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Food Preparation Before Climbing Mt. Fuji

by Ryu_C@RakuRakuJP

How to replenish physical strength when climbing Mount Fuji?

Traveling to Japan, or going to climb Mount Fuji, should probably be to enjoy the most beautiful sunrise from the highest point in Japan, to challenge yourself, to experience life at a height of 300 meters for a short time, and more importantly, to find opportunities in Enjoy the peaceful environment in the highlands, and tell others who haven't been to Mount Fuji, how it feels to be able to reach out and touch the sky.

Many locals in Japan will say that climbing Mount Fuji is a very stupid thing, but no matter how stupid it is, it is still worth going once.

And because the environment of Mt. Fuji is very different from the usual environment for traveling and sightseeing, it mustget ready before you go, prepare what you needclimbing items,BookingMountain hut on Mount Fuji, understand what isreaction to high altitudesIn addition, there is food preparation on the way to the mountain.

Energy replenishment before departure

Taking the Yoshida Line as an example, if you start from the fifth station of the Fuji Subaru Line, you can basically rely on the mountain huts along the way for all food and water supplies on the way.

So before starting to climb Mount Fuji, in fact, you should have a rich breakfast before you go to Kawaguchiko Station at the foot of the mountain, or before you take the Fujikyu mountaineering bus in Shinjuku. After arriving at the fifth station of the Yoshida Line of Mt. The seventh station is not too late.

In addition, before the official departure, you can also purchase some snacks and drinks at the fifth station store before departure. Although the mountain huts along the way will sell food and drinks, but because of the transportation cost, the higher the altitude of the mountain huts, the higher the price of all food and drinks. If physical strength permits, it is also highly recommended to prepare your favorite food before departure, because in addition to saving money, you can also have enough food and energy to support the rescue team in the event of an emergency.

Moisture needs to be prepared during mountaineering

Also because the entire climbing route is not related to water supply, every climber needs to prepare the required drinking water according to the usual habits.

Generally speaking, if it is sunny during the climbing of Mount Fuji, 3 liters of drinking water per person, plus 1 liter of sports drinks are enough to meet the needs of the whole day. If it is a whole group of people and a few friends who set off together, they can share it together and each person can carry a little less.

In addition, drinking water is not only needed to replenish body water, but also may be needed during the stay in the mountain hut, because the mountain hut will not provide water for you to wipe your face and rinse your mouth. Very important.

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Food choices during mountaineering

Although you can also buy food from the mountain hut during mountaineering, such as ramen, bento, etc., which can be heated, but the food supply to non-residents in the mountain hut is limited, and the price is very high.
Therefore, it is still recommended that climbers prepare their own food before departure, replenish energy for the body during climbing Mount Fuji if necessary, and avoid the body from entering a state of hypothermia.

Generally speaking, the food that is suitable for carrying to Mount Fuji is mainly divided into two categories:

  • energy mineral supplements
  • usual packaged food

energy mineral supplements

Energy mineral supplement foods are some common energy supplement products commonly used in mountaineering and running. These are easily available at sporting goods stores in Tokyo. If you are starting from Tokyo, you can alsoL-Breath Tokyo Shinjuku branchProcurement before setting off to climb Mount Fuji.

Energy mineral supplement foods are divided into 4 categories, namely high-energy jelly, high-energy food, Energy Gel high-energy syrup, sports drink (or powder)

high energy jelly

In general mountain climbing competitions and sports with relatively high physical exertion, high-energy jelly is a common energy supplement. The most common high-energy jelly is like the Weider in Jelly packaged jelly food in the picture below. The reason for choosing this type of packaged jelly food is that it is very convenient to eat, and the main ingredients are sugars needed by the body, which are easily absorbed by the body and replenish energy.

It can be said that it is very important to prepare a few packs of high-energy jelly during the climbing of Mount Fuji, because after experiencing the unstable weather of Mount Fuji, you will not have a strong appetite, but you must also take into account the factors of energy supplementation. Food that is easy to swallow becomes important.

Food Recommendations for Climbing Mount Fuji

Weider in Jelly's Energy Jelly Drink is very easy to buy, whether it is the sports store L-Breath, supermarkets, or convenience stores.

In addition to Weider in Jelly, other convenience stores also have similar products. If you can’t buy Weider in Jelly, you can buy other substitutes. (Image: Weider In Jelly)

high energy food

Energy-dense foods are foods that not only provide energy but also give you a feeling of fullness.

