"Ascent - Descent Strategy" Fuji Things to Do Tip by adarsh_adi
Fuji Things to Do: 33 reviews and 90 photos
The common practise is to start the ascent early in the evening and climb through the night to reach the summit before sunrise. The target is to make it to the sumit before sunrise. Start early. The best time to start the ascent is around 6-30 PM.
Start: Kawaguchi 5th station.
5th -> 6th station = around 40mnts.
6th -> 7th station = about 1 hour. Take 15 - 20 mnts rest at the 7th station. Keep hydrating.
7th -> 8th station = bit tough, about 2 hours.
Also this is not very tiring since you will be in a queue and there is latent rest involved. Once at the 8th station, the cold will start to get you. I would advice having a small break here.
8th -> 9th station = gruelling journey taking about 100mnts.
Altitude effects will start to show here. Do have something hot to eat, Cup Noodles available here is best choice. If u made it here by 2:00 AM, then u are on time. Take adequate rest.
9th -> Summit = Before Sunrise.
There will be a huge crowd of people from various trails lining up to the summit. Do not look at the top, summit will look far far away. Just watch ur step and keep moving. You shud be on the summit just in time for the sunrise. Once on top the sunrise u see there would be so enticing that you will only watch the sun and think about nothing else. People usually sleep off for about an hour or so. You also have plenty of photos to be taken.
Initial 5 mnts of the descent will look like cake walk. Simple muddy slope all the way down. But dont be mistaken. This will be an endless downward slope of 5.5 Kms. Trick: DO NOT BRAKE with YOUR KNEES. Knee jerking for 5 Kms will surely cause serious damage. Use the stick to balance. Keep your knees bent, body tilting backward. Walking down that way so that your knees are slightly bent always. Strategy - taking small rest after every few slopes. Daytime weather on Fuji is pleasent. So look around and appreciate the nature around you. Descent slowly. Takes 3-4 hrs .
Directions: Just remember to look for the boards that point to the Kawaguchiko and take that route when u descend. This is important.
Once down,u will say "Never again will I come to Fuji again". This trip will surely change the way you look @ Mt. Fuji from then on.