Hotaka Peaks / Descent to Karasawa via Seitengrat

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TimeEvent
00:01:13Seitengrat
00:24:47a ladder and a chain handrail
00:42:42the base of Seitengrat
01:12:40reached Karasawa-goya
01:19:39reached Karasawa hut
Standard Course Time 2:00Actual Time 1:24 70% [ + 0:36 ]

From the Hotaka-dake hut to Karasawa via Seitengrat

Seitengrat1 is the most famous route to hike up Okuhotaka-dake2. I completely thought that Seitengrat is not steep. But it’s not. It was quite hard after long hike. Please be careful this course has a few fatal accidents every year especially when you pass (or passed by) people.

After finishing descent of Seitengrat you can see Karasawa hut (Karasawa-goya3) first. If you stay at a campsite you may head to Karasawa hut (Karasawa hutte4) over the campsite. Karasawa5 is a general term around here.


  1. ザイテングラート(ざいてんぐらーと). Seitengrat comes from German. “seiten” means a branch, “grat” means a ridge. Of course, there are a lot of “Seitengrat” in Japan. However we call Seitengrat only here. It’s strange. 
  2. 奥穂高岳(おくほたかだけ). “奥” is the meaning of the inner part or the depth. One of the mountain which consists of Hotaka-dake(穂高岳). It is the highest peak in Hotaka-dake and what’s more, it is the highest mountain in Northern Japanese Alps, and the forth highest mountain in Japan. 
  3. 涸沢小屋(からさわごや). A hut located in Karasawa curl. You can see right side when you hike up from Kamikouchi. “小屋” is meaning of hut. 
  4. 涸沢ヒュッテ(からさわひゅって). Another hut located in Karasawa curl. You can see left side when you hike up from Kamikouchi. “ヒュッテ” is meaning of hut. It must be confusing if you call Karasawa-hutte or Karasawa-goya in English because both of them called the Karasawa hut. 
  5. 涸沢(からさわ). One of the most famous place in Northern Japanese Alps especially in its autumn color. Karasawa has a curl and two huts. A huge campsite in Karasawa curl and hundreds of tents in high season. 

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