Three Things in Prepping For A Mt. Fuji Climb

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Snowcapped Mt. Fuji is romance and adventure all rolled into one. The hike up to the top is a classic pilgrimage for the Japanese and now tons of visitors every year. But what should you be prepared for when making the climb? Here’s a quick guide of what to know:

The crowds

It’s crowded all the way up. The only pro about this is that you can catch your breath easier since at times you’ll be moving at a snail’s pace. I suppose you can also use this time to think deep thoughts, if, like me, you become easily annoyed in slow-moving crowds. Just expect not to go that quickly.

The clothes

As with most hikes, you’ll need plenty of layers. As one common route is to climb halfway, sleep at a station and then climb the rest of the way at night in order to see sunrise from the top, you’ll need plenty of wind- and rain-proof layers.

The acclimation

Bring whatever you need to make acclimatization easier. The 12,000-odd foot climb can really hit hard, especially if you’re already tired or in a bad mood. The climb is also pretty steep in areas, but you don’t need to be in terrific shape to complete it.

July-August is the high season, but avoid Bon holidays at all costs. Safety is rarely a problem. You don’t need a guide, and there are four trails to choose from. At times during the climb, it can seem more of chore than a pleasure, but when you’re at the top, all negativity disappears just in time for the climb down.

What do you suggest for a climb up Mt. Fuji?

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Maureen always knew she wanted to travel. In college, she studied and traveled through the Caribbean and Central America, and the first time she fell in love was with Mexico City. After graduating, she spent several years teaching EFL in Europe, the Americas and Southeast Asia and traveling in every spare moment. She's currently living in Hong Kong, and getting lost while traveling is her main hobby.

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