The Palasip Qaqqaa / Præstefjeldet trail is one of the Classic Sisimiut day hikes, and standing on the peak gives you a 360 degree panoramic view over the sea, the fiords, and the landscape around town.
The hike Begins at the parking lot by the river on the road towards Sisimiut Airport and the trail follows the left hand side of the river seen in the direction af the ascent. The easiest trail markers are two waterfalls visible more or less from the start of the walk.
Follow the route past both waterfall. Immediately above the second falls the trail splits in two and it is important to keep left at this junction, as the trail straight ahead leads onto a small plateau from where it disappears.
The true trail leaves the fall and heads due West. It climbs moderately over the Heather vegetation on the south face on the mountain and at time it may disappear. Along the way the route Begins curving right and goes into a more demanding ascent until a larger plateau is reached.
On the top of Knoll are a couple of cairns and if you left the trail slightly along the way these cairns are good markers to locate.
However, soon after leaving the plateau the trail may disappear once Again and the cairns grow farther apart. On the mountain ridge itself a few cairns may be visible, but those are not on the ordinary route and aiming that way is not recommended.
Instead, head for a small men clearly visible rock slide below the steep mountain face rising above you towards the peak.
Beyond the rock slide a small pass opens up to the East, leading to the north side of the mountain.
Cairns are visible here as well, however, they lead to the old route which is no longer recommended for hiking due to rock slide danger – and the trail itself is also quite exposed up on the ridge.
Instead, from the bottom of the small valley that leads into the pass, you climb to the left, westwards, steeply up the mountainside. The trail is very distinct here and ascends on the south face of the mountain with great views of Sisimiut below.
The last section before the peak is a relatively simple hike, rising gently towards the ridge, which is now wide and accessible. The easiest way up is to ascend in a zig-zag manner and follow the trail whenever it is visible.
In the wide saddle immediately before the peak the trail virtually fades out, and your goal now is to the head west along the ridge to the top.
To the east from the saddle a radio transmitter with an antennae is visible out on the ridge, and it is worth noting this structure as you should not walk that way during your descend – which otherwise often comes natural if you blindly follow the ridge on your way down.
Late in the spring and early in the summer – around late may and early june – larger snow drifts linger on the top ridge, but the trail is hard to miss as it follows the ridge itself, snow or no snow, and soon you find yourself on the peak next to the very large cairn marking the peak of the Palasip Qaqqaa / Præstefjeldet, 551 meters above the sea level.
The descent is not complicated and retraces the steps from the ascent.
The tour is made with 46 panorama images. Each panorama picture is in 108 megapixel resolution, and was made by 32 images.
You can move from image to image by clicking the “location icon” on the image.
Full panorama picture:
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The trail description here is only approximate and cannot replace back-country hiking experience and the usual attention to weather and trail conditions.
Trail markers are put in a few spots along the route in places where the direction of travel might otherwise not be obvious. The trails itself is not technically demanding and anyone in good shape wearing sturdy footwear can reach the peak.
It is recommended to bring a Water bottle (the river Water is clean and fresh) and snacks. Also, a mosquito net is usually good to have on the lower parts of the trail. Note that weather can be extremely erratic and all hikers should as a minimum bring a wind- and waterproof jacket.
There is cell phone coverage on most of the trail.
Hikers are advised not to build new cairns on or off the trail.