Trekking with the Snow Monsters of Mt. Zao
※Targeted for people with snowy mountain hiking experience and the appropriate equipment.
During the coldest part of winter on Mt. Zao it can drop down to a blistering -20°C (-4°F). In this harsh environment, the perfect mixture of cold-air and moisture turn normal trees into something that can only be described as an “Ice Monster.” On a sunny day at the right angle you can see Yamagata city and the beautiful Lake Okama, which formed from water accumulating in the mouth of the volcano.
We will take the Zao Liza Ski Area lift up to an elevation of 1400m (4590ft), and from there trek on snowshoe for 3 hours until 1800m (5905ft). We pass through large snow fields and ice monsters, to complete our 6 hour advanced trekking tour.
|1||Yamagata Station||9:00 a.m.||We will pick you up at Yamagata station and go to the lodge to change clothes. Then after lunch, we will take a short trek in a natural beech tree forest.||B×|
|2||Yamagata Station||17:00 p.m.||After breakfast in the lodge, we will climb to the summit of Mt. Zao. The tour will finish around 15:00 p.m. We will take you to Yamagata station to conclude the tour.||B○|
- Cost per person:
・(2~3 people) JPY38,000/person
・(4~5 people) JPY30,000/person
・(6~8 people) JPY25,000/person
・Snowshoe Rental : JPY1,000/day
- Cost includes:
• Accommodations for 1 night as per itinerary (One group per cottage)
• 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch 1 Dinner ※Drink fee not included
• Transportation in Yamagata
• Insurance fee in Yamagata
• English speaking mountain trekking guide
- Cost does not include:
• Drink fee
• All fees during free time
• Costs that do not appear on the itinerary
• Individual expenses
• International airfare
• Transportation to Yamagata
- Cancelation policy
From 29 days up until 20 days before your tour date will cost 10% of the total fee.
From 19 days up until 10 days before your tour date will cost 25% of the total fee.
From 9 days up until 4 days before your tour date will cost 50% of the total fee.
From 3 days up until the day before your tour date will cost 80% of the total fee.
On the day of your tour 100 % of the total fee.