DISTANCE
11.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,940 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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hiking
6 days ago

This is a really great hike, mainly due to the whole experience of staying at a hut overnight, the summit, watching the sunrise and some good views. Just to note, it is not an overly picturesque hike so worth managing expectations

We hiked from the 5th Station and stayed at a mountain hut at the 8th Station (this took 3hrs). Then we left our hut at 12:30am and reached the summit ~4am ( 3.5hrs) - there is a lot of traffic at the summit so it was slow going to get to the top

Some tips:
- this website is a great resource: https://www.garyjwolff.com/climbing-mt-fuji.html
- it’s very windy and cold at the summit, think it was minus 10 degrees Celsius so packing warm cloths is a must
- take headlamps/torch for the dark
- hiking poles are worth getting
- booking a mountain hut in advance may be worthwhile during peak periods
- the descent is hard going as the trail is mainly made from crumbly gravel, which causes you to slip and slide around