Sarek

Rugged, remote and really out there. It’s a wild adventure, genuinely off the beaten track and guaranteed to immerse you in the special wilderness of Swedish Lapland.

9 days
height 2089M
grade grade grade grade grade grade
price 1995
Aug
2019

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Gateway               Kiruna

Daily distance       25km

Weight to carry    20-25kg

Temperature        -5 to +10°C

Distance                      130km

Nights in camp             6

Days hiking                   7

Challenge                     4

Once on the trail, we passed through so many different landscapes that it’s hard to keep track of where you are: vibrant forest, sparse forest, Alpine, Tundra, high mountain, snow & ice.” – Tom

Expedition Details:

Sarek – every remote trekkers paradise! Swedish Lapland and one of Europe’s last true wilderness areas! A wild hike through long, deep valleys; beautiful, unspoilt landscapes surrounded by vast mountains and impressive glaciers.

This expedition is designed for the avid trekker and requires endurance, enthusiasm and strong leg power! This trek is far away from the comforts of the Kingstrail, which lines the eastern edge of Sarek, with its cairns and signposts, STF mountain huts, hostels and cabins.

The beauty of this expedition is that each day brings something new – whether it’s using different kit or the breathtaking surroundings changing before your eyes. The astounding Sarek National Park really is a treasure and one that you will forever remember.

In order to reach Sarek and its true remoteness you will need to; take three flights north, catch a train, take a bus to the end of the road, a ferry that carries you to the other side of the lake. Then it’s all down to you. You walk.

It takes a commitment of a week to cross this wild region, on faint tracks that have a habit of disappearing in fields of snow or glacial moraines, bogs and thick growth of head-high dwarf willow bushes. The only escape route is back the way you came or onwards, as high glaciated peaks block any other exits.

The centrepiece of the mountain region that runs on without pause from Dalarna in central Sweden to the lonely northern border of Lapland is Sarek. All of Sweden’s highest summits are in this area, most of them glaciated and rising up to 2,000 meters. The routes are dictated by the large glacial troughs that separate Sarek’s massifs and provide corridors into the heart of the Sarek National Park.

We take the route leading up into the Rapadalen valley, following the ancient steps of reindeer who have been here since the end of the last ice age, along the roaring Sjnjuvtjudisjahka river, from wetlands and birch forests onto the high mountain bedrock of Sarek.

It’s a route along the queen of all rivers in Sarek: Smájllájåhkå. The river drains the meltwater of the Ruohtesjiegna glaciers and then runs southeast through the Ruohtesvagge valley.

The Sarek mountains offer the most testing conditions in the north of Sweden. Days can start cold and windy and clouds obscure the peaks around, but if you’re lucky, the sun will break through, reflecting on the glacial streams and snow fields.

The Arctic summer sun shines day and night. The window for crossing the Sarek mountains is short and the valleys are covered in snow until mid- July. Crossing icy mountain streams, defiant snow fields and creaking ice bridges with water gurgling in the cavities below requires guts.

There is a ‘spare day’ scheduled into the itinerary. This can be used to allow flexibility for poor weather or underfoot conditions. However, we would prefer to use it to climb Sarek, the biggest peak in the National Park!

Why not read our trip report from our last visit.

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You will get to know your guides in person on the training course. Mark is the main guide on most expeditions, but he has teamed up with a handful of other guides who form part of the Exped team. All of our guides are capable and dedicated. They have the right attitude – both towards reaching the goal and towards their expedition teams. We strive for safety and mutual support in our teams, as well as having a bit of banter. All of us love adventure, but most of all we want to pass on our knowledge, share amazing experiences, and inspire others to be ambitious.

MARK WALKER

Mark is the director of Exped Adventure and the head guide on many of our expeditions. Mark is a highly experienced Expedition Leader and Mountaineering Instructor with over 20 years of mountaineering experience. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and has been climbing, running and walking in the mountains all over the world since he was a small child. He knows the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and the Peak District like the back of his hand.

