Two hikers overlooking Ikaasatsivaq sound in East Greenland near Tiniteqilaaq
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12 days trekking in remote East Greenland

from 3,200.00 €
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12 days trekking in remote East Greenland

from 3,200.00 €

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Two hikers overlooking Ikaasatsivaq sound in East Greenland near Tiniteqilaaq
Equipment list Alpine East

12 days trekking in remote East Greenland

Equipment list Alpine East

12 days trekking in remote East Greenland

Below is an equipment list with items we highly recommend you bring on the journey. To enjoy the trip to the fullest, comfortable and good equipment is essential. So be a bit picky about what you bring on our trip, make sure it is adequate for arctic conditions.

Gear transport in Greenland happens on boats with limited capacities – both in volume and weight – please limit your personal equipment to 15kg and pack it in a soft duffel bag or comparable.

Clothing & Footwear

  • Non-cotton, wool long sleeves and tights (base layer)

    Base layers are designed to keep you warm despite they might be wet from sweating, for example - therefore they must not be cotton but instead a lightweight wool or other fast-drying fiber. Base layers will also keep you warm if, for example, your outer layers are not entirely windproof or waterproof. If there is one thing to stress, it is that having several light layers to choose from, or use in combination with each other, is far more valuable for regulating body temperature than having one or two heavy layers that might make you too cold or too hot, but never just right. It is recommended to bring a selection of long-sleeve shirts and pants for lightweight base layers, so you have a few extras.

  • Wool sweater, fleece or PrimaLoft jacket (mid layer)

    A wool layer is always nice to have as additional warmth. It should not be your heaviest winter sweater, but just something you feel could make you warm and cosy if you had a persistent chill. It is recommended to bring a light- to medium-weight wool sweater or a fleece or prima loft jacket.

  • All-purpose or fleece pants (mid layer)

    When you are on land, and if it’s dry, the waterproof pants (outer layer) layer won’t be necessary, but you’ll need more than a base layer. It is recommended to bring a pair of light, loose breathable pants as a sort of all-purpose pants. Fleece pants can be useful if you easily feel cold. Jeans are strongly discouraged.

  • breathable light jacket (outer layer)

    When you’re on land, and if it’s dry, the waterproof jacket layer won’t be necessary, but you’ll need more than a base layer. It is recommended to bring a light jacket, or even a vest. Lightweight puffy jackets work well.

  • windproof & waterproof jacket and pants (outer layer)

    Whether it’s to protect you from wind and rain on land or from ocean spray while sailing, having good outer layers to protect against the elements will make the difference between a pleasant and unpleasant trip. It is recommended to bring both a windproof/waterproof jacket and a pair of windproof/waterproof rain pants. Gore-Tex is a leading manufacturer of breathable and waterproof layers.

  • puffy jacket (e.g. Prima-Loft or down)
  • warm hat and light (fleece) gloves

    A bit of wind, a mammoth iceberg nearby, and even fog can have more effect on the air temperature than you might imagine, and it can be magnified when sailing or standing a few hundred meters above sea level. Even though it is summer and there is not a single patch of snow to be found, you still need to be prepared with a few of the more ‘wintery’ items. It is recommended to bring a warm hat and gloves. As a light version, a buff to wear around the head or neck is also useful.

  • hiking boots

    Footwear is of the utmost importance in Greenland. It must be comfortable yet supportive, as it is what protects your feet and will keep you going all day long. So bring your favourite hiking boots, that you will likely use across all sailing and hiking activities, on all days. Good hiking boots have high ankles support, are waterproof or water-resistant and are non-skid / have a sole with good traction (good for both rocky terrain and wet boat decks). It is good if they are worn-in as it is not ideal to break in brand new shoes and have blisters on the first day.

  • wool socks

    we recommend 3 pairs of merino wool hiking socks, e.g. from Smartwool or similar

Other gear

  • Soft duffle bag (if possible water-proof)

    for the transport of your overnight gear between camps by boat. Please avoid bringing a suitcase!

