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Day 12: Abiskokaure – Kårsavagge

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After a quick breakfast with some porridge we leave at 9:30 am. I’m very tired today, not the best conditions for the 700-meter climb (from 488 m to 1120 m) on the first five kilometers. 😐
The path first leads us along the lake shore, then uphill through the forest. The path is characterized by many roots and stones, it is (as always ;-)) very muddy and there are high steps in it, which are difficult to overcome with the big backpack.

Ábeskojávri und Giron (1551m) / Der Strand bei AbiskojaureÁbeskojávri und Giron (1551m) / Der Strand bei Abiskojaure, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 16mm, 1/125s, Blende 11, ISO 200
Aufstieg durch den BirkenwaldAufstieg durch den Birkenwald, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/50s, Blende 8, ISO 200
Elisabeth beim Aufstieg, im Hintergrund Ábeskojávri und GironElisabeth beim Aufstieg, im Hintergrund Ábeskojávri und Giron, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 26mm, 1/80s, Blende 8, ISO 200
Aufstieg durch den BirkenwaldAufstieg durch den Birkenwald, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 24mm, 1/125s, Blende 8, ISO 200

After about two kilometres we reach the tree line and continue through the mountains. Muddy again, but easy to walk. The higher we climb, the more boulders and big rocks on our way.

Aufstieg zum Pass 1120mAufstieg zum Pass 1120m, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 28mm, 1/250s, Blende 8, ISO 200
Torneträsk, Ábeskojávri, Giron (1551m), Gárddenvárri (1154m)Torneträsk, Ábeskojávri, Giron (1551m), Gárddenvárri (1154m), © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/320s, Blende 8, ISO 200

After four kilometres Markus assures me that we made it right away. Unfortunately behind the crest is not the hoped for descent but the next, higher crest and the path is still another kilometer uphill. However: If you don’t think it’s possible anymore, reindeer come along! 😍
Five reindeer, quite close to us, two of them fighting each other. They are not disturbed by us and we can watch them for quite some time.

Kräftemessen junger RentiereKräftemessen junger Rentiere, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, 300mm, 1/500s, Blende 5.6, ISO 160
RentiereRentiere, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, 300mm, 1/500s, Blende 5.6, ISO 320
RentiereRentiere, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, 300mm, 1/500s, Blende 5.6, ISO 320
RentiereRentiere, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, 300mm, 1/500s, Blende 5.6, ISO 320

After this experience, the last meters of altitude difference go by in a good mood. We look back again and again, whereby the view of Ábeskojávri and the surrounding mountains becomes more and more impressive. We see parts of the Kungsleden, e.g. almost opposite the second meditation place, where we camped last year, think of “our” Tjäktjapass 💍 and in the south up the view reaches to Norway, at the photo the Dolbbotvaggi.

Lustwandler Panorama: Ein Klick öffnet das Bild und man kann sich umsehen!

Ábeskojávri, Giron, Gárddenvárri/Gárddenvággi und davor das breite Tal, durch das wir von Unna Allakas nach Abiskojaure gegangen sind
Ábeskojávri, Giron, Gárddenvárri/Gárddenvággi und davor das breite Tal, durch das wir von Unna Allakas nach Abiskojaure gegangen sind, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, 70mm, 1/250s, Blende 8, ISO 400
Blick auf den Kungsleden – Gárddenvárri  und 2. Medidationsplats (Hintergrund: Kåtotjåkka, Miesákčohkka und Njuikkostak)Blick auf den Kungsleden – Gárddenvárri und 2. Medidationsplats (Hintergrund: Kåtotjåkka, Miesákčohkka und Njuikkostak), © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, 70mm, 1/250s, Blende 8, ISO 400
DolbbotvaggiDolbbotvaggi, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, 300mm, 1/500s, Blende 8, ISO 400
Gárddenvárri/Gárddenvággi und AdnjetjårroGárddenvárri/Gárddenvággi und Adnjetjårro, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/80s, Blende 11, ISO 200

On the other side we it is now four kilometres downhill into Kårsavagge – a wonderful valley, quite narrow, rich in water and flanked by high mountains. But see for yourself, we brought three panoramas from different heights:

Lustwandler Panorama: Ein Klick öffnet das Bild und man kann sich umsehen!

Kårsavagge
Kårsavagge, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/100s, Blende 11, ISO 200

Lustwandler Panorama: Ein Klick öffnet das Bild und man kann sich umsehen!

Kårsavagge / Kårsavaggestugan (Bajimus Gorsajávri, Gaskkamus Gorsajávri, Vuolimus Gorsajávri)
Kårsavagge / Kårsavaggestugan (Bajimus Gorsajávri, Gaskkamus Gorsajávri, Vuolimus Gorsajávri), © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/80s, Blende 11, ISO 200

Lustwandler Panorama: Ein Klick öffnet das Bild und man kann sich umsehen!

Kårsavagge / Kårsavaggestugan (Bajimus Gorsajávri, Gaskkamus Gorsajávri, Vuolimus Gorsajávri)
Kårsavagge / Kårsavaggestugan (Bajimus Gorsajávri, Gaskkamus Gorsajávri, Vuolimus Gorsajávri), © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/50s, Blende 11, ISO 200

We are progressing well and fast. Partly we walk on the “Almwiesen” like on clouds, then again on stony paths and there are many small river arms to cross. The weather is cool today, sometimes it is drizzling and at the end even some snowflakes fall from the sky. ❄ When we arrive at the bottom, only a very wide but shallow river separates us from the Kårsavagge hut at 680m. Doesn’t look like a big problem now, does it? …
KårsavaggestuganKårsavaggestugan, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 20mm, 1/60s, Blende 8, ISO 200
However, most of the stones are under water and extremely slippery. Really slippery! Markus goes ahead, I always try to take the same stones as he does, after all he has already made it over. It’s slow but steady. In the middle I stop for a moment and imagine the people in the hut looking out of the window and enjoying themselves deliciously. Just when Markus says “Now you’ve nearly made it!”, I slip on a stone and bow before the river … in the river. 🙈 I run the last few steps in the water, no matter what. Markus makes it over dry!
So far there is only one guest on the hut and we have the second room (for six people) for us alone. We heat the stove, dry the wet clothes (and shoes), eat soup, drink tea and warm ourselves up.

KårsavaggestuganKårsavaggestugan, © Markus Proske — Panasonic DMC-LX100, 10.9mm, 2/5s, Blende 8, ISO 800
KårsavaggestuganKårsavaggestugan, ©  — Panasonic DMC-LX100, 10.9mm, 1/40s, Blende 8, ISO 200
KårsavaggestuganKårsavaggestugan, © Markus Proske — Panasonic DMC-LX100, 30.4mm, 1/30s, Blende 8, ISO 200
KårsavaggestuganKårsavaggestugan, © Markus Proske — Panasonic DMC-LX100, 11.7mm, 1/60s, Blende 8, ISO 200

At 16:30 we get roommates, a group of 5 Swedes comes in, one of them is soaking wet – what might have happened? 😉 They throw a lot of wood into the oven, we eat, even get Jägermeister(!) from the boys, at 21:00 we go to sleep. But we can’t talk about sleep, thanks to a super snorer 💤💤💤 in our room, besides it’s very hot because of the heavily fired oven, the wet clothes provide a good steamy atmosphere and the beds are too short. At some point we give up, unpack our Kindles and read half the night, finally around 3:30 am we fall asleep.
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