This morning we got up very early hoping to see sunrise and also because we had more than 10 hours of partially difficult trail paired with 1000 m ascend and descend on our plan. Weather had changed, thus sunrise was covered by clouds. During putting down the tent, rain started to fall and was with us through the whole day. Fighting through brush-pines and bamboo-grass we climbed Mt. Oputateshike-Yama. After a difficult and rocky ascent we made progress to the mountain hut Biei Fuji Hinan-goya (Goya = hut) which we finally reached after 12 hours. Our feets were soaked, but joy was great.
For the first time, the sky was clear and the warmth of the sun made us stow-away our jackets.
Climbing Mt. Koshiki-Dake and Mt. Kaun-Dake we proceeded to Mt. Tomuraushi-Yama. Afterwards the path turned to be more steep and difficult. Often we were hopping rocks rather than walking. Clouds rised again and unfortunately blocked the view of the peak. After a short descend we set up camp next to a small stream.
Last night we hit the sack already at 8, might become a habit. However everyone else got up at 4 the next morning which yet felt quite uncommon to us. After getting out the hut, we understood why the highest mountain here is named Asahi-dake (Asahi = sunrise). At 5:30 we set off to the 18km stage of today. Starting with the summit to Mt. Hokkai-Dake, the path turned more flat afterwards. Weather was pleasant, but winds made jacket and beanie a must. We climbed Mt. Chūbetsu-Dake, before sucessfully completing day 2.
Early morning, sky was covered with clouds, hiding the “roof of Hokkaido” from us. Starting at the top ropeway station we climbed Mt. Asahi-Dake (2291 m A.S.L.), crossed some snowfields to Mt. Mamiya-Dake and continued to Mt. Naka-Dake. At the mountain hut Kuro-Dake-ishimuro (ishimuro = stone hut), we found a good rest for the first night.
In Daisetsuzuan we hiked the 5-day traverse across the National Park.
A brief overview map is shown below. We wrote a post for each day of the tour.
Preparation is important, especially to supply sufficient calories for such a tour. In Asahikawa we were able to buy suitable food for 7 days. The list is given below.
Looking at the stats, we should have exchanged all calories into Snickers, saving quite some weight;-)
|Packed||Eaten||Name||Weight||Total weight||kcal per 100g||kcal|
|3||3||Fast cooking Rice||75||225||168||378|
|3||3||Beef Jerky 2||40||120||290||348|
|1||0||5 Flavour Rice||260||260||377||980|
|2||2||Risotto al Parmigiano||80||160||396||634|
|2||2||Spaghetti al Formaggio e Broccoli||90||180||404||727|
|1||1||Dried Tofu 2||40||40||473||189|
Planned was 1822 kcal per day and person during 7 days, effectively it was 1739 kcal during 5 days.