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TMB Day 3 – Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

The breakfast was a bit funny at Chalet-Mant-Borant. I don’t think it was enough, for some reason you only get one slice of orange…strange 🙂

The morning started out gently from Les Contamines towards Col De Bonhomme

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As we were walking I came across a Swiss flag on this hut

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For a moment I got confused whether I was in France or Switzerland.

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Soon we reached another hut and had a water stop. The sun starts shinning, it started getting hot and  while Clare stripped off into her shorts, everybody looked at her interestingly wishing they had a convertible trouser 🙂

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meanwhile Christine was testing her shooting skills on myself once again 🙂 with a view looking down the valley back towards Les Contamines. This specific place was some kind of nature reserve. I think the whole trail is a nature reserve 🙂

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Even though autumn was nearly there, as we gradually ascend, wild flowers started showing up making the walk even more beautiful. It is then I discovered the micro mode in my camera. After that it was …well I turned into a flower photographer 🙂

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Another Selfie, as pretty as flowers 🙂

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Hiking past cow pastures

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with the tinkle of cowbells as an accompaniment

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Spotted Sundog too 🙂

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Check out the contrails in the sky. There were hundreds of them

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As we took another water break, Flo posed on a pile of rocks, Plan des Dames 2043m

One last ascent to Col Du Bonhomme

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looking back while ascending. When you hiking steep and you look back to catch your breath and presented with a wonderful view, Its such amazing feeling:)

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View from Col du Bonhomme (2329m)

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And looking back all the way to Les Contamines. This green tshirt i bought the day before at Les Contamines. Looking good aye 🙂

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Chilling on Col du Bonhomme

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From Col Du Bonhomme we made the traverse to the Croix du Bonhomme

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Alex and Wasim

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Approaching Refuge de la Criox

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At Refuge de la Criox (2483m,) we were rewarded with awesome views down into the Vallee des Chapieux.

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As we queue up for ordering our lunch, the waiter was trying to explain us the french menu in English

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this was my dessert, Walnut Tart and I and had Quiche for the lunch 🙂

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Another group enjoying the view

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while a shepherd and his two clever dogs were herding sheep

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and the ibex were grazing

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I tried to be innovative. My Meindl Toronto GTX boots serving perfectly for the last two years now

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We then descend to Les Chapieux,

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Just before reaching out Refuge De la Nova we came across a water stream and everybody decided to get a natural foot spa. It was a wonderful idea and I loved it. The water was a bit cold but it felt great submerging feet against the rapid flow of cold water in the sun. It took away all the pain and tiredness from the feet.

After the spa we head to De la Nova, our home for the evening.

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De la Nova was surrounded by lovely mountain views. Owned by a French couple, it was an accurate version of the local “Auberge”. For dinner we had Lasagna and potatoes. It was also Jacky’s Birthday and there was a great atmosphere at the dinner table. There were quite a few other groups and it was very lively. That night, before going to bed, we had the opportunity to see an amazing display of lightning and thunder. I guess it rained all night too.

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TMB Day 2 – Les Houches to Les Contamines

We set off early morning after a healthy breakfast at our hotel La Chamonix for our first day’s hiking. We took the local bus to the village of Les Houches, a famous ski resort, which is about 6km from Chamonix.

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Group waiting at the bus stop in Chamonix for Les Houches

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View from Les Houches

We didn’t spend too much time exploring Les Houches as it was supposed to be a long day. From Les Houches we took a cable car up to Bellevue (1800m). Once on the top we were admiring a 360° panorama over the Mont Blanc massif, Chamonix, its needles and the chain of Fiz and Aravis.

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View of the needles from the Bellevue station

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View of the Chamonix from Bellevue

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Selfie with needles in the background

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Our first group photo of the hike. Courtesy of Clare, our group leader

From here we started hiking towards valley of Les Contamines-Montjoie passing by Bioniassay glacier and the Col du Tricot.

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I spotted the TMB circuit map and decided to take the picture of it. You could see the red spot showing where we were on the map. We were doing the circuit anticlockwise.

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As expected, I acknowledged the fact that the trail was very well-marked.

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Here we also come across the Tramway du Mont-Blanc that goes up to the Nid d’Aigle (“Eagle’s Nest”), the starting point of the ascent of Mont Blanc by the famous “Normal Route”.

