A convenient place to stay for climbing peaks in this area is Bardufoss Hotel, phone (+47)77830500,
ask for Ann Sofie. This hotel serves breakfast starting at 0600, thus making an early start on good
From the trailhead, continue along the forest road. This road quickly gets
very bad (even for a very robust 4WD). Shortly, the road forks with one
branch going left, the other right. Take the right (north) fork for about
hundred meter, just as the road levels out, look for a trail that heads
left further up the hill. Follow this route as it climbs nicely between the
trees and reaches two small cabins (one is called Alberthytta). The route
now continues up the south ridge passing the point Varden (474m). This point
has a cairn, just as the name says. Continue along the broad ridge towards
point 779, the terrain gets a bit steeper here and the best approach is to ski
towards the right into the hill just south of point 779, then do an ascending
traverse to the left (west) in order to reach more gentle terrain above. Ascend back on
the ridge just north of point 779, then follow the ridge in order to climb
Storhompen 916 meter,
an independent peak, or contour around it high on the east side.
(One must ski high on this mountain anyway, so may as well visit the top.)
Descend from Storhompen and visit the smaller subsidiary point 887. This can be
skied slightly west. Next, descend north. The slope here is surprisingly steep.
The best way is to first seek left (west) as far as a safe descent in this
direction allows (the terrain quickly becomes steep below you), then proceed
north down what is still a pretty steep, but fortunately short step. From here,
ski about one kilometer slightly east of north, then start a gentle traverse climbing
towards the north ridge of Leirtinden. On foot, it seems perfectly possible to also
climb the west ridge of the peak. The north-west slope of Leirtinden is very
nice for skiing, provided that the snow is stable. Finish your ascent by skiing
near the north ridge, we left the skis about 10 meter below the summit and finished
this slightly steeper section on foot. Return the same route, there will be lots
of good downhill skiing.
Comments: I did this climb with my friend Ståle Grimen. We started at 1030, made the summit at 1430, a 4 hour ascent. The route is nice, there is essentially one way to go, while the terrain easily gets too steep everywhere else. The weather was good and we enjoyed the summit area for 30 minutes. The ski descent back to the car was great fun and took 1:45, with a return to the trailhead at 1645. A very good day in the mountains.
This was peak number 6 in my T5 trip.
Next peak Snøhetta.
Previous peak Rohkunborri.