Advice by Sport
Usually between mid-July and early September, depending on the weather conditions . During this period, most of the facilities on the mountain remained open: for example, guest houses, souvenir shops, first aid stations or public transportation to the trail head..
Other than the climbing season mentioned above, only those who hold a mountaineering permit are allowed to climb. Winter climbing is even more difficult. Low temperature and snow make the climb becomes more danger. Thus, only professional climbers can climb. If you want to hike Mt. Fuji, it is more suitable to do it in summer.
(1) Before the hike:
Most people will arrive at 5th Station by bus to begin the hike. Due to the effects of high altitude environments on the human body, sufficient rest and a good night’s sleep are highly recommended the night before the hike. If you are feeling unwell at any point before or during the hike, DO NOT push on.
(2) Hiking pace:
Hikers should ascend at a steady, unrushed pace. Sufficient rest should be taken at each mountain cabin along the way to allow the body to adapt to the high altitude.
It is recommended to drink an appropriate amount of water during the hike (a couple of mouthfuls every 15 mins) to avoid dehydration. Do not over bloat yourself with fluids, as this may negatively affect your physical performance.
(4) Beware of loose rock and scree:
The trail to the summit of Mount Fuji is steep and covered in scree. Some scrambling will be required to complete the ascent. When on steep ground, be aware not to kick loose rock down the slope, as this creates a hazard to other hikers.
(5) Reducing knee strain:
Hikers should be mindful of the good techniques used to descend steep slopes. Travelling straight down a steep slope puts significant stress on the knees, which may lead to injury. It is best to travel down steep slopes in a “Z” pattern to prevent this
It’s common to takes two days and one night to complete Mt Fuji, a 20-40L backpack is good enough to carry all necessary gears. The backpack with supporting back frame allows the weight to be evenly distributed to the body, plus a belt to make you walk more comfortable. In case of sudden rain, the rain cover will keep your backpack dry.
Most people choose to start at the 5th station (2305m). The climbing season is in summer, temperature is generally about 25 degrees. Most of the guest houses are located around 3000m, while the top of the mountain is 3776m. The temperature decreased by 6 degrees when ascending every 1000m. Therefore, the temperature at the top of the mountain will be at least 10 degrees lower than the 5th station and usually fall to 0 degrees at night.
We recommend that you bring a quick-drying and breathable T-shirt and warm clothing for hiking.
Due to the big difference in temperature, it is recommended to wear it like an “onion”. Put on a quick-drying, breathable short-sleeved T-shirt as a base layer and add clothes on top. In the evening, you can change the long-sleeved T-shirt and jacket to strengthen the insulation.
- T-shirts made with synthetic fiber can achieve the fast-drying effect.
- T-shirts contain merino wool, a very good material which is resistant to odor.
Many people choose to reach the top in the early morning, and wait for the sunrise. They usually start at around 3am and wait for sunrise. High altitude plus cold wind, a warm jacket is very essential. Some people choose a fleece or a down jacket which is packable. If it is rainy, add on a waterproof and windproof jacket to avoid cold wind chill effect.