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Alex, from Canada, was very excited as it was his first ever hiking trip. It reminded me of my first hiking day trip from Amberley to Arundel. I could still clearly remember walking through lush green fields with views of hills everywhere. And i know that day changed my life …well i become an avid hiker 🙂

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Leaving behind Bioniassay glacier view and walking towards Col de Tricot.

After walking for an hour through a forest like patch, we encounter first suspension bridge :)… there is something about these mountain bridges that excites me 🙂

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Clare taking her time no the bridge

After crossing the bridge, the views opened up once again and as we walked towards Col de Tricot we had amazing views of glacier Bionassay once again ..or may be it was Plan Glacier I don’t know…it was all beautiful 🙂

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After about an hour, we reached Col de Tricot (2120m) where we had a short rest

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a couple enjoying the view while having snacks

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Wasim came up with the idea of taking one-legged picture 🙂

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Sheep wandering 🙂

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another selfie

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As we descent into the valley

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Some pretty hut in the valley

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Lunching time at some hut

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I spotted this ancient pair of skis in the hut on the wall

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While we were lunching, horses were grazing under the glacier too

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Leaving behind the valley and hiking up towards Le Truc

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Views from Auberge Le Truc

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We then hike down into the lovely Les Contamines

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We found donkeys and Alein couldn’t resist to give her regards 🙂

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From Les Contamines we climbed up along an old never ending Roman road, some thousands years old, past an original Roman bridge to the hut which was our stop for the night, in the valley leading to the Col du Bonhomme.

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We finally reached our hut Chalet-Mant-Borant. Everybody was so tired at this point and glad that it was finished. The Gite or accommodation where we were staying was an authentic mountain refuge. The idea behind the establishment of these “gites” or refuges is that local shepherds would provide food and shelter to anyone in need in the mountains. In use for three generations, this cosy place had accommodation in large unisex rooms equipped with long multi-share bunk beds, inside an authentic renovated “bergerie” (barn)

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In front of the hut there was a lovely place to sit around and chill with a view

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View from the hut

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While I was chilling with an occasional fag with coke, Christine impressed me with her shooting skills 🙂

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Happy hikers at the dinner table. The family who run the gite cooked a basic but delicious local dinner for us.

Estimated Hiking Time: 6hrs 30mins
Approximate Distance Hiked: 20 kms
Elevation: Start 1801m; Highest 2500m; Finish 1450m

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Tour du Mont Blanc – Day 1

Before I go on writing about my amazing Tour du Mont Blanc trip, let me tell you a bit about it.

Tour du Mont Blanc aka TMB, is over 100 miles hiking trail in the alps circling Mont Blanc massif. According to National Geographic it is one of the dream trails. And no wonder it is. I did it and I can endorse it. It’s a heavenly experience. You hike through three different countries (France, Italy, Switzerland) and over several mountain passes with some of Europe’s most dramatic glaciers and scenery on display. The majesty of Mont Blanc with the summer flora of wildflowers and alpine meadows has inspired generations of alpine visitors, attracting mountaineers and hikers from around the world for over two hundred years. To me it was not just the scenery but the civilization and food in between that makes it super awesome. Along the way you will go through villages and huts where your cravings will be fulfilled from locally made wines to Swiss fondue, from cheese and French bread to Italian hot chocolates, you can even pick berries on the way and you will always be a happy hiker at the dinner table :). You can soak it in over seven to ten days or go ultra and run it in 3 days, that’s insane though. No matter how you choose to do it, it is an extraordinary adventure and a treat for a novice as well as an experienced hiker.

I flew to Geneva from Gatwick arrived there in the evening. It was an hour drive from Geneva in Switzerland to Chamonix in France. Here I would like to mention that if you are planning to go to France from Geneva, don’t expect Euros from ATMs at the airport. The ATMs only dispense Swiss Franc, don’t know why, but that’s the way it is. Anyway something to remember. Chamonix is where the trail was supposed to start and end. It’s an authentic French mountain town, located at the foot of Mont Blanc. Its was very lively, almost like the Ibiza of outdoors, full of outdoor activity shops and rentals from cheap to expensive brands, with restaurants and bars everywhere. It lies in one of the most picturesque valleys of the French Alps, with innumerable alpine peaks towering around you, pine forests, alpine valleys to explore, and beautiful glaciers spilling from the high massif. The town is home to 10,000 inhabitants, swelling to 100,000 during peak season. You can see the towering peaks of Aiguilles Rouges and Aiguille du Midi. On a clear day you can even see the north side of the summit Mont Blanc itself.

