Climb and Ski the pristine Watkins Mountains

Three Peaks of Greenland

Climb and ski Greenland's three highest peaks on this short 13-day expedition into the heart of the Arctic's pristine Watkins Mountains, that rise above the ice covered interior of Greenland.

Described as a ski mountaineer's dream expedition, our team explores the beautiful wilderness of Greenland’s east coast.

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Difficulty Level Medium ?
Fitness Level High ?
Duration 13 days
Elevation 3,694M / 12,119FT
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Taking in the immensity of the Watkins Mountains from just below the summit of Mt Gunnbjorn

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Food and equipment is hauled to Base Camp on sleds

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Summit the three highest peaks of Greenland

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Return to our comfortable Base Camp to relax after a big day out

From May 16 to May 28, 2018
Departs from Reykjavik, Iceland
€23,400 EUR
  • Overview

    • Climb and ski Greenland's three highest peaks in one trip
    • Explore the Arctic's pristine Watkins Mountains


    We fly to the east coast of Greenland and establish a comfortable base camp under the slopes of Greenland's highest peak and our first objective, Mt. Gunnbjörn.

    After climbing Mt. Gunnbjörn, the team moves closer to Mounts Cone and Dome; Greenland’s 2nd and 3rd highest mountains. From here, the climbs of Cone and Dome offer spectacular views, fantastic climbing and some of the Arctic's finest ski touring!

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of a safe and enjoyable trip.

    We employ strong and specialised expedition leaders and support staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

    Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants mountain guides
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • All permits for the expedition
    • Expedition food and equipment
    • Flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri and return
    • Privately chartered ski-plane from Akureyri to the Watkins Mountains and return
    • Transport of 20kg of personal equipment luggage (and 6kg of hand luggage of limited volume)
    • Tents, stoves, sleds & harness
    • Emergency evacuation insurance
    • Use of the expedition satellite telephone for outgoing calls


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • International airfare to Reykjavik, Iceland, and return
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Personal travel insurance & trip cancellation insurance
    • Personal rescue/medical evacuation costs beyond Greenland
    • Airport transfers
    • Hotel and personal expenses in Reykjavik
    • Any costs associated with leaving the expedition early
    • Any additional costs due to flight delay
    • Excess baggage fees over 20 kg of personal luggage (and 6 kg of hand luggage of limited volume)
    • Cost of satellite telephone calls whilst on expedition

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    Wellington, New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account number 1000 594771 0002
    Account Type: EUR
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitter's account.

    We can accept your deposit payment via credit card - Visa, Mastercard, Amex plus a 3% credit card transaction fee.

    Deposit

    A deposit of EUR2000 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.

    Balance

    The balance is due 120 days prior to the trip start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    An expedition member may cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    Cancellations outside of 120 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    For cancellations made within 119 - 90 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee.
    For cancellations within 89 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation and can be obtained through your normal travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    Three Peaks of GreenlandThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for the Adventure Consultants Three Peaks of Greenland Expedition.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Three Peaks of Greenland Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    The team will have a minimum size of 3 members and 1 guide and a maximum size of 12 members and 3 guides.

    Our Guides

    You will find the guides to be companionable and strong expedition leaders with considerable power and willingness to see you achieve your goals.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Kelly MclarenKelly McLaren, Client Liaison

    Kelly brings a vast knowledge of AC expeditioning to her role as 'Rest of the World' Client Liaison. Having worked for AC since 2004 Kelly oversees those trips outside of New Zealand, Europe or the Himalaya. 

    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    Level of Experience Required

    Although not technically difficult the ascents of the Three Peaks of Greenland are fairly strenuous and prior experience in winter travel and glacier crossing is important. The expedition is for strong skiers, who are physically and mentally prepared for some days out in a remote area where harsh weather and conditions can be expected.

    A good level of fitness and the ability to work along as part of a small team is also important. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.

    Insurance

    Evacuation insurance whilst on the climb will be included in the expedition fee but is limited to cover legitimate accident only and is limited to evacuation to the nearest port within Greenland. We require expedition members to carry additional insurance for evacuation and repatriation as well as normal travel medical expenses. Contact us for expedition insurance advice.

    Food

    Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Our cuisine will be varied and nourishing to ensure energy levels are maintained and the whole group will gather together in our dining tent for breakfast and evening meals. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Expedition members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment for you to bring as part of your kit. We recommend you bring your own ski touring equipment rather than relying on the limited rental options available in Reykjavik.
    As the ski-plane has limited capacity and we will move our whole camp several times, weight is everything and hence we will rationalise every item we are to carry. A gear check will be carried out prior to departing Reykjavik to allow us to finalise loads.

    Adventure Consultants will supply all group gear (e.g. tents, stoves, food and sleds) whilst expedition members are to provide their own personal clothing and equipment.

