|Duration: 2 days|
|Distance: 39 km|
|Activity level: Beginner’s level rock scrambling|
|Elevation : 1,500 m|
|Start: Kamikochi bus station
Finish: Kamikochi bus station
|Kita hotaka : 3,106 m
Oku hotaka : 3,190 m
The 3rd highest mountain in Japan
On this 2 days beginner’s level rock scrambling route, we hikeed up the Kita Hotaka（北穂高） then traversed to Oku Hotaka（奥穂高）.
The view of the skylines of the Japan Apls was always beautiful.
Start from the Kamikochi bus station as always.
For more detailed information of Panorama course, Tony san’s article about Mae Hotaka Kita One is good to understand.
(The approach to Mae Hotaka Kita One is same Panorama course.)
The panorama course is good to see the whole Karasawa so some people prefer the route in Autumn to see the Karasawa with full of colored leaves, like in this article.
We took plenty of rest on the first day at Karasawa camp site enjoying mini bouldering.
Next day we started climbing from 4:30 am.
The east ridge of Kita Ho (Nickname of Kita Hotaka) is quite easy to find and there is no clear sign to approach so after started to walk normal trail for half an hour we just take the course which seemed better to walk.
After 4 – 5 hours rock scrambring we were right below the Kita hotaka hut which is very close to the Dai Kiretto route comes from Yari.
Kita Ho to Oku Ho was 2 – 3 hours traverse.
4-5 hours descend from Tsuri One(吊り尾根) ridege and Jutaro shindo（重太郎新道） to go back to Kamikochi.
There is Dakesawa hut (岳沢小屋) on the way.
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To find the traditional climbing route Tony san did great work!