Japan is a country with a rich alpine history. From yamabushi (mountain priests), to mountain loving missionaries like Sir Walter Weston, to modern adventurers such as the Miura family, Japan's mountainous terrain has been the playground - and holy ground - to generations of mountain climbers and recreational hikers. North to south, east to west there are countless peaks to bag and trails to explore. Whether you are out to conquer the Hyakumeizan (Japan's 100 famous peaks) or just head out on a day hike to get some fresh air and escape the heat, there's something for every hiker and climber in Japan.
An afternoon storm sends us scuttling under the eaves of a sari shop and clears the road in Besi Sahar. Only a few buses trundle over the uneven stone surface of the road in this mountain town, the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular treks.
Enter the all-season world of Shinetsu Shinzekyo in Nagano and Niigata with outdoor professionals