Alpine traverse over the highest mountain in Dovrefjell

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1,033

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1,036

m

17

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Difficult

Description

This is the most famous traverse in Dovrefjell, offering an alpine ridge with the green lake of Larstjønnin at one side and the glacier of "Gryta" at the other. From Snøheim, follow the red t-marked trail towards Snøhetta.

It is a relatively easy hike to the top of the main summit.

Here you will meet a big tower and if you are lucky with the weather; a great view! From the summit continue to the west ascending Midttoppen, following the highest point of the ridge.

From here south west to the col before Hettpiggen.

Here you need to kit up because now starts the climbing.

Hettpiggen is ascended by the west side of the ridge, 2-3 pitches at grade 2/3.

The last section to the summit is easy scrambling.

From the summit, down climb a little section before you meet a characteristic slab.

Here you will se an anchor telling that you are on the right spot.

From the slab make an abseil, approximately 25 meters, down to the col before Vesttoppen.

From the col 2-3 pitches, first one at grade 4+, to the summit, ascended by the west side of the ridge.

The climbing routes, both to Hettpiggen and Vesttoppen, doesn't follow a particular characteristic or visible line.

Hence, this traverse involves the typical path-finding of alpine adventures.

Even though, you will most likely see some old anchors long the way, confirming that you are on the route.

Don't trust the anchors though, some of them are old! From Vesttoppen, make the descend comfortably by following the red t-marked trail back to Snøheim. Dovrefjell is the northernmost of all the mountain ranges in Norway with peaks above 2000 m.a.s.l.

As a consequence you can risk to encounter winterly conditions even in the summer, and weather changes fast.

Also season is short, and it is often snow on the summits in September.

Take this into consideration when planning this traverse.