Is a traverse from Hiriji-dake to Kita-dake possible in 3-4 days?
Hi Gary -
Really amazing website. Inspiring, to be honest!
A friend and I are gearing up to get out to Japan this week (leaving the 21st), for 9 days, with our goal being to bag as many 3000m peaks as possible, including Fuji. So, I was hoping you could weigh in on the feasibility of an itinerary that involves a 3-day traverse from Hiriji-dake to Kita-dake, sleeping at huts along the way.
This makes for about 18-mile days. We are both ultra-marathoners and strong climbers, but I understand this is somewhat of a technical route. To give you an idea, this is our intended traverse: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6896854
My main question is - is it possible in 3-4 days? The g-maps I've seen have a trail that connects these peaks, but those are not always the most reliable.
Lastly - I have not been able to find any maps for sale online for hikers. Will we be able to obtain some on arrival?
Any additional advice is appreciated :)
I really appreciate your time in responding. Thank you and I will look forward to hearing back.