OVERVIEW

Deep dive into Japanese heritage and culture by exploring Kyoto, the Kumano Kodo and the Nakasendo on foot.

Walk seamlessly via forest and mountains partly on the Kyoto Trail from temple to temple, and from shrine to shrine. From Fushimi Inari walk away from the crowds and through the Imperial family’s graveyard, Kiyomizu-dera, Kenninji and Gion. From Yasaka shrine to Chion-in and Nanzenji Temples on the way to Mount Daimonji and a lot more. The hike to Kurama Temple and Arashayama are included. There’s also extra time to visit the Golden Temple, Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace.

Walk three days on the 1200-year-old UNESCO world heritage listed Kumano Kodo via the sacred Kumano mountains and the Kii Peninsula.  The Buddhists believe this pilgrimage effectively purifies the mind, soul and spirit. Even if you’re not a Buddhist, there’s a real sense of improved well-being on completion.

The 500km long Nakasendo trail (literally meaning the “Middle Mountain Way”) has become one of Japan’s most famous hiking routes because of its breathtaking scenery. We walk the four best days on the Nakasendo walk over ancient paved paths, through well-preserved authentic Japanese towns and via cypress and cedar forest and peaceful rural Japanese scenery. Shrines and waterfalls dot the landscape as you make your way through the Kiso Valley, wedged between the sacred mountain of Mount Ontake and Mount Komagatake.

Highlights

KYOTO, KUMANO KODO AND NAKASENDO WALKS

  • Discover the magic of Kyoto and its magnificent temples, beautiful mountains and waterways, plus walk the best days on the Kumano Kodo and the Nakasendo
  • Stay most nights in intimate, mostly family-owned Ryokans, Japanese guesthouses or inns
  • Daily Japanese breakfasts and dinners with an emphasis on real Japanese food served in elegant tatami mat settings whilst on the Nakasendo and the Kumano Kodo
  • Walk with a small pack on well-graded ancient trails, enjoying wondrous views and old forest

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
14 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20 plus km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 6495

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SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 1295

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14

DAY 1
Travel to Kyoto

Travel to Kyoto from Osaka or Tokyo.

We provide all transport information in a summary document in your comprehensive walk notes.

If you arrive early, we have mapped out a walk from Nijo Castle, the Imperial Palace ending at Shimogamo Shrine. There’s so much to pack into your visit to Kyoto, including the Nishi Hongan-ji Temple, the Rengeo-in Temple (1000 statues of Buddha) and Chishaku-in Temple, near the Kyoto train station. Your accommodation is central, so enjoy wandering around the vibrant Pontocho restaurant area or the Teramachi and Shinkyogoku-covered shopping strip in the evening, a maze of shops and authentic eateries.

Accommodation: Stay in a Japanese Hotel in central Kyoto
Walking: Easy / 6 km / 2 to 2 hrs
Elevation: Minimal

DAY 2
Kyoto Trail: From Fushimi Inari via Kiyomizu-dera to Gion

Today you start our two-day seamless walk from Fushimi Inari via the Imperial Family Graveyard and the very famous Kiyomizu-dera. You walk away from the crowds for much of the walk on the Kyoto Trail, passing many other shrines and temples on the way to the famous Kenninji Temple. From here, you wander the streets of the well-preserved historically significant Gion area, and cross the Tatsumi Bridge, with a short walk back to your accommodation. Wander along the river at night and soak up the Kyoto nightlife.

Accommodation: Stay in a Japanese Hotel in Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast
Walking: Moderate /14 km / 6 to 7 hrs
Elevation: +447m/-447m

DAY 3
Kyoto: Philosopher's Path: Yasaka Shrine via Chion-in Temple to Mount Daimonji

Today you walk out of your accommodation to Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park. From here, you continue the seamless walk to Chion-in Temple, with its massive Tori Gate, and the beautiful Japanese gardens at Nanzenji Temple. Wander past more temples along the Philosopher’s Path, eventually passing Ginakuji Temple and completing the day with a climb up to Mount Daimonji to enjoy magnificent views over Kyoto.

Accommodation: Stay in a Japanese Hotel in Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast
Walking: Moderate /14km – 18 km / 5 -7 hrs
Elevation: +220m – +462m/ -390m

DAY 4
Kyoto: Hike to Kurama and Kifune Shrine and Arashiyama bamboo Grove

A brief train ride to Kurama begins the day, followed by a hike to the summit, enjoying Kurana-dera Temple on the way. This is the birthplace of Reiki, and many people from around the world come here to pay homage to Sonten (the creator of the universe). The whole complex is sacred and also said to be older than Kyoto. We can use the cable car to come down (or up if you wish), or walk down the other side of the mountain to Kifune and, in summer only, enjoy a meal or drink in the restaurants built over the river. Soak your feet in the running water and enjoy the natural air conditioning.

From here, we travel to Arashiyama, the bamboo grove, and the attached magnificent gardens of Tenryu-ji Temple. Wander around the old preserved part of town, or relax and enjoy a ‘real coffee’ as you stroll along the river.

Accommodation: Stay in a Japanese Hotel in Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast
Walking: Easy / 8 to 12 km / 4 – 5 hrs of walking plus stops
Elevation: Neglible or minimal

DAY 5
Kyoto walks then travel to Tanabe and the Kumano Kodo

There is time to do another walk this morning or explore more cultural sites as in the Golden Temple or anything you might have missed if you got in late on Day 1, before setting off on the 3.5 hr train journey in the afternoon via the picturesque coastline to Tanabe by train. Tanabe is a small coastal village and the gateway to the Kumano Kodo. You will be supplied with easy-to-follow detailed transport information in your walk notes. Train travel in Japan is the best, cheapest and easiest way to get around Japan (not to mention the most eco-friendly). You will travel with your luggage to Tanabe. The train transfers between destinations on this walk are at your own cost. Using train travel reduces the cost of the walk significantly.

