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Is it possible to climb Fuji-san in the last week of June?

by Abhishek

Hi Gary,
First of all, thanks a lot for excellent compilation of the information, it's really helpful.
I have one question, I am going to have a very small window of opportunity of visiting Mt Fuji, around 27-28 June. I am planning to go a night trek.
How would you rate the prospects for this period?
The site says few of the huts could be open, but the trail would be closed. In that case can someone still reach summit ? Would I need any tools etc.?
(I am an intermediate level hiker.)

Abhishek

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Jun 13, 2015
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Thanks.
by: Abhishek

Gary,
Thanks for the reply, one follow-up question :
I might get another chance on 3rd July.
Would there be any major difference in trying on 3rd Vs. trying on 28th?

Jun 12, 2015
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I wouldn't do it...
by: Gary Wolff

Thanks, Abhishek. I'm not a big fan of out-of-season climbing, so I'm probably not the best person to ask for advice.

As you noted, and as shown on my Mt. Fuji Mountain Huts page, a number of huts open in late June, but before the July 1st official trail opening, bus service to the 5th Station is limited, first-aid stations are not yet open, and last year all facilities including restrooms above the elev. 3450m 8.5th Station were unavailable till July 10, since they are under management of the Shizuoka Prefecture side of Mt. Fuji, whose climbing season didn't open until then. With the restrooms closed, you'll be required to carry your own portable toilet, otherwise you'll pollute Japan's most sacred mountain.

This year the situation will likely be the same, as the 3 Shizuoka trails are also scheduled to open on July 10. Climbing in late June also risks encountering late lingering snow. In years past, I know people who've tried to reach Mt. Fuji's summit as late as mid-July, but couldn't make it because of all the snow.

No special "tools" are necessary to scale Mt. Fuji, other than the usual climbing gear like warm clothes, rainwear, headlamp, first-aid kit, etc.: http://www.garyjwolff.com/climbing-mt-fuji.html#8

Best wishes...

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