Yatsugatake Mountain Range
People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Type of Trip
According to legend, the Yatsugatake mountains were once higher than Mount Fuji! And after one look, it is not hard to see why such a legend came to be. It is an impressive volcanic range, highlighted by Mount Akadake (2,899m), their highest peak.
There is so much to admire and enjoy in the Yatsugatake mountains, but on this trip, the focus will be ice climbing.
Over the course of 2 days, I will help teach you the basics of ice climbing. You will learn how to properly use the necessary equipment, from crampons and harnesses to carabiners. I will also teach you the proper techniques for safe climbing as well. And if you are a more experienced ice climber who wants to improve their already existing skills, you too can also enjoy this course.
Because this course is designed for beginners you will not need any prior ice climbing experience. However, some prior winter mountaineering experience is necessary. Also, you will have to be physically fit, as there will be approximately 5 hours of walking and hiking.
Ice climbing is a hugely gratifying activity. And it is especially gratifying in places like the beautiful Yatsugatake mountain range. However, scaling huge sheets of ice does come with risks and challenges, so I want to make sure you know how to do it safely and properly. Thus the importance of a course like this.
Send me a message if you are interested.
And if you are looking to reach the summit of Mount Fuji, I can also guide you on this 2 day excursion.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
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.
A hut within the Yatsugatake area.
I will ask my guide friend to join if there are more than 5 people.
About the Guide
I was born in Hakuba village in Nagano, Japan, to a family of ski instructors and mountain guides. Through my childhood, I'd been active in skiing and all mountain activities, and competed in alpine skiing until graduation from high school. I then travelled to the French alps where I spent the next 5 years learning the skiing and mountain guiding techniques and skills. During my stay, I also worked as a ski instructor in Chamonix, France and upon my return to Hakuba, taught at Iwatake ski school as well as coached the Alpine ski racing team at a high school.
I am an IFMGA guide and my climbs abroad extends from notable peaks in Europe, Africa, South America, Nepal, South Korea, Thailand, and also a first ascent (named Mt Ashura) in China.
I am also a member of Nagano mountain rescue, as well as participate in development of new mountain guides and new mountain gears.
Currently based in Hakuba village, my guiding encompasses high altitude mountaineering abroad, and ski instructing, backcountry ski guiding, free climb guiding, and ice climbing guiding domestically.
Come visit and see the natural beauty of mountains in Hakuba area, where I grew up! You’re very welcome to stay and base your excursions at the lodge that my parents run too.
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