Accommodation: Small family-run Ryokan or Minshuku in either Kawayu, Wataze or Yunomine Onsens
Meals: Breakfast & dinner
Walking: Optional

DAY 6
Kumano Kodo: To Hongu Taisha

It’s an early start today, but there is a choice to shorten the walk to 8 km. We hike ancient mountain trails to Hongu Taisha, one of the three main shrines of the Kumano Kodo. This is a 16km hike (from Doyukawa-bashi), but it can be modified to 8km (from Hosshimon0Oji), depending on how you’re feeling. You’ll hike the sacred Kii Mountains, said to be the entrance to the land of Yomi, in mythological terms, the Shinto underworld. Pass through small villages, thick green forest and aside cascading streams. Pass shrine after shrine, eventually arriving at Hongu Taisha, where you can explore the massive temple. Before dinner, take a dip in either your accommodation’s onsen or one of the many ancient public onsens that dot the area. Dress in your Yukata (best described as a formal Japanese bathrobe) that’s provided at each of the accommodations and enjoy a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner.

Accommodation: Small family-run Ryokan or Minshuku in either Kawayu, Wataze or Yunomine Onsens
Meals:
Breakfast, walkers lunch and dinner
Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 16 km or 8 km / 6 or 2 hrs
Elevation: +450m / -700m

DAY 7
Kumano Kodo: Ukegawa (Hongu) to Koguchi

The Nakahechi continues on the Kogumotori-goe path, one of the best walks the region has to offer. Starting alongside the Kumano River, the walk ventures up the mountain through forest and back down again to the small village of Koguchi. Highlights include views from Hyakken-gura over the 3600 peaks of Kumano. Today’s walk is the shortest of the itinerary, allowing time for a lazy day by the river, more onsen bathing or further exploration of the area.

Accommodation: Small family-run Ryokan or Minshuku in Koguchi (or Hongu)
Meals:
Breakfast, walkers lunch and dinner
Walking: Moderate / 12.8 km / 4.5-5.5 hrs
Elevation: +670m / -690m

DAY 8
Kumano Kodo: Koguchi to Nachi-san

The start of today’s walk is as challenging as you can get, but it’s our favourite on the Nakahechi, so you’re in for a real treat. There’s a fair bit of elevation, but the views out over the Pacific, and the glimpses of mountains as you traverse through the forest make it all worth the effort. The highlight is the walk into Nachi-San Taisha over the ancient Ogumotori-goe path travelled by thousands of pilgrims and then walking into the magnificent shrine. The panoramic scene of the superb orange Seiganto-ji Temple against the backdrop of the sacred Nachi waterfall, the tallest in Japan, is certainly one of Japan’s most beautiful spectacles.

Accommodation: Small family-run Ryokan or Minshuku in Nachi-san or Kii-Katsuura
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and dinner
Walking: Moderate to challenging / 14.2 km / 5.5-7 hrs
Elevation: +1260m / -930m

DAY 9
Onward travel to Nakatsugawa

Today you get to rest somewhat with a pleasant 5 to 5.5hr train ride to Nakatsugawa via Nagoya. There is time to hike back from Nakatsagawa Castle ruins to get the feet moving or wander around the old post town and soak up the ambience of old Japan.

Accommodation: Small family-run Ryokan or Minshuku  in Nakatsugawa
Meals:
Breakfast and Dinner
Walking: Easy (optional) / 5 km / 2 hrs

DAY 10
Nakasendo Way: Nakatsugawa to Tsumago

Walk out of town and pass a set of iconic Japanese red torii gates that you will also find on the Kumano Kodo. Today, there is a little bit of elevation and descent on the Nakasendo trail, particularly before Ochiai. But it’s worth it having walked over the ancient cobblestone path, arriving at the stunning little town of  Magome. Magome is number 43 of the 69 post towns and is said to be one of the major highlights of the Nakasendo Way. The Kosatsuba (an official proclamation board) at the entrance interestingly articulates the Japanese’s attitude long ago that “No Christianity can be practised”. There is time to take a stroll and explore the many beautiful small shops on the main street.

From Magome, the Nakasendo Way begins to climb up to the Magome Pass at 800m above sea level. The trail makes its way via woodland and not far from the Odaki-Medaki waterfalls, past rice paddies and through the old village of O-Tsumago. The walk ends at the gorgeous village of Tsumago, with its long rows of traditional Japanese wooden houses, town number 42 of the 69 post towns.

Accommodation: Small family-run Ryokan or Minshuku in Kiso Fukushima or Tsumago.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Walking: Moderate/ 17 km / 4 ½ – 6 hr
Elevation: +846 m / – 745 m

 

DAY 11
Nakasendo Way: NAGISO TO NOJIRI

Today’s walk is all about outstanding nature and enjoying the stunning Japanese landscape. Walk along trails that follow running streams and dense forest, and through small villages enjoying the Japanese cultural experience and friendly locals. The main route of the Nakasendo between Nagiso (Midono-Juku) and Nojiri-juku lay along the Kiso River. However, this route was often blocked due to flooding and landslides. At such times, the alternative “Yogawa Route” over Nenouetoge Pass was used instead. This is the trail you will walk today, which takes you across the hills and through mountain villages, visiting forests of tall cedars and striking deciduous trees. In autumn, this landscape is a blaze of colour.

