Mt. Kitahodaka 2-day climb on remaining snow, Nagano

Junichiro, a JMGA-certified alpine guide, takes on this 2-climb to the top of Mt.Okuhodaka (3190m), at the end of spring, over the the last snow remains.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Japan Alps

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

May, Jun

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    I invite you to join me on a 2-day climbing tour and reach the summit of Mount Kitahodaka (3106m), a peak in the Hotaka Dake range, in the Northern Alps of Japan

    The Japan Alps are truly beautiful and they offer an easy access to the mountains. This is a beginner level tour and takes place during May and early June, in spring, when there is still some snow in the mountain. The route is a very popular hiking trip in summer.

    We will meet at the Kamikochi Bus Terminal, in the Nagano Prefecture. Kamikochi is a tourist town in the Azusa River valley. From there, we will walk to Yokoo and stay overnight at the Karasawa Mountain Hut.

    From the refuge, we will go forward to Kitahosawa the next day, and climb up to Mt. Kitahodaka. After enjoying a great view from the summit, we will go back to Kitahosawa and come back to Kamikouchi through Karasawa. Our tour will end at around 4:00 pm at the Kamikochi Bus Terminal.

    Please note in order to join this climb you need previous climbing experience on 3000-meter high peaks in summer, and on 2000m in winter.

    So if you want to join me and climb Mt. Kitahodaka, send me a request.  Book your trip and I will take you on a great tour in the Japan Alps! If you are looking for other hiking options, you could check out my profile page.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    70000 JPY

    Group of 2
    45000 JPY

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
     The price does not include: Accommodation fee - Transportation fee - Guide's expenses -The cost of Gas, Transportation, Parking and Accommodation fee, etc, will be split within tour participants. *Please split within tour participants.
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Beginner

    Fitness level required

    Occasional

    Meeting point

    Meet at 8:00 am at Kamikouchi Bus Terminal

    More info

    The following items can be rented for prior request:

    - Harness, Helmet, Crampons and Axe : JPN 1,000 / item for 1 trip

    - Karabiner, Sling, Descender : JPN 500 / item for 1 trip

    *Please inquire for the other items.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    I had a crush on Mt. Hodaka when I first came to Karasawa Cirque by helicopter to work for Karasawagoya Mountain Hut.
    I was struck by its amazing landscape from above.
    Since then I have been working in the mountain range in a lot of different ways.
    First, as a hut worker for 4 years, then as a member of the prefectural mountain rescue team for 6 years.
    And last year I started my career as a professional mountain guide.

    I'm deeply in love with not only the nature but also the people attracted to the mountains.

    Why don't you join me to enjoy the unique beauty of the Japanese mountains which are not easily accessible to all!

    I am a JMGA alpine guide, but I also hold the Nagano prefectural special interpreter licence for English, as well as am a qualified First Aid Basic Provider certified by the Japanese Society of Mountain Medicine.

     
     
    FROM 45000 JPYper person
     

     

    What People are Saying about Junichiro Aoyama

     

    My hike with Junichiro was a highlight of my entire trip to Japan and one of my favorite back country experiences I have ever had. As a solo female traveler I was unsure of how I could safely explore the back country in Japan, this trip was perfect for me. Jun is an excellent guide and shared so much knowledge about the Japanese alps, flora, fauna and Japanese culture in general with me. He spent four years working in the Hodaka range so knows these mountains very well and has many great stories and fond memories from many years spent exploring this range. It was great to experience this region of the world with someone who cherishes it so much! This was the most technical and challenging climb I have completed but I felt safe and confident the entire time. I learned new skills with Jun\'s guidance and had an awesome time. I hope I can return to Japan very soon and go on another adventure with Junichiro!
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    Olivia Sisson
    I had a wonderful trip to Mt Hoshianadake. Junichiro Aoyama is a very responsible, passionate and kind mountain guide who guides you with a lot of knowledge and joy! Junichiro is Japanese but speaks English fluently, this makes the communication very easy also for people that come from abroad! I enjoyed every moment of the trip and I am grateful for this beautiful experience in the stunning nature of Japan! I can fully recommand Junichiro Aoyama as guide for anyone and especially for foreigners!
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    Alina Jacobs
     

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