Winter Mountaineering on Mt Yatsugatake

Mount Yatsugatake, in Japan, has many varied and challenging routes. Discover them in this 2-day trip together with Tsutomu, local certified mountain guide.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Yatsugatake Mountain Range

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    There is a variety of fun and challenging routes available on Mount Yatsugatake. You have the option to enjoy a normal winter climbing route, a traverse, an ice climbing variation and mixed winter climbing to reach the summit! There are mountain huts open for the winter, which makes a lot of winter mountaineering activities accessible!

    Available Period: December – Beginning of April (depending on the routes)

    The following is a sample itinerary for this trip.

    Day 1: I will pick you up from your hotel. Start at Minoto and overnight stay at Akadake Kousen Hut.
    There are a lot of private rooms at the hut, and it is famous for the high quality of meal it provides.

    Day 2: Another snow / ice / mixed climbing day and location will be chosen depending on the weather and conditions. Examples include, ridges along Akadake, Amidadake, Sekison etc.

    PRICE:

    1 person – JPY 98,000 per person*

    2 people – JPY 68,000 per person*

    Included in Price:-

    Guide Fee

    Excluded from Price:-

    Accommodation, Gear rental, Guest Transportation Cost

    *Currently revising the prices so please enquire to get the most up to date price for the coming season.

    KIT LIST:

    – Goretex hardshell jacket / pants
    – Winter mountaineering boots
    – Ice axe*
    – Crampons*
    – Helmet
    – Harness
    – Backpack 30L
    – Screwgate carabiner
    – Carabiners x 2
    – Sling 120cm x1
    – Winter mountaineering clothing
    – Thermos
    – Head torch
    – Sunglasses*I can lend you the items with asterisks

    Does this trip sound interesting? Then get in touch with me for more information. We will plan the details for your perfect trip.

    Extra details

    Notes

    Please let me know of your experience level and what kind of experience you are after, then we can discuss and come up with an interesting route for you!

    Kit List

    – Goretex hardshell jacket / pants
    – Winter mountaineering boots
    – Ice axe*
    – Crampons*
    – Helmet
    – Harness
    – Backpack 30L
    – Screwgate carabiner
    – Carabiners x 2
    – Sling 120cm x1
    – Winter mountaineering clothing
    – Thermos
    – Head torch
    – Sunglasses

    *I can lend you the items with asterisks

    Cost

    Price:
    1 person – JPY 98,000 per person*
    2 people – JPY 68,000 per person*

    Included in Price:-
    Guide Fee, Guide Cost

    Excluded from Price:-
    Accommodation, Gear rental, Guest Transportation Cost

    *Use the prices as indicative – I am currently revising the prices for the next season, so please enquire to get the most up to date price.

    Guide Ratio

    Up to 2 people

    Fitness Level

    Be able to be on the move for 8-10 hours a day

    Technical Levels

    Caters to all levels – For beginners, I can teach you the basic winter mountaineering as we head to the peak via the normal route, and for the experienced there is a lot of variation routes which we can choose from.

    Duration

    2 days

    Timing

    December – beginning of April (depends on the route chosen)

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    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
     

    Other details

     
    More info

    The best timing for the ascent will depend on the route chosen, but typically December and / or mid March.

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    You need to purchase your own mountain rescue insurance prior to joining the tour.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    To become a mountain guide had been my dream since I first started climbing mountains, and I have been a mountain guide since 2001 as well as an IFMGA guide since July 2014. I am very happy with the opportunity I have as a guide to share my experience, knowledge and skills with everyone that I go guiding with. I still remember the mix of fear, excitement and nervousness the first time I traversed the Daikiretto (a long knife edge ridge in the Northern Japanese Alps) during my first big climbing trip in the Northern Japanese Alps. I felt as if my heart was going to jump out of my mouth! But at the same time I felt so vividly alive and felt the kind of happiness that I had never felt before. It was a life changing experience and want to share this kind of feeling with my clients. My favourite mountain areas are vicinities of Mt Hotaka and Mt Tsurugi in the summer and Yatsugatake in the winter. I have guided backcountry skiing in Nagano areas (Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen) as well. I have also climbed extensively around the world, from Ultar Star in Pakistan to routes in Yosemite in the USA and several peaks in Chamonix in France.

     
     
     


     

     

    What People are Saying about Tsutomu Sugisaka

     

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    Emma Milner
    Fantastic experience! Mr Sugisaka is a very experienced guide was very willing to take photos to remember the event too! Highly recommended
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