Join me for a winter mountaineering trip in Tokachidake, in Hokkaido!
Hokkaido has abundant snowy mountains in the winter, thanks to the cold Siberian wind and the moisture the wind picks up from the sea of Okhotsk in the north. This spoils skiers and snowboarders with the famous powder snow but it also provides an ideal playground to mountaineers.
Why not you come with me to explore the less known activity in Hokkaido, perhaps as a refreshing break from backcountry skiing for a few days?
I have selected a relatively climber friendly route for this itinerary, which is the Kamihoro North West Ridge. The ridge stands at 2,000 m but it offers easy access with a short approach path starting at 1,300 m. In particular, from Mt. Kamihorokamettoku (a.k.a. Kamihoro), you can enjoy the magnificent view of the snowy peaks of Tokachi, Furano, and the mountain ranges of the distant Daisetsuzan. This area is a major backcountry skiing destination in earlier winter periods but turns into an accessible alpine climbing area.
Depending on the weather, conditions and your abilities, I can also guide you to another itinerary. Please contact me for more information!
As an alternative, there are also 2-days ice climbing programes that I offer. Have a look if you’re interested!
I also offer a 2-day Winter Mountaineering Course in Hokkaido, which is oriented to beginners.
Please also be aware that in case I am busy I will ask my fellow guides to guide you.
From Sapporo, we will drive to town of Tokachidake Onsen (100 km, 2.5 hrs). We will spend 2 hrs training at a frozen dam of height around 10 m, to practice ice climbing techniques and check your abilities on using ice climbing gears. Overnight stay at a traditional onsen ryokan.
Kamihoro North West Ridge / Sapporo
Start with a snowshoe approach for 1.5 hrs, before the climb of the Kamihoro North West Ridge (500 m vertical, grade III*, 7 pitches, ascent 3 hrs, descent 2 hrs). A relaxing dip in an onsen before driving back to Sapporo. Estimated time of return is around 6 pm.
*Scottish Winter Grades:
III – Mixed ascents of moderate rock routes; icy gullies; sustained buttresses.
Price per person
|Group of 2||60000JPY|
- Guiding fee
Accommodation (around JPY 10,000 per person)
I offer this trip for the months of March and April. During this period, the temperatures ranges from -10c to -15c, and at time there could be blizzards with wind speed of around 20m/s (72 km/h).
Intermediate / Advanced. Previous experience of intermediate winter mountaineering necessary. You need to be fairly proficient in rope works and crampons.
In case of bad weather / conditions (including road conditions), the trip itinerary may be altered and/or date change can be discussed.
Riding on the guide's car is considered as ride sharing and thus will only covered under normal car insurance. The guide's responsibility and liability is only applicable from the departure from the start of the approach path until our return to the same point.
Please make sure all participants are individual insured appropriately with international travel insurance. My insurance will only cover up to JPY 1,000,000 upon death and a compensation of JPY 1,000 per day in case of hospitalization.
For any injuries in the mountains, the guide will not be liable and will need to be paid by your own means.
I ask for a payment of Cancellation Fees (CF) in case of last minute cancellations as per below:
For cancellation between 30-60 days prior to the trip date - CF is 50% of Trip Price