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KUMANO KODO: NOT JUST ONE TRAIL The UNESCO Kumano Kodō consists of six ancient pilgrimage routes that criss-cross the largest Peninsula of Japan. These sacred trails were and are used for the pilgrimage to the sacred site Kumano Sanzan. We will be completing the Omine Okugake Michi. Since the 9th century the trail has been used by Shugendo Buddhist practitioners as a test of strength. This trail is the most challenging of all the Kumano Kodo trails as well as one of the most difficult hikes in Japan due to its remoteness, length, and non-stop vertical ascents and descents. The challenge of the Omine Okugake Michi sets it apart from all of the other Kumano Kodo trails. The other Kumano Kodo trails are easy to access, nowhere near as demanding in terms of hiking, and return to roads and towns along the way. The most popular are the Nakahechi trail and the Kohechi trail. Both are a walk in the park compared to the Omine Okugake Michi. The Omine Okugake Michi has very little information available in English and no commercial tours run on this trail. That is why we will run this epic event. TRIP HIGHLIGHTS 8 nights / 9 days epic of adventure 6 days of hiking Most challenging pilgrimage in Japan Most spiritual area in Japan UNESCO ancient primeval forests Kumano Grand Shrine Traditional ryokan hotel Hot springs Learn Japanese DETAILS AT A GLANCE Skill: Advanced Fitness: High (average hiking time is 9 hrs / day) Hike Length: 100 km Hike Accomm: BYO Tent (Rental avail.) Meet: Osaka (hotel TBA) End: Kumano Hongu, Wakayama Hotels incl: 1 night Osaka, 1 night Yoshino, 1 night Kawanoyu RSVP Please RSVP and pay a $750 deposit within 7 days of RSVP. Full amount to be paid 30 days prior to departure (1st March 2019). Cut off date to join the trip is (1st March 2019) and the trip will need to be paid in full on this date. Min. 12 and Max. 16 Please pay deposits / full amounts on time or RSVP withdrawn. GOAL OF THE TRIP 1. Have an unforgettable adventure in an experience unknown to international and even local tourists in Japan; 2. Delight all of the senses in the remote Japanese nature and tradition; 3. Learn more about Japanese culture off the tourist trail; 4. Have an incredible physical and mental challenge. QUICK ITINERARY OVERVIEW (see detailed itinerary in comments below) DAY 1 - Meet Osaka. Briefing, equip check, and distribute food packs DAY 2 - Transfer Osaka to Yoshino. Ryokan hotel, hot springs, cherry blossoms. DAY 3 - Start the hike. Hike Kashiwagi to Daifugen (7hrs / 13km DAY 4 - Hike Daifugen to Misen (9hrs / 15km) DAY 5 - Hike Misen to Jisen (6.5 hrs / 10km) DAY 6 - Hike Jisen to Gyousen hut (10 hrs / 18.7km) DAY 7 - Hike Gyousen to Tamaki Yamashita (8.5 hrs / 16.4km) DAY 8 - Hike Tamaki Yamashita to Kumano Hongu (9 hrs / 15km) DAY 9 - Trip concludes today in Kawanoyu *NOT FOR BEGINNERS* Before you RSVP you MUST contact us about your hiking experience so we can ensure your suitability. You should have experience with advanced grade multi day hikes. You will need to join 2 of our other advanced multi day hiking events before the trip to prepare. INCL. 2 guides 3 nights hotels Osaka to Yoshino transfer Breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday of the hike Bus Yoshino to start of hike Bus Kumano Hongu to Kawanoyu EXCL. Tents (rental avail.) Cooking stove (rental avail.) Luggage transfers Flights and insurance Snacks NOTE We supply hiking food packs that are carried by participants. Participants cook their own food on the hike. Ts & Cs World Adventurers’ leaders accept no liability during this meet up. We will do our best to ensure safety of members at all times. Please take responsibility for your own safety and your belongings. ABOUT THE GUIDE Speaks Japanese and English. Lived in Japan for 3 years. Completed hundreds of hikes in Japan. Summited 17/20 highest mountains in Japan. Completed this hike in May 2018. This is a video of my amazing experience:

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    The main focus of this group is to take on the most epic local and international adventures to push our physical and mental boundaries while exploring places off the tourist trail. Ultimately, we want to test the limits by undertaking challenges such as hiking impressive mountains, circumnavigating land by kayak, biking from one country to another, skiing backcountry in untouched powder, and more.

    We aim to step away from the mainstream and have unique and authentic experiences with expedition style travel. We will have local trips to build our strength, skills, and confidence to prepare for our world adventures!

    This group is open to anyone that's looking to step out of their comfort zone and overcome challenges in some of the best places in the world while making good friends along the way.

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