The Jotunheimen mountains tend to be rounded on the east side and steeper on the west side, perfect for a trip that starts from the east and crosses the range to the west. The ascents are pretty gentle and the descents are fun while still a little challenging. The mountains are also considerably more open than many other mountain ranges and there is never a feeling of 'claustrophobia' in the deep valleys. Plus from every summit you can see yesterday’s descent and tomorrow’s ascent!
The weather conditions in Jotunheimen can be extremely harsh in the winter, but in the spring the winter storms abate and give way to more settled weather.
The huts along the way are of a very high standard with 3-course evening meals and showers being the norm here. If you get into the huts late in the afternoon there is still plenty of time for a cold beer before the sun drops.
Travel out day. We meet up in Oslo and travel by train to Otta, the journey time is just over 3 hours. Onward travel by road to stay overnight in Gjendesheim.
From Gjendesheim to Memurubu over Besshø (2,258m). 16 km and 1,258m ascent.
From Memurubu over Surtingsui (2,386m) to Glitterheim. 18 km and 1,400m ascent.
Crosses over Norway’s second highest mountain Glittertinden (2,464m) to Spiterstulen. 14 km and 1,100m ascent.
Offers opportunities to ascend Norways highest mountain Galdhøpiggen (2,469m) followed by Bukkeholstinden (2,213m) before we end up at Leirvassbu. 17 km and 1,800m ascent.
We ski from Leirvassbu via Storebjørn (2,222m) to Sognefjellsveien. 12 km and 1,150m ascent. Return to Gjendesheim for the last night.
Travel back day.
The price is £2,150 per person for a group of 8 with 2 guides.
The price is £1,895 per person for a group of 6 with 1 guide.
The price includes guide fees and expenses, all accommodation, of which 4 nights in huts and 2 nights in a hotel in Gjendesheim at the start and finish, all meals including packed lunches, local travel including train tickets between Oslo and Otta and road transfers between Otta and Gjendesheim.
The price does not include travel to Oslo, drinks and equipment hire.
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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming to one of our Ski Tours.
During the tour you will be staying most nights in catered high mountain huts and will need to carry all the equipment and clothing you require for the duration of the tour. The huts are comfortable but basic with limited facilities.
Any clothing or other items not required on the tour can be left in a travel bag at your first hotel ready for your return on the final night.
We recommend keeping the weight of your pack as light as possible. If you are new to alpine multi-day ski touring, try taking your pack out on the slopes before the tour to see how it feels. You quickly realise the benefit of ‘skiing light’.
If you are uncertain or need further information, don't hesitate to contact us.
For all touring trips it is essential you ski with an all-mountain/freeride type skis, ski touring boots and ski touring bindings. If you have your own skis but they do not have ski touring bindings then you will need to rent skis. The same applies if you have downhill ski boots, you will need to rent ski touring boots.
For alpine ski touring we recommend an all-mountain/freeride touring ski that isn’t too heavy, a really lightweight ski comes at a cost to performance on the descents so are only recommended for really good off-piste skiers with a strong interest in ski touring.
There are plenty of great skis to choose from and we highly recommend skis from the following manufactures:
Dynastar Skis: www.dynastar.com
Movement Skis: www.movementskis.com
Black Crows Skis: www.blackcrows-skis.com
Trab Skis: www.skitrab.com/en-us
Scott Skis: http://www.scott-sports.com
Volkl Skis: http://www.voelkl.com
If you are planning on buying skis for ski touring and general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us to discuss the options available to you.
It is essential that you have ski touring boots for all touring trips as walking up hill is much more comfortable in these types of boots with a walk mode and great flex. A dedicated touring boot or a hybrid freeride boot is best.
Avalanche airbag rucksacks can be used for touring but they are heavy, adding somewhere between 5-8kg just for an empty pack plus canister. So unless you are sure you can carry it and fit all you need in, we do not recommend you use one.
Over a long multiday tour every gram of weight is important as you have to carry and move it yourself. Carrying a heavy pack will hinder and tire all but the most experienced and fit ski tourer.
The “Safety Trilogy” - required on all our ski tours and off-piste courses.
Food and Water
We suggest you bring with you or buy in resort snack food that you can take out on the hill with you each day. Things like cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts, chocolate, sugary sweets or your favorite hill snacks. When you’re staying overnight in huts its best to take supplies for the days you are away. Huts do sell food but it’s expensive and sometimes stocks run low.
If you have any food allergies or dietary requirements especially if you are a Coeliac (Gluten free) or have a dairy allergy we strongly recommend you bring some food with you that you can supplement your dinners with. The huts are fairly good at providing for vegetarians but less so for other dietary needs.
You have to buy bottled water in the huts as usually any running water is non-potable. Bottled water is expensive in French and Swiss huts; you can be paying upto 12-16CHF per 1.5L bottle of water. So please ensure you budget for this cost.
Norway is a Scandinavian country boarding Sweden to the east and Finland and Russia to the north-east. It has a long coastline facing the North Atlantic Ocean.
With a population of just over 5 million people (2013) and its capital city of Olso; the country comprises of mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. It hosted the winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994 and prior to that in Oslo in 1952.
Norway's rugged coastline facing the North Atlantic comprises of deep fjords and many thousands of islands. Much of the country is dominated by mountainous high terrain. The west coast experiences high amounts of precipitation brought in on the Gulf Stream and prevailing westerlies.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
Our Off-Piste Adventure courses are run by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson and Nick Parks.
The guide to skier ratio is 1:6 and we can run with a maximum of 2 groups on the same week.
Accommodation is a mixture of hotels and comfortable mountain huts.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.