My trekking companions hiking along the river up the Tunup Kua Valley

Trekking Greenland – Unplugged Wilderness Day 7

We finally had the most glorious weather on Day 7 of the Unplugged Wilderness trek!  The jackets and jumpers were off and the shirtsleeves (and eventually arms) were out.  Oh how I love blue skies and sunny days!

Maxime gave detailed instructions to the boat drivers on where to drop our camping gear, and off we set up the Tunup Kua Valley.   

Maxime discussing exactly where to leave our camping gear with the speedboat drivers

This was a really lovely part of the trek, and not just because the sun was out.  We followed a river the whole way

My trekking companions hiking along the river up the Tunup Kua Valley

which meant gorgeous little waterfalls

Fluffy water from a small waterfall in the Tunup Kua Valley
Waterfalls always look better with slow shutter speeds

And spectacular granite cliffs that towered above us

My trekking companions dwarfed by enormous granite cliffs while hiking in the Tunup Kua Valley
To get a sense of scale, see if you can spot my trekking companions

We had lunch in front of a small lake with a beautiful view of the jagged peaks 

My trekking companions enjoying lunch with amazing views of Tunup Kua Valley
Another amazing spot for lunch

and it was just such a great feeling to be warm and enjoying the sun under bright blue skies!   Although clouds can be spectacular and moody, and make the lighting much easier to deal with for taking photos – there’s something about the joy that sunshine brings.  Maybe it’s all the Vitamin D?!

We finished hiking to the top of the pass and dropped over into the Tasiilap Nua valley, which would take us down to the Tasiilaq Fjord.

Different views as we crossed the pass from the Tunup Kua Valley to the Tasiilap Nua Valley
It’s always exciting to see what is on the other side of a pass

There we were confronted by another glacier tongue crossing.

My trekking companions approach the glacier tongue that we had to cross in the Tasiilap Nua Valley. The glacier looks like a runway.
The glacier in this image reminds me of an airport runway

which Maxime assured us we could do without the crampons (even though we were still carrying them).

Different views as we hiked across the glacier in theTasiilap Nua Valley
I have to admit I was a little worried about doing this without crampons. But all good

After this, it was a fairly straightforward descent to the absolutely gorgeous Tasiilaq Fjord and our next campsite. 

Looking up the Tasiilaq Fjord to the view of the triplets
Reminds me of Patagonia!

This was the first time on the trek where I felt a real similarity with being in Patagonia.  The view above could have been lifted directly out of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile or Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, and I felt right at home 🙂   The three main peaks in the centre rise to about 1500m and form Trillingerne – better known as “The Triplets” – the characteristic marker of the end of the Tasiilaq Fjord.

Trekking Time:  approximately 7 hours

Read more about the Unplugged Wilderness Trek

If this post has piqued your curiosity about hiking and trekking in East Greenland, read about the rest of my adventure on the the 12-day Unplugged Wilderness Tour with Greenland Adventures:

  • Day 1 – Tasiilaq to Kulusuk and along the Sermiligaaq Fjord 
  • Day 2 – Hike to the Karale Glacier
  • Day 3 – Hike to the lookout over Sermiligaaq Fjord and Karale Fjord
  • Day 4 – Karale Fjord camp to Beach camp
  • Day 5 – Beach camp to Bluie East Two
  • Day 6 – Bluie East Two along the Ikateq strait to the Tunu Fjord
  • Day 7 – Tunup Kua Valley to Tasiilaq Fjord
  • Day 8 – Along the Tasiilaq Fjord
  • Day 9 – Tasiilaq Fjord to Tasiilaq Mountain Hut
  • Day 10 – Tasiilaq Mountain Hut
  • Day 11 – Tasiilaq Mountain Hut to Tasiilaq Fjord to Kulusuk
  • Day 12 – Kulusuk to Reykjavik
  • Video Slideshow – of some of my favourite images

If it has sparked an interest in Greenland more generally, learn more about this amazing country at Visit Greenland, and check out the wide range of tours of all kinds (not just hiking and trekking) at Guide to Greenland.

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