|00:24:47||a ladder and a chain handrail|
|00:42:42||the base of Seitengrat|
|01:19:39||reached Karasawa hut|
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.
- 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. ↩
- 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. ↩
- 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. ↩
- 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. ↩
- 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. ↩