May 18, 2004
Jul 08, 2013
Thanks to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mt. Tongariro became world-famous. Needless to say, the highlight of the mountain is Tongariro Crossing, 17 km and 6-8 hour hiking trail. I stayed in the Tongariro National Park Village and tried it alone. The national park is designated as a World Heritage Site, so I expected great views in the mountain. Even in cold winter, there were a lot of trekkers and it relieved me to cross the path alone. I had never tried trekking in snowy mountain before and I didn't know how to prepare for it. Thanks to the advice from the hostel keeper, I was able to rent boots and crampons at another hostel and headed for the mountain by shuttle bus from the hostel. In the beginning of the route, I didn't feel it was difficult for me to cross the mountain, but in some snowy areas, I couldn't see well the poles which direct the route. I had not imagined the situation before I climbed and it seemed seriously dangerous to be lost there. There was a part covered with powder snow near the cliff and I was really scared when I slipped there. Beyond a mountain lodge, however, the route was easy and enjoyable.