Accommodation: Ryokan in Kiso Fukushima
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Walking: Moderate/ 16 km / 4 ½ – 5 ½ hr
Elevation: +1044m / -925m

DAY 12
Nakasendo Way: YABUHARA TO NARAI VIA TORII PASS

Today’s shorter walk is your last outing in the beautiful Kiso Valley. From the post town of Yabuhara, follow the Nakasendo Way over the famous Torii Pass to the beautifully restored post town of Narai. To get to the start of the walk in Yabuhara, take the train from Kiso-Fukushima. At the end of the walk in Narai, take the train to Nagano, then transfer to the Shinkansen to continue to Karuizawa.

Accommodation: Japanese-style Hotel or Ryokan in Karuizawa
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Walking: Easy/ 7km / 2 – 3 hr
Elevation +507m / -500m

DAY 13
Nakasendo Way: KARUIZAWA TO YOKOKAWA VIA USUI PASS

Now, far to the northeast of the Kiso Valley, we have one more opportunity to walk a section of the old Nakasendo Way. Today’s walk leaves Karuizawa on a delightful path that weaves its way up forested hillsides to Usui Pass. At the top of the pass, take in the grand mountain views from Miharashidai, enjoy a break at one of the teahouses nearby, or visit the Usui Pass Kumano Kotai Shrine. Note that there is a bus service between Karuizawa and Usui Pass. Beyond the pass, the gently undulating path leads over forested hills with an astounding display of autumn colours in season before a steep descent leads to Yokokawa. The last few km are gentle once more as you follow the historic rail trail that parallels the Old Usui Line. A spectacular finish to your Nakasendo walking holiday.

We recommend spending another night in Karuizawa and finishing your holiday after breakfast tomorrow morning (if you want to end the trip today let us know).

Accommodation: Japanese style Hotel or Ryokan in Karuizawa
Meals: Breakfast
Walking:  Moderate/16.5 km / 4 – 5 hr
Elevation +701m / -1255m

DAY 14
Onward travel

Your walk finished this morning after breakfast. It is a one-hour train ride to Tokyo (or 3hrs to Osaka).

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Walk with a light pack on the 3 best days on the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi and the 4 best days on the Nakasendo
  • Fully immerse yourself in Kyoto over 4 days including on the Kyoto Trail
  • Luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation ( see General Info section for details re the luggage transfers on the walks)
  • 9 nights stay in an intimate family-run or smallish traditional Japanese lodgings, some with in-house onsens and 4 nights stay in Japanese Hotel in Kyoto
  • Superb traditional multi-course meals for breakfast every day and dinner each day on the Kumano (plus 3 lunches) and Nakasendo walks
  • Itineraries can be flexible to shorten the walking days
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes and maps
  • Note:  the cost of trains, taxis if you choose to use them or entry fees into shrines or temples is extra.  Please see the details in the General Info section

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

To ease you into it in Kyoto, we stay centrally and in Japanese lodgings, but with more facilities than the more traditional Japanese accommodations.

On the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi and the Nakasendo, you will stay in a lovely Ryokan or Minshuku each night. Ryokans are Japanese guesthouses that come in a variety of styles, from traditional wooden structures to more of a modern hybrid hotel. Expect to stay the way the Japanese stay.

Ryokans are Japanese guesthouses in various styles, from traditional wooden structures to modern hybrid hotels. Ryokans have Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats, shoji sliding doors, and futons for sleeping on. Few Ryokan Hotels have rooms with actual beds. The rooms may or may not have ensuites, but be prepared for a little luxury when it comes to the heated toilet seats. The bathing area is often the pride of the Ryokan, especially when they’re located in an onsen area. These are usually communal and separated by the two genders.

A Minshuku is a family-run accommodation that is often found in rural Japan. There is a fine line between a Minshuku and some smaller Ryokans, making it hard to distinguish between the two. Most minshukus are very small, with only a few Japanese-style rooms, a bit like a Bed and Breakfast, Japanese style. Staying at a Minshuku has its advantages, as it’s a good chance to meet the local people and get right up close to the Japanese culture.  The atmosphere is often like that of a home with traditional meals served much like at a Ryokan but with even more intimacy. Be prepared, as baths and toilets are often shared.

Meals are elaborate affairs from a Western point of view served in a traditional dining area on the Kumnao Kodo and Nakasendo Way. A traditional Kaiseki set meal is what is usually offered. Sometimes there is the option of a buffet at the larger Ryokans.

 

  • Nights 1 to 4

  • Nights 5 to 8

  • Nights 9 to 13

GENERAL INFO

HIGH SEASON

In Japan, there are some periods when locals travel en masse as they are on holiday. These times are best avoided as the accommodation costs escalate considerably (more than double). It would make a lot of sense if you could avoid these times. Otherwise, see below for high-season periods. This could lead to the cost of the trip increasing by 30% or more.

NEW YEAR PERIOD – 30TH DECEMBER TO 4TH OF JANUARY 

GOLDEN WEEK – GENERALLY BETWEEN 29TH APRIL TO 5TH MAY

OBON PERIOD – MID-AUGUST ( BETWEEN THE 10TH TO 20TH OF AUGUST)

Please speak to the Auswalk team to get a quote for the above times

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

On this walk, you will have to catch some trains in between the destinations, which is pretty straightforward whilst walking within each destination. There are also two short bus rides on the Kumano Kodo.

These transfers are all outlined clearly and simply in the walk notes day by day as you go. None of these can be pre-booked, and is the best way to get around Japan and the most eco-friendly. This also includes whilst you are walking in the mountains on the Kumano Kodo and on the Nakasendo Way. All of these fares are at your own cost.

None of the transport costs a significant cost (i.e. 150 to 500 Yen) except for the transfers between the 3 destinations. The train fares could be from 5000 to 13000 Yen ( at the time of writing this, equivalent to $50 to $130).

