Chuo Alps hikes (中央アルプス)

The Chuo Alps usually take second stage to the more celebrated peaks of the Kita and Minami Alps, but that doesn’t mean a trip can’t be rewarding. The trick is the timing, as the weather in this area is some of the worst in Nagano. The mountain range is a magnet for cloud cover throughout the year due to the deep valleys on both sides of the peaks. Although there are only 2 hikes described in this section, a long traverse over the entire alpine chain is possible, taking in 5 peaks over 2800m and covering roughly 50km. One of these days I’ll get around to doing it and I’ll post a full description of the hike. In the meantime, enjoy these peaks and the ridge line between the two:


Mt. Utsugi