Mt. Senjogatake climbing record
For this climb Exertion Level：★★★★☆ Difficulty Level：★★☆☆☆ Scenic Level：★★★★☆
For this climb
This Mountain's Information
- □ Duration：2 days and 1 night
- □ Term of Climbing：03.18.2017 ～ 03.19.2017
- □ Date at Summit： 03.19.2017
- □ Weather：Mostly Sunny
- □ Highest Temperature：12.0°C
- □ Lowest Temperature：-12.0°C
- □ Distance：34.7km
- □ Cumulative Elevation：2,797m
- □ Course：From Todai To Mt.Senjogatake Via Nagaei Lodge
- □ Further Information：Time Schedule
【First-day】Climbed 1,000m and walked about 12km for 5 hours
・08:31 Todai - 13:31 Kitazawa-Toge - 14:06 Nagaei Lodge - 14:07 Stay with tent
・From Todai To Kitazawa-Toge;
The first 2 hours of the course is gravel road. It is difficult to walk on gravel with shoes designed for walking on snow. And, the end of the road is steep, I was exhausted when I got to Kitazawa-Toge.
【Second-day 】Climbed up 1,000m and then went down 2,000m and walked about 25km for 12hours
・03:55 Starting climbing - 05:47 Half point - 07:03 Small-Senjogatake - 08:27 Mt.Senjogatake - 10:54 Basecamp - 12:26 Kitazawa-Toge - 15:44 Todai
・From Basecamp To Mt. Senjogatake;
At the starting point, it was warmer than I expacted, so the snow is very soft. It is difficult to secure footing in soft snow. As going up to summit, the road changed to icy snow, so it was so easy to climb. But the wind was stronger than before. Although I started climbing at 4 a.m, I had not to hegitate to find the road that I should walk because the trail that was made by someone before was cleared.
Approach to Starting Point
- □ Transportation：Car
- □ Time to Starting Point：About 5 hours one way by car.
- □ Further Information：
（GO）Ohmiya ~ Ina IC
（BACK）National Road No125 ~ Suwa IC ~ Ohmiya
※ Entry to the Southern Alps of Japan by car is prohibited all-year round to protect the environment. Furthermore, during the winter season, we have to walk from the parking lot to Kitazawatoge, which is the starting point for the climb. This 10km walk takes about 5 hours and is 1000m in elevation. This initial walk is kind of a big deal for me when I make plans. I could only do this kind of route because I had a three-day weekend.
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Just one thing I wish had been different — I wish we could have reached Kitazawatoge by bus. It’s such a pain to do this walk on paths in such bad conditions. I love walking and climbing, but the gravel road is a totally different ball game because it makes me exhausted and my winter shoes wear out faster than they do walking on snow.
Besides that, overall it was a great trip. I could forget all of my worries and stresses and the hassles of everyday life while being out there in that beautiful setting. I’ll try the Southern Alps once again, probably this summer. I intend to climb other mountains in the same area, especially the big ones like Mt.Kitadake, which is the highest mountain in Japan after Mt.Fuji. I'm looking forward to the challenge!