Ski touring Mount Fuji San

Less renowned for its reliefs, Japan is though an extremely mountainous island where volcanos are plentiful and allow fabulous descents in an incomparable powdery and glistening snow. 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Paris - Tokyo - Hakuba

    We fly from Paris to Tokyo from where we hop on a minibus to join the region of Hakuba (around 4h drive), near Nagano, Northwest from Tokyo.
    We settle in the cottage once we arrive and our guide will brief us on the following days program and will check our personal equipment.

    Accommodation : Hakuba Powder Cottage

  • Day 2 Volcano Goryu Sanso (2490m)

    Today is our first day, and we start by climbing up a summit near the cottage to get our legs started. The Goryu Sanso volcano and its 2490m are utterly adapted to discover the great Japanese snow. We'll get back to the cottage to spend the night.

    Positive difference in altitude : between 800 and 1000m | Negative difference in altitude : between 800 and 1000m | Accommodation : Hakuba Powder Cottage

  • Day 3 Mount Shirouma (2932m)

    Big skiing day on the Mount Shirouma, one of the few in Japan which is covered in snow patches ! Located in the Chubu-Sangaku national park, it is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan and one of the most popular among hikers.

    Positive difference in altitude : around 1400m | Negative difference in altitude : around 1400m | Accommodation : Hakuba Powder Cottage

  • Day 4 Mount Tsurugi Dake (2996m)

    We leave the North region of Hakuba in direction of Shinano Omachi to join the 'Alpine Transport Route' or 'Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route' , which crosses the Japanese Alps. This road is only opened from March to November when snowing conditions allows it. From Shinano-Omachi, it is by different means of transport that we will join the Murodo station at 2450m (the highest of the country), where is located the Murodo Sanso refuge, the oldest in Japan. Bus, tramway and funiculars will be taken to get to Murodo in 2h from Shinano Omachi.
    The afternoon will be the ideal moment to go out in the surroundings : the Tsurugi Dake and it 2996m high will allow us to appreciate this new area.

    Time of transportation : around 2h30 to 3h in total

  • Day 5 Mount Tate Yama (3015m)

    Today we will ascend one of the 3 sacred mountains in Japan (with Mount Fuji and Mount Haku) : the Mount Tate or Tate-Yama, at 3015m.
    From the refuge, the night show of the stared sky and the sunrise are genuinely exceptional : this gorgeous landscape will be another good reason to have chosen this trip to Japan !

    Positive difference in altitude : around 1200m | Negative difference in altitude : around 1200m | Accommodation : Murodo Sando Refuge

  • Day 6 Transfer to Norikura

    Tateyama is one of the few places in the world that has the most heavy snowfalls : up to 20m certain years. This is why, leaving from the refuge, the bus will take the road cut in snow : the famous 'Yuki no Ōtani'.
    Tramways and buses will get us back to Shinano Omachi : that will leave us some time to admire the three first glaciers renowned nationaly, but also the great dam and the Kurobe lake. Then, we'll join the town of Nurika by minibus, health resort at the feet of Mount Norikuradake (3026m).

    Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 7 Norikura massif

    A few summits are possible from the city, according to the group's condition and desires.

    Positive difference in altitude : between 1000 and 1200m | Negative difference in altitude : between 1000 and 1200 | Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 8 Mount Norikura (3026m)

    Mount Norikuradake (3026m) is one of the 10 highest Japanese summits but also one of the youngest volcanos. Norikura Kogen Ski Resort is one of the most famous skiing area, and we can sometimes ski until the month of August.

    Positive difference in altitude : around 1400m | Negative difference in altitude : around 1400m | Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 9 Yamanakako

    Morning transfer to join the city of Yamanakako, which is famous for its lake, Yamanaka, the biggest of the 5 lakes region at the feet of the Mount Fuji. The view of the Mount Fuji is magnificent, especially from its North shore.
    You will also see the 'Teddy Bear World Museum' near, quite original, but also the Nagaike Park to visit for those who want to.

    Accommodation : Zero Project Guest House

  • Day 10 Mount Fuji (3776m)

    With is 3776m high, Mount Fuji is Japan's highest peak, from which the first eruption goes back to 1707. Its specific form makes it a traditional religious symbol and one of the most popular destinations. On the 22nd of June 2013, it is inscribed on UNESCO World's Heritage List under the name of 'Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration'.
    With the existence of different Japanese transcription methods, the Mount Fuji possesses different names, some of which are faulty. Thus, in Japanese, Mount Fuji is pronounced Fujisan, but due to a reading mistake of kanji, it happens that Occidental people call it 'Fujiyama' : to talk about 'Mount Fujiyama' is an error, 'yama' already meaning 'mountain'.

    Positive difference in altitude : around 1500m | Negative difference in altitude : around 1500m | Accommodation : Zero Project Guest House

  • Day 11 Mount Fuji

    This day is an extra day in case of bad weather, in order to have a second chance to ascend Mount Fuji.
    Journée de sécurité en cas de mauvais temps, afin d'avoir une deuxième possibilité de faire l'ascension du Mont Fuji.

