How to get there:
This hike can be started from Gjendesheim (on the road
Valdresflya) or from the DNT huts Gjendebu (access by boat on the
Gjende lake from Gjendesheim) or Torfinnsbu (on the Bygdin lake). Route description:
We hiked from the road Valdresflya, just south of Gjendesheim.
This route is a "classic" for hikes in the mountains south
of lake Gjende.
In more detail, we started from Leirungsdalen and hiked up the ridge
to Bukkehammaren (1910 m, nice summit, with a primary factor of about 80 m.)
We continued the nice ridge passed point 1899 and
up Kvassryggen (point 2071 m). The next challenge was Høgdebrotet
(2226 m). This is another nice summit, but again only 80 m primary factor.
There was quite a bit of snow and we ended up climbing a route with
considerable exposure (to the west) about as far right (on the ridge) as
one can go. A rope was needed for safety (for the 9 year old) for the
very last, short pitch before the flat summit.
From Høgdebrotet, we climbed up a moderate snow slope and crossed
over to the south side of Tjørnholstinden, quite high. A short
traverse here brought us to the main summit.
We continued west, then south across Tjørnholsaksla, a ranked
summit (2145 m), then down to the lake Leirungstjønn (1545 m) where
we established camp. Comments:
This hike is quite long, it took us close to 13 hours allowing
for several rests in the good weather. I did this hike together
with my sons Pål Jørgen, age 9, and Tor Erling, age 16.
Høgdebrotet, our route started in the middle
lower part of the picture where a distinct gully starts out
from a patch of snow. The gully runs up and towards the right
and ends below the summit block. We first tried what looks
like a possibility up left, but ended up climbing in the
direct continuation of the gully along the narrow rock ramp
that can be seen leading all the way to the sky on the right
side of the summit. There is considerable exposure on the last
move. This summit is unranked with a primary factor of 80 m.