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

We have included meals when it makes sense, but when you are somewhere like Kyoto, with thousands if not more eateries, we have left you to your own devices. We try to make recommendations, but note that following the crowds and waiting in line is sometimes quite time-consuming. Walking around and tasting the variety of exceptional food is one of the highlights of Kyoto.

The entry fees into the numerous temples, shrines and gardens are not included. These can add up to about 2500 Yen ($25) a day. Trying to prebook these is not possible.

Some taxis (possibly 2 or 3) are recommended instead of the subway; these can be as much as 2000 Yen ($20) each. Taxi travel in Japan is at Western prices, but it is very efficient – taxis are everywhere and easy to catch.

The above is straightforward and will be explained in detail in your walking notes.  Note: we don’t advise organising private transfers, as these are very expensive in Japan and unlikely to enhance your experience.

It is necessary to carry cash as some purchases can only be made with cash. Japan is very safe.

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available all year round, but you may encounter some snow from December to February. Many people prefer to walk in spring to see the cherry blossoms and in autumn because of the change of seasons and the good weather. Summer is very hot in Kyoto, so either walk at another time or we suggest starting early each day.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

It makes sense to fly into Osaka and out of Tokyo. However, the price of tickets may be lower by flying in or out of one city. In this case, choose Tokyo. It is a short bullet and a very efficient train ride to Kyoto from Tokyo. The trip ends in Kuruizawa, a one-hour train ride to Tokyo.

Travelling to the start of the walk

The first part of this walk starts in Kyoto. If you arrive in Osaka, the train station is outside the airport. There are English-speaking people to buy tickets at the station. Once in Kyoto, unless you are staying at the upgrade  (which is at the station), it is best to catch a taxi to your accommodation instead of dragging your bags.

From Kyoto, we catch a train to each of the destinations. The details are outlined in the notes you will receive six weeks out from departure.

By Air: The best option is to fly into Osaka (or Tokyo if it suits you or is way cheaper) and take the train from there. You can take the train direct from Osaka Kansai Airport to Kyoto.  The train station is at the airport, and English-speaking staff are at the ticket office. You might consider spending some time in Osaka – an exciting city with many beautiful temples and Osaka Castle. In spring, it is wonderful. It also has a sophisticated restaurant culture and markets that seem to go on for kilometres.

By Rail: Japan has one of the best train systems in the world, so it’s straightforward to catch a train to any destination in the country. An express train is the fastest way to travel to the area. Travelling in Japan on trains is a seamless experience, and pre-purchase tickets are not always necessary. Plenty of rail staff speak English well enough to direct you the right way and converse with you about how to buy your ticket. We can provide more information if you wish, so please ask one of our destination consultants.  Hyperdia is the best resource for planning your train travel in Japan.

Always pay for reserved seats to avoid the hassle of standing and also enjoy the added advantage of having a place to store bigger bags.

Travelling from the end of the walk

By rail: The train from Kuruizawa, the last destination, is not far from Tokyo. Going back to Osaka takes about 4 hours and costs about $150. You can choose to go to Tokyo or anywhere else, for that matter in Japan!

By Air: See above

LUGGAGE TRANSFERS

Luggage transfers are only needed on the Kumano Kodo Nacahechi and Naksendo routes. You will need to bring your luggage with you as you travel from Kyoto to the Kumano Kodo and to the Nakasendo Way. It is an unnecessary cost to incur having your luggage travelling separately from you.

On one of the days on the Nakasendo, you may not have your luggage. This is season dependent, and we will let you know if this happens. Yukatas and Japanese dressing gowns are provided in house so you will only need to carry the bare essentials.

 

WALKING

The walk is over 150 km in length and is moderate to moderate to challenging, with some long days if you wish. Full-day walks average about 15 km with 5 –8. hours walking each day; however, they can be as long as 24 km (you can shorten almost all the days). But with rest days in between, while travelling, this is very achievable. The walking is over well-maintained paths, but expect each day to start with some reasonable elevation gains. Fear not, the tracks do flatten out!

For what to bring, please refer to Gear Advice in our FAQ section.

WEATHER

From the end of  March, the temperature begins to increase. In summer, it’s quite warm and humid but still possible to walk,  particularly if you enjoy warmer temperatures and taking a dip in a stream. However, in Kyoto, it gets very hot at an average of 33 degrees Celsius with a humidity of 69%. In this case, it is best to avoid summer or be prepared to walk early in the morning in Kyoto. Walking early comes with the added benefit of avoiding the crowds all year round!

The walk is offered in winter, but bring warm clothes and good rain gear.  The area is just as beautiful if not more and is not busy at all. Soaking in an outside onsen in the cool of the night is one of those authentic Japanese experiences you can look forward to after a big day on the track.

As walkers, spring and autumn are the best times as the weather is perfect for walking.

See the weather information about Osaka’s average weather at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips requiring international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance including medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred by our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years, we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $6495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1295

    High season and weekend prices in Kyoto may apply

  • 1 Jan 2025 - 31 Dec 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $6595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1355

    High season and weekend prices in Kyoto may apply

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  • Walk pack free with all luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation arranged for you
  • 13 nights of accommodation in 3* hotels or simple hotels
  • 13 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Maps, comprehensive Auswalk authored walk notes, GPX tracks and day-by-day summary
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Itineraries can please flexible to account for weather conditions
  • One rest day is included, more can be added if you would like to experience the epic cable cars and chairlifts or explore the region further
  • Stay in private rooms with ensuites (Trient shared bathroom) with luggage transfers every day.
  • No need to carry sleep sheets, towels and not have your luggage as in refuges (huts)
Overview

OVERVIEW

Deep dive into Japanese heritage and culture by exploring Kyoto, the Kumano Kodo and the Nakasendo on foot.

