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How far is it from Mt. Kita-dake to Mt. Ai-no-dake?

by David Navarria
(NY, NY USA)

Hi Gary,

Thanks for all of the information on your climbing pages. We are planning a Kita-dake climb for this July and realized that it may be sensible to combine it with an Ai-no-dake summit as well.

Is it much further from the Kita-dake summit to Ai-no-dake? Also, would you suggest a 2nd night stay if we added the Ai-no-dake climb as well?

In other words, climb Kita-dake on the 1st day, stay overnight at Kata-no-koya mountain hut, summit Kita-dake and Ai-no-dake, stay another night at the Kata-no-koya hut, and then descend on the 3rd day.

Thanks!
David

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Apr 02, 2016
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Thanks!
by: David

Hi Gary, I guess after we looked more closely at the map I realized that we just don't have the time to add aino dake to our kita dake climb. We will take our time and enjoy the Kita dake experience- I've learned before not to overdo it!
Once again, your advice was hugely helpful.
Thanks again and best wishes
David N

Apr 01, 2016
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Yes...
by: Gary Wolff

...if you're gonna climb Ai-no-dake, it really doesn't make any sense to backtrack to Kata-no-koya (肩ノ小屋) the 1st night.

I'd stay the 1st night at Kita-dake-sanso (北岳山荘), and then the 2nd night @ Kata-no-koya, or if you're a really fast hiker, you might be able to make it down to Shirane-oike-koya (白根御池小屋).

Kita-dake by itself is a tough hike... WAY too many ladders for me (especially that last steep section up to Happonba-no-koru (八本歯のコル)), some of which you can see in my Kita-dake photo album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjsbmVBa

Best wishes...

Apr 01, 2016
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Just to clarify
by: David N

Thanks for your response Gary! I just wanted to clarify what you meant about staying at the Kita-dake-sanso. Does this mean we should start at Hirogawara, summit Kitadake on the first day, and then stay at Kita-dake-sanso that night? Then maybe summit Aino dake the next morning and return back the way we came to Hirogawara? Notori dake sounds way too ambitious for us!
Thanks again for your help Gary.
David

Apr 01, 2016
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~3 km, ~2.5 hours
by: Gary Wolff

Thanks, David.

Did you have a chance to check out the zoomable Yamareco route map on both my Kita-dake & Ai-no-dake pages? If so, you can clearly see that it's only about 3 km from Kita-dake over to Ai-no-dake.

On my Yama-to-kogen Chizu route map for Kita-dake (available @ Amazon Japan and in Japan bookstores), it shows the hiking time from Kita-dake to Ai-no-dake to be about 2.5 hours. If you decide to do Ai-no-dake, you might want to think about staying at the Kita-dake-sanso (it's on the way to Ai-no-dake) on the first night instead of at Kata-no-koya.

And if you have the time and are feeling extra ambitious, then while you're over there, you might wanna go ahead and knock out Mt. Notori-dake, Japan's 15th highest peak.... that way you can complete all 3 peaks of the Shiranesanzan.

But trust me, that is NOT an easy hike over there to Notori-dake. It took my aging body 12 hours from Kita-dake-sanso as a day hike (even without my heavy backpack) because I was so wiped out from climbing Kita-dake the day before. :-)

More details on Mt. Notori-dake & the Shiranesanzan are here: http://www.garyjwolff.com/mt-notori-dake-and-the-shiranesanzan.html

Happy trails...

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