East Greenland Hike
The Ammassalik area of East Greenland is a world-class trekking destination. Steep mountains rise out of the sea and stretch back from the open ocean to the vast Greenland icecap. Moderate mountain passes provide access to alpine areas. The combination of mountain and ocean vistas provide for unmatched scenery.
We will follow trails used for generations by ancient Inuit hunters. The trails cross narrow valleys, fjords, and high granite peaks that seem to rise straight from the sea. The tour takes place in the mountains just east of the Sermilik Fjord - a place accessible only by foot. We will be able to discover fragile flora and the bird life of the Arctic. We will be amazed at the huge numbers of icebergs in the Sermilik Fjord (also known as the "ice fjord").
Our hike takes us past beautiful lakes and along the coast, with small bays where the mountains are reflected in the still water of the Arctic summer. We continue on to visit the village of Tiniteqilaq and then arrive at the regional capital of Tasiilaq. There will be one re-supply of food along the way, allowing slightly-lighter backpacks.
The "East Greenland" hiking trip is suitable for those with some previous multi-day hiking experience. The area is remote, and there will be uneven terrain and creek crossings. The isolation, varied terrain, and 10 days of wilderness camping make the trip unsuitable for the complete novice.
Recommended Skill Level And Dates
July 31, 2017 to August 13, 2017
Guides 5:1 ratio
• 11 nights of camping
• excellent trail meals and snacks from Day 2 lunch to Day 13 lunch
• tents: free-standing, custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
• "kitchen": tarp, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc.
• first aid, safety, rescue, and repair kits
• communications equipment (satellite phone)
• flights between Reykjavik and Kulusuk - Day 1 and Day 14
• boat shuttles on Days 2 and 7
• transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Kulusuk