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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.
Discover Mount Fuji off season and stay away from the crowds.
Reach the summit of a mythical mountain in Japan.
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. You will get picked up from your hotel at night and will travel to the ascent point of Mount Fuji. 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. 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! You should be back in the car park around 4 or 5 in the afternoon.
So, are you ready for a thrilling off season 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.
-Equipment: You can rent crampons, ice axe, helmet and harness at JPY1000 p/item. But I don't have Winter boots for rent. - Food and drink: you should take over 2L of water, it’s better to have 700ml thermos. - It might be possible for me to pick you up at your hotel in Tokyo in the middle of the night, for an additional price of 20000 JPY (max 4 people), so if you would like this then please enquire. Rentals: If you want to travel light then I could rent you gears such as crampons (if the size works out), axes at JPY 1,000 per item and touring ski package (ski, tour bindings, skins) at JPY 4,000 per day, but for this kind of activity, you would need to bring your own appropriate clothing and own mountaineering / ski boots.
Kawaguchi-ko area. Lake Kawaguchiko (河口湖) is the most easily accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes by train and direct bus connections from Tokyo. It is a hot spring resort town with various tourist attractions and views of Mount Fuji is best from the lake's eastern side. From there, we take the toll road to the 5th station on the slopes of Mt. Fuji at about 2300m. The toll road opens at 3am, so I suggest a pick up time of 3am from your hotel in Kawaguchi-ko area.
Other gear: Winter boots.
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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Group of 1
|JPY 92784 each|
Group of 2
|JPY 46392 each|
Group of 3
|JPY 34537 each|
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• Guiding fee
• -During weekends and holidays, this programme is 20.000 JPY higher -Insurance is not included in the price. It costs 1000 JPY per person.
Our family of four had the best time with Cveto. Our goal was to get our kids (ages 9 and 11) to the top of Fuji-san before the public open season and I don\'t think we could have done it without Cveto. Of everything we did during our 11 days in Japan, climbing Fuji-san was our favorite highlight. Cveto was communicative about preparations, gear, and weather before the trip and was the consummate professional during the climb. He even short-roped our 9-yr old during a period of altitude sickness.
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Thanks again for the climb, the instruction, and the conversation. For me, this was one of those unforgettable moments in life and I sincerely appreciate your time and energy. You went above and beyond the call! Please also give my best to your wife. I know I was pestering her with questions and she relieved my anxiety! I woke up to a clear view of the mountain and still can\'t process that we somehow were up there and I couldn\'t have done it without both of you! Thanks!
The trip was amazing! Cveto was such a great guide and he made us feel comfortable and at ease. We LOVED it!!
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Our Mount Fuji off season climb was wonderful; an experience that both Angie and I will remember the rest of lives. Cveto, our mountain guide, was superb. He is not only an expert in the field of mountain climbing that made us feel safe throughout the climb to the summit, but also a person that went beyond expectations to make the mountain experience memorable in every way. Cveto is not only an expert climber, but also an exceptional person with a carefree and adventurous personality. Thank you for making a dream come through for both of us. Best regards, Carlos & Angie
Cveto was an amazing guide whose expertise and experience made the climb very fun and exciting. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for an amazing outdoor adventure
Amazing! Cveto was experienced, professional, & went the extra mile to check on me the night before to ensure I was prepared. He was encouraging but also realistic regarding conditions & limitations. This was my 1st climb (1st time seeing snow actually!) and as a beginner he was patient w/ me and gave clear instructions-I always felt safe. Highly, highly recommend! Reaching the summit was an unforgettable experience. Thank you for everything. -solo female traveler