, are you ready for a thrilling offseason Mount Fuji climb? Then book your place and join me for a unique climb of this iconic peak! 

Please remember that you’ll need winter mountaineering equipment to hike up this mountain.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Not included:

- Insurance is not included in the price.

- If Mt.Fuji tall road need to be used (payable at the spot 2240 JPY).

- During weekends and holidays, this programme is 15.000 JPY higher per group.

- Special service: pick up from Tokyo for an additional fee of 24.000 JPY per group.

- Climbing with children age less than 10 years old is not recommended.

- Authorities are implementing a $13USD (£10) fee for climbers intending to ascend Mount Fuji via its popular route, in an effort to limit the number of individuals scaling the renowned volcano and address issues such as injuries and littering.

The Yamanashi regional government has approved these new regulations, set to take effect on July 1st 2024.


Details

More info

Skill level required: intermediate to advanced, familiar to use crampons, ice axe.

Fitness level required: FIT, able to climb minimum in 8~10h, up and down 1500m (5000 feet).

In general the best adventure time to climb Mt. Fuji is OFF season, but there are several things to consider according to the time of the year. Mt. Fuji receives most of the snowfall from February to April, in winter is too cold and strong winds are blowing snow away. Usually the mountain is still covered with SNOW in late spring and then again in fall but less snow than in spring. Sometimes it is still cold and trails are under snow and ice in these periods. This is a minimum intermediate level and serious ascent requiring previous experience and fitness. You’ll need 3 seasons or winter mountaineering boots, warm clothing, crampons, ice axe, helmet and harness, which can be rented from the guide, except for boots, which you’ll need to bring your own.

Some tips: Usually ascent is from the North, because you can rich the highest trailhead point by car. Hike up starts from parking at 2300m (7500ft); first, we climb on a sandy trail, following is the rocky ridge, approximately till 3000m, from there we need to put on crampons. Is there any technical component? If the weather is nasty, like strong wind or icy snow, for safety ascent we rope up and wear a harness, use an ice axe, etc. The slope steepness is 30, partly 40 degrees. In case the weather is cloudy or windy, the snow will not soften and will stay hard all day; often this is 400 to 600m around the summit. There are 3 different trails going up and down Mt.Fuji. Please note that some are longer as the starting point is lower like at 1900m.

Equipment: for Mt.Fuji climb, equipment depends on snow conditions as it is changing every week. For this ascent, you will need to bring your own proper clothing and own mountaineering boots. If you wish to travel light; we can rent crampons, ice axe, walking poles, helmet and harness at JPY 1000/item, payable in cash direct to the guide after the climb. Please note we don’t rent winter boots.

In case you need to rent some equipment (such as Ice Axes), we will prepare it, but if the guide decides on the spot not to use it, we’ll not charge you.

Food and drinks: You should take 2L of water; 500ml to1l thermos is recommended.

Insurance: please make sure you are individually insured appropriately with international travel insurance which specifically covers mountaineering.

Other: sometimes, trip itinerary may be altered and/or date change can be discussed, case by case, based on the weather forecast. I will try to modify my schedule and we’ll do our best to make our guests happy. I would advice you to make your schedule flexible as well. The guide may choose a different road approach and climbing route, the time of the early morning start etc. If the weather forecast and conditioners are really bad on scheduled day or day before and after as well, then we’re offering plan B: a very exciting mix climbing to the summit of Yatsugatake range, Mt.Akadake almost 3000m high, 2h drive from Kawaguchi-ko.

Trouble while climbing: often people will get light altitude sickness (dizzy, headache etc.).

Special service: I can pick you up at your hotel in Tokyo, middle of the night like 1:00am, then takes 1:30 to 2h to Kawaguchi-ko; for an additional cost of 24.000 JPY per group. Please inquire if you wish this optional service but please note, it is one way only, and you’ll need to return to Tokyo by train or bus, because of heavy traffic jams, usually every afternoon.

Read more: copy of WARNING article; It might not sound difficult to climb Mt. Fuji in Winter conditions but reading this report doesn't make it clear how dangerous it actually is. All warnings about climbing snow-covered Mt. Fuji which can be found on the Internet are appropriate and in fact it is very dangerous. Each year people die on Mt. Fuji and others get seriously injured. Unless you are an experienced alpinist or with an experienced guide, you should not attempt to climb Mt. Fuji in winter. Being well aware of the dangers I spent much time on preparation and training before my first attempt. Please be aware that unless you have already experienced this kind of conditions, the information that can be found on the Internet will not be sufficient for an attempt to climb Mt. Fuji OFF season.

Meeting point

At Kawaguchi-ko town, which is Fuji five lakes area, easily accessible by trains or direct buses from Tokyo.

Equipment you will need to bring

Crampons

Ice axe

Harness

Helmet

Winter boots.


FAQs

How hard is it to climb Mt Fuji off season? What experience / level do I need to have?

You need to have an intermediate to advanced mountaineering skill level. You need to be familiar to use crampons and ice axe. In terms of fitness level, you must be fit and be able to climb minimum 8 to 10 hours in a row, up and down 1500m (5000 feet). Usually the mountain is still covered with snow in late spring and then again in fall but less snow than in spring. Sometimes it is still cold and trails are under snow and ice in these periods. This is a minimum intermediate level and serious ascent requiring previous experience and fitness. You’ll need 3 seasons or winter mountaineering boots, warm clothing, crampons, ice axe, helmet and harness, which can be rented from the guide, except for boots, which you’ll need to bring your own.

How dangerous is it to climb Mt Fuji off season?

