Unplugged Wilderness Trek Day 3 – East Greenland

Day 3 of the Unplugged Wilderness trek saw us set out in the opposite direction, away from the Karale Glacier and up towards the Knud Rasmussen Glacier.  Unlike Day 2 where it was relatively flat, this hike climbed ~850m up some pretty steep slopes

Steep climbs - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

for some spectacular views over the Karale Fjord.

Karale Fjord - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

(L-R): Karale, unnamed and Knud Rasmussen Glaciers along the Karale Fjord.

It was the climb that just kept on giving!  There were stunning lakes

Lake and Rasmussen Glacier - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

Knud Rasmussen Glacier in the background on the right

Fascinating rock formations (I sooooo should have been a geologist!)

Rock formations - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

Amazing views of the Knud Rasmussen Glacier

Knud Rasmussen Glacier - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

And snow.  

Hiking in snow - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

Sooooooooo much snow, which I think Maxime was specifically seeking out for us to walk through.  

Hiking in snow - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

Now I admit that my Salomon XAPro 3D hiking trail shoes were not the best fit for this particular trek, but when you are traveling for a year and only hiking occasionally there has to be compromises.  And although the Gore-TeX theoretically makes them waterproof, I can tell you right now that’s bullcrap.  My feet had turned into blocks of ice by this point!

Our lunch spot was on a patch of bare rocky ground in the shadow of one of the tallest peaks in the area

Day 3 lunch spot - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

and I thought it might have marked the highest point on our trek for the day.  But no!  There was a lot more snow in our immediate future, though I do acknowledge that Maxime had the worst of it – having to forge a route through it for us to follow in his footsteps.

Hiking in snow - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

Top image shows Maxime out in front checking snow depth and creating the bootprints for us to follow

It didn’t matter where you looked, there were incredible views

Karale Fjord - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

Including from the very top. 

Panorama from top Day 3 - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

Panorama of the Knud Rasmussen Glacier and the Sermiligaaq Fjord

Views of the Karale Fjord - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

Fortunately it wasn’t too cold or windy so we spent quite a bit of time enjoying the different views from up here before heading back on the return journey.  This more or less followed the same route (though there are no paths at all to follow on this trek so it is always just goes where the guide leads), but it was a lot quicker getting down the snowy bit than it was going up!

Running down snow - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

Filip and I essentially gave up all pretext of trying to keep our feet dry and snow out of our shoes and foot-skied/ran down the slope.  Soooooo much fun!  Even though I’d lost all feeling in my feet by the time we’d gotten to the bottom and both shoes were chockers with snow.

The weather had improved slightly for our journey back for even better views of the Knud Rasmussen Glacier and its surrounding mountains

Knud Rasmussen Glacier - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

and the Karale Glacier.

Karale Glacier - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

We even had a special visitor – an Arctic Fox – waiting for us when we returned to camp 🙂

Arctic Fox - Unplugged Wilderness - East Greenland

This was a truly spectacular hike despite the less-than-stellar weather.

 

Hiking time:  approximately 8 hours

Read more:  links to my other blog posts about the 12-day Unplugged Wilderness Trek with Greenland Adventures by Icelandic Mountain Guides:

  • Day 1 – Tasiilaq to Kulusuk and along the Sermiligaaq Fjord 
  • Day 2 – Hike to the Karale Glacier
  • Day 3 – Hike to the lookout over Sermiligaaq Fjord and Karale Fjord
  • Day 4 – Karale Fjord camp to Beach camp
  • Day 5 – Beach camp to Bluie East Two
  • Day 6 – Bluie East Two along the Ikateq strait to the Tunu Fjord
  • Day 7 – Tunup Kua Valley to Tasiilaq Fjord
  • Day 8 – Along the Tasiilaq Fjord
  • Day 9 – Tasiilaq Fjord to Tasiilaq Mountain Hut
  • Day 10 – Tasiilaq Mountain Hut
  • Day 11 – Tasiilaq Mountain Hut to Tasiilaq Fjord to Kulusuk
  • Day 12 – Kulusuk to Reykjavik
  • Video Slideshow – of some of my favourite images
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