6 – 10 March 2024

Pure Áhkká

Sweden’s Biggest Run

Lapland’s queen, the legendary Áhkká, offers the most altitude meters in Sweden. It’s really high, steep and big. The mountain stands mighty and majestic at the edge of an endless wilderness. We live in a mountain cabin right next to this massif with the wild Sarek as our nearest neighbour.

Pure Áhkká is an Out of Bounds trip with longer days and more demanding tours. It is often just a group with a mountain guide, which means that there are no different degrees of difficulty on the tours. However, this smaller format gives us greater mobility to explore more distant mountain peaks. We sometimes cook our own food and the accommodation is simpler. Given that the altitude meters are more, you need to have previous experience of ski touring tours and your backpack should only contain the bare essentials to minimize weight.

Mountain &
Guides

Áhkká massif

Áhkká (which translates to “old woman”) is a mountain massif in the Stora Sjöfallet national park. The recognised Stortoppen is a twin-peaked summit where the south west summit reaches 2,016 m asl and the north eastern summit 2,010 m asl. The massif consists of steep summits and glaciers with the second highest summit in the region is Borgtoppen, 1,963 m asl, named after the photographer and adventurer Borg Mesch. Given the significant altitude differential between Áhkkájaure and Stortoppen, Áhkká is ideally suited for ski touring.

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.

Mountain & guides
Accommodation & 
Travel

Áhkká

The Áhkká massif is situated in the Stora Sjöfallet national park in north-western Lappland, around 14km south of Ritsem. The massif consists of around a dozen summits, ranging from 1,600 asl up to around 2,000m. Here you’ll find the glacier Hyllglaciären which is passed en-route to Áhkká’s highest point, Stortoppen (2,015 m asl), also known as the Queen of the Áhkká massif. From the summit of Stortoppen we’ll benefit from outstanding views over the beautiful, untouched wilderness of Sarek and the longest descent in Sweden: from the summit down to the the lake Áhkkájaure there are nearly 1,600 vertical meters – a run many of us hope to get to enjoy during one of our days here.

Accommodation 

We’re based in the STF Áhkká Mountain Hut at the foot of the mighty Áhkká massif. The hut has 30 beds, spread across two buildings, known as Mountain Hut 65th North and Mountain Hut 65th South. We have pre-booked our own room in Mountain Hut 65th South with its own wood burning stove and duvets and pillows for each bed provided. There is adequate mobile coverage at the hut on the Telia network. We prepare our meals together in the hut’s self-catering kitchen, fetch water from the lake outside, and chop firewood to ensure the hut’s warm. Breakfast consists of porridge, eggs, sandwiches etc, and evening meals hearty stews with rice or pasta with a side salad, followed by dessert and tea and coffee throughout. We make up our own lunch packs from the breakfast supplies to take out with us on the ski tours.

Travel

This trip is based around the assumption that participants take the sleeper train from Stockholm C to Gällivare train station. We have pre-booked beds in private sleeping compartments. At Gällivare train station we meet up with our own private mini bus and drive westwards towards Stora Sjöfallet and Ritsem. We provide coffee, sandwiches and fruit during the drive. At Ritsem we change and get ready for the last bit across the lake to the Áhkká Mountain Hut. If you wish you can leave a pack with civilian clothes here. We have pre-booked snowmobile transfer across the lake, return. The home journey is by mini bus from Ritsem to Gällivare train station.

Train

Itinerary
VY Sleeper train, Feb 28th, Stockholm C – Gällivare train station 18:11 – 08:05 (+ 1 day)
VY Sleeper train, Mar 5th  Gällivare tågstation – Sthlm C 19:57-09:25 (+ 1 day)

Accommodation & Travel
Knowledge &
Equipment

Technically moderate ski tour with long days out. We may encounter steep or exposed passages during some tours. 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 35-40 degrees
  • Experience with ski touring technique and equipment, how to walk and kick-turn with climbing skins
  • Experience in using axes, crampons and ropework a plus.
  • Age limit 18 years old (16 years old if accompanied by legal guardian)

Mandatory equipment.

