With spectacular views and beautiful scenery at every turn, there are hiking routes for all abilities so you will find something for everyone to enjoy. Summer gondolas will provide you with access to the lifts meaning you can explore more of the high altitude terrain and wonderful views without the hard slog!
Before you embark on any activities in the Hakuba mountains you should remember that you are likely to be at a considerably higher altitude with more rugged terrain than you are used to at home. For that reason it is particularly recommended that you:
- Are as physically fit as possible – Ensure you are fully aware of your limitations and of those accompanying you (children and elderly people).
- Are appropriately equipped – Choose sturdy footwear with ankle support, warm, water repellent clothing (even if the sun’s been beating down for days), sun cream, sunglasses, map, plenty water, food and snacks, first aid kit….
- Register your itinerary at the trail heads – Even the easiest and best marked trails can present unexpected hazards such as rock slides or snowfall.
- Allow plenty time for your chosen route – Additionally, leave an extra margin in case of incident. Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back. Nightfall may take you by surprise so it is wise to carry a flashlight.
- Stay on the marked trails – This is especially important on steep slopes or precipices. Never take short cuts as doing so causes erosion, channeling the rain water and resulting in deterioration of the trails that are so hard to maintain.
- Check the weather forecast – It is always advisable to check the weather forecast before setting off as this can greatly affect your walk or hike.
- Respect the environment – The mountains here are breathtakingly beautiful but the balance of nature is very fragile. In order to maintain the beauty of the valley; don’t light fires, ensure you take your rubbish with you, leave the flowers for others to admire and avoid making excessive noise that may disturb the wildlife.