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Ascent to Galdhøpiggen

Ascent to the highest mountain in Norway

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Ascent to Galdhøpiggen
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Galdhøpiggen (2,469 m above sea level) is the highest mountain in Norway located in the Jotunheimen National Park.

Start of the expedition to Norway

We have been planning a holiday in Norway since about March. In mid – June, however, I bumped off the bike. Broken collarbone, immediate surgery, instead of bone titanium plate and screws and supposedly 3 weeks orthosis. We have to leave in exactly 3 weeks. I don't want to give up Norway, I'm willing to compromise on the demands of a holiday, but I want to go there. So tribute to Galdhopiggen I will not climb well :-( We will just walk…. I can think of ;-). For the first 3 days I still walk shorter treks with the orthosis (for example on a troll's tongue – 25km), over time it wipes and removes my orthosis, I put on a backpack (strap only on the left shoulder) and on Friday 14.7. nice ascent day to the highest mountain in Norway.

Via Lom to Juvasshytta

Road to the starting point below Galdhoppigen

On Thursday evening we move as close as possible to the hill to the town of Lom. We spend the night near the barrier at the toll road that leads to Juvasshytta (starting point). In the morning for 80 NOK we drive a few kilometers along the road to the aforementioned cottage Juvasshytta to an altitude of about 1800 m. Here we leave a car (gratis !!) in a large parking lot. The weather is good – 2 degrees above zero and the sun. We pack cushions and ropes in our backpacks (+ for me for maroda cats), because it is written everywhere that people go upstairs with a guide and are still tied to a rope. We are not interested in the guide, we set off on our own.

Ascent to Galdhøpiggen

We leave the ski resort (in operation at the same time) on the right side and set off on an unmarked stone path. Men (small mounds) must be watched. We see people in front of us and so we go roughly after them. She doesn't even lead another way there, so if you know the direction, you can't get lost. The path first follows the stones, then the stones alternate with snow. After about 20 minutes, Galdhopiggen will appear in front of us in all its beauty, plus other slightly smaller peaks and also a long snow field. We see no reason to connect to the rope, so we continue through the snow on the beaten path. The first part is almost completely flat, followed by a snowy hill, in which we precede a group led by a guide and we are warned that it is dangerous to go unattached (uncertain). Let's smile and move on. After about 200m, the snow turns into a rock and the route leads again over the rocks. It's finally rising a bit. 20 minutes by the rocks and we are back in the snow. A steep hill to the top and we are up. Total time to the top of Juvasshytt = 1h 40 min. (we were told it took 3 hours). The whole road was trampled and clear.

Ascent to Galdhøpiggen
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

The top of Galdhoppigen

one from the top

The top of Galdhoppigen
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Top panoramas

it was worth the prospects :-)

Top panoramas
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Snake on the way to the top

A couple of top photos, a snack and we rub down. We see what is rolling up – a huge number of people walking tied to a rope like an endless snake. We don't want to meet them on the descent down the gravel (it's not that wide). On the way down, I put on cats (when I pull them up) to prevent them from banging on my sick hand. I don't see a reason to follow up on the last snow field, but my friend convinces me that we will have to avoid about 300 people off the beaten track. Which is right, so we follow up (rather, so as not to say and not to excite the guides leading the tourists). Along the way we meet bound children and even one pug !! Apart from one, tiny, 3m deep crack, the ascent looks absolutely safe and judging by the people we met, I find it therefore suitable for children, pensioners and dogs ;-) Overall elevation gain 700m up, 700m down. It pays off in nice weather, because the views are famous. On the other hand, count on the nice idea of the národ Norwegian nation in good weather – and that there are ;-)

Snake on the way to the top
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Beautiful lake for skiing. centers

About 300m from Juvasshytta. Next time, however, I would choose the variant on the other side of the mountain, which leads from an altitude of 1100 m above sea level and is much longer.

Beautiful lake for skiing. centers
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com
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