Haute Route Jotunheimen

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Winter Level 4 6 days 4-12 participants

Overview

Highlights

  • Ski tour up and down some of Norway's best ski touring terrain
  • Explore Jotunheimen National Park's mountains on skis
  • Stay in beautiful, remote mountain huts
  • Enjoy three course meals after long ski days

This route is in the process of establishing itself as Norway's answer to the Alps' best-known ski tour. The Adventure Tour starts at Gjendesheim in the southern part of Jotunheimen, and it takes us five days to cross the mountains to Krossbu. We stay in lovely cabins en route, where we are served delicious meals (three-course dinners) and sleep soundly.

Every day, we will make our way to at least one summit of 2,000 metres with spectacular views of the snow-covered Jotunheimen mountains. The tour has a few long legs, and we are even going to attempt Norway's highest mountain, Galdhøpiggen. This requires participants to be in good shape and to be competent and experienced skiers.

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Professional nature guide
  • All transport within itinerary

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

Difficulty

Level 4 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. You need to have backcountry ski touring experience, the proper gear (beacon, shovel, probe) and the knowledge of how to use it. Basic avalanche knowledge is necessary(avalanche course), and your own personal ski touring set up. 

How to get there?

Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here.

Accommodation

We stay in staffed mountain huts in shared dormitories(3-4 persons in each room). There is bedlinen at the huts so you do not need a sleeping liner or sleeping bag. Dinner and breakfast is served at the huts, we make lunch for breakfast each morning to bring each day. 

Baggage

Bring as little as possible, as we have to carry our own equipment each day. You need avalanche equipment(probe, shovel and beacon), crampons and an iceaxe. Most important, you need to know how to use it. See the equipment list, further down. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. Hvitserk of Norway is not responsible for any trip delays, injury, illness, loss of belongings, family emergencies, natural events or other unforeseen issues that may hinder your ability to complete a trip with us. Hvitserk of Norway is an adventure holiday company, and with an active holiday there is always a risk of something as simple as a twisted ankle to keep you from your vacation. With trip insurance, your flights, hotels and travel costs can be covered if an unforeseen emergency hinders you from joining our tour, as well as coverage to fly home if necessary. By purchasing travel insurance ahead of time, you can protect your trip and yourself from issues that prevent you from traveling, and rest easy to enjoy your vacation.

Safety

Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Hvitserk of Norway. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have 24-hour emergency hotline within our office and the guide will always have the ability to contact help. Norway has excellent search and rescue operations throughout the country with evacuations available via helicopter or red cross emergency teams. 

Our guides have first aid training and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for the necessary treatment in the mountains. Hvitserk also has a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.

If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your personal medication.

Hvitserk plans the trip days based on the weather, conditions and the group. Our focus is to take care of each other and work together in one team. The guide will have the ability to make safety decisions for the group, although the decision-making process will be transparent and involve guests in the process. 

We plan our trips so that we do not expose ourselves to unwanted risk. On this tour we will always be close to each other, and if an unforeseen situation occurs - the guide will be present quickly to handle it.

Languages

This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

Number of participants

Minimum: 4 people; Maximum: 12 people.

Included in the price: 

  • All accommodation
  • Meals as described in the program
  • All local transportation from/to Otta
  • Professional ski guide

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Otta. We are happy to assist you in booking a hotel in Oslo and give you advice on what to do when you stay in our capital.
  • Drinks and snacks.

Other information

If it is close to departure, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join anyway.

It is mandatory to bring avalanche equipment, ice ax and crampons. It is possible to rent from us. Let us know well ahead of time if you need to rent this. It might not be necessary, but good to have if the conditions demand it. 

Day by Day

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1

Welcome to the mountains

Accommodation Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 1hr30min

We meet our guide at Otta train station, at 05.40PM. Otta is reachable by train from Oslo and Trondheim. We travel together to Gjendesheim, where we will spoend the first night on our ski adventure. At Gjendesheim we get settled, go thorugh the gear and have dinner in the evening. 

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2

From Gjendesheim over Besshøe to Memurubu

Accommodation Memurubu Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Climb 1258
Distance 17km

After a good breakfast we start on the first leg of the Haute Route through Jotunheimen. We start the climb towards Besshøe(2258masl), today is going to be a long day, so be prepared with snacks and have your water bottle nearby. The first part follows the waymarked wintertrail from Gjendesheim towards the eastend of Bessvatnet Lake. From here we follow the ridge up to Bukkehø and up towards Besshøe. We decide which way to go down based on the snowconditions. In case of bad weather, we choose to go directly over the lake to Memurubu. At Memurubu, we are served a 3-course, remember to eat it all, we have some long days ahead of us!

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3

Memurubu - Glitterheim

Accommodation Glitterheim Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Climb 1400
Distance 19km

Todays leg is long, so remember to eat alot of food at dinner the night before. If the weather is nice, we can ascent several 2000meters today. We follow the ridge over Raudhamarn to the top of Surtningssue(2368masl). We decide the descent based on the weather and snowcondtions. In case of bad weather, we follow the waymarked wintertrail. This is one of the toughest days where we ascent many summits, we take our skins on and off several times. At Glitterheim a 3-course dinner awaits us. 

