Hakuba 10th November, 2009

Happo One

Happo Pond

Hiking is one of the main activities in Hakuba during the warmer months. Most people are surprised to learn that Hakuba is busier in summer than winter. There are more visitor numbers to the Valley during the warmer months as many Japanese escape the heat of the city areas and to take in the natural beauty of the area. One of the most popular hikes is up to the Happo Pond. The journey begins with a ride in the Happo One Gondola, the Alpen Quad chairlift and then onto the Grat Quad lift. Even a picnic at the top of the lift system will give you some great views of the mountains and Hakuba Valley. A walk along a track that consists of wooden and stone stairs for about 45 minutes will reward you with a magnificent view of the Happo Pond with 3000 meter snow capped  peaks towering around you at this time of year. A gourmet picnic with a small bottle of champagne and a warm flask of coffee will certainly give you a most memorable experience.  During the winter there will be a 3 meter base of snow up here with many backcountry skiers and boarders exploring the endless options for pristine powder runs. At this time of year be prepared for sudden changes in temperatures and take plenty of water with you. In winter avalanche awareness is considered compulsary along with the equipment. For all the best advice about Hakuba talk to Tony at http://www.whitehorse-hakuba.com

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