  • backpack (50L)

    for extra clothes and food during the day that can also be used when you go to the mountain hut. You need to be able to pack your sleeping bag, extra clothes, as well as the food (mostly dry food) that will be divided between you and the other passengers before you hike up to the hut

  • river shoes

    old pair of light sneakers do nicely to ford rivers. Open sandals are not sufficient for the purpose.

  • hiking poles
  • 3-season sleeping bag
  • a towel – a light-weight and packable one
  • sun protection including dark sunglasses
  • water container, bottle or thermos (0,5 -1 litre)
  • headlamp
  • Change of clothes to wear in the camp
  • personal first aid kit incl. blister care
  • personal medication
  • toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap)
  • ear plugs
  • bug repellant, head net & after bite

    The Arctic summer is notorious for small pesky insects like mosquitos and flies. They will not be a problem when sailing, but once we hit land, they’ll surely find us soon enough. Only a light breeze will give natural respite from the bugs. It is recommended to bring bug repellent, after bite and a mosquito head net. Not very fashionable, but oh-so-functional. Please note: it should be possible to purchase bug repellent in the local Pisiffik grocery store, pending product availability, however it will be the strong, chemical, non- environment-friendly stuff. If you prefer a natural-based product, you should bring your own.

  • box/container for daily lunches

Optional

  • gaiters - calf or knee height and wide enough for your boots
  • neoprene socks

    a preferable item on trips where we have to cross many rivers

  • pen knife
  • shorts
  • thermal mat (for lunch breaks)
  • camera/binoculars

    There’s going to be no less than 10,000 amazing things to see and remember - icebergs that look different from every angle, diving whale flukes, flocks of birds gathering around a fishing boat for free giveaways, small colourful houses perched at the edge of the hill and the world and fantastic geological rock formations. It is recommended to bring whatever camera or looking device you wish, whether that’s a smartphone, snazzy camera, or selfie stick.

  • Power bank / solar phone chargers
  • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing
  • aperitif or other heart-warming spirits

Rentable

  • sleeping bag in East Greenland (7000 ISK per rental)

    Please book in advance with us, payment will be on location in Kulusuk.

What we provide

  • tents
  • sleeping mat
  • cutlery
  • plate
  • cup

In case you have any further questions regarding the equipment to bring to the tour please do not hesitate to contact us.

Two hikers overlooking Ikaasatsivaq sound in East Greenland near Tiniteqilaaq
FAQ Alpine East

12 days trekking in remote East Greenland

FAQ Alpine East

12 days trekking in remote East Greenland

Guided tour

Alpine East

12 days trekking in remote East Greenland

Difficulty level: Moderate from 3,200.00 €

Discover one of the most wild and remote places in Greenland on this extraordinary trekking trip. Here the mountains are steeper and higher than in most other parts of Greenland. Deep fjord systems and massive icebergs create the perfect Arctic atmosphere for an unforgettable journey. We will enjoy the sight of the spectacular nature around us from the top of small peaks and from the ground. As we will enjoy the assistance of a boat we will only have to carry a day pack while hiking. On this tour we will see many of East Greenland’s highlights such as the great Karale fjord and the fantastic Tasiilaq fjord.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Boat transfer from Kulusuk to Karale fjord. Night in tent.

Day 2 & 3:

Karale fjord. Night in tent.

Day 4:

Nunartivaq mountain. Night in tent.

Day 5:

Nunartivaq to Ikateq. Night in tent.

Day 6:

Ikateq to Tunup Kua valley. Night in tent.

Day 7:

Tunup Kua valley to Tasilap Nua valley. Night in tent.

Day 8:

Tasilaq Fjord. Night in tent.

Day 9 & 10:

Tasiilaq mountain. Nights in mountain hut.

Day 11:

Tasiilaq fjord. Boat transfer to Kulusuk. Night in hostel.

Day 12:

End of trip.

