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

from 3,080.00 €
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12 days trekking in remote East Greenland

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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.

We recommend you take the most important equipment with you as cabin luggage or carry the respective clothes/shoes on your body, notably boots and trousers, fleece shirt, warm and waterproof jacket, functional underwear, glasses, hat, gloves and everything else you consider important. In case of baggage loss you are thus at least able to start the tour.

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

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Covid-19 info | Flexible bookings
Guided tour

Alpine East

12 days trekking in remote East Greenland

Difficulty level: Challenging from 3,080.00 €

This trekking takes you to the deepest end of the Ammassalik fjord system, in front of incredible glaciers that calve into the sea and towering granite mountains. Enjoy the serenity and calm of the Karale fjord with an occasional crack in the Knud Rasmussen glacier breaking the silence, extraordinary landscape and unique nature for walking. Experience Kuummiit hunter’s village and learn about the extraordinary Inuit culture and how people survived in this very hostile environment and learn about the exiting history of exploration and expeditions of the 19th and early 20th century. From the Tunu fjord, an adventurous walk along the Tunup Kuua valley and over 2 km of glacier before arriving to the “lake alike” fjord of Tasiilaq. Climb to the Tasiilaq mountain hut before heading back to Kulusuk.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Arrival in Kulusuk. Night in a house.

Day 2:

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

Day 3:

Karale Fjord. Night in tent.

Day 4:

Nunartivaq. Night in tent.

Day 5:

Nunartivaq to Ikateq. Night in tent.

Day 6:

Ikateq to Tunup Kua valley. Night in tent.

Day 7:

Kuummiit. Night in tent.

Day 8:

Tasiilaq Fjord. Night in tent.

Day 9:

Tasiilaq Fjord. Night in tent.

Day 10:

Tasiilaq Mountain. Nights in mountain hut.

Day 11:

Tasiilaq Fjord. Boat transfer to Kulusuk. Night in a house.

Day 12:

End of trip.

Prices and dates

Price per person:

3,080.00 Euro

Dates:

July 04, 2022 – July 15, 2022 (available)
July 18, 2022 – July 29, 2022 (available)
August 15, 2022 – August 26, 2022 (available)

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
  • 1 nights in mountain hut
  • 2 nights in a house in Kulusuk

Flexible booking conditions:

You would like to plan and book your Greenland adventure with us, but feel insecure in regard to the further developments concerning the Corona virus. Please feel free to request your desired tour and we will send you information about possible flexible booking conditions along with your individual offer.

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: 850 meters (2790 feet)

Options

Feel free to add one or more of our tour options to make them part of your request.

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

Meeting of participants at Reykjavík Airport (Kulusuk airport for those that have bought their own flights). Flight to Kulusuk and landing at 10:30AM local time. Visit of Kulusuk and walk to a nearby viewpoint. Free time in the afternoon while the guide prepares the coming days. Night in a hut style accommodation in Kulusuk. Possibility to visit a small local museum in the afternoon.

Day 2: Kulusuk - Karale Fjord

Morning boat trip to Karale Fjord. Sailing north by the Aputsiak Island and several other islands before hitting the Ikatek Strait with its pointed summits and snow caped mountains. Ice is everywhere in the water. When arriving to Karale Fjord the spectacle is breathtaking - the front of the Knud Rasmussen Glacier and the high mountains are reflected in the still water of the fjord. We put up our camp for two nights. In the afternoon we stroll off for a nice walk to a good viewpoint. Sailing: 2 hours, Walking: 4 hours

Day 3: Hiking near Karale Glacier

Today we head towards the Karale glacier along the coast of the Karale fjord. To get there we might have to cross a small glacier tongue to avoid rivers of meltwater from the ice. The view to the other side of the fjord is breathtaking, huge glaciers and mountains like the Rytterknægten tower over the fjord. At a safe distance from the Karale glacier front we learn about climate change as we discover the changes in landscape that have been happening in the recent decades and are still going on. Late afternoon we return to the same camp where we spend the night. Walking: 6-7 hours

