Japan Alps Oku Hotaka Hida One ridge Day 3 (Oku hotaka- Nishi hotaka nife ridge)

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  • Duration: 3 days (Day 1 : Karasawa, Day2 : Oku Hotaka, Day3 : Nichi Hotaka  )
  • Distance: 24 km
  • Elevation: 2,300 m
  • Activity level: Strenuous, Rocky scrambling
  • Start: Kamikochi bus station
  • Finish: Sinhotaka Onsen bus station
  • Oku Hotaka 3,190m / 10,465 ft
  • Kita Hotaka : 3,106 m / 10,190 ft
  • Both Nihon Hyaku Mei Zan (100 Famous mountains)

Japan Alps Oku Hotaka Hida One ridge Day 2 (Karasawa - Kita Ho - Oku Ho)

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Japan Alps Oku Hotaka Hida One ridge Day 1 (Kamikochi to Karasawa)

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On day 3, after Oku hotaka summit, the trail becomes scrambled, rocky terrain.
Completion time is 8 hours.

The route is famous for Japanese climbers due to its difficulty and beauty. Common nickname for this route is  ‘Gendarme (Jandarumu)’ ‘Jan’ which is the name of dome-shaped characteristic rocky tower on the route.

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Umanose Ridge

The course starts with Umanose knife ridge which means ‘horse back’.
Yes, the ridge is almost as narrow as a horse.

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Oku hotaka to Nishi Hotaka nife ridge

Then the gendarme appear (3,163 m).

On the northern side of the Gendarum, the donkey’s ear, the steep slimming ridge is called horseshoe.

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Please inquire about our variation routes for this hike. The variation routes include a larger diversity of scenery, as well are more challenging. Expert climbers, only, please inquire.

Here is a great description about the variation route of ‘Jan’ from my friend Tony!

https://climbjapan.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-hida-ridge-of-gendarme.html

Japan Alps Yari to Kita Hotaka 2 Dai Kiretto

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Japan Alps Yari to Kita Hotaka 1

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Japan Alps Oku Hotaka Hida One ridge Day 3 (Oku hotaka- Nishi hotaka nife ridge)

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Japan Alps Oku Hotaka Hida One ridge Day 1 (Kamikochi to Karasawa)

2018.06.14

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