Mark has led a variety of expeditions to the far corners of the globe. He specialises in technical mountaineering and remote trekking expeditions. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and knows the area inside out.

Mark has put up new routes in the Lake District, Scotland, and Kenya. Climbing in all disciplines remains his passion.

Mark’s Expediton experience is broad and vast, including expeditions to Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Peru, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Norway, Svalbard, Russia, and more.

Marks high altitude climbing experience includes; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon, Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Kyajo Ri, Elbrus, Tharpa Chuli, Singu Chuli, Mont Blanc, The Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and much more!

Mark lives in Windermere in the Lake District with his young family.

Mark is a certified ML, WML, IML and MIA.

MATT STAPLEY

Matt is an experienced outdoor instructor and has been in the industry for 12 years. He has worked with clients all over the UK, Peru, and Europe and has mountaineering experience in America, North Africa and Western and Eastern Europe. Matt’s personal interests include multi-day mountain marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons.

Matt is a certified ML, WML and MIA.

RICH MAYWHORT

Rich has 30 years experience of climbing and mountaineering, with 15 of those years as a professional Mountaineer and Climbing instructor. He has climbed and led clients extensively over the breadth of the UK and in the Alps.

With climbing and mountaineering experience over Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria, Canada, Slovenia, Greece, random islands and North Africa.

GARY FLETCHER

Gary has been working as Group Captain and Training Expedition Leader in the Royal Air Force for 25 years before taking on his current freelance work as Outdoor Instructor. He has led numerous White Water Kayaking expeditions to the French Alps and New Zealand, as well as Sea Kayaking expeditions in Scotland. He has been on expeditions to the High Atlas Mountains and Nepal, including Gokyo Ri (5357m).

 

TRACEY WRIGHT

Tracey is a highly experienced International Mountain Leader and also holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate. She has Alpine experience on touring and cross country skis, including summits of Weismeis, Pigne d’Arolla, Grand Paradiso and Mt Leone. She has lead mountaineering expeditions to Mt Kenya, including ascent of Diamond Couloir, Kilimanjaro, Bolivian 6000m peaks and Mont Blanc. She has extensive personal snow and ice mountaineering experience in New Zealand, the Alps and Scotland.
Currently, she is working as a maths teacher at an International school of Aiglon College, Chesieres, Switzerland where she assists with the Outdoor Ed programme throughout the year.

Outdoor national qualifications British Assoc of Snowsport Instructors Alpine Level 2, Cross Country Ski Leader; Mountain Instructors Certificate (winter climbing instructor); International Mountain Leader.

 

Start DateEnd DateDaysPriceAvailability
3rd Aug 201911th Aug 20199£1995

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What is included:
• Accommodation – 2 nights hostel, 6 nights in tents
• All meals during the camping phase
• Mountain tents, stoves and pans
• Expedition food and fuel
• Medical safety equipment and supplies
• All in-country transfers, including airport transfers
• Expedition team leader
• Access to our RMS team of doctors
• Pre-expedition training course

What is not included:
• Travel to and from UK airport
• International flights and taxes
• Personal equipment
• Travel insurance
• Drinks, snacks and personal spending
• Optional tips

Booking – What happens next:
• The deposit reserves you a place on the trip. It is non-refundable according to our Booking Conditions. You will receive a confirmation of booking and further details about the trip.
• We will also supply you with more information on the training weekend and a complete equipment list.
• If you require a payment plan, get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can discuss the options.
• We will need you to fill in a Client Booking form for our records, regarding any health issues, your experience, insurance and next of kin details.
• The remaining balance will be due 8 weeks prior to departure (unless you arranged a payment plan). Any cancellations at this point are subject to our Booking Conditions.

Bespoke option:
We can organise this expedition on a ‘tailor-made’ private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. We will then send you a quote, with no obligation.

Insurance:
You will need a travel insurance policy that caters for the activities you will undertake on your trip with Exped Adventure. It is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have such a policy. For advice on best policies get in touch.

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