Day 4: Karale Glacier - Nunartivaq Mountain

We leave the camp and start walking east along the coast to the Nuuaartik point, where the Karale fjord opens to the outer fjord system. At this point we see the front of the Knud Rasmusen glacier floating in the ocean straight to the north, breaking off pieces of ice, every now and then. We turn to the south and start to climb up while new mountains start to come into view. We slowly descend to a valley called Nunartivaq. We arrive to the shore in an area full of boulders, where we put up the camp for the night.
Walking: 6-7 hours

Day 5: Nunartivaq - Ikateq

We follow the coastline as we enter the Ikatek strait. At times we have to avoid steep parts by walking higher on the slope, until we arrive to a tiny inlet with a creek. We then follow the coast, which at this time is less steep, until we arrive to a valley that opens up to the west. We follow the banks of a big river until we find an old bridge where we cross. We have arrived to Ikatek or Bluie East two, former WWII airport and small military base. We visit the base that was abandoned almost 75 years ago. What they left behind is still visible, including machines, cars, equipment and fuel drums. The authorities have plans to clean up the ruins, but it has not yet been done and until then these strange remains remind us of the role Greenland played in WWII. We camp for the night close to the old docs of Ikatek. Walking: 6-7 hours

Day 6: Ikateq to Tunup Kua valley

We walk the old 5000 feet runway to the southwest, until we come to the small peninsula of Suunigajik. From there we turn around the corner and head northeast, into Tunu (Dunu) a breathtaking fjord surrounded by mountains. Here on the shores it is not uncommon to meet the Common Ringed Plover that plays hide and seek with those who enter its territory. Arriving at the the fjord we have to cross a couple of rivers before putting up our camp. Here we might meet the Arctic fox and the Ptarmigan that nests in the tiny arctic willow bushes found around the campsite.
Walking: 6 hours

Day 7: Kuummiit

Visit to the hunters village Kuummiit, where we resupply in the local grocery store. Kuummiit is situated at the Ammassalik fjord where the water never freezes. Surrounded by high peaks in all directions it is the home to about 250 people who mostly depend on fishing in the fjords around. In the afternoon we return to the same camp.
Walking: 6 hours

Day 8: Tasiilaq Fjord

Today we cross from the Tunu fjord over to Tasilaq fjord through the narrow valley of Tunup Kuua. We follow the narrow valley with mountain peaks on both sides and a peak or two already showing them self at the other side of the pass. After passing a few lakes, we arrive to a glacier that crawls into the valley from the north. We cross the glacier eventually putting on our crampons depending on the ice conditions. At the highest point which is only at 300m altitude we see the valley on the other side descending to the fjord The view in Tasilak fjord is breathtaking. The fjord is very narrow and sheltered with up to 1500 m high granite peaks on each side and over 2000m above the bottom of the fjord. One cannot help thinking that this compares with Patagonia. We put up our camp at the sea on the north bank of the river we have been following since we crossed the glacier.
Walking: 7 hours

Day 9: Tasiilaq Fjord

The route follows the Tasilaq fjord coastline and we enjoy the incredible view to the bottom of the fjord and the valley behind. The most outstanding mountains are called the Triplets and are actually known to some big wall climbers. This day is shorter than yesterday, and we should be arriving to camp in the middle of the afternoon.
Walking: 5 hours

Day 10: Tasiilaq Mountain Hut

We walk for two to three hours before we arrive to a glacier tongue that descends all the way from a valley 700 m up. We climb the moraine on the north side of the glacier with a stunning view over the valley below, until we come to a steep section that leads us directly to Tasilaq Mountain Hut at about 800 m altitude. This place is heaven-like for nature lovers. A magnificent place to sit down and enjoy silence and the calmness of the mountains. Night in a hut.
Walking: 7-8 hours

Day 11: Tasiilaq Fjord - Kulusuk

We head back into the valley, down the moraine and past some beautiful boulders. This time the walk is faster and we arrive to the fjord in the middle of the afternoon, where our boat is waiting to bring us back to Kulusuk. Night in a house in Kulusuk.
Walking: 5-6 hours, Sailing: 2 hours

Day 12: End of trip

In the late morning you will be flying back to Reykjavík.

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