Mt. Fuji Conditioning

Mount Fuji on Honshu Island, is the highest peak in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft). An active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08, can be seen from Tokyo and lies about 100 kilometres (60 mi) south-west of the city.

About 500,000 people climbed Mount Fuji in a year making it the most climbed mountain in the world. The most-popular time for people to trek up Mount Fuji is from July to August, while huts and other facilities are operating. Climbing from October to May is not recommended, after a number of deaths and cold weather. Most climb the mountain at night in order to be in at or near the summit when the sun rises.

Climbing Fuji does not pose any major difficulties regarding climbing skills. Only at some points, the trail incline requires light scrambling. Signs along the trail warn the hikers of other minor problems such as wind gusts and falling rocks. However, the main challenge of the climb is the chance of suffering altitude sickness. It’s possible to climb Mt. Fuji in a day with most people taking 6-8 hours to summit.

Train for Mt. Fuji by:

  • Hiking up to 10 miles per week with 1000-1400 meters or 3-5000 feet of elevation gain. Actual climb elevation gain is 1472 meters or 4824 feet.
  • Sustained aerobic workout on stair-master or bike for 60 minutes. 
  • Run or jog 3-5 miles per week.  
  • Focus on building leg strength.

We recommend , the 6 week mountaineering plan.


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