Day-2 Climbing Up: Trekking to Mt. Tsurugidake in the Northern Japan Alps 北アルプス 剱岳

Snow grouse 雷鳥 Sightseeing

Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge) → Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱 → 9th Chain Point: Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい → Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge)

Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge) → Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge)

Good morning! Are you ready to climb Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳?

Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge)
Walk to the right from the entrance of the lodge.
Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge)
Starting point for Mt. Tsurugidake. 剱岳登山口
Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge)
There is the trail behind the lodge.
Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge)
Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge)
Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge)
Avoid slipping from the snow steps!
Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge)
Kenzanso Lodge 剣山荘
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
You will get to a ridge path.
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
2nd Chain Point
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

Long chains have been installed to help to people climb these tricky areas.

Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

Be careful to walk. Some parts of the trails are icy and slippery.

Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
View of Toyama City
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱 2813m (9229ft) above sea level

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

Farther away from this place through Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱 is an accident area, because there are loose rocks and falling rocks. Be careful when walking there.

この先、前剱にかけて、浮石、落石に注意して下さい。

Note
You have to shout an alarm when there's a rock falling around the hikers.
In Japan, we shout "RAK !!". It is an abbreviated word of "RAKUSEKI" that means "Falling rock".

Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

A few sections of the trails are quite steep.

Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

I recommend you bring gloves which have non-slip rubber instead of wearing normal gloves or using your bare hands so you can have a good grip while handling the chains.

Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

4th Chain Point
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

The peak of Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱頂上 2813m (9229ft) above sea level

Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

You will see Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳 from the peak of Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱.

Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
View from Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Can you look at Kenzanso (Lodge)?
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

This is Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱 that located between Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge) and Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳.

Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
View from the peak of Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
View from the peak of Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱

View from the peak of Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
View from the peak of Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

This is Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳.

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱 → Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
View of Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳 from the peak of Mt. Maetsurugi 前剱
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

Note
For the peak of Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳頂上
Climbing up only 登り専用

Around the peak of the mountain, sometimes you'll come across sections where there are two separate trails that you either climb up or down.

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

Near the section down the trail to the next chain, there are a lot of loose rocks. Be careful when walking there.
There are also two separate trails that lead up and come back. The trail that leads back is under the same trail with loose rocks, so please take precaution.

この先、クサリまで浮石が多いので注意して下さい。
また、この真下に下山路があるので、意思を落とさないように注意して下さい。

5th Chain Point

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
5th Chain Point
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

5th chain is one of the most adventurous and exciting points.

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Be careful on this bridge!
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
I was nervous and excited.
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
I was nervous and excited.
6th Chain Point
6th Chain Point
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

Take the trail marked with a O (Circle) on the rocks.
In Japan, O (Circle) means OK and Good.

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Trun the left to Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳.
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
行き止まり DEAD END
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

There are two separate trails that you either climb up or down. You shouldn't climb the trail marked by an X (Cross) on the rocks. Instead, please take the trail marked with an O (Circle).
In Japan, X (Cross) means No good and Bad.

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
7th Chain Point: Climb up this cliff.
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
You walk down really steep trail for a while.
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
8th Chain Point
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

9th Chain Point: Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばいMt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

9th Chain Point
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい (Cliff)

Kani-no-tatebai (cliff) is the most dangerous and exciting points around this area.

Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい

There is a steep ascent with about 17m (56ft) long chains at 9th Chain Point Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい.

Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい

9th Chain Point Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい

ONE-WAY TRAIL
ONLY FOR TREKKERS CLIMBING UP 
Creep up on the cliff carefully!

Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Kani-no-tatebai カニのたてばい
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

The top of Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
2999m (9839ft) above sea level

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

There are some warning signs on the top.

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

Look at the bottom right photo above.

北方稜線:この先キケン
一般登山者は入らないでください
Hoppo Ridge : DANGER BEYOND THIS POINT
ADVANCED CLIMBERS ONLY

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

This board says

キケン通行止め
DANGER CLOSED TO TRAFFIC

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳

源次郎尾根:この先キケン
一般登山者は入らないでください
Genjiro Ridge : DANGER BEYOND THIS POINT
ADVANCED CLIMBERS ONLY

Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳
剱岳、登山用ルートの核心部 日本アルプス登山ルートガイド

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