    Accommodation : Zero Project guest House

  • Day 12 Tokyo - Paris

    Sadly, our fabulous trip comes to an end. We get to Tokyo (around 1h30 drive) and take a flight back to Paris, where we'll say goodbye.

ITINERARY CHANGE
The program can be modified by your guide due to weather conditions or participants physical conditions. For safety reasons and to ensure a uniform level corresponding to the one announced, the supervision and organisation boards have the right to interrupt your participation if your technical or physical level are lower than the one required. The interruption will not give you any right of refund or payment of compensation.

Dates & prices

International departures:

No departure for now

Trip code: SRJAP

Included

  • A deposit of 30% of the trip’s price will be needed during the booking, the whole price must be paid at least 30 days before departure. 
  • The technical organization of the stay
  • France/Japan flight ticket (there and back)
  • Mountaineering with high-mountain guides
  • Full-board accommodation in refuges, cottages and lodges
  • Minibus transfers

Not included

  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Snacks (cereal bars, dried fruits, chocolate bars, etc...) at your own convenience
  • Registration fees
  • Insurance / assistance : research fees and helicopter rescue, hospitalisation and repatriation mandatory
  • Everything that isn't mentioned in the "included" section

International flights

If you wish, we can take care of booking your international flights to the closest airport of your destination. 

Terms and conditions

Subscription

Subscribe to one of our activities or travels means accepting general sales conditions. Each client must fill a subscription form, which will be accepted only after the payment of a deposit accounting for 30% of the travel’s price and according to the availability. If you subscribe less than 30 days before the trip, you must pay the whole price during the subscription. You can pay by bank transfer (SWIFT/IBAN) or with your credit card directly through our website (available soon). A booking confirmation will be sent to you be e-mail very soon. 

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is registered, we will send you an email containing the invoice. Full payment is required at least 30 days before your arrival. If the customer does not settle the payment of the travel price within the period agreed upon, Altaï Alpes has the right to cancel the booking free of charge. 

Cancellation policy

If for any reason, you decide to withdraw from a journey, the amount already paid will be refunded subject to the following exceptions:
  • More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
  • From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
  • From 20 to 14 days before departure,  you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
  • From 13 to 7 days before departure,  you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s priceLess than 7 days before departure,  you will be charged for the whole trip’s price 

Particular case :

Whatever the cancellation or contract change date, the following fees will be added to the charges above:
  • Airline fixed costs: plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plan changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
  • Ground fixed costs: you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
  • Insurance fees: Insurance fees will not be refunded if you have subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmationIf you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Montagne Expeditions and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt. 

The receipt date will be taken as the cancellation date to charge cancellation fees.  

If Montagne Expeditions has no choice but to cancel a group travel due to an insufficient number of participants, the decision will be taken and the clients informed at least 31 days before departure. Altaï Alpes can also cancel a departure due to exceptional events threatening participants safety (social events, strikes, weather conditions). In that case, the trip’s price will be fully refunded but the participants will not get any compensation.

Changes to travel contract


If any change in travel contract is made at the customer’s request, the customer shall pay any fee that might arise from this change. In any case, every request for changes shall be notified in writing. In case of external events that could not be foreseen, Altaï Alpes might change some aspects of the travel contract. We will inform you of any changes as quickly as possible.

Pricing


All group travel prices on our website have been calculated for the indicated number of participants for each trip. The price list is confirmed after the booking. If the number of participants is lower than expected, an additional payment charge might be applied. For each travel and program, we mention the price per person – valid for the minimum number of participants – and we provide you with detailed explanations about the services included or not. Any change in the exchange rates or in the price of travel services in particular regarding the cost of the fuel, might entail price revision.

Contract transfer

In case of contract transfer by the customer to an assignee, modification and cancellation conditions apply. 

Insurance

We recommend you to get your personal insurance before your departure to cover the activities undertaken by Montagne Expedition. If you have not purchased any of our insurances, we ask you to email us your insurance contract information (company, contract name, contract number, phone number) and bring those information with you on your trip. 

Practical info

Staff

Your trip will be supervised by a high-mountain guide who will teach you technical elements needed for the good progress of your stay. He may need to modify the program in order to ensure safety regarding weather conditions and participants physical conditions.

Food

Meals
The Japanese gastronomy is very savory and have a lot of different textures. Amongst the few specialties to not miss there : fish or raw shellfish, seaweed salads, natto rice and red bean cakes

Breakfast are salted, you must be prepared for that !

Drinks
You can drink the running water everywhere in Japan without any risk. You will find mineral water in hotels, big shops, grocery stores and supermarkets, as well as in restaurants. Drinks are not included in the price of the trip. 

