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Today we begin our self-guided hike.
Nakasendo Day 1 - Train to Magome and walk to TsumagoWalking distance : 8.3km
Elevation gain : 326m of ascent and 430m of descent
Time required : About 3 hoursSend your main luggage ahead from your accommodation before the Nakasendo Trail to the ryokan in Kiso-Fukushima where you will stay tomorrow night. You can manage with your overnight essentials in your daypack for your stay in ...
Piece of cake!!!
I climbed with 2 American's, Jeff and Nath. Jeff was fully equipped (which turned out to be very helpful), whilst Nath and I looked more like pathetic backpackers. Our outfit was crunched together with everything our backpacks had to offer for such an adventure.
We started off happily with a bit of rain and apart from our three head-torches in total darkness!
Thank you Chris, your ...
8 km walk from walk Magemo to Tsumago.
The guide book and the tourist information centre told me that it would take 3hours to walk it.
However I only had 2, as I got up way to late to actually do this walk. What can I say i did it in 1 1/2 hours :)
Rock'n Roll!!!! found the coolest little coffee shop in Tsumago.
... fairly dense fog. We hoped it would burn off so we can see the summit as well as the lakes around the base. Since Will was with us and he can't monitor himself for altitude sickness, we were on an MWR Fuji Family Hike Tour hiking a loop from the Fifth to the Sixth Station. I knew Mike was disappointed as he was supposed to trek to the summit last month, but his trip got cancelled due to heavy rain and road closures. He jealously watched the "real" hikers as they ...
... forecast couldn't have been any better by the way: clear skies, about 28 degrees Celsius at the bottom and 4 degrees at the top where it is normally below zero. My rain clothes stayed in the bottom of my backpack all of the weekend.
We climbed at a fair pace and after about 4 hours (instead of the expected 5) of volcanic rock below our feet we arrived at our mountain hut. I already heard that the sleeping spaces would be small, but I was not prepared for ...