Prices and dates

Price per person:

3,200.00 Euro

Dates:

July 06, 2019 – July 17, 2019 (guaranteed)
July 18, 2019 – July 29, 2019 (guaranteed)
August 01, 2019 – August 12, 2019 (fully booked)
August 08, 2019 – August 19, 2019 (fully booked)
August 22, 2019 – September 02, 2019 (guaranteed)

Further details

Price includes:

  • English speaking guide for 12 days
  • full board from lunch day 1 to lunch day 12
  • boat transfers
  • boats for luggage transport
  • cooking gear
  • 8 nights in tent
  • 2 nights in mountain hut
  • 1 night in a hostel in Kulusuk

Min / max participants:

5 / 15

Minimum age:

18

Hiking details:

Walking per day: 5-8 hours
Total distance: 140 kilometres (87 miles)
Altitude: 0–850 meters
Maximum ascent: 1000 meters (3280 feet)

Options

If you are interested in adding one or more of our tour options to your request, just mark it with

Flight connections

Flights to Greenland are not included.
Best way to fly to Kulusuk is via Reykjavík/Iceland.
Return flight from 795 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kulusuk- Nordfjord

Today the trip starts in the small settlement of Kulusuk on the east coast of Greenland. From Kulusuk we sail to Karale fjord where we put up camp for the following three nights.
Sailing: 2 hours

Day 2: Hiking near Karale Glacier

In the Karale fjord we will hike to a 850 m high mountain. On our hike we will enjoy a breathtaking view of the are. The view from the top is absolutely spectacular.
Walking: 7-8 hours

Day 3: Hiking near Karale Glacier

Today we will hike to the glacier which reaches all the way to the see. We will either cross a glacier river or a small glacier if we can to avoid the river.
Walking: 6-7 hours

Day 4: Karale Glacier - Nunartivaq Mountain

We leave Karale and hike over a small pass on the Nunartivaq mountain, down into a small valley full of old stone boulders. Those who want to hike some more can go explore the beautiful valley.
Walking: 6-7 hours

Day 5: Nunartivaq - Ikateq

From Nunartivaq we will follow the slopes of the mountains that descend into the sea, towards the south west. We hike into the Ikateq strait, a narrow passage between the mainland and the Qianarteq island. We arrive at a valley with and old abandoned US military base from WWII where we put up our camp.
Walking: 6-7 hours

Day 6: Ikateq to Tunup Kua valley

We continue through the Ikateq straight towards the Tunu fjord. In Tunu we will have to ford a large glacier river. In the narrow Tunu fjord between high and steep granite mountains, we continue to Tunup Kua valley where we put up camp.
Walking: 6-7 hours

Day 7: Tunup Kua valley to Tasilap Nua valley

We will hike in the Tunup Kua valley and over a mountain pass over to the Tasilap Nua valley in the extremely narrow and deep Tasiilaq fjord. Surrounded by up to 1500m high granit peaks on both sides this walk is fantastic.
Walking: 6-7 hours

Day 8: Tasilaq Fjord

Today we will follow the coast, we walk straight north to the very bottom of the Tasilaq fjord. On the way we cross a couple of small streams. We put the camp up close to a river coming from the valley behind Tasilaq fjord, called Tasilap kua.
Walking: 5 hours

Day 9: Tasiilaq mountain

We put our packs on the back and carry our sleeping bags and food for two days, up to the Tasiilaq mountain hut, situated at around 700 m altitude in a mountain range rising above 2000m. We make ourselves comfortable in this cozy mountain hut.
Walking: 5 hours

Day 10: Tasiilaq mountain

We walk out from the mountain hut to climb an easy summit rising above the hut. We enjoy this fantastic alpine landscape. Return to the hut.
Walking: 6 hours

Day 11: Tasiilaq fjord - Kulusuk

We descend to the Tasilaq fjord again where from we sail back to Kulusuk where we spend the last night in a small sleeping bag accommodation in the Kulusuk village.
Walking: 4 hours, Sailing: 2 hours

Day 12: End of trip

We will go on a nice morning walk in Kulusuk before flying back to Reykjavík.

All adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Greenland Tours does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realise that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.