    Communication & Messages

    To safeguard members of the expedition we will be carrying a satellite telephone and emergency supplies to last one week. 

    Travel

    There are routine flights into Reykjavik (Iceland) from either the UK or Copenhagen.

  • Itinerary

    Day  
    1 Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland, or early the next morning.
    2 Team briefing and gear checks.
    3 Fly Reykjavik to Akureyri then from Akureyri to Greenland. Establish Base Camp.
    4 Acclimatisation climb and ski, and/or move to High Camp, if used. Equipment preparation and skills refresher.
    5 Ascent of Mt Gunnbjörn 3,694m (12,119ft).
    6 Move camp closer to Dome and Cone, the second and third highest peaks in Greenland.
    7 Ascent of Dome, 3,682m (12,080ft).
    8 Rest day. 
    9 Ascent of Cone, 3,669m (12,037ft).
    10-12 Ski touring in the Watkins Mountains.
    13 Fly back to Iceland. Trip ends.
  • Add Ons

    Icelandic Day Tours

    Explore more of Iceland on one of our many day tour options, from hiking amongst Iceland's volcanoes to glacier tours and horse riding, through to viewing the Northern Lights and soaking in some of Iceland's renowned hot springs, the options are endless. Contact your Client Liaison for more information.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverage to its clients.

    Adventure Consultants can also assist with purchasing polar cover for Antarctic expeditions and if interested in this, please contact RipCord directly for a specialised quote.

    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Contact Us

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our Greenland expeditions. Please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since.

      A few outfitters ‘claim’ to have the same level of experience and prestige with that of Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you a first choice for your climbers travelling to Greenland?
      Adventure Consultants have been expeditioning in the polar regions for over two decades. We are renowned for the quality of our service and strategy applied to our expeditions. Our reputation is attributed to our meticulous planning and logistics coordination done by our head office. Once on the ground, you can expect to be well looked after by our guides to that you can relax and enjoy climbing in this amazing country. We employ experienced and professional guides, the latest in communications and weather forecasting technology and nutritious and tasty food to ensure you have the best experience on our trips.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What showers and laundry facilities will be available on the expedition?
      There are no showers or laundry facilities available during the expedition. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for the impromptu wash in between available showers.

      Would you let us know what food will be available?
      Food is one of the most crucial factors for a successful expedition. We serve nutritious and filling food that will sustain you well. 

      What is the food like?
      Typical meals include warm muesli or bread with various toppings for breakfast; sandwiches with cheese, salami or dried fish for lunch and freeze-dried meals and a simple dessert for dinner. These meals are supplemented with plenty of snacks including chocolate, cookies and dried fruit and nuts.

      What are the hotels like?
      For our Mount Gunnbjörn and Three Peaks of Greenland expeditions, there is a wide selection of hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik and we are happy to make recommendations according to your preference. Once on your expedition programme, you will be staying in tents and sharing with one other.

      On our Greenland Crossing expeditions, we book centrally located mid-range hotels on a twin share basis through our local agents. If you would like your own room, please do enquire with our office for pricing. Once on your expedition program, you will be staying in tents and sharing with one other.

      Will I be sharing a tent with other climbers? Is a single supplement available?
      Single tents are not generally available, due to weight restrictions on the flight to Greenland and heavy load carrying requirements.

    • Travel

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts?
      Please arrange to arrive on Day 1 of the itinerary to allow sufficient time for your equipment check and briefing prior to the flight to Greenland.

      When should I book my ticket?
      For the majority of our expeditions, we generally ask you to wait until 90 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights then ensure you can make changes to your tickets and it is a good idea to purchase trip cancellation insurance, in the event that you need to cancel.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      We highly recommend purchasing an open, fully changeable air ticket, as trips can be extended by a week or more. Given the remote nature of where we are, the weather must fall within certain parameters to be able to fly and you can be assured the reasons for flight delays are for safety. In today’s world there are few places where the environment still affects our plans and Greenland is one of them!

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      We fly into Reykyavik Keflavik Airport (KEF) in Iceland where an AC representative will be waiting to meet you and transfer to our hotel.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      We can assist you with booking extra hotel room nights if you arrive early. However, on this trip YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ARRIVE LATE, as if you are delayed or your bags get lost, you will not be able to come on the expedition!

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration form and deposit. We do also have a dedicated equipment coordinator that is happy to provide advice and answers to any questions you may have.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared and you must bring everything on the list, as there are very limited options if additional equipment needs to be purchased in Reykjavik.

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be?
      This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list. We highly recommend buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear some clothes in if it is especially cold.

      How much weight do we carry on a Greenland Crossing expedition?
      All baggage is transported in sleds made of plastic. At the beginning of the expedition, each member should expect to be hauling approximately 75kg (165lbs). This is the total weight of both the personal and the communal gear (i.e. clothes, sleeping bag, food, fuel, stoves, tents etc.). Towards the end of the expedition, the weight will reduce to approximately 45kg (100lbs) as food is eaten and fuel burnt during the crossing.

