Summit to Sea Expedition
“It is time to search for experiences that has not yet been done, to be immersed in the wilderness and reconnect with the most fundamental part of adventure – EXPLORATION."
The expedition starts by trekking through the scenic landscape, aiming for Sweden’s highest mountain, Mt Kebnekaise (2 100 m).
The summit attempt requires both glacier crossings and alpine scramble to reach the top, a full day attempt, and we go together as a team.
Returning back from the snowcapped peak, we get a day's rest before we head to the river that drains off the same glacier you have crossed. The river journey start by Elsa’s Bridge with a section of creeking, which leads into the beautiful landscape of Paittasjärvi lake. We continue our self-supported river expedition on the Kalix river, one of the last remaining free flowing rivers in Sweden.
Experience the midnight sun and travel through land inhabited by the indigenous Sámi people. Everyone is part of the expedition, setting up camp, packing and cooking. Together we paddle through the remote wilderness and deep forest until the river meets the Gulf of Bothnia.
Join our founder Ram Silwal and expedition team, on this once in a lifetime opportunity to go from the Summit to the Sea, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.
Ram Silwal is a serial entrepreneur and educator, with three decades of experience running river and mountain expeditions around the world.
His resúme included leading river expeditions for the British Army and working on filming projects for the National Geographic and Outdoor Life Network.
Ram was among the first to explore and paddle many of the major rivers in the Himalayas, and the first to paddle from the source of Mt. Everest to the sea - a 1500 km expedition across Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
Ram is also a frequent visitor in the Arctic, and has led expeditions to the summit of Kebnekaise for several years.
Day 1. Arrive to Kiruna we meet and transfer by bus together to Nikkaloukta. Here you will meet the team and do the final preparations.
Day 2. Early rise and big breakfast. Trek to Kebnekaise Mountain Station, ca. 5 hours. On the way we go by boat on the Laddjujavri glacier lake.
Day 3. Early rise and big breakfast. Summit attempt starts at 07.00 am and we trek via the Eastern route. Long day trekking and climbing to the summit.
Day 4. Rest day. Back up in case of bad weather previous day.
Day 5. The river part of the expedition starts at Elsa’s Bridge. We kayak to Nikkaloukta starting with creeking in class III white water.
Day 6. After en early rise we start paddling from Nikkaloukta to Kaalasluspa. It’s a long day paddling on flat water. Option to take support vehicle and meet up at the campsite in Kaalasluspa.
Day 7. We are in the Arctic wilderness! Paddle 25 km of class II water and arrive early afternoon to set up camp at the Tjårkijaure confluence.
Day 8. We brake camp in the mrning and paddle roughly 30 km through wilderness and small Sámi villages. Arrive to the confluence with Kaitum river where we camp.
Day 9. We continue to cruise through the scenic landscape. Aiming to arrive at the top of Parakkakurkkio rapid. Once we have set up our camp, we take a walk and scout the rapid to find the best line for the next morning.
Day 10. Today we have some good section of class III+ white water ahead of us. Starting with the Parakkakurkkio rapid. We aim to arrive at Mäinnikkö village in the afternoon.
Day 11. A day with beautiful scenery and gentle class II water, passing the small village and confluence of Tärendö. Overnight close to Narken.
Day 12. We continue another 30 km down river to the top of Jockfall where we set up camp. We are now at the top of the biggest rapid on the river and we go scout in the evening.
Day 13. Early start to the day. Most likely we will portage the Jockfall and put in again below to paddle about 30 km to Nybyn.
Day 14. Passing the small town of Överkalix, we continue towards Kamlunge. While passing the small pininsula 3 km after Svartebyn bridge we must keep to the river right. We aim to arrive at Kamlunge in the afternoon.
Day 15. Our final day on the river. We paddle about 35 km to Karlsborg where the river meets the ocean. A hot shower and celebratory drink awaits!
Day 16. Breakfast and departure.
Kiruna - Nikkaloukta - Kebnekaise -
Kalix river - Karlsborg.
This expedition is for both novice and experienced adventurers.
Ability to walk for a full day with a pack and ability to swim is a requisite.
Minimum age 15 years.
Kayakers must have a solid roll.
If you haven't paddled in a while or not done white water before, we recommend joning us in Norway to get your skills to the right level. More info here.
Non-kayakers are welcome to join us paddling in the rafts.
Price: € 1750 / person
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