Walk seamlessly via forest and mountains partly on the Kyoto Trail from temple to temple, and from shrine to shrine. From Fushimi Inari walk away from the crowds and through the Imperial family’s graveyard, Kiyomizu-dera, Kenninji and Gion. From Yasaka shrine to Chion-in and Nanzenji Temples on the way to Mount Daimonji and a lot more. The hike to Kurama Temple and Arashayama are included. There’s also extra time to visit the Golden Temple, Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace.

Walk three days on the 1200-year-old UNESCO world heritage listed Kumano Kodo via the sacred Kumano mountains and the Kii Peninsula.  The Buddhists believe this pilgrimage effectively purifies the mind, soul and spirit. Even if you’re not a Buddhist, there’s a real sense of improved well-being on completion.

The 500km long Nakasendo trail (literally meaning the “Middle Mountain Way”) has become one of Japan’s most famous hiking routes because of its breathtaking scenery. We walk the four best days on the Nakasendo walk over ancient paved paths, through well-preserved authentic Japanese towns and via cypress and cedar forest and peaceful rural Japanese scenery. Shrines and waterfalls dot the landscape as you make your way through the Kiso Valley, wedged between the sacred mountain of Mount Ontake and Mount Komagatake.

Highlights

KYOTO, KUMANO KODO AND NAKASENDO WALKS

  • Discover the magic of Kyoto and its magnificent temples, beautiful mountains and waterways, plus walk the best days on the Kumano Kodo and the Nakasendo
  • Stay most nights in intimate, mostly family-owned Ryokans, Japanese guesthouses or inns
  • Daily Japanese breakfasts and dinners with an emphasis on real Japanese food served in elegant tatami mat settings whilst on the Nakasendo and the Kumano Kodo
  • Walk with a small pack on well-graded ancient trails, enjoying wondrous views and old forest

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
14 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20 plus km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
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$ 1295

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Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14

DAY 1
Travel to Kyoto

Travel to Kyoto from Osaka or Tokyo.

We provide all transport information in a summary document in your comprehensive walk notes.

If you arrive early, we have mapped out a walk from Nijo Castle, the Imperial Palace ending at Shimogamo Shrine. There’s so much to pack into your visit to Kyoto, including the Nishi Hongan-ji Temple, the Rengeo-in Temple (1000 statues of Buddha) and Chishaku-in Temple, near the Kyoto train station. Your accommodation is central, so enjoy wandering around the vibrant Pontocho restaurant area or the Teramachi and Shinkyogoku-covered shopping strip in the evening, a maze of shops and authentic eateries.

Accommodation: Stay in a Japanese Hotel in central Kyoto
Walking: Easy / 6 km / 2 to 2 hrs
Elevation: Minimal

DAY 2
Kyoto Trail: From Fushimi Inari via Kiyomizu-dera to Gion

Today you start our two-day seamless walk from Fushimi Inari via the Imperial Family Graveyard and the very famous Kiyomizu-dera. You walk away from the crowds for much of the walk on the Kyoto Trail, passing many other shrines and temples on the way to the famous Kenninji Temple. From here, you wander the streets of the well-preserved historically significant Gion area, and cross the Tatsumi Bridge, with a short walk back to your accommodation. Wander along the river at night and soak up the Kyoto nightlife.

Accommodation: Stay in a Japanese Hotel in Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast
Walking: Moderate /14 km / 6 to 7 hrs
Elevation: +447m/-447m

DAY 3
Kyoto: Philosopher's Path: Yasaka Shrine via Chion-in Temple to Mount Daimonji

Today you walk out of your accommodation to Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park. From here, you continue the seamless walk to Chion-in Temple, with its massive Tori Gate, and the beautiful Japanese gardens at Nanzenji Temple. Wander past more temples along the Philosopher’s Path, eventually passing Ginakuji Temple and completing the day with a climb up to Mount Daimonji to enjoy magnificent views over Kyoto.

Accommodation: Stay in a Japanese Hotel in Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast
Walking: Moderate /14km – 18 km / 5 -7 hrs
Elevation: +220m – +462m/ -390m

DAY 4
Kyoto: Hike to Kurama and Kifune Shrine and Arashiyama bamboo Grove

A brief train ride to Kurama begins the day, followed by a hike to the summit, enjoying Kurana-dera Temple on the way. This is the birthplace of Reiki, and many people from around the world come here to pay homage to Sonten (the creator of the universe). The whole complex is sacred and also said to be older than Kyoto. We can use the cable car to come down (or up if you wish), or walk down the other side of the mountain to Kifune and, in summer only, enjoy a meal or drink in the restaurants built over the river. Soak your feet in the running water and enjoy the natural air conditioning.

From here, we travel to Arashiyama, the bamboo grove, and the attached magnificent gardens of Tenryu-ji Temple. Wander around the old preserved part of town, or relax and enjoy a ‘real coffee’ as you stroll along the river.

Accommodation: Stay in a Japanese Hotel in Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast
Walking: Easy / 8 to 12 km / 4 – 5 hrs of walking plus stops
Elevation: Neglible or minimal

DAY 5
Kyoto walks then travel to Tanabe and the Kumano Kodo

There is time to do another walk this morning or explore more cultural sites as in the Golden Temple or anything you might have missed if you got in late on Day 1, before setting off on the 3.5 hr train journey in the afternoon via the picturesque coastline to Tanabe by train. Tanabe is a small coastal village and the gateway to the Kumano Kodo. You will be supplied with easy-to-follow detailed transport information in your walk notes. Train travel in Japan is the best, cheapest and easiest way to get around Japan (not to mention the most eco-friendly). You will travel with your luggage to Tanabe. The train transfers between destinations on this walk are at your own cost. Using train travel reduces the cost of the walk significantly.