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many guides will be assigned to our group?
      For Mount Gunnbjörn, the team will have a minimum size of 3 members and 1 guide and a maximum size of 7 members and 2 guides.

      For Three Peaks of Greenland, the team will have a minimum size of 3 members and 1 guide and a maximum size of 12 members and 3 guides.

      On the Greenland Crossings, the team will have a minimum size of 4 members and 1 guide and a maximum size of 8 members and 2 guides.

      Can I contact other climbers or guides on this expedition?
      Sure! Before the expedition, contact our office and we can pass on your details to the other climbers. Due to our privacy policy, we leave it up to individual team members as to whether they want to get in touch.

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our expeditioners come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels ranging from those seeking skill development to those seeking assistance with travel in the world's most remote regions, or purely adventure.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip to the destination of your choice, and even to remote destinations such as Greenland. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost effective.

    • Health & Fitness

      What are the skills/prior experience required for this expedition?
      Greenland expeditions are fairly strenuous and prior experience in winter travel and glacier crossing is important. Participants should be physically and mentally prepared for several days out in a remote area where harsh weather and conditions can be expected. A good level of fitness, along with the ability to work as part of a small team are also important, as the nature of these expeditions demands strong team cohesion and commitment. Members of the Three Peaks of Greenland team should also be strong skiers and cross-country skiing is important for the Greenland Crossing expeditions. 

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for the expedition?
      You should train on a regular basis for at least 3 months prior to the expedition start. It is recommended that you focus on cardiovascular training as the cardiovascular system is constantly stressed whilst on the move. Running and hiking combined with strength, core stability and flexibility training are the best types of exercise to incorporate into your programme. Core strength is important to make sled hauling easier, as well as shoveling snow when the necessity for building protective walls for the tents arises.

      For the Greenland Crossing expeditions, it is important to ensure long duration aerobic exercise, gradually increasing your endurance to maintain 8 hours of vigorous activity a day for up to 25 days in a row.

      How much weight do we carry on the expedition?
      After landing on the glacier we drag our gear on plastic sleds higher up the glacier where we set up camp. From there we climb to the summit carrying a small pack (35-45l) with extra clothes, food/drinks, and crampons and ice axe, usually weighing no more than 10kg (22lbs).

      What type of communication is available on the expedition?
      Your expedition guide will have an Iridium satellite phone and you are welcome to use this at US$5 per minute. As we rely on solar power, we cannot guarantee that the phone will be available 24hrs a day. Cold severely affects the system and delays can occur for re-warming. If you anticipate that you may need to make frequent or long calls then please make arrangements before the expedition through our office.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      The Adventure Consultants NZ office receives updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

      Will there be any power source for charging batteries, etc. available throughout the trek? What voltage requirements?
      We take a small solar charging system on the expedition. This is used to charge the satellite phone as a priority, but may be used for other gadgets if sufficient power is available. Ensure your gadgets are able to be charged by USB or 12V car charger. We do NOT recommend bringing rechargeable digital cameras; they tend to run out when power is not available. Use cameras with replaceable batteries and we recommend lithium batteries. We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost - please enquire with our office.

    • Weather Forecasts

      What weather report service do you use and how often do you receive a weather reports?
      During the expedition, your guide will receive weather updates from our local team in Reykjavik as well as updates from the Adventure Consultants office.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      In addition to evacuation & medical insurance we recommend to all our expedition members to buy trip cancellation insurance on sign up for your expedition. It is also highly recommend purchasing a Comprehensive Travel Insurance policy to provide cover for trip interruption, baggage loss, damage or theft, delayed flights or other such incidents that may occur during your trip. Contact us for expedition insurance advice.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Evacuation insurance whilst on the climb is included in the expedition fee but is limited to cover legitimate accident only and evacuation is to the nearest port within Greenland. We require expedition members to carry additional insurance for evacuation and repatriation as well as normal travel medical expenses.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      You will be sent information specific to your expedition as part of your welcome package and requirements differ depending on where you are travelling and your home location, so be sure to discuss cover with your Client Liaison before purchasing a policy.

      What is Trip Cancellation Insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all expeditions. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (e.g. minimum numbers are not reached) then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept the trip deposit payment on credit card, and we add a 3% fee to accept the balance payment by credit card for your expedition. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details - your card will be charged via an online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Each specific trip page on the website has a section as well as a downloadable pdf document with exactly what is and what is not included on the trip. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents whom we have worked with in your country, should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are; internationally qualified western guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client:guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on a trip is to call our office or complete our online booking form. Return this with the trip deposit either through a telegraphic transfer (information is on our trip notes downloaded from the specific trip page) or by using our secure credit card page. Phone our New Zealand head office on +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm PST + 19 hours) or Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America.

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