Summary

Difficulty

Challenging

Starts

20 Feb 2019

Length

4 days

Price

91,000 yen

Accommodation & Meals

Included

Location

Not in Hakuba

Group Size

4 people

This tour is in tents

There is so much good terrain that takes too long to reach. We need to camp.

What's it about?

We can reach good locations in a day, but that doesn't leave enough time to ski a lot and then come home. So why not stay there? There are various locations suitable for camping, and where we go will depend on conditions and the group. 

Tour Difficulty

Challenging - Suitable for advanced skiers/riders and those with advanced backcountry experience. Please read our skill and experience definitions before signing up for a tour.

Who does it suit?

This tour is for robust strong fit people, with some camping experience, preferably in winter. Ski and snowboard skills have to be advanced as getting to and from camp on the first and final days means heavy packs, which is not so easy. Splitboarders have to be expert level. That means being able to easily ski in split mode with locked heels if required. An exception to this is if a group of friends booked the camp privately, then we can tailor it accordingly.

Rescue Insurance, Cancellation and Ability

Comprehensive mountain rescue insurance is compulsory. For more important info on that topic, and our cancellation policy, please see below, or here.

Logistics

This is a 5 day event, of which we plan to be out at the camp for 4 days. Meeting, gear check, last minute shopping and basic avalanche group rescue will be on day 1 of the tour. On day 2 we leave for camp. Anything could happen in terms of location, depending on weather, snow and the group. There are a lot of options!

Seeing as we go to so much effort to set camp, it is worth building in some bad weather buffer days so that we can possibly delay departure for camp to coincide with the best weather window. You will need to be in Hakuba for 7 days.

Breakfast and dinner at camp will be provided, and will be very basic to keep weight and bulk down. You need to source your own light weight and low volume camp lunch supplies, tailored to your preferences.

Camp Extension
It takes a lot of effort to get to Hakuba all ready for a 4 day camp trip. It would be nice to stay at camp longer, however carrying 5+ days of supplies into camp is a limiting factor for most people.  These are some very flexible ideas for more committed teams to extend the trip. Anything along these lines would have to be agreed upon by all participants in advance, and would probably better suit a camp tour made up of a group of friends.

  • One solution is to run a second camp for the same group. We would go out on the first camp for 4 days, return to Hakuba for 2 days of washing, re-stocking and drying gear, then depart on a second camp trip of 3-4 days in another easier-access location.

  • Another solution is to stay in a one great place for a longer period, maybe 7 days in camp that is relativley easier to reach. This would require a "porter day" in which we would all spend a day shuttling gear in from the car. That might take 2 round trips in the day. We would then be in place with supplies for a longer stay at camp.

The additional price implications of a camp extension will be decided ona  case-by-case basis.

Inclusions

  • 4 days of professional guiding with an ACMG qualified Ski Guide and a tail guide.
  • Some camp gear
  • Accommodation (tents!) and meals are included for the camp portion (excluding lunches as mentioned already)

Exclusions

  • Compulsary personal mountain rescue insurance (see below).
  • Transport before and after the tour. You have to get yourself to Hakuba.
  • Accomodation in Hakuba before and after the tour
  • Meals in Hakuba before and after the tour

Equipment

A detailed gear list will be provided after booking. In the meantime, please consider the following.

  • 3-antenna digital beacon, and a proper avalanche shovel and probe.
  • Touring skis or a splitboard. No snow shoes, sorry.
  • 30-40 liter backcountry-specific backpack capable of carrying your skis or snowboard. Smaller packs are too small, and that includes most rental packs.
  • Warm down or synthetic puffy jacket that can be worn over your shell jacket. A combination of lighter jacket and vest is also a good option.
  • Ski crampons.
  • Lightweight backcountry clothes layering.

Camp tents and cooking equipment will be supplied. You have to supply your own winter-standard sleeping gear. You are welcome to use your own tents if preferred.

Be honest about your abilities.

No refunds are given if you are unable to keep up with a tour due to fitness or backcountry experience below that required by the tour.

Please read our definitions of skier/boarder skill levels and backcountry experience.

Rescue Insurance is Compulsary.

All customers MUST have their own mountain rescue insurance which covers mountain helicopter rescue, hospitalization and repatriation to their home country. This is your responsibility. You will be required to provide proof of insurance before attending any tour.

Travel insurance seldom covers all of this. Even if your travel insurance has special cover for "off-piste" or "guided backcountry",  it probably does not cover helicopter rescue, or may require you to contact the insurer before calling a helicopter, which is not practical.

We will not arrange short-term local insurance on your behalf as it seldom covers non-Japanese residents. And becasue you have no chace to review the policy fineprint. And because in the event of a claim, you would have to read and write Japanese to correspond with the insurer.


Booking and Cancellation.

Availability is filled on a first-to-pay basis. To secure a booking you will need to pay in full in advance.

No refunds are provided for any cancellation after November 1st.

TRAVEL CANCELLATION INSURANCE AT THE TIME OF BOOKING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Check with your credit card company if they provide this cover at the time of payment.