Accommodation: Small family-run Ryokan or Minshuku in either Kawayu, Wataze or Yunomine Onsens
Meals: Breakfast & dinner
Walking: Optional

DAY 6
Kumano Kodo: To Hongu Taisha

It’s an early start today, but there is a choice to shorten the walk to 8 km. We hike ancient mountain trails to Hongu Taisha, one of the three main shrines of the Kumano Kodo. This is a 16km hike (from Doyukawa-bashi), but it can be modified to 8km (from Hosshimon0Oji), depending on how you’re feeling. You’ll hike the sacred Kii Mountains, said to be the entrance to the land of Yomi, in mythological terms, the Shinto underworld. Pass through small villages, thick green forest and aside cascading streams. Pass shrine after shrine, eventually arriving at Hongu Taisha, where you can explore the massive temple. Before dinner, take a dip in either your accommodation’s onsen or one of the many ancient public onsens that dot the area. Dress in your Yukata (best described as a formal Japanese bathrobe) that’s provided at each of the accommodations and enjoy a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner.

Accommodation: Small family-run Ryokan or Minshuku in either Kawayu, Wataze or Yunomine Onsens
Meals:
Breakfast, walkers lunch and dinner
Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 16 km or 8 km / 6 or 2 hrs
Elevation: +450m / -700m

DAY 7
Kumano Kodo: Ukegawa (Hongu) to Koguchi

The Nakahechi continues on the Kogumotori-goe path, one of the best walks the region has to offer. Starting alongside the Kumano River, the walk ventures up the mountain through forest and back down again to the small village of Koguchi. Highlights include views from Hyakken-gura over the 3600 peaks of Kumano. Today’s walk is the shortest of the itinerary, allowing time for a lazy day by the river, more onsen bathing or further exploration of the area.

Accommodation: Small family-run Ryokan or Minshuku in Koguchi (or Hongu)
Meals:
Breakfast, walkers lunch and dinner
Walking: Moderate / 12.8 km / 4.5-5.5 hrs
Elevation: +670m / -690m

DAY 8
Kumano Kodo: Koguchi to Nachi-san

The start of today’s walk is as challenging as you can get, but it’s our favourite on the Nakahechi, so you’re in for a real treat. There’s a fair bit of elevation, but the views out over the Pacific, and the glimpses of mountains as you traverse through the forest make it all worth the effort. The highlight is the walk into Nachi-San Taisha over the ancient Ogumotori-goe path travelled by thousands of pilgrims and then walking into the magnificent shrine. The panoramic scene of the superb orange Seiganto-ji Temple against the backdrop of the sacred Nachi waterfall, the tallest in Japan, is certainly one of Japan’s most beautiful spectacles.

Accommodation: Small family-run Ryokan or Minshuku in Nachi-san or Kii-Katsuura
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and dinner
Walking: Moderate to challenging / 14.2 km / 5.5-7 hrs
Elevation: +1260m / -930m

DAY 9
Onward travel to Nakatsugawa

Today you get to rest somewhat with a pleasant 5 to 5.5hr train ride to Nakatsugawa via Nagoya. There is time to hike back from Nakatsagawa Castle ruins to get the feet moving or wander around the old post town and soak up the ambience of old Japan.

Accommodation: Small family-run Ryokan or Minshuku  in Nakatsugawa
Meals:
Breakfast and Dinner
Walking: Easy (optional) / 5 km / 2 hrs

DAY 10
Nakasendo Way: Nakatsugawa to Tsumago

Walk out of town and pass a set of iconic Japanese red torii gates that you will also find on the Kumano Kodo. Today, there is a little bit of elevation and descent on the Nakasendo trail, particularly before Ochiai. But it’s worth it having walked over the ancient cobblestone path, arriving at the stunning little town of  Magome. Magome is number 43 of the 69 post towns and is said to be one of the major highlights of the Nakasendo Way. The Kosatsuba (an official proclamation board) at the entrance interestingly articulates the Japanese’s attitude long ago that “No Christianity can be practised”. There is time to take a stroll and explore the many beautiful small shops on the main street.

From Magome, the Nakasendo Way begins to climb up to the Magome Pass at 800m above sea level. The trail makes its way via woodland and not far from the Odaki-Medaki waterfalls, past rice paddies and through the old village of O-Tsumago. The walk ends at the gorgeous village of Tsumago, with its long rows of traditional Japanese wooden houses, town number 42 of the 69 post towns.

Accommodation: Small family-run Ryokan or Minshuku in Kiso Fukushima or Tsumago.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Walking: Moderate/ 17 km / 4 ½ – 6 hr
Elevation: +846 m / – 745 m

 

DAY 11
Nakasendo Way: NAGISO TO NOJIRI

Today’s walk is all about outstanding nature and enjoying the stunning Japanese landscape. Walk along trails that follow running streams and dense forest, and through small villages enjoying the Japanese cultural experience and friendly locals. The main route of the Nakasendo between Nagiso (Midono-Juku) and Nojiri-juku lay along the Kiso River. However, this route was often blocked due to flooding and landslides. At such times, the alternative “Yogawa Route” over Nenouetoge Pass was used instead. This is the trail you will walk today, which takes you across the hills and through mountain villages, visiting forests of tall cedars and striking deciduous trees. In autumn, this landscape is a blaze of colour.

Accommodation: Ryokan in Kiso Fukushima
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Walking: Moderate/ 16 km / 4 ½ – 5 ½ hr
Elevation: +1044m / -925m

DAY 12
Nakasendo Way: YABUHARA TO NARAI VIA TORII PASS

Today’s shorter walk is your last outing in the beautiful Kiso Valley. From the post town of Yabuhara, follow the Nakasendo Way over the famous Torii Pass to the beautifully restored post town of Narai. To get to the start of the walk in Yabuhara, take the train from Kiso-Fukushima. At the end of the walk in Narai, take the train to Nagano, then transfer to the Shinkansen to continue to Karuizawa.

