24 – 29 March 2024

Pure Abiskoalperna

The higher ranges, further away

Into the wilds. Remote massifs, beyond civilization. Dog sleds to and from our base camp in the Abisko alps. Ski touring remote summits where few humans have skied. Genuine expedition experience, and guaranteed untouched snow.

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Abisko Alps

The Abisko Alps are situated approximately 10 km south of Abisko. Too far away for most day tourers. We’ll set up our tent camp amongst the mountains (most likely between Tjåmuhas and Ballinbogicohkka) and we’ll get to experience the harder aspects around camping in winter conditions: staying warm, dry, satiated and hydrated. But hopefully also all the wonderful aspects, too! To be able to step right out into the mountains in the morning, do your evening toilet under the northern lights, team companionship and get to enjoy guaranteed untouched ski runs.

The summits in the area are fantastic for skiing. Later in the season they are a popular target for heliski operators, and one of our reasons for running this trip comparatively early is to avoid helicopters. The verticals are approaching 1000m, and if conditions allow we may be able to do multiple descents per day. The summits are mostly technically easy and most of the skiing will be around 20-35 degrees.

Christian Edelstam

Christian Edelstam is an IFMGA-certified mountain guide and Pure Ski Touring’s head guide. Christian lives in Abisko in the north of Sweden, and also teaches avalanche safety, a climbing instructor, member of the Abisko ski patrol, glaciologist and product tester for Tierra. After more than 10 years’ experience guiding at the Kebnekaise and Abisko mountain stations he now runs his own guiding company. Since a year back, Christian only guides in mountains reachable without flying.

He is driven by a genuine joy for adventure and discovery — everything from finding out what the snow’s like on the other side of the ridge, to opening new alpine climbing routes in high mountains. The best part of guiding is to get to share the joy with the guests! Christian has been working with Pure Ski Touring since 2010, and guided for us in Japan, Lyngen, Senja, Tarfala, Dolomites, Pyrenees, Iceland, Andermatt, Haute Route, Urner, Jotunheimen, Sunnmøre and on Svalbard.

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Accommodation & 
Travel

Ski touring in an untracked wilderness

More and more of us want to not just climb summits, but to do this further off the beaten track, in the wilderness far removed from roads and where there are no huts or lodges to rely upon. You have to count on spending a whole day simply to get into the wilderness to the foot of the mountains. Just like the historical polar expeditions we employ dog sleds for our transportation both ways. Once we arrive close to the foot of the high summits we construct our Base Camp with separate accommodation and mess tents.

Winter time camping places stringent demands on all equipment. For this reason, we exclusively employ Hilleberg roomy and storm-proof tents. We also use blow-up sleeping mats and warm sleeping bags to ensure we can enjoy comfortable nights. Out in the wilderness it’s vital to have proper, civilised meals and for this reason we take with us spacious mess tents with standing height and our own chef who’ll prepare our meals.

Expedition life is unique in several ways. It’s a remote journey, both geographically, but also spiritually. It’s just you, nature and the weather, a feeling of complete freedom. Here all ski touring is done on nature’s terms. To live remotely, beyond any trace of urban normalcy. To live in a tent without access to showers and toilets. To follow nature’s lead and ascend high summits, perhaps even first ascents, this is now possible thanks to our new offering Expedition, which this winter is set for the remote Abisko Alps.

Accommodation

We travel by dog sled to our Base Camp where we construct our tent camp. We sleep in Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT tents which are stable, storm-proof and roomy. Our mess tents are Hilleberg Atlas tents with full standing room without floors giving us ample opportunity to dig out space for tables and seats. We remain in the same camp location for the duration of the expedition, centrally, and at the foot of the mountains. Proper meals are vital and we have our own chef with us taking care of all cooking, but will appreciate any assistance given. Everything is more fun when done together. There is zero mobile coverage in the area, but we have a sat phone with us. For the return journey our dog teams will pick us up and run us back to Abisko. In Abisko, we’ve booked space for showers and change at Abisko Mountain Lodge, after which we’ll get to enjoy warm soup and freshly baked bread in their restaurant. Following that we depart with the sleeper train southwards. 

Travel

This trip is based on the assumption that guests take the sleeper train from Stockholm C to Abisko Östra, return. We have pre-booked beds in private sleeping compartments.