In the category of high-energy food, Wafers of the Power Bar series or Cola candies of the Power Bar are good choices. They are all available at L-Breath, a store that specializes in sporting goods.

Compared with high-energy foods such as high-energy jelly, generally speaking, high-energy foods such as PowerBar can replenish more energy, but they need to be chewed, so it is more suitable to eat during rest. In addition, because this type of food is much sweeter than normal food, you need to drink a certain amount of water to help digestion when eating and after eating. This is something that needs attention.

Generally speaking, high-energy foods are characterized by small size, easy to carry, and can help restore more energy. But the disadvantage is that you need to consume more drinking water to help digestion, so you must calculate the consumption rate of drinking water before departure.

High-energy jelly vs high-energy food? Which one is best?

Although there are different supporters for high-energy jelly and high-energy food in ordinary mountaineering, but based on past mountaineering experience, high-energy jelly is more suitable for mountain climbing. The reason is that after a long period of mountaineering, the appetite is not very high, and even chewing food is reluctant, but energy and water still need to be replenished. High-energy jelly can solve two problems at the same time .

In addition, the packaging of high-energy jelly is more convenient. Unlike those high-energy wafers and cola candies, you need to stop to prepare drinking water before eating. Instead, you only need to unscrew the packaging cover and squeeze the packaging to eat. Also because the packaging of high-energy jelly has a twist-off lid, you don’t need to worry about eating it in one go after unpacking, but you can save it for the next break, so that you can replenish energy on the road anytime, anywhere.

Although it is more convenient to say that high-energy jelly is more convenient, but because the weight of each pack is not too much, it is only about 300ml, that is to say, it may take 3 packs to 4 packs to climb Mount Fuji once to climb the mountain. .
However, the weight of 4 packs is about 1kg of load (because 1kg of water is equal to 1kg of weight), and it is easy to cause the problem of overweight equipment. Therefore, when calculating your own energy needs, it is also recommended to carry high-energy foods such as cola candies at the same time, so that you can balance the requirements in terms of energy needs and the total weight of equipment.

When consuming high-energy jelly and high-energy food, it is recommended to consume high-energy jelly and then high-energy food during mountaineering. The main reason is that the time to climb Mount Fuji is during the day, and it is easier to consume water, and it is not too late to consume high-energy jelly first, so that important drinking water can be reserved for the time when it is most needed.

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Energy Gel (High Energy Syrup)

High-energy syrup is a small packaged high-energy food that is generally high in sugar, very sweet, and has a jam-like texture. The main ingredients of this high-energy syrup are some high-concentration syrup. It is used as an emergency food that is small in size, easy to swallow, and can quickly replenish energy during climbing Fuji.

The difference between high-energy syrups such as Hammer Gel and Weider in Jelly is that the packaging of high-energy syrups such as Hammer Gel is mainly sealed packaging, so it must be eaten as soon as possible after opening. Although high-energy syrups do not need to be chewed, it is necessary to consume a certain amount of drinking water to help digestion. Therefore, before carrying high-energy syrup to make mountaineering food, be sure to prepare enough drinking water.

Food Recommendations for Climbing Mount Fuji

If you plan to use high-energy syrup as an energy supplement for climbing Mount Fuji, you can also buy it in those sports stores in Tokyo. Generally, there are several flavors to choose from. But if you haven't tasted it, it is very recommended that you buy a few packs and try it before you leave for Japan, and then bring your favorite flavor to Mount Fuji!

Sports drink Pocari Sweat

I believe you have seen Pocari Sweat in your daily life.

Pocari Sweat is a drink that can replenish sugar and salt at the same time. It is also a common drink for mountaineering. Many climbers who climb Mount Fuji will prepare Pocari Sweat while carrying drinking water. Drink during ascents.
And Pocari Sweat is also very easy to buy in Tokyo, basically in supermarkets and convenience stores. But if you want to take Pocari Sweat powder granule with you, you may need to prepare it before arriving in Japan. Tianwei powder granule is not sold in every supermarket.

One advantage of carrying powder granules is that when you need it, you can slowly turn drinking water into a sports drink. This approach can save important drinking water until the end, so that you can save drinking water to wipe your face and rinse your mouth. At the same time, you can also swallow the powder granules directly, so that in addition to supplementing energy and minerals, it is also the most water-saving way.