Accommodation: Japanese-style Hotel or Ryokan in Karuizawa
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Walking: Easy/ 7km / 2 – 3 hr
Elevation +507m / -500m

DAY 13
Nakasendo Way: KARUIZAWA TO YOKOKAWA VIA USUI PASS

Now, far to the northeast of the Kiso Valley, we have one more opportunity to walk a section of the old Nakasendo Way. Today’s walk leaves Karuizawa on a delightful path that weaves its way up forested hillsides to Usui Pass. At the top of the pass, take in the grand mountain views from Miharashidai, enjoy a break at one of the teahouses nearby, or visit the Usui Pass Kumano Kotai Shrine. Note that there is a bus service between Karuizawa and Usui Pass. Beyond the pass, the gently undulating path leads over forested hills with an astounding display of autumn colours in season before a steep descent leads to Yokokawa. The last few km are gentle once more as you follow the historic rail trail that parallels the Old Usui Line. A spectacular finish to your Nakasendo walking holiday.

We recommend spending another night in Karuizawa and finishing your holiday after breakfast tomorrow morning (if you want to end the trip today let us know).

Accommodation: Japanese style Hotel or Ryokan in Karuizawa
Meals: Breakfast
Walking:  Moderate/16.5 km / 4 – 5 hr
Elevation +701m / -1255m

DAY 14
Onward travel

Your walk finished this morning after breakfast. It is a one-hour train ride to Tokyo (or 3hrs to Osaka).

Meals included: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Walk with a light pack on the 3 best days on the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi and the 4 best days on the Nakasendo
  • Fully immerse yourself in Kyoto over 4 days including on the Kyoto Trail
  • Luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation ( see General Info section for details re the luggage transfers on the walks)
  • 9 nights stay in an intimate family-run or smallish traditional Japanese lodgings, some with in-house onsens and 4 nights stay in Japanese Hotel in Kyoto
  • Superb traditional multi-course meals for breakfast every day and dinner each day on the Kumano (plus 3 lunches) and Nakasendo walks
  • Itineraries can be flexible to shorten the walking days
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes and maps
  • Note:  the cost of trains, taxis if you choose to use them or entry fees into shrines or temples is extra.  Please see the details in the General Info section
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

To ease you into it in Kyoto, we stay centrally and in Japanese lodgings, but with more facilities than the more traditional Japanese accommodations.

On the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi and the Nakasendo, you will stay in a lovely Ryokan or Minshuku each night. Ryokans are Japanese guesthouses that come in a variety of styles, from traditional wooden structures to more of a modern hybrid hotel. Expect to stay the way the Japanese stay.

Ryokans are Japanese guesthouses in various styles, from traditional wooden structures to modern hybrid hotels. Ryokans have Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats, shoji sliding doors, and futons for sleeping on. Few Ryokan Hotels have rooms with actual beds. The rooms may or may not have ensuites, but be prepared for a little luxury when it comes to the heated toilet seats. The bathing area is often the pride of the Ryokan, especially when they’re located in an onsen area. These are usually communal and separated by the two genders.

A Minshuku is a family-run accommodation that is often found in rural Japan. There is a fine line between a Minshuku and some smaller Ryokans, making it hard to distinguish between the two. Most minshukus are very small, with only a few Japanese-style rooms, a bit like a Bed and Breakfast, Japanese style. Staying at a Minshuku has its advantages, as it’s a good chance to meet the local people and get right up close to the Japanese culture.  The atmosphere is often like that of a home with traditional meals served much like at a Ryokan but with even more intimacy. Be prepared, as baths and toilets are often shared.

Meals are elaborate affairs from a Western point of view served in a traditional dining area on the Kumnao Kodo and Nakasendo Way. A traditional Kaiseki set meal is what is usually offered. Sometimes there is the option of a buffet at the larger Ryokans.

 

  • Nights 1 to 4

  • Nights 5 to 8

  • Nights 9 to 13

General Info

GENERAL INFO

HIGH SEASON

In Japan, there are some periods when locals travel en masse as they are on holiday. These times are best avoided as the accommodation costs escalate considerably (more than double). It would make a lot of sense if you could avoid these times. Otherwise, see below for high-season periods. This could lead to the cost of the trip increasing by 30% or more.

NEW YEAR PERIOD – 30TH DECEMBER TO 4TH OF JANUARY 

GOLDEN WEEK – GENERALLY BETWEEN 29TH APRIL TO 5TH MAY

OBON PERIOD – MID-AUGUST ( BETWEEN THE 10TH TO 20TH OF AUGUST)

Please speak to the Auswalk team to get a quote for the above times

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

On this walk, you will have to catch some trains in between the destinations, which is pretty straightforward whilst walking within each destination. There are also two short bus rides on the Kumano Kodo.

These transfers are all outlined clearly and simply in the walk notes day by day as you go. None of these can be pre-booked, and is the best way to get around Japan and the most eco-friendly. This also includes whilst you are walking in the mountains on the Kumano Kodo and on the Nakasendo Way. All of these fares are at your own cost.

None of the transport costs a significant cost (i.e. 150 to 500 Yen) except for the transfers between the 3 destinations. The train fares could be from 5000 to 13000 Yen ( at the time of writing this, equivalent to $50 to $130).

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

We have included meals when it makes sense, but when you are somewhere like Kyoto, with thousands if not more eateries, we have left you to your own devices. We try to make recommendations, but note that following the crowds and waiting in line is sometimes quite time-consuming. Walking around and tasting the variety of exceptional food is one of the highlights of Kyoto.