Train
The sleeper train departs Stockholm Central Station in the evening of  the first of March, and arrives at Abisko Östra late morning the following day. At Abisko Östra we’ll meet up and provide lunch and coffee. Following that we head to our start point where we repack, change and travel onwards by dog sled into the wilderness towards our Base Camp in the Abisko Alps. The same dog teams will take us back to Abisko on departure day.

Itinerary:
VY Sleeper train, Apr 11th, Stockholm C – Abisko Östra, 18:11 – 10:40
VY Sleeper train, Apr 16th, Abisko Östra – Stockholm C, 16:47 – 09:25

Accommodation & Travel
Knowledge &
Equipment

The demands from camping in winter conditions (keeping warm, sleep, food preparation, drying equipment etc) can make this a tough trip. The actual touring is technically easy to moderate. We’ll cover around 850m-1,500m of ascent per day. Ratio: max 6 guests per guide.

  • Very good fitness is required, capable of sustaining an ascent rate of 400m/h
  • Off-piste skiing in all conditions, on slopes up to 35 degrees
  • Experience with ski touring technique and equipment, how to walk and kick-turn with climbing skins
  • Camping experience, ideally in winter conditions, a plus
  • Age limit 18 years old (16 years old if accompanied by legal guardian)

Mandatory Expedition

  • Skis with touring bindings
  • Climbing skins, contour-cut to your skis
  • Ski boots
  • Ski poles with baskets of a diameter of at least 6cm
  • Ski crampons (Harscheisen)
  • Avalanche transceiver (not analog), shovel, probe. Check batteries.
  • Helmet
  • Avalanche backpack with inflatable airbag, 30-45l capacity
  • Shell jacket and trousers. Wind-, and waterproof.
  • Mid-layer in wool or fleece
  • Base layer, top and long-johns. Wool or synthetic
  • Thick, insulated jacket, down or synthetic
  • Thinner insulated jacket
  • Insulated trousers (ideally with full side zips)
  • Ski socks, wool, x2
  • Thick pair of socks
  • Winter boots
  • Underwear, wool or synthetic, x2
  • Gloves, one pair of thick, one pair of thin
  • Mittens
  • Hat and balaclava or Buff to cover your face
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • Sun cream
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos
  • Head torch
  • Travel insurance
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Personal snacks (chocolate, nuts etc) for touring

Good to have, Expedition

  • Thin windproof/soft shell jacket
  • Soft shell trousers
  • Day wear/civvies (to be left at the ski lodge)
  • Normal shoes (to be left at the ski lodge/hotel)
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone and charger, power bank
  • Toiletries bag
  • Ear plugs
  • Blister tape
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Price &
Itinerary
  • Package

Included:

  • 5.5 days’ ski touring with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Avalanche safety training with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Ski touring technique skills with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Equipment orientation with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Expedition orientation with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Pure Ski Touring’s goodie bag
  • Dog sled transfer, Abisko – Base Camp, return
  • Accommodation, Abisko hut, 1 nights
  • Accommodation, Base Camp, 4 nights
  • Bed in Hilleberg Nammatj tent
  • Sleeping mat x 2, plus winter sleeping bag
  • Hygiene/toilet tent
  • Our own chef preparing our meals, 5 days
  • Breakfast, 5 days
  • Lunch/lunch packs, 5 days
  • Dinner, 5 days
  • Coffee and sandwich, Abisko (arrival day)
  • Shower at Abisko Mountain Lodge (departure day)
  • Warm soup and freshly baked bread at Abisko Mountain Lodge (departure day)
  • Rail travel, Stockholm – Abisko Östra, return
  • Bed in sleeper compartment, return
  • Transfer, Abisko Östra, return

Our accommodation tents are Hillebergs Nammatj 3 GT where we sleep two people in a three-man tent. Our mess-tent where we take our meals and socialise is a illebergs Atlas tent. If you wish to bring your own sleeping bag, let us know on your booking form under the section “Additional notes”. If you wish to have your own tent, let us know this, too, under the section “Additional notes” on the booking form.


  • Sunday, March 24

  • Monday, March 25th

  • Tuesday, March 26th

  • Wednesday, March 27th - Thursday, March 28th

  • Friday, March 29th

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