Accommodation

We will stay in lodges and 2 nights in refuge. Rooms and sanitaries are shared.

Transportation

We will leave everyday with a light bag. You will have to pack for three days when we'll spend our nights at the Murodo Sanso refuge. 

Tips

Clients usually pay for the guides’ drinks : you might find it practical to make a group kitty at the beginning of your stay (no obligation). 

Vital equipment

Skis
  • 1 pair of ski touring skis, light and with adapted fixations as well as a break or safety strips, and sharpened
  • 1 pair of ski touring shoes with VIBRAM soles
  • 1 pair of adhesive seals skin adapted to your skis
  • Knifes adapted to fixations
  • Poles with large disks

Other
  • Safety equipment : beacon, probe and shovel
  • crampons with "Antibott" system
  • Ice axe
  • Harness and carabineers
  • Survival blanket
  • 1 headlamp with extra batteries and bulb
  • Pocket knife
  • Thermos

Material

Upper body : 
  • Windstopper bonnet
  • Hat or cap
  • Neck scarf
  • Sunscreen (high protection) for skin and lips
  • Sunglasses for glacier category 4 + ski goggles 
  • 2 technical breathable long sleeve underwear type "Carline" (no coton which dries too slowly)
  • 1 technical and breathable shirt to put under your jumper
  • 1 thick fleece jacket
  • 1 fuzz jacket
  • 1 wind stopper and waterproof jacket type Goretex
  • 1 pair of wind stopper mittens (fleece or wool) 
  • 1 pair of undergloves

Lower body : 
  • 1 technical and breathable pair of tights type "Carline"
  • 1 pair of comfortable mountain trousers
  • 1 pair of wind stopper and waterproof trousers type Goretex
  • 2 pairs of socks : 1 thin and 1 thick

Other : 
  • 1 bed sheet for refuges
  • 1 small toiletry bag with 1 fast drying towel
  • Cream for sunburns (Biafine)
  • Biodegradable toilet paper
  • 1 or 2 100L plastic bags and an overbag to protect your belongings and your bag
  • 1 waterproof pouch in which you will put your identity paper, your phone, your money and your insurance/assistance contract with all of your emergency numbers

Luggage

  • A comfortable 35/40L alpinism backpack with ski straps
  • Suitcase or backpack for your personal comfort
  • Resistant ski cover

Medicine

Your guide has a pharmacy of first urgency.
Plan with your doctor your personal pharmacy:
  • Personal medicine
  • Pain reliever (preferably paracetamol)
  • Double skin
  • Elastoplast
  • Local disinfectant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Anti-vomiting
  • Intestinal antiseptic
  • Eyewash
  • Light sleeping pills
  • Earplugs
  • Broad spectrum antibiotic
  • Vitamins C 
Non-exhaustive list.

Passport

Please make sure your passport and travel documents are valid.

Health information & recommendations

For this trip, you must be fit : you can train with other sports such as running, cycling, swimming or sportive walk. To have a reasonable chance of success, a high degree of fitness and stamina, some previous experience of altitude is highly recommended. 

Training advices to check with your general practionner : six months before departure, try to do at least 1 to 2 endurance sport sessions a week (each one must last at least one hour) and do a 6 hours trekking during the week-end with an elevation of 400m/hour during three hours. Three months before departure, try 2 to 3 endurance sport sessions a week and increase your trekking time during the week end from 7 to 8 hours.

Please inform us of any health issues : allergy, diabetes, asthma, or old strokes...

Sustainable tourism

We do our best to offer trips subscribed to the principles of responsible and sustainable tourism. Our aim is to allow visitors to discover the many facets of the mountains by taking you off the beaten path and getting you in touch with its nature and residents, while ensuring that your visits do not have a negative effect on its natural environment and people.

  • Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
  • France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
  • Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
  • Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
  • Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.  
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Sandra

  • Technical adviser on all trips.
  • Passionate about mountains and particularly with backcountry skiing.
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Region
Great ascent
Activity
Ski Ski trip
Duration
12 days
Group
6 to 8 people
Code
SRJAP
Price
From €4,995
Level
3/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
English

Strengths

  • Ski-touring as a way to discover a stunning universe
  • A high mountain guide supervision 

Guide's advice

« If you want to live a great change of scenery whilst having your skis on your feet, Japan is the ideal place. No big difficulties but a real immersion in the Japanese culture on an excellent snow ! »

Required level

Technical difficulties
Accessible trip to ski-touring amateurs that have a good freeride skiing level. It is mandatory to be efficient on every type of snow. A good ski-touring experience in required, with a good control of basic techniques, especially the upstream and downstream conversion. You have to be able to use the safety equipment : avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel. 

Physical difficulties
Regular difference in altitude, you have to be in excellent physical condition but some transfer days allows us to have some rest.

Commitment
Relatively little commitment as we descend every night except for the 2 nights in refuge. Please check your insurance to make sure rescuers are covered. 
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