Heigh ho! heigh ho! us 19 were off to climb Bessegen last Saturday and man oh man that was one adventure for this city girl! Going on hikes is a very very very Norwegian thing to do… Norwegians are outdoorsy! I think Nigerians are too…in a roof top bar, pool, pent house club, roof top spa typa way…hahaha!
We joined the trip with 17 other people from Oslo up to Vågå Oppland in Norway. The drive from the city took about 4hours. Bessegen is a mountain ridge that lies between two lakes Gjende and Bessvatnet. The Bessegen hike is one of the most popular mountain hikes in Norway and it attracts a good number of hikers each year from home and abroad (60,000).
As a mountain hike freshie I had to get new hiking shoes (tursko in norwegian) as well as the appropriate hiking gear for the trip. A tip I got before was to get shoes that have ankle support… This was super helpful! Grateful for that! The hike usually takes between 5-7hours to walk and climb! We did it in 8hrs30mins with breaks. Without breaks? 6-7hours active walking (good work out). We woke up early, had breakfast, packed a lunch pack (matpakke) and jumped on the ferry from the west end (Gjendeosen) to the east (Memubru) and then walked back from the east end to the west. It was a circa 13.3km hike back…longest walk in my life! Our accommodation Gjendesheim Lodge was at the foot of the west end of the hike trail (Gjeneosen) the food was awesome (still dreaming of the smoked deer)! Not too sure about their bunk bends but it did its job! If you are to go on this hike then I’ll recommend you take the same route. Why? Walking with the lodge as the end destination was a mighty motivation for those times i thought i couldn’t go on… Like I kept walking and peeping down to see how far away we were…lol
It was also really rough at the west end of the hike. I couldn’t imagine how tired I will have been if we started there! (There was a point were we had to hold on to a chain fastened into the rocks to come over. This part was the worst! Great weather conditions, good supplies of chococlate (kvikk lunsj), candy, crisp, nuts, hot cocoa and good people on the trip made the experience all the more better. It took two days for my body to recover…will i do it again? Yes but not a mountain like Bessegen!
If conquering yourself or mountains in this case is your thing… then book your flights/visa/accomodation e.t.c. and make your way to Bessegen.
The nature from up there is beautiful. The fresh natural mountain spring!!! This was one my best part… The water tasted different! I really wished i had a cart and empty bottles to take more with me… Best time to go I believe will be in the summer, without rain or snow or fog…I really do not know how/if I will have made it with rain or snow or fog… I do know i will have been a pain for everyone else on the trip though…hahaha!
P.S….Shallaaat BC Crew for involving us!
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