People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Mar
Type of Trip
A fantastic week in Hakuba and a sweet mix between ski touring and off-piste skiing in the Japanese alpine scenery, among powder and unique culture!
Japan: a country of traditions very untraveled by ski touring. This year, I propose to discover the spot of Hakuba. Located in Honshu, Japan, the central Island, this region is extraordinary to be alongside the Japanese Alps. Extremely wild territory with never ending mountains. There are ski resorts where backcountry skiing is the dominating sport.
Between these stations, the territory is huge for ski touring. As on Hokkaido island, the powder in January covers all the territory. It is light and unique. The evening, coming back we go to an onsen, small inn in the forest with hot springs.
What ski level do you need to do ski touring in Hakuba?
The first priority is to love skiing in powder snow. It is unique there. You’re not obliged to do all the trips. Or you can practice off-piste skiing.
Good physical condition is required to enjoy all days.
Daily altitude change between 800 and 1200 meters. We can also choose for off piste skiing days according to your motivation. We will be 2 mountain guides, so we can make different choices and make 2 groups.
The daily ski touring program in Hakuba
Days 1 – 2 – Hometown – Tokyo – Toyama – Hakuba
Regular flight to the capital. Then an internal flight to the small city of Toyama. 2:30h transfer by bus to Hakuba village.
Overnight at Hotel. Beautiful hot springs.
Day 2 – Tsugaike – Nakatsuchi
Safari ski from Tugaike small resort and superb descent to Nakatsuchi. Back by train to our Onsen.
Day 4 – Onagiyama
Ski touring in Nagiyama and long descent on Yamada Ryokan.
Day 5 – Kamikochi
Our journey continues a little further east in the Japanese Alps. We change valley and go to Kamikochi. On the road we can visit Matsumoto old castle. That day we can put the skis on for a short hike behind the lodge.
Day 6 – Yakedake
Ski touring on a beautiful volcano. Night in Nakanoyu. Small onsen, for our pleasure.
Day 7 – Abo Pass
Ski touring in Abo Pass depending on Jyukkokuyama conditions. Then we go to Hida, a small traditional mountain village in Japan to stay in probably the most magical place of the week: Hokayama
Day 8 – Shirakawago
Short ski touring day in Shirakawa and transfer to Toyama. Meal in Toyama to taste the best products of the Japanese sea.
Day 9 – Toyama – Tokyo – Ville d’origine
The route above can be modified for safety reasons or unforeseen events. It can be adapted according to the participants level. In this case, we will do everything to offer you the best solution by adapting the original route.
A beautiful exotic adventure awaits you! Contact me and let’s discuss it! I will be happy to guide you on these beautiful Japanese mountains that I appreciate so much.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Permit and entrance fees
- Personal Insurance
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
About the Guide
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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