I managed to arrive at the Chamonix Hotel just in time for the important welcome meeting at 6pm. The interior of the hotel was all in wood, giving it a very typical Alpine atmosphere. I met Clare, our tour lead. She gave us a brief overview of what to expect and I soon figure out that our lead was going to be awesome throughout the trip, which was very important for me because a bad leader can ruin your trip. During the briefing I also found out that we were lucky that the weather forecast for the next few days was going to be fantastic as oppose to how dreadful it had been for the last few weeks.

After the briefing and settling in the hotel, we hit the town, picked up some missing bits from a recommended outdoor shop (can’t remember its name) ,walked through the streets and ended up in a lovely french restaurant for dinner. During this time I met all the people in the group and I was pretty happy to find out that everyone was reasonable :)…well you know what i mean 🙂 There were 12 of us. It was a really good mix of different ages ranging from 21-70 from US, Canada, Wales and Japan. Obviously me from Pakistan. Surprisingly I also found out that one of the guys in the group, Wasim from California, his origin was from Pakistan too. I felt excited as it was great to know that there was someone to have banter in my own language (Urdu) during the next 10 days :)..although at this point I wasn’t sure of his personality completely, he turned out to be one of the best fellow hiker you could ever imagine…more on him later 🙂

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Arriving at Geneva airport

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Our hotel in Chamonix “Hotel Le Chamonix”

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Busy evening in Chamonix

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Lucky to have a clear view of Mont Blanc summit from Chamonix. We also manage to see Aiguille du Midi.

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La Moraine, French restaurant where we had the dinner

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My dessert, wasn’t very excited 😦

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Kungsleden Day 6 – Kebnekaise to Nikkaluokta

Today I had mix feelings a bit of sadness realisiong that the time is approaching when we had to say farewell to the birds, flowers and mountains. After having a hearty buffet breakfast of cereal, yogurt, juices, cheeses, boiled eggs, breads and millions of other bits, we all head to Nikkaluokta about 19km away. It was a flat and the most easiest walk of all without any rocks or boulders. We were at  Nikkaluokta in a flash. We did 19 km in about 4-5 hrs i think. A couple of ppl decided to make it more dramatic by taking a 6 min helicopter ride all the way. I saw the video and it was really cool. To ease the pain, a few ppl mistakenly took the 30 min boat ride over lake Ladtjojaure hoping that it will take it to the end but funny enough they still had to walk another remaining 8 km to Nikkaluokta from the drop off point 🙂 … basically it was a rip off,  300 crowns really ! 🙂

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I will never forget Nikkolouta though. This is where I dicovered yoga. Von gave us a class of yoga and it felt amazing. I think yoga should be must after every hike.

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Von and Alice at Nikkloukta cafe.

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Waiting for the bus back to Kiruna

After settling in at Kiruna hostel, we went to a nearby restaurant for dinner. I had a reindeer pizza and the feeling of having pizza after having expedition food for ages…aahhh it felt so good… nothing can beat that. After the dinner we head back to hostel as Kiruna is basically a ghost town.

Early morning we took flight to stockholm and back in london. Our bodies felt fit after all the physical activity every day, and mentally we were recharged ready to take on the challenges of everyday life with renewed energy 🙂

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The 4 Kibnekaise climbers at stockholm airport (From left: Elman, Sean, Myself and Lissett)

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Map View of our trail from Abisko to Nikkaluokta

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Kungsleden Day 5 – Conquering Kebnekaise

Today was the day when some of the people didn’t even bother to hike, well it was the day to conquer the highest mountain in Sweden. Kebnekaise is the most popular destination in swedish mountains and the aim of most of the people coming here is to make it to the peak. It might be nothing much compared with many other places in the world, but with it’s 2111 meters it is the highest peak in Sweden and therefore entitled to some extra attention. But because we had already walked over 100km in the last 3 days, some of us were absolutely knackered. It was going to take 6 hrs to go to the top and 5 hours back…oh yes it was going to be a very long day.So the plan was to leave as early as possible in the morning. I spoke to some of the people while in sauna the night before and at the information center. According to them there was some snow at the top but it was walkable. there was no need of using crampons or ice axe. However due to harsh weather at the top, very few people went all the way up to the summit. The night before I was also a bit worried as my right calf was totally stiff and my left knee was in pain. However when you are with like minded people who are determined to do the the same thing as you then it automatically boost your confidence. I had dinner with Elman and although his knees were in pain he was determined. We talked about climbing mountains and he had climbed lots of mountains up to 5000m including Mont Blanc, for him Kebnekaise was a piece of cake. So if he was going up there, I was too :).