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4

Norway's second highest mountain - Glittertind

Accommodation Spiterstulen Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Climb 1100
Distance 15km

Today we might be tired from yesterdays trip, so a shorter trip this day is very welcome. We will ascend Glittertind(2465masl), Norways second highest mountain. We go the noral royte to the top, from here we will amazing views. We make our way down to Spiterstulen from the top, where a 3-course dinner awaits us. 

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5

Spiterstulen - Leirvassbu

Accommodation Leirvassbu Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Climb 1800
Distance 25km

Today we go up the ridge Bukkeholsbandet - if the weather is good we will have the best view of the trip today. We follow the normal way up towards Norway's highest mountain - Galdhøpiggen(2469masl), but just before the summit, we head west. It is going to be a long day in the mountains, so getting served a 3-course dinner at Leirvassbu, will be well-deserved. 

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6

Leirvassbu - Krossbu

Meals B, L
Transportation 1hr 30min
Climb 1200
Distance 14km

We enjoy our breakfast with the views of the mountains on our last day. It is a little bit sad, but it will be nice to rest for some days. Our last leg takes us up to Storebjørn(2222masl), one of the classic ski mountaineering mountains in Jotunheimen. We follow the normal route from Leirvassbu up to the top, through Bjørneskaret, down Leirbrean og to Krossbu Mountian Lodge. Our transport is waiting for us to take us back to Otta. From Otta you will be able to catch the evening train. 

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Equipment List

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. 

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, but you can get a lot of great tips for winter hiking as well! Welcome to Norway!

How to pack for your trip to Norway from Hvitserk of Norway on Vimeo.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

SKIS, BOOTS, POLES

Touring skis, boots and backcountry ski poles. 

HELMET

Safety first! Make sure it fits over your thin, windproof hat and does not move when you shake your head.

SKI CRAMPONS

To assist in steep ascents. Consider bringing an ice ax or whippet as well.

BEACON, SHOVEL, PROBE

Bring extra batteries for your beacon and make sure your beacon currently has above 90% battery.

BASE LAYER - 2 SETS

2 sets of wool long-sleeved top and bottom. Warm, Extra Warm or Expedition thickness is recommended. 

MID-LAYER

A medium thickness wool or fleece top to go over your base layer. 

INSULATED JACKET

A thick, warm, insulated jacket to put on during breaks. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. 

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

MEDIUM INSULATED JACKET

Use a synthetic or down jacket that fits over your base layer and mid layer, yet underneathe your rain shell. Should be comfortable with full range of movement when all layers are on.

EXTRA TOP LAYER

Bring an extra medium thick layer to add underneathe your medium insulated jacket in case you get cold easily. 

GLOVES & MITTENS

1 thin pair of wool gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth with windproofing. 1 extra pair of thick mittens in case yours get wet. 3 in total. 

HATS

2 warm hats. 1 thick, 1 thin. Make sure at least one has a windproof lining. 1 sun hat to protect your face.

HIKING SOCKS

4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle or higher. 2 thin. 2 thick. We recommend a 5th pair that are extra thick for evenings. 

BOOTS

Bring lightweight boots.

SKI BACKPACK

Ski pack for emergency gear and daily needs: food, water, beacon, shovel, probe, layers, first aid kit, etc... 40-50 liters recommended. 

SUNGLASSES 

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost. Bring dark lenses with plastic frames, not metal. 

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. We also suggest cold cream such as Dermatone to help protect your skin. 

WATER BOTTLES

Insulated water bottle, 2 liter capacity. Do not bring a camelback bladder, this will freeze in cold temperatures. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

SHELL PANTS

Waterproof shell pants. Gortex is best. We recommend heavier duty pants to keep you warm with zips for ventilation. 

HEADLAMP

Make sure you bring extra batteries as they die faster in the cold. 

INDOOR SHOES

It is customary to leave wet shoes at the door and change into indoor slippers.

 

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra. No cotton.

COMPRESSION SACKS FOR GEAR

Recommended for storing your gear, keeping it dry, and compressing your down jackets to create more space. 

BALACLAVA AND BUFF

A wool layer to protect your neck and face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day. We suggest a large, 1 liter thermos.

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Be prepared for the cold. Insulating your camera will keep it working for the entire trip. We suggest bringing an extra battery pack. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

Cozy clothes to wear when we are not participating in activities and eating dinner.

SITTING MAT

Strongly recommended to insulate you from the ground.

SWIMMING SUIT OR SHORTS AND BRA

For sitting ine saunas. 

Optional:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL AND PEN

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

HEADSET

If you would like to listen to music or an audio book while skiing.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. 

 

Dates & booking

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Tue 31. Mar 2020 Sun 5. Apr 2020
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