ONSIGHT CANADA is running a hiking trip to Japanese Northern Alps which is located in between Nagano, Niigata and Gifu prefecture. The mountains are connected with a 2500m or higher ridge system. There are lots of mountain huts at ridge top so once you hike up to the ridge you don't have to walk down to the valley floor. Stay High!
We choose Fall season for our hike trip since mountain colors are beautiful, mild temperature and less people.
The Japanese northern alps are a very famous place for hiking for Japanese people so the trail system is very well maintained by locals.
There are a lot of mountain huts at a ridge top every 5-10km and you can complete your 5 days hut to hut traverse with just a day pack. Huts will serve a full board if you like traditional Japanese food or you can bring your own food too.
Our trip started in Toyama city where you can find the best seafood / Sushi in Japan. You can get Toyama only for a 2 hours bullet train ride from Tokyo. We will ship our extra luggage to the finishing point, fancy Onsen ryokan.
The 5 days traverse includes beautiful fall color deciduous tree forest, high alpine ridge walk, some scrambling along the ridge and bugging some peaks.
We will hike down to onsen retreat town and refresh tired legs at the end.
Day1 Meet the group in the evening at Hotel in Toyama city.
Day2 - 4 Full day hiking in the Japanese Northern Alps.
Day5 Hike down to Shin-Hodaka onsen then bus to our hotel.
Day6 Long distance bus to Shinjuku, Tokyo station. Tour end in Shinjuku.
The best timing for this trip is late September to early October.
The trip date depends on the availability of the guides. Their schedule tends to be booked about 10-14 month advance. Please send your interests as soon as you can to secure your spot.
The trip price depends on the number of days and guests. Typically trip cost is range from $2000 CAD to $2500 + GST.
This tour is open to anyone who has an advance experience of trekking include ridge walking, scrambling up to the peak. You should be capable of climbing up to 1000m(3000ft) a day. This is a little more demanding than you might anticipate. Blisters can be a problem in new boots or with unseasoned feet.
All participants MUST carry their own mountain rescue insurance which covers backcountry skiing activities. You must be insured for helicopter costs, medical care, and repatriation to your home country. You will be asked to provide proof of your policy before joining the tour.
A detailed gear list will be provided on booking.