The weather forecast wasn’t looking that good and when we woke up it was raining, it was probably the worst day to go up to the summit. But today was our only chance. We didn’t have the luxury to chill for a day and climb mountain the next day. In the morning I also realized I forgot to bring my water proof trousers. Until then I didn’t need it as it only drizzled few times here and there. I borrowed water proof trouser from Sera and her poles too as she decided to spend the day chilling at the lodge (not a bad idea) along with Stephanie and few others. I also decided not to take camera to keep my pack light and use my iphone instead.

There were 3 routes to the summit, western, eastern and some other difficult route. I think we took the western route that leads over scree slopes and the intermediate peak Vierranvárri to the glaciated summit. Most of this route to the top is pure hiking, but there is a short exposed part that I will count as scrambling.

After walking for about a couple of hours we reached the base, where we finally start climbing up.

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After walking for about an hour up hill we reached flat ground and came across a stream.

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Crossing this stream was a bit challenging. Nobody wanted to take risk of hiking with wet feet for the next 7-8 hours. Somehow we manage to cross it

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After crossing the stream, it was an everlasting steep ascend with some scrambling.

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When we reach the top until this point i didn’t knew there were two peaks South and North, nearly the same height. According to everyone we were on the North peak but i am sure it was some other intermediate peak. At this point most of the people in our group decided to head back as it was cold, there was snow and they were tired. I also met some swedish people along the way and most of them turned back from this point. I am still not sure why. As we were more than half way through. I guess they didn’t have Elman. I was wondering where Elman was, probably very close to the summit as he was way ahead of us. I felt a bit nervous as I didn’t wanted to carry on alone. But then Sean and Lissette decided to come along. It was like a blessing, I was so glad. From there on Sean was leading me and Lissette. We had to go 600m down from the top and then back up to the Southern peak. It was like a  saddle.

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About 300 altitude meters below the top, we reached the peak cabins. I actually thought we reached the summit 🙂

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We had some rest but when we come out of the cabin we were amazed that  it was all sunny. The views were getting clearer, the mist was moving away and I felt so blessed.

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After the cabins, the trail continues through a rocky landscape and the slope progressively ceases

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we came across another deserted cabin

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We were so excited that we decided to take lot of pictures as we didn’t know how long these views will last. But then we saw Elman coming back and he told us that it was another half an hour. We decided not to waste any time and hiked up quickly to get the best views of the summit before the weather changes. That half an hour went by quickly in our excitement. When we reached the top, it was all flat and we could see the peak glacier. It is a small top, merely tens of meters high yet it was majestic.

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We got to the glacier peak around 13:15 and after spending 15 minutes, we decided to head back.

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On the way back to the base we had clear views of the mountains and the valley  as oppose to in the morning when it was foggy.

We were so hungry and made just in time for the last order at the restaurant. I ate so much that I felt sick in the end. The food was pretty good though. Lots of seafood.

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At the dinner table in the restaurant.

By this time all the pain had disappeared and there was a feeling of awesomeness 🙂

I am so thankful to Sean and Lissette for helping me get to the summit. Without them I don’t know if I would have made it at all.

 

 

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Kungsleden Day 4 – Salka to Kebnekaise

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Leaving behind Salka cabins in the distance early morning.

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We hiked up and down small hills and mountain slopes crossing a number of small streams.

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Crossed bridges

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Reached an emergency cabin with some interesting mountain silhouettes in the distance

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Chilling in the cabin

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Deer herd splashing and crossing the stream. Although I didn’t come across any Sami people, I was glad atleast the reindeer were there 🙂

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Leaving behind another spectacular view

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After a small ascend we came across some lake

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At this point I was approaching some valleys on either side. Not sure which one was which, Kaskasavagge and Kuopervagge

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The alpine nature was with us all around.

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At the bottom of the valley on the left, we have the option to either go to Singi or Kebnekaise. Until this point we had hiked more or less towards south, but now the trail made a sharp turn left, and the course was straight east into the valley.

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As we walked through the narrow valley, the scenery gets more and more dramatic. Towering walls on both sides were slowly closing in on us, and when we got to the narrowest part, the mountains on both sides reached their peaks, probably over 1500 meters.

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(From Left: Stephanie, Ray, Zabeen, Alice)

Everything opened up again, and we had a group of high peaks to our left including the highest point in Sweden, the snowcapped peak of Kebnekaise. Although at this point i had no clue 🙂 Anyway we decided to have a  group pic.

