It’s our third day at Hakuba. We are lucky with the weather. The nights and evenings are cold, but at daytime it’s around 20 degrees Celsius.
Finally, we were able to hike on mountain Karamatsu Dake. At the top, there was already some snow (it was begin November). The owner of B&B Santana (Albert Kikstra) said that it was not sure if we could make it to the top because of the snow.
The touristic part: Happo
The first part of the route is rather touristic. We went up with the Happo Alps Line (at winter it is the ski piste) to around 1.500 meters high. From there, it was an hour walk to the touristic ‘hotspot’: a small mountain lake. From there, the hike was more quiet and more beautiful.
At the top of Karamatsu Dake
At around 2.200 meters, we saw the first snow. The wind blows hard sometimes. After 3,5 hours, we reached the top: we are then at 2.696 meters. The views are spectacular and we even could see the top of mount Fuji. We took the time to enjoy the views. After six hours of walking, we were back at the beginning. We were totally exhausted but satisfied, and we biked back to our B&B.
Cool! Letterlijk & figuurlijk.