Opening season to hike to Happy Pond

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Edvan Male Singapore 2019/04/22


i am planning a hiking trip in late November, preferably in the Japanese Alps between 15-20 November.

We are experienced hikers. I understand it’ll start snowing in mid November.

1) Do you have recommendations for hikes going up to around the 2000-2500m altitude range?

preferably without the need for crampons and snow shoes.

2) please recommend the huts/lodges that are still open till around 20 November along those routes.



Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2019/04/22

Hi Edvan,

Most of the Japanese Alps will already have snow by mid-November and most lodges close by late October to early November, but there are some mountains in the 2,000-2,500-meter range that should be accessible at that time. See the following mountains:

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