  • Skis with touring bindings
  • Climbing skins, contour-cut to your skis
  • Ski boots
  • Ski poles with baskets of a diameter of at least 6cm
  • 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
  • Insulated jacket. Synthetic or down. Alternatively an extra fleece.
  • Base layer, top and long-johns. Wool or synthetic
  • Ski socks, wool
  • Underwear, wool or synthetic
  • Gloves or mittens, one pair of thick, one pair of thin
  • Hat and balaclava or Buff to cover your face
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • Sun cream
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Passport and money
  • Travel insurance
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Personal snacks (chocolate, nuts etc) for touring

Explore Áhkká Specifics


  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • 1 screw gate karabiner
  • Ski crampons (Harscheisen)
  • Travel sheet or sleeping bag liner

Good to have.

  • Thin windproof/soft shell jacket
  • Soft shell trousers
  • Extra base layers
  • Extra underwear (wool/synthetics)
  • Extra ski socks (wool)
  • Day wear/civvies (to be left in Nikkaluokta)
  • Normal shoes (to be left in the Nikkaluokta)
  • Hut slippers
  • Thermos
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Toiletries bag
  • Ear plugs
  • Blister tape

Always aim to minimise weight when packing.
If you’re missing some of the equipment listed above, we’ll be happy to help arrange equipment hire or purchase. Contact us on info@pureskitouring.se for details.

Knowledge & Equipment

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Price &
Itinerary
  • Package

    • Bed in multi-occupancy room
    • 17 500 SEK
    • Estimated 1500€
      Excluding train journey
      Private transfer to and from Gällivare is included
    • Bed in multi-occupancy room
    • 19 500 SEK
    • Estimated 1700€
      Including train journey
      Bed in sleeping car compartment included

Included:

  • 4.5 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
  • Pure Ski Touring’s goodie bag
  • Accommodation, STF Áhkká Mountain Hut, 5 nights
  • Breakfast, 5 days
  • Lunch/lunch packs, 5 days
  • Dinner, 5 nights
  • Coffee and sandwich, Ritsem (arrival day)
  • Shower and change (departure day)
  • Lunch and coffee, Ritsem (departure day)
  • Rail travel, Stockholm – Gällivare, return
  • Bed in sleeper compartment, return
  • Transfer, Gällivare – Ritsem, return
  • Transport across the lake to and from Áhkká Mountain Hut

  • Wednesday, March 6

    • 18:11 Departure from Stockholm C, sleeper train
  • Thursday, March 7th

    • 08:05 Sleeper train arrival, Gällivare train station
    • We assemble at the train station and drive onwards in our own mini bus heading west towards Stora Sjöfallet and Ritsem.
    • We provide coffee, sandwiches and fruit during the journey
    • Once we arrive in Ritsem we change and get ready for snowmobile transfer across the lake to the Áhkká Mountain Hut.
    • At Áhkká we greet the hut guardian, check in and start preparations for our evening meal.
    • We prepare dinner jointly in the hut’s kitchen
    • Together with our mountain guide we plan tomorrow’s ski tour.
  • Friday-Saturday, March 8th-9th

    • 07:00 We prepare breakfast together in the hut, and make up lunch packs for the day from the breakfast supplies
    • We assemble for today’s tour with our guide
    • Full day of ski touring with our mountain guide in the Áhkká massif
    • We eat our lunch on the mountain
    • Own time to relax on return, and perhaps a bit of Après-Ski on the hut sun deck
    • We prepare tonight’s dinner together and reminisce about today’s ski touring
    • Together with our mountain guide we plan tomorrow’s ski tour.
  • Sunday, March 10th

    • 07:00 We prepare breakfast together in the hut, and make up lunch packs for the day from the breakfast supplies
    • Depending on weather and wind conditions there may be time for a short ski tour adjacent to the hut before departure
    • We pack up, tidy the hut and prepare for our return journey from the Áhkká hut
    • We take the snowmobile transport back to Ritsem
    • At Ritsem there is time for a shower, change and a bite to eat
    • After shower and food we drive our own mini bus to Gällivare train station
    • 19:57 Sleeper train departs Gällivare train station
    • 19:53 Avresa med nattåget från Gällivare tågstation
    • 09:25 Måndag 11 mars - Ankomst Stockholm C
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