It might not sound difficult to climb Mt. Fuji in Winter conditions but reading my program description doesn't make it clear how dangerous it is. All warnings about climbing snow-covered Mt. Fuji which can be found on the Internet are appropriate and in fact it is very dangerous. Each year people die on Mt. Fuji and others get seriously injured. Unless you are an experienced alpinist or with an experienced guide, you should not attempt to climb Mt. Fuji in winter. Being aware of the dangers I spent much time on preparation and training before my first attempt. Please be aware that unless you have already experienced this kind of conditions, the information that can be found on the Internet will not be sufficient for an attempt to climb Mt. Fuji OFF season.

What is the itinerary? Which route will we be taking?

Usually ascent is from the North, because you can rich the highest trailhead point by car. Hike up starts from parking at 2300m (7500ft); first, we climb on a sandy trail, following is the rocky ridge, approximately till 3000m, from there we need to put on crampons. Is there any technical component? If the weather is nasty, like strong wind or icy snow, for safety ascent we rope up and wear a harness, use an ice axe, etc. The slope steepness is 30, partly 40 degrees. In case the weather is cloudy or windy, the snow will not soften and will stay hard all day; often this is 400 to 600m around the summit. There are 3 different trails going up and down Mt. Fuji. Please note that some are longer as the starting point is lower like at 1900m.

What happens if the weather is too bad?

Sometimes, trip itinerary may be altered and/or date change can be discussed, case by case, based on the weather forecast. I will try to modify my schedule and we’ll do our best to make our guests happy. I would advise you to make your schedule flexible as well. The guide may choose a different road approach and climbing route, the time of the early morning start etc. If the weather forecast and conditioners are really bad on scheduled day or day before and after as well, then we’re offering plan B: a very exciting mix climbing to the summit of Yatsugatake range, Mt. Akadake almost 3000m high, 2h drive from Kawaguchi-ko.

What is included in the price I’m paying here?

The price you are paying here covers my guiding services.

On top of this, you’ll have to cover the tall road 2,240JPY (if needed). Your personal insurance is also not covered here. Please note that prices on weekend are higher (15.000 JPY more per group).

What equipment will I need? Is it included in the tour price? Can I rent it?

For Mt. Fuji off season climb, equipment depends on snow conditions as it is changing every week. For this ascent, you will need to bring your own proper clothing and own mountaineering boots. Technical equipment (crampons, ice axe, poles, helmet and harness) is not included in the price. If you wish to travel light; we can rent crampons, ice axe, walking poles, helmet and harness at JPY 1000/item, payable in cash direct to the guide after the climb. Please note we don’t rent winter boots. You should take 2L of water; 500ml to1l thermos is recommended.

Do I need an insurance?

Yes, please make sure you are individually insured appropriately with international travel insurance which specifically covers mountaineering.

Is it possible to climb Mt Fuji off season with children?

Climbing with children age less than 10 years old is not recommended.

Where is the meeting point?

At Kawaguchi-ko town, which is Fuji five lakes area, easily accessible by trains or direct buses from Tokyo.

Can you pick me up in Tokyo?

I can pick you up at your hotel in Tokyo, middle of the night like 1:00am, then takes 1:30 to 2h to Kawaguchi-ko; for an additional cost of 24.000 JPY per group. Please inquire if you wish this optional service but please note, it is one way only, and you’ll need to return to Tokyo by train or bus, because of heavy traffic jams, usually every afternoon.

I'm alone, is it possible to join a group that you would have already?

Unfortunately not. I only do private guiding.

I don't guide together climbers who don't know each other.

Running private climbs allow we to have a very high success rate. And the experience is much better for everyone.

Is it possible to do it in 2 days?

Yes! We usually climb it in two days when altitude sickness can be an issue or if there is a lot of snow. We would then stay at the mountain hut before the climb. In this case there would be an extra to pay of covering my guiding fee and the expenses.

Where should I stay the night before and after the tour?

The ideal place to stay before and after the tour is Kawaguchi-ko town, which is Fuji five lakes area, easily accessible by trains or direct buses from Tokyo. Kawaguchi-ko town is the meeting point for the tour. You can also stay in Tokyo, and we can arrange pick-up at your hotel there (this is NOT included in the price).

Are there any transfers not included in the trip? How much do they cost?

Transfer from Tokyo to the meeting point (Kawaguchi-ko town) is NOT included in the price. As a special service, I can pick you up at your hotel in Tokyo, middle of the night like 1:00am, then takes 1:30 to 2h to Kawaguchi-ko; for an additional cost of 24.000 JPY per group. Please inquire if you wish this optional service but please note, it is one way only, and you’ll need to return to Tokyo by train or bus.

Where is the nearest airport?

Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) is the closest airport for Mount Fuji ascent.

Is there public transport to take me to the meeting point?

Yes. The meeting point is at Kawaguchi-ko town, which is Fuji five lakes area, and it is easily accessible by trains or direct buses from Tokyo.

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About the guide

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Cveto

4.80

(82)

Mountain Guide

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 used 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 a beautiful native lady, and have lived here for 30 years. I love Japanese mountains and feel privileged to be able to enjoy these mountains through 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.

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!

Languages

Slovenian | Japanese | English

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What people are saying about this trip

Jan

5.00

We had an excellent time. Our Guide Yu Sonohara took good care of us.

Charles

5.00

It was a great walk with Chiba. My only mistake was not taking sun cream. The whole process was efficient and good. To have no one on the summit and crater was something I’ll never forget. Challenging and rewarding. Love Japan and Mount Fuji.

Mahendra

3.00

Nice.

Matthew

5.00

Incredible trip to the top of Fuji with Cveto. He made sure we were safe and having fun at all times. Would definitely recommend to anyone!

Pierre-Yves

5.00

Great adventure, totally different than climbing with tons of tourists.


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