Espedalen Ski Trek 2020

(16-23 February, 2020)

 

This is your opportunity to taste a real outdoor adventure, in a sportive and challenging way! Step outside the well-trodden paths and explore Espedalen and Langsua National Park on ski, in a fantastic mountainous area, west of Lillehammer. Get your digital and mental detox in the most natural scenery, by rewarding physical and group efforts. This is your beginner’s back-country trek that you will never forget!  

(Note: this trek starts and ends on a Sunday, we gather in Lillehammer railway station on 16 Febr, around 2 pm)

Sunday 16/2: we will meet at Lillehammer train station around 2pm to travel jointly to our cabin in Espedalen in the afternoon
Monday: a practice day to get acquainted with the back-country ski’s, get our freeze-dried food sorted out, get the equipment together for the 5-day trek and fill our back-packs 
Tuesday-Saturday: guided back-country trek through the mountains of Espedalen and Langsua, skiing from hut to hut. Day trips will take about 4 to 7 hours. In the huts we will all help in melting snow to prepare our hot drinks and meals, in heating up the wood-fired stove and prepare our beds for the night. By the light of candles we will eat our meal and spend a cosy night with the group.

During the day trips we will add a mix of detox and outdoor elements: enjoy the natural sound of silence, learn to navigate with map and compass and take responsibility for the comfort and safety of the group. We end again in the valley at our cabin on Saturday afternoon where a cold drink and a fresh meal are awaiting us! 
Sunday 23/2: end of trek, transport back to Lillehammer train station

One or two guides will lead the group (depending on group size, maximum 12 pax in total)
Price: 950 euro pp, including ski-rent, food for the whole week, 3 nights at the cabin in the valley and 4 nights in DNT huts. We will also provide the general (safety) equipment for the group like maps, snow shovels, bivac sacs etc.

For more information on your fitness requirements and the personal gear that you need: pls contact Paul at paul@kulingtrekking.com or Christoffer at christofferstange@hotmail.com. See also www.kulingtrekking.com/contact/

If you want to signup for this trek click here.

Hardangervidda Trek (22-29 March, 2020)

 

Hardangervidda, the largest plateau of its kind in Europe, is the ideal wilderness area for testing your arctic skills! This is the place where Roald Amundsen, the famous Norwegian explorer, nearly died in 1896. But this failure taught him to train and plan better for a life of exploration that led eventually to his historic conquest of the South Pole in 1911. We will make this trek on skis, pulling sledges with all our camping equipment for a 5-day trek through the National Park. This challenging trek will be your training ground to learn and practice your arctic skills; to camp 4 nights in very cold conditions and to deal with (potentially very) low temperatures, chilling winds and long and hard days on ski.  Our group size will be relatively small (maximum 7 people) to provide maximum service and safety. Note: this trek starts and ends on a Sunday, we gather in Geilo railway station on 22 March in the afternoon, exact time tbd.

 

Day 1: we will meet in Geilo in the afternoon or evening and stay in a cabin. Geilo can be easily reached by train or bus from Oslo in about 3 to 4 hours.

Day 2: Test the equipment, practice with the skis and tent, pack our gear and buy and portion the food for the trek. We will have another night in the cabin

Day 3: early in the morning we will be ready with all our equipment to get going! Depending on the weather forecast, group size and capabilities, we will plan for a trek of about 90 kms in the northern part of Hardangervidda National Park. On the first day we will get used to the routines and rhythm of trekking and camping in winter, taking a relative short day before pitching the tent

Day 4, 5, 6: gradually we will get deeper into the mountains and be fascinated by the beauty of Hardangervidda. Days may be very long and hard, with the weather making it potentially very challenging to make progress. During trekking we may spot reindeer, snow birds and an occasional fox. In any case, we will be mesmerized by the mountains! Every evening, after making camp and melting snow, we will be enjoying the comfort of the tent while having our food together.

Day 7: on this last trekking day we descend back to Geilo where we will stay again in a cabin. The hot shower and the comfort of the cabin will be well-deserved, just like the beer and a fresh hot meal!

Day 8: End of the trip: we say farewell to each other after breakfast. There are several ways to get back to Oslo or to Gardermoen airport, and also fly out that same evening.

Price: 1095 euro pp, including rent for ski, poles & boots, use of tents, sledges, camping equipment, food for the whole week but excl your personal sleeping bag and personal clothes.

We will also take care of general (safety) equipment for the group like maps, snow shovels, GPS, bivac sacs etc. One or two guides will lead the group (depending on group size)

For more information on your fitness requirements and the personal gear that you need: pls contact Paul at paul@kulingtrekking.com or Christoffer at christofferstange@hotmail.com. See also www.kulingtrekking.com/contact/

If you want to signup for this trek click here.

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