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Mt Karamatsu to Mt Goryu traverse

Mt Karamatsu to Mt Goryu traverse | Japan

Let JMGA-certified Hirofumi show you around the stunning mountains around Hakuba Village during this 3-day traverse from Mt Karamatsu to Mt Goryu.

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Japan Alps

3 Days

Jun - Oct




This 3-day program will take you across the Ushiro Tateyama mountain range, in the north of the Japan Alps, from Mt Karamatsu to Mt Goryu. It is a particularly great way to discover these beautiful mountains in the Nagano Prefecture.

On the first day of the program, I'll pick you up at your accommodation in Hakuba Village. This area is very popular both among hikers during the summer and among skiers during the winter.

From the village, we'll hike up to Shappoike Hut (1850m), where our traverse begins. During the hike, we'll traverse two long ridges: Happoo ridge and Toomi ridge. From up here, you'll enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding mountains!

We'll spend the nights at two different mountains huts: Mt. Karamutsu hut on the first night and Mt Goryu hut on the second one. I'm sure you'll enjoy the friendly atmosphere up here!

I'll take a maximum of 4 people on this hike. Please be aware that you need a good fitness level to be able to enjoy the walk, as we'll be trekking for around 5 hours a day. 

So if this 3-day traverse from Mt Karamatsu to Mt Goryu sounds like an interesting plan, contact me now and join me for an unforgettable experience!

I also offer other hiking options in this area. Check out my Mt Shioruma ascent via Hakuba Daissekei. It's a great 2-day option!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Not included in the price: Customer's accommodation for 2 nights (approximately 20,000 yen), lunch, energy bars or snacks and drink for 3 days, gondola lift fee (2,000 yen), tele cabin fee (1000 yen).


Day 1: To Mt. Karamatsu hut

7:00 pick you up at your accommodation in Hakuba village. 9:00 Shappoike hut (1850m) start trekking ⇒ 10:30 Happoike (2060m) ⇒13:00 Haoooike hut (2620m) ⇒13:30 Mt. Karamatsu(2696m) ⇒ 14:00 Mt. Karamatsu hut, overnight. Approx. 5 hours of walking.

Day 2: To Mt Goryu hut

8:00 start trekking. 11:00 Mt. Goryu hut(2490m) ⇒12:00 Mt. Goryu (2814m) ⇒13:00 Mt. Goryu hut, overnight. Approx. 5 hours of walking.

Day 3: Back to Hakuba Village

8:00 start trekking ⇒11:00 Mt. Kotoomi (2007m) ⇒12:00 Jizonoatama (1673m) ⇒ 12:30 Hakuba Goryu telecabin Alps daira station (1515m) end of trekking. Approx. 4.5 hours walking. Take you back to your accommodation or station in Hakuba village. We can stop by at hot spring if you want.



More info

Equipment: - Helmet, crampons, backpack, backpack cover, mountaineering shoes, rain wear, quick-drying inner layer, warm clothes (fleece and down jacket etc.), cap, gloves, socks, head lamp with spare battery, sun glasses, sun block, towel, garbage bags, insurance card, mobile phone, medicine. - Lunch or snacks for 2 days (you can order lunch on second day at the hut for 1000yen), water (approx. 1.5 L per day) you can buy at huts. - You can rent crampons for 1000yen.

Meeting point

At your accommodation in Hakuba Village.


What is the best time of the year for this hike?

The mountain hut opens from 24th June to October 21th 2023, so we can make this tour during this period.But I'm not sure 2024.

When does the mountain hut close?

We can stay at the mountain hut until October 21st 2023. I'm not sure 2024.

What's included in the price?

Price includes:

  • Guiding fee
  • Mountain guide expenses

Are there shower facilities in mountain hut?

Almost mountain hut has no shower facilities.

Do you have a helmet for rent?

If you want to rent it, I can rent it. 1 item costs ¥500 for 1 day. The price for 3 days is¥1500.

How much is staying for one night in the mountain hut?

It is ¥15000, and the price includes 2 meals.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel JAL City Nagano Nagano Japan
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Dormy Inn Nagano Nagano Japan
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Hotel Metropolitan Nagano Nagano Japan
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I'm a JMGA certified hiking guide as well as one of Nagano Prefecture's Official Mountain Guides for North Japan Alps.

My love for mountains and skiing brought me to live in countries like New Zealand, Canada and Europe (including Chamonix) as a ski instructor and as a tour coordinator for over 10 years.
In Chamonix I was inspired by the IFMGA mountain guides, who were my mentors and who had a lot of compassions, and I started to aspire to become a guide myself.
Currently, I live in the village of Hakuba and guiding mainly in the mountains of North Japan Alps.

My motto is to "have fun safely" and I value the communications I have with clients whilst guiding.

If you want to feel glad you came at the end of the day, then join me to enjoy the Japanese mountains together!


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What people are saying about Hirofumi



Hirofumi was a fantastic guide! Initially, I booked the Mount Shirouma hike for two in September 2023. Hirofumi made sure we were prepared by providing additional gear like helmets and crampons. He has excellent knowledge of the area and helped us better understand our hiking conditions. One week prior to the hike, Hirofumi notified me about the Hakuba Daisekkei not having enough snow for the hike. He was quick to provide an alternative and it did not disappoint. We hiked the Mt Karamatsu to Mount Goryu traverse instead. We were able to hike this course in two days, the same amount of time we scheduled for the Mt Shirouma hike. The hike was an experience I will never forget. The terrain varied from hiking on top of beautiful mountain ridges to trekking thought lush forests. Between the first and second day, we stayed at the Goryu-sanso hut, sitting right beneath Mt Goryu at an elevation of 2,490 meters. It was all a memorable experience. Hirofumi was always there to answer our questions and provided a great first time experience hiking in Hakuba. We will be back to enjoy the additional hikes he has to offer.



Hirofumi was excellent. We were a group of two from the UK. Our trip was in August 2023. He organised everything, including supplying poles/crampons/helmets so we didn't have to carry them all round Japan. He gave good insights into the mountains and environment. He very responsive on WhatsApp before the trip. Everything was smooth and easy. We would highly recommend hiking with him. The hike itself was also excellent with two days along ridges at 2700-3000m and incredible views!

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