Store Knutsholstind

  • Store Knutsholstind
  • 2341 m.
  • Primary factor 970 m
  • Jotunheimen, Norway
  • 13th highest in Norway
  • Location: North 61:25.456, East 008:33.730
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2+
  • Climbed in August 1998


How to get there: The standard route to the summit of Store Knutsholstind is from the small lake just north of the water divide in Svartdalen. Svartdalen leads between Gjende lake and Bygdin lake, and the DNT huts Torfinnsbu or Gjendebu make good starting points (Gjendebu is closer to the peak, and makes for an easier approach.) You can get to Gjendebu by boat on the lake Gjende from the touristhut Gjendesheim, this hut is on the road between the major valley of Valdres and the Otta valley (a branch from the Gudbrandsdalen valley). Better yet, start the hike from Gjendesheim and walk the famous, but often crowded trail to Gjendebu, or hike south of Gjende in an area with almost no hikers.
Route description: The only nontechnical route to the top starts from the first small pond/lake north of the water divide in Svartdalen. A cairned route takes off to the east, up the formidable-looking west face of Store Knutsholstind. The route is steep but well-marked. After a while it angles north and flattens, until it reaches a snow gully, angling almost directly towards the summit (at least when we were there, but there was unusually much snow then). This gully, and another one above it, is followed until it gets very steep, at this point the west ridge is crossed and you follow some nice ledges on the southwest face before the cairns lead up on the ridge again. From here you follow the ridge to the summit (which is not far away). The summit is surprisingly big and flat, and the view is really quite magnificent (on clear days).