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The last bridge before Kebnekaise mountain lodge.

From here on the trail was wide again as we hiked alongside the Laddjujohka-river, but towards the end lots of small stones started sticking up through the dirt.

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Camps around Kebnekaise

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And then we reached the Kebnekaise Mountain Lodge 🙂 It was very different from what I had come to expect of accommodation and people so far during the trip. Beds didn’t differ that much from cabins along the rest of the trail, it was the size, crowd and all the service. It was a proper busy hotel. There were families and babies landing off helicopters with luggage. There was a la carte restaurant, a shop, equipment rental, internet, bakery etc. It was like almost back to the civilization 🙂

I rushed to Sauna once again and after another pasta bolognese (not sure why i didn’t go to the restaurant, guess i wanted to get rid of pasta and can of chilli con carne that i carried all the way from Salka), I decided to call it off early to give my knees some extra rest for yet another adventure tomorrow, probably the biggest of all…. Conquering Kebnekaise 🙂

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Kungsleden Day 3 Part 2 – Tjaktja to Salka

As we head towards Salka from Tjaktja cabins, it felt like it was going to be a walk in the park but…

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the trail gradually looses its soil and all we could see was stones, rocks and boulders. Amazingly there were still signs of flora here and there and it started raining as well

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After about 4 km as we reached the Tjaktja pass, the rain stopped and the sun came out. On the top of the pass there was some kind of an emergency cabin and a toilet.

 

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The view from the top of the pass back to the Tjaktja hut.

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Walking Tjaktja pass.

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This view from Tjaktja pass towards Salka was jaw dropping. I just couldn’t get enough of it. I lied down there for about half an hour and just stared at it. It gave me goose bumps and I felt so blessed and fortunate.

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Before i left the spot I decided to take a selfie 🙂

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Down into the valley from the pass, the trail once more transformed into an an easy and slowly descending hike. It was another 6 km down to the Salka cabins.

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After about 3 km we took a break.

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And we started spotting reindeer 🙂

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Soon I was glad to see Salka cabins.

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Salka cabins were set up perfectly surrounded by mountains.

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Salka shop where i once again loaded myself with dry fruits, jelly beans and chocolates for the next day.

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The cabins felt very homely

This time I decided not to waste any time and after a quick pasta dinner with a can of coke I went to sauna. I spent over 45 min in there. It was like the best sauna ever 🙂 When i got back to the cabin, it was so nice to see everyone there, chilling, talking and having a great time in the candle lights. I made a cup of tea and joined the party:) We all went to bed after an hour for yet another adventure lying ahead next day.

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Kungsleden Day 3 Part 1 – Alesjaure to Tjaktja

Around 7am I woke up again and after having a breakfast of can of fruits, ryvita with cheese and some biscuits, we head towards Salka with a plan to skip Tjaktja…another mistake i guess 🙂

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Right at the start we had to cross Alisjavri lake (i guess) via a suspension bridge.

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Leaving behind Alesjaure.

 

After that snow covered peaks and glaciers were on both sides of the trail as we hiked on arctic meadows covered with crowberries or grass.

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Alice crossing another bridge.

 

After about 7-8 km we took a break. The views around us were just amazing.

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While Anna enjoying the views, Karl was lost in the map.

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As we carried on again for another 6km to Tjaktja, Ian once again decided to unpack and pack 🙂

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It was a comfortable hike with slow ascending trail with long stretches of flat parts.

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Nigel in search for a perfect view for his camera

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Tjaktja hut in front after hiking the only climb so far. It was very deceptive. At first glance it looked like I could simply go down the hill, cross the stream and climb back up to the hut… but guess what

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this is how it looks when you actually go down the hill and reach the stream. There was a glacier with a waterfall next to it. The rocks were very slippery and it was very difficult to cross the stream. I nearly slipped but backed out. Then I looked up and realized there was another bridge behind the water fall. I simply went back up the hill, walked few hundred meters, cross the bridge and walked round back to the hut. However while i was at the stream i saw Stephanie slipping and there were a couple of other hikers that walked all the way up to the glacier and I am sure they must have fallen while crossing.

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Caught Lisette watching and enjoying ppl slipping and getting wet in the stream 🙂

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I was at the back so when I reached the hut I figure out nearly everyone slipped and got wet into the stream. I guess that’s why nobody alerted me about the bridge while I was down there, they were just enjoying watching  ppl slipping and getting wet 🙂

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Sean decided to get on with the business… coffee 🙂

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While we enjoyed the coffee, Dorota as usual couldn’t wait to carry on. She was like a soldier on a mission 🙂

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The view of glacier and the waterfall from Tjaktja hut.

