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[Mid winter mountain climbing] Mt. Kita – Japanese second highest mountain –

On the 2019/1/12-14, We went to Mt.Kita in the Southern Alps.

Introduction of Mt. Kita in winter

Kitadake is the second highest mountain in Japan after Mt. Fuji.
In summer you can climb Mt. kita in two days and one night. Use the bus halfway.
On the other hand, in winter you can climb Mt. kita in three days and two nights. Because the bus is suspended.
So you can enjoy the quiet mountains.

In this article, We aim the summit of Mt.Kita in two nights and three days while entering the mountain from Yashajin Pass, Using tent.

Introducing courses

(First day) Yashajin Pass → Ikeyama Oike hut
(Day 2) Ikeyama Oike hut → Bowcon-sawa-no-Kashira → Mt. Kita summit → Bowcon-sawa-no-Kashira
(Day 3) Bowcon-sawa-no-Kashira→ Ikeyama Oike Hut → Yashajin Pass

Details of this route are described in the “Carefully Selected Snow Mountain Climbing Routes” of Mountain and Valley Company.
To prevent avalanches in snowy mountains, you can only pass limited routes.
Be sure to check the route before passing by.

Start climbing

We stayed at yashajin’s parking lot the day before and left with the sunrise.


We start climbing through the gates closed in winter.


Forest road and tunnel

At the beginning, we walked on a forest road for about an hour.
On the forest road, we can occasionally see Mt. Shiromine-three-summits (collective name of Mt. Kita, Mt. Ainodake and Mt. Notori).


We have to put on headlights because there are some long tunnels.
There was no problem this time, but in some cases, a construction dump may pass through the forest road and the tunnels, and it is necessary to pay close attention.
It is necessary to be careful of slipping because the temperature inside the tunnel is low and the road surface may be frozen.


Mt. Washino

One hour on the forest road, we arrived at the foot of Mt.Mt. Wasinosu.
This route is non-general and is slippery. It is easy to lose root if you are out of luck.
However, there are plenty of pink tape on the mountain trails, so if you calm down and follow the pink tape, you won’t get lost.


We go down 400m above sea level.


It is a suspension bridge.


Suspension bridge is very thin and scary when crossing.
I want to aim for romance by the suspension bridge effect, but unfortunately there are only men this time.


Climb the difficult rock trail and return to the forest road.


YoshimorirRoad and Ikeyama Oike Hut

About 40 minutes after walking along the forest road, I arrived at the entrance to Yoshimori road.
From here to Ikeyama Oike Hut, we will climb an altitude difference of 3000 feet over the course time of 3 hours.


Yoshimori road has a steep slope and is slippery.
I heard a woman screaming and sliding down from behind. Fortunately she was not injured and was safe.
Yoshimori road is so slippery and dangerous.


We arrived at Ikeyama Oike Hut.
There was snow around the hut and we were relieved.
Since it takes an hour to return from Ikeyama Oike Hut to the water, it is better to melt the snow and make water.


On the first day, We stay at Ikeyama Oike Hut.
Is the number of evacuation hut less than 10 people?
It is quite possible that you will not be able to stay if there are a lot of customers, so you need to bring your camp equipment, including tents.


Day 2 Mountains dyed in Morgenroth

On the second day, we will start climbing from 4am.
We hike up in a forest zone with no distant view for about 3 hours.


As the forest limit approaches, Mt. Fuji looks through the gaps in the trees.


This is Mt. Notori.


We passed through a long forest zone and exceeded the forest limit!
Today is clear and covered with high pressure.
It is the moment when a long forest walk is rewarded.


As soon as the forest limit was exceeded, the morning sun rose from the side of Mt. Fuji.


Mt. Ainnodake and Mt. Noutori are dyed in Morgen Roth


Mt. Ainodake zoom.

On the next page, we pass through the largest core of this course and approach the summit of Mt. Kita.

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