Food Recommendations for Climbing Mount Fuji
Image: Pocari Sweat special drink

Amount of Pocari Sweat to carry

Generally speaking, the quantity of bottled Pocari Sweat should be calculated together with the quantity of drinking water. For example, if you plan to climb Mount Fuji with 3 liters of drinking water, you can convert 1 liter of drinking water into Pocari Sweat. However, it is not recommended to carry only Pocari Sweat without drinking water, because drinking water also has its importance in mountaineering activities.

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Do I need to bring salt pills to climb Mount Fuji?

It is also because the general itinerary to climb Mount Fuji starts at noon and returns to the fifth-stage mountaineering entrance the next morning, which is the so-called two-day and one-night itinerary.

Generally, you will have a full meal before departure, and you will also stay in a mountain hut and enjoy dinner and breakfast on the way, so it is enough for salt absorption. In addition, if sports drinks such as Pocari Sweat are added to the drink, there is actually no need to worry about the problem of salt during mountaineering.

In addition, the temperature on Mt. Fuji is not too high. Even at the fifth station in summer, it is generally only about 10 degrees lower than the temperature at Kawaguchiko Station at the foot of the mountain. The rate of salt loss through sweat is actually not very high. Basically, as long as you have a normal diet during mountaineering, you can solve the problem of salt consumption.

Everyday Packaged Food

In addition to the energy mineral supplements mentioned above, you can actually bring some rice balls, fruits, candies, chocolate or potato chips, etc., some of your favorite snacks, to add a little more fun to your climbing trip.

In terms of quantity, it is basically not a big problem to bring more or less, as long as you follow your own ability.
However, there are a few points worth paying attention to when choosing food, and when eating, etc.:

  • Rice balls are recommended to be consumed while climbing. Because it will become cold and dry after one night, making it difficult to swallow. Consider other foods to supplement energy when going downhill, such as Energy Gel and so on.
  • Chocolate should only be eaten below the eighth station (about 3,000 meters above sea level) or in mountain huts, because the temperature at the top of the mountain is very low (about 5 degrees Celsius), and the chocolate in your hand will probably be too hard to chew.
  • If you carry packaged potato chips when climbing Mount Fuji, you can consider cutting open the package and releasing the gas in the package before setting off to avoid expansion or rupture of the package when the air pressure drops on the mountain.
  • When carrying snacks, you need to consider your daily habits and the amount of water your body usually needs to digest the food
  • The most important point is to avoid carrying overly spicy or overly salty food to avoid water shortage during mountain climbing.
  • There are vending machines on the top of the mountain that sell canned hot drinks, corn soup, etc. Don't worry too much about not having hot things for sale.

Mount Fuji food Q&A: Should I bring cup noodles to the mountain?

Maybe you think that enjoying cup noodles and watching the sunrise with a cup is the best enjoyment on the cold top of Mt. Fuji... Maybe you have dismissed this idea.

Cup noodles that you can eat at the top of Mt. Fuji

Because in addition to bringing your own hot water,It is very troublesome to bring the used plastic cups and noodle soup down the mountain by yourself, because the owner of the mountain hut will definitely refuse to dispose of the garbage that was not made by them.
Although the mountain huts on the mountaineering route will sell cup noodles, hot drinks, and hot water, you can also buy a cup of hot water from them to make cup noodles, but in fact, you can buy a cup of hot water for the price of a cup of hot water from a mountain hut. Cup noodles are prepared, so if you want to eat cup noodles on Mount Fuji, it is more convenient to buy them from the mountain hut.

In addition, there will be hot food and hot drinks sold in the mountain huts and sheltered places on the top of the mountain. It is not impossible to get the experience of Mount Fuji x sunrise x cup noodles. As long as you are willing to spend a little money, you can get a heart-warming cup noodle, and you don’t have to worry about dealing with the soup and garbage of the cup noodle.

What’s more, it’s also a good experience to try their Takayama cuisine, Takayama ramen, Takayama curry, Takayama miso sauce, and Takayama beef rice on the top of the mountain, which is definitely an experience that even if you have money, you can’t buy it at the bottom of the mountain!


To climb Mount Fuji, equipment and itinerary are of course important, but food and energy supply arrangements during the climb are equally important. Without enough energy, no matter how perfect your preparations before departure, you will still be unable to reach the top of Mount Fuji and watch the most special sunrise at the highest point in Japan.

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