After a short break we carried on towards Salka.

 

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Map View of my next Adventure – Tour du Mont Blanc

Map - Tour Du Mont Blanc

Map – Tour Du Mont Blanc

From 6th Sept to 15th Sept.

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A more detailed map.

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Kungsleden Day 2 – Abisko to Alesjaure

I woke up around 7am and after a quick breakfast of PROPER bread sandwiches with chicken slices, yogurt etc, we were on our way into the wilderness. I decided not to carry any extra food (weight) and just buy it as needed from the shops in the huts each day. But I wish I had as at this point i had no idea that for the next 3 days I will be eating Ryvita. I think eating ryvita on its own is torture 😦 , it should be banned… its ok with cheese though …anyway more on this later.

 

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Also at this point nobody thought it’s going to be a grand 30k+ walk. Everyone hunky-dory, walking through beautiful trail and enjoying the scenery which was a mixture of flat meadows and birch forests.

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There were lots of duckboards and we came across a couple of deer.

 

The first challenge was to ford an ice cold water stream bare footed, as we couldn’t find any bridge. Most of the people in the group were quite experienced in that from their last trip to Iceland. They showed my how to tie up my boots around the neck. The water and the rocks were so cold, it felt like I was pressing my feet against needles. I nearly fell into the waters but some saviour quicky realised that and handed me a walking pole.

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while other ppl desperately looking for a bridge or some path to cross the stream, Zabeen smiling as if she knew what was coming 🙂

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A variety of flora along the way.

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We went through the Abisko National Park.

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When the trail arrives at the Abiskojaure-lake the birches occasionally take a few steps back and that leaves us with an open scenery by the lake with high mountains on both sides.

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Abiskojaure cabins were built on the opposite side, and at the other end of the lake we reach the cabins by crossing a river on a suspension bridge.

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We all had lunch by the suspension bridge with a lovely view of Abiskojaure-lake. Although we skip the Abiskojaire hut, nature called and a quick visit to the hut got me the taste of a typical mountain hut toilet. Let’s not talk about it in further details. It did the job 🙂

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After the lunch we head towards the towering peak of Garddenvarri again with lots of flora and mushrooms.

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The trail was flat all the way but it was rocky, and when I say rocky I meant real rocky, it was hurting after half way through, Few people really struggled due to overloaded backpack with tents, camping stuff and god knows what else.

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Ray, the power house, finally decided to take some rest 🙂

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The highlight was going through high altitude meadow with grassy fields and rocks, and high peaks all around us before reaching Alisjavri lake. The views were just breath taking. I just couldn’t get enough of the views 🙂

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After walking for 26km we reached the point where we have the option to take boat for the remaining 6km to Alesjaure hut. There was a small tent where a French lady was already preparing fire.

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Von resting

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Nigel in the tent having a coffee while waiting for the boat

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Sean decided to pose for a click 🙂

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The boat point.

Most of us decided to carry on for another 6 km, after taking a short rest, to Alesjaure as the boat costed 300 crowns.

Unlike most of the others I was in no pain at all and was still buzzing with the views and surroundings.

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I was please to see the huts in the distance. There was a cabin for a shop with sitting room. Separate cabins for toilets, sauna etc. We got there around 6pm i guess.

 

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The location of the hut was amazing with a great view to Alisjavri lake on either side.

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After settling in I went straight to the shop as I was starving. Everything there was either tin packed, expedition food or dry food. Even the milk was dry. I wasn’t expecting too much honestly but no bread, yogurt or fresh food, it was a bit disappointing after walking over 30 km whole day. But hey when you are hungry everything tastes good :). I got some stuff for the dinner as well as breakfast & lunch for the next day.

The sauna and washing cabins closed at 9pm. I missed it as I was too tired after having another pasta bolognese dinner.  I just sat by the hut, had my occasional fag with a cuppa and admired the views for a long time.

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Here I also find out the washing system in kitchen as there were no taps.

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Cooking pasta 🙂

I noticed that the bathrooms were quite far from the rooms but then i realized why is that way…there was no running water, flush ..you can imagine the fragrance 🙂

There was no electricity but there was a wood fire burner in each room and it was very cosy.

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All dry food supply via helicopter.

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