The entry fees into the numerous temples, shrines and gardens are not included. These can add up to about 2500 Yen ($25) a day. Trying to prebook these is not possible.

Some taxis (possibly 2 or 3) are recommended instead of the subway; these can be as much as 2000 Yen ($20) each. Taxi travel in Japan is at Western prices, but it is very efficient – taxis are everywhere and easy to catch.

The above is straightforward and will be explained in detail in your walking notes.  Note: we don’t advise organising private transfers, as these are very expensive in Japan and unlikely to enhance your experience.

It is necessary to carry cash as some purchases can only be made with cash. Japan is very safe.

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available all year round, but you may encounter some snow from December to February. Many people prefer to walk in spring to see the cherry blossoms and in autumn because of the change of seasons and the good weather. Summer is very hot in Kyoto, so either walk at another time or we suggest starting early each day.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

It makes sense to fly into Osaka and out of Tokyo. However, the price of tickets may be lower by flying in or out of one city. In this case, choose Tokyo. It is a short bullet and a very efficient train ride to Kyoto from Tokyo. The trip ends in Kuruizawa, a one-hour train ride to Tokyo.

Travelling to the start of the walk

The first part of this walk starts in Kyoto. If you arrive in Osaka, the train station is outside the airport. There are English-speaking people to buy tickets at the station. Once in Kyoto, unless you are staying at the upgrade  (which is at the station), it is best to catch a taxi to your accommodation instead of dragging your bags.

From Kyoto, we catch a train to each of the destinations. The details are outlined in the notes you will receive six weeks out from departure.

By Air: The best option is to fly into Osaka (or Tokyo if it suits you or is way cheaper) and take the train from there. You can take the train direct from Osaka Kansai Airport to Kyoto.  The train station is at the airport, and English-speaking staff are at the ticket office. You might consider spending some time in Osaka – an exciting city with many beautiful temples and Osaka Castle. In spring, it is wonderful. It also has a sophisticated restaurant culture and markets that seem to go on for kilometres.

By Rail: Japan has one of the best train systems in the world, so it’s straightforward to catch a train to any destination in the country. An express train is the fastest way to travel to the area. Travelling in Japan on trains is a seamless experience, and pre-purchase tickets are not always necessary. Plenty of rail staff speak English well enough to direct you the right way and converse with you about how to buy your ticket. We can provide more information if you wish, so please ask one of our destination consultants.  Hyperdia is the best resource for planning your train travel in Japan.

Always pay for reserved seats to avoid the hassle of standing and also enjoy the added advantage of having a place to store bigger bags.

Travelling from the end of the walk

By rail: The train from Kuruizawa, the last destination, is not far from Tokyo. Going back to Osaka takes about 4 hours and costs about $150. You can choose to go to Tokyo or anywhere else, for that matter in Japan!

By Air: See above

LUGGAGE TRANSFERS

Luggage transfers are only needed on the Kumano Kodo Nacahechi and Naksendo routes. You will need to bring your luggage with you as you travel from Kyoto to the Kumano Kodo and to the Nakasendo Way. It is an unnecessary cost to incur having your luggage travelling separately from you.

On one of the days on the Nakasendo, you may not have your luggage. This is season dependent, and we will let you know if this happens. Yukatas and Japanese dressing gowns are provided in house so you will only need to carry the bare essentials.

 

WALKING

The walk is over 150 km in length and is moderate to moderate to challenging, with some long days if you wish. Full-day walks average about 15 km with 5 –8. hours walking each day; however, they can be as long as 24 km (you can shorten almost all the days). But with rest days in between, while travelling, this is very achievable. The walking is over well-maintained paths, but expect each day to start with some reasonable elevation gains. Fear not, the tracks do flatten out!

For what to bring, please refer to Gear Advice in our FAQ section.

WEATHER

From the end of  March, the temperature begins to increase. In summer, it’s quite warm and humid but still possible to walk,  particularly if you enjoy warmer temperatures and taking a dip in a stream. However, in Kyoto, it gets very hot at an average of 33 degrees Celsius with a humidity of 69%. In this case, it is best to avoid summer or be prepared to walk early in the morning in Kyoto. Walking early comes with the added benefit of avoiding the crowds all year round!

The walk is offered in winter, but bring warm clothes and good rain gear.  The area is just as beautiful if not more and is not busy at all. Soaking in an outside onsen in the cool of the night is one of those authentic Japanese experiences you can look forward to after a big day on the track.

As walkers, spring and autumn are the best times as the weather is perfect for walking.

See the weather information about Osaka’s average weather at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips requiring international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance including medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred by our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years, we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

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    $6495

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    $1295
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  • Grasmere Valley, ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’ according to Wordsworth
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with our comprehensive track notes
  • 24/7 support with our local partner network on the ground

Ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc with Hotels with a Rest Day – 14 Days

Self-guided

Trek the world famous, ‘Tour du Mont Blanc’ circuit through the alps of France, Italy and Switzerland. Stay in 3 star and family run hotels.

Self-guided 14 Days From $4795 Moderate to Challenging What's Included

Ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc with Hotels with a Rest Day – 14 Days

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What's Included
  • Walk pack free with all luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation arranged for you
  • 13 nights of accommodation in 3* hotels or simple hotels
  • 13 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Maps, comprehensive Auswalk authored walk notes, GPX tracks and day-by-day summary
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Itineraries can please flexible to account for weather conditions
  • One rest day is included, more can be added if you would like to experience the epic cable cars and chairlifts or explore the region further
  • Stay in private rooms with ensuites (Trient shared bathroom) with luggage transfers every day.
  • No need to carry sleep sheets